Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met today with Minister of Environment Tarek el Khatib.
Discussions focused on the urgently needed nationwide waste management strategy and the need to protect our global resources, including the Mediterranean sea. They also focused on waste to energy plans and upcoming initiatives to address the waste crisis.
Ambassador Lassen raised concerns about operations in the two landfills of Costa Brava and Burj Hammoud. Minister El Khatib assured her that the government is currently working intensively to address remaining problems.
Ambassador Lassen said that the European Union is ready to support municipalities and operational initiatives, as well as the private sector and the civil society organisations in the preparation of long-term responses to the waste crisis. She added that addressing the solid waste crisis and channelling EU support need efficient, transparent and accountable responses at public and private sector levels.
Since 2004, the EU has been financing the construction of 16 solid waste treatment facilities and the supply of equipment (e.g. containers, trucks, sterilisation centres) outside Beirut and Mount Lebanon, for a total of more than EUR 77 million.