Technical Assistance for Issuing Concessions on Integrated Waste Management in 19 Municipalities in the South-East and Polog Planning Regions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Technical Assistance for Issuing Concessions on Integrated Waste Management in 19 Municipalities in the South-East and Polog Planning Regions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Source of funding

Italy

Name of client/donor

Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning

Overall project value

EUR 49,790

Date

November 2009 – February 2010

Beneficiary countries

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Number of staff

4

The REC in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia facilitated the performance of the commission for implementing an international tender for issuing concessions for the integrated management of municipal solid waste in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The project involved the provision of technical and legal assistance in the country's waste sector in order to develop an appropriate design for regional integrated waste management; formulate agreements for inter-municipal cooperation; and define and implement procedures for the issuing of concessions. The 10 municipalities comprising the South-East Planning Region and the 9 municipalities in the Polog Planning Region teamed up with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning in order to improve the quality of solid waste management by issuing one concession for solid waste disposal (Lot I); and one concession for solid waste collection and transport (Lot II). The authorities planned to engage one concessionaire to carry out the entire chain of solid waste management services (i.e. Lots I and II).

The ultimate objective was to improve waste management in the two planning regions and to facilitate a transparent tendering process for issuing the concession for integrated waste management in the two planning regions.

The management of communal waste is an important element in the process of the integration of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into the European Union. In this context, the REC's Macedonian office provided assistance to the Macedonian Government in the process of awarding PPP concessions for integrated solid waste management, including the legal steps for issuing the public call for interest, with the goal of achieving full compliance with the relevant EU directives. The REC developed the tender documents for three tendering stages and provided technical support in the negotiation process between the authorities (municipalities and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning) and the selected bidders.

Project activities included:

  • facilitating the competitive dialogue process;
  • collecting and assessing data related to waste management;
  • analysing legislation related to waste management and public-private partnerships;
  • providing consultancy services on the development of a payment mechanism; the institutional set-up for regional waste management; and risk assessment and management;
  • developing tender dossiers;
  • assisting the authorities to evaluate the tenders;
  • developing the concession agreement; and
  • assisting the authorities during the negotiations to fine-tune the concession agreement.

In response to the issued tender there were two applicants in Polog and one in the South-East Planning Region in the third and final tendering stage.

  • Technical support
  • Data collection
  • Assessments and analysis
  • Consultancy services