Speeding up Investments in the Waste Sector

Speeding up Investments in the Waste Sector

A manual for waste utilities in South Eastern Europe

June 2009 | Print | Book

The manual Speeding up Investments in the Waste Sector was drafted within the Priority Environmental Investment Programme for South Eastern Europe (PEIP). One of themain goals of PEIP is to facilitate investments in key areas such aswaste, water and air. Behind the manual is the firm belief of the authors that sustainable environmental investments in the waste sector are only possible if they are implemented by strong, professional and politically independent utilities. This view has been recognised by the South Eastern European (SEE) countries and the idea of themanual was endorsed at the PEIP regionalmeeting in Budva, Montenegro, in June 2008.

The manual is based on the assumption that lack of proper strategic planning and the insufficient capacity of the utilities are themain bottlenecks to  investments in waste infrastructure, rather than a lack of funding. Stronger utilities functioning in well-planned regional systems are, and will be, able to attract and make full use of more EU and bilateral donor grant funds as well as funds from international financial institutions  IFIs) and other commercial banks.

The unblocking of investments inmunicipal solidwaste (MSW)managementwill bring countries closer to compliance with the EU environmental acquis, that is, the major, investment-heavyWaste Landfill Directive and the newWaste  FrameworkDirective. And, of course, the ultimate goal is better services for the population with the accompanying environmental and health benefits.

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