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Minister Nuredini at the event “100 days Government” announced that negotiations are underway with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank for the provision of two credit lines (EBRD – 55 million euros and EIB – 50 million euros). One for the needs of finalizing the establishment of the regional waste management system, and the other for water supply and wastewater treatment. In the first 100 days, the challenges were overcome and the first joint regional waste disposal company “Rusino-Polog” was put into operation, and measures were taken to rehabilitate the entire location of the old landfill Rusino.
Efforts are made and projects are supported to raise public awareness and build habits among the population for waste selection. A project for cleaning more than 25 illegal dumps in the newly formed National Park Shar Mountain is underway, for which the MoEPP provided 30 million denars. It is considered a special success that the cleaning of the lindane and its isomers from the small landfill in OHIS, provided by the UNIDO project, has been brought to the final stage. It should be transported out of the country in a short time. Further cleaning and safe disposal of this hazardous historical waste continues, as well as requesting financial resources for cleaning the large landfill and the location at the place called Pelenica. In this part, the recently adopted Amendments to the Law on Environment, which created a mechanism for remediation of historical pollution and hotspots in the country, a methodology for identification of contaminated areas, with specific obligations for rehabilitation and defined content of the Plan that will implement this rehabilitation in accordance with world standards. With this, we have created conditions for solving the other historical pollution in the country. In the area of ambient air quality monitoring, two new air quality measuring stations have been put into operation, in Berovo and Prilep, which for the first time are financed exclusively from their own budget. With this, the number of monitoring stations increased to 21, and a total of funds in the amount of 12,019,480.00 denars were allocated. Intensive work is being done on the digitalization of access to information in the field of environment and special progress is the preparation of the Water Book that provides insight into the use and management of water resources, then the digitalized platform developed by MoEPP with its own resources through which access to the Register of Holders permits/pollutants, as well as digitalized mapping of the ways of heating public buildings in the country. The State Inspectorate for Environment has put into operation the register of inspection subjects.
Everything that was said in Nuredini statement is true, but it will need further monitoring in order to closely follow the implementation of the key project implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning.