“Clean Serbia” project – investments of four billion euros

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In the next five years, within the project “Clean Serbia”, the construction of 7,000 kilometers of sewage network and more than 250 wastewater treatment plants is planned, for which an investment of four billion euros is planned.

“The situation is bad now because we are dumping more than 90 percent of wastewater into rivers, and if we continue like that, we will destroy nature.” That is why we have to change the situation from the bottom up, “said Tomislav Momorovic, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure.

He assessed that we need highways, but, as he said, the new roads are not worth it if we do not build quality environmental and communal infrastructure, and above all the sewerage network and wastewater treatment plants, the Serbian government said in a statement.

Momirović stated that little has been done so far in these areas and that, among others, Belgrade does not have a wastewater treatment plant and it is the largest city on the Danube without such a treatment plant.

“This is not only a problem of Serbia, but also of Europe, which is why our European partners resent us.” “Such a plant is not easy to do, nor is it a cheap job, not even for a smaller area, and not for Belgrade with more than a million and a half inhabitants,” he said.

State Secretary in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jelena Tanaskovic, estimated that ecology is a priority and that 36 billion dinars are planned for this area next year, both from the budget and other sources.

“When it comes to purifiers and sewage network, we signed a contract with the Council of Europe Development Bank of 200 million euros, which will finance the construction of the missing sewage network and sewage treatment plant in 26 local self-government units,” she said.

Tanaskovic added that the construction of regional centers for solid waste management has been initiated in eight regions.

The head of the Center for Circular Economy in the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Siniša Mitrović, stated that this year we had two important events in the field of ecology, namely Glasgow 26, ie the decarbonisation project, where we are fully implemented, and the opening of Cluster 4 dedicated to energy and protection. environment.

As he pointed out, our direct damage from climate change is more than 360 million euros a year.

“We do not have the infrastructure for waste management in Serbia, especially industrial and hazardous waste. “There is no economic growth, neither foreign direct nor domestic investment without infrastructure for waste and wastewater,” he said.

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Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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