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Sofia waste treatment plant to cost 170 million euro

Date: 28.01.2009

Sofia's waste treatment project will cost 170 million euro, according to the latest estimates by the municipality, deputy mayor Maria Boyadjiiska said.

The cost includes installations and depots design and construction, power lines relocation, electricity and water supply and building a road to the platforms.

The price tag rose to 175 million euro from an initial 131 million euro and was then cut by five million euro after the project was reworked.

The municipal authorities wanted the EU to pay 80 per cent of the project's cost while the Government was pushing for 80 million to 100 million euro in EU funding. The Cabinet's previous idea was to build the facility on a public-private partnership.

Environment Minister Djevdet Chakurov said earlier in January 2009 that there would be enough money for both the installations and the depots. The ministry said that it could not calculate the funding that it would seek from Brussels before it had received the municipality's final financial analysis.

On November 27 2008, the European Commission gave Bulgaria two months to kick off the project or else face charges in the European Court of Justice for non-compliance with the waste treatment directive.

The Environment Ministry said that the EC had in fact been asking Bulgaria to provide time limits for the project launch. The ministry said that the answer had already been prepared.

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