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Delegation of the European Union
to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Ambassador Žbogar: Waste is not just a burden, it is a challenge

Waste is a global issue that affects all of us. But waste is not just a burden. It is also a challenge. It can also be a pylon for development. Moving towards a recycling society, a circular economy and green development is to the benefit of all of us, said Ambassador Samuel Žbogar, Head of the Delegation of the European Union during today’s closing conference "Preparation of project studies (FSs, EIAs, CBAs), design and tender documentation for establishing of an integrated and financially self-sustainable waste management system in East and Northeast Region".

The EU assistance in this domain started a few years ago, he added.  “We are supporting the establishment of regional integrated waste management system in six regions. For this purpose, the EU, in partnership with the national authorities, is investing nearly 50 million euros”, Ambassador noted.

The main goal of the project was to create pre-conditions for a future EU supported investment in local and regional infrastructure, necessary for achieving waste management in a both environmentally friendly and compliant manner.

The investment will allow 18 municipalities of East and Northeast Region to modernise their waste management services, significantly improving the environmental conditions for 370.900 of their citizens.

Besides the Ambassador Žbogar, Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Jani Makraduli; Head of EU Department, MoEPP, Jadranka Ivanova; Head of Waste Management Department, MoEPP  Ana Karanfilova-Maznevska; and the Project Team Leader,  Antonis Mavropoulos also addressed the conference