site.btaEuropean Commission Okays Bulgaria’s Environment Operational Programme
The European Commission on Friday approved Operational Programme Environment, which provides over EUR 1.82 billion for investments in Bulgaria. These funds will contribute to improving the state of Bulgaria's water, soil, air and biodiversity, and to tackling the risks of climate change, thereby improving the quality of life of citizens and laying a solid foundation for long-term sustainable growth, the Commission said.
The main measures identified in the programme are aligned with the objectives of the European Green Deal and the transition to climate neutrality. These priorities include:
- sustainable water and waste management;
- moving towards a clean, circular economy and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity;
- building a comprehensive disaster risk management system focusing on prevention and resilience;
- reducing pollution, especially in water and air.
The most significant planned investments include:
- building infrastructure for wastewater collection, disposal and treatment, water resource protection and water supply;
- development and upgrade of municipal waste management systems and investment in waste sorting facilities, as well as measures to rehabilitate land contaminated by landfills;
- development of management plans for “Natura 2000” protected areas and conservation;
- implementing risk prevention and emergency management systems;
- measures to reduce air pollution from domestic heating and the transport sector.
The programme will address regional imbalances in climate and environmental infrastructure, with over 93% of the budget programmed under the European Regional Development Fund targeted at less developed regions.
The projects co-funded by the EU under the OP “Environment” will also contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.
For more on EU Cohesion Policy and the Partnership Agreement with Bulgaria, see here.