Will the EBRD give up financing the Vinca incinerator due to complaints about harmfulness?

Work on the construction of a waste treatment and disposal plant in Vinca will be completed by the end of the year, which will enable the closure of one of the largest landfills in Europe after four decades of work. The complete landfill rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in 2022. While the authorities praise the project as one of the most important in the field of environmental protection in Serbia, which is harmonized with European standards, the initiative Not Drowning Belgrade has launched an investigation into the EBRD’s participation in the project which could have a negative impact on local population and environment.

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The Let’s Not Drown Belgrade initiative announced on August 19 that it had initiated a procedure before the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to assess the bank’s responsibility for financing a harmful project to build an incinerator in Vinca.

Assessing that the project does not meet EU standards and that it is in conflict with numerous European directives, the Initiative reminds that after its complaints and interventions, the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have already refused to support the project.

The Let’s Not Drown Belgrade Initiative stated that the EBRD had informed them that it had accepted the complaint and had launched an internal investigation under the Project Complaints Mechanism (PCM), which provides an opportunity to verify the EBRD’s responsibility for financing projects that may adversely affect local people. and the environment.

The initiative, together with the CEE Bankwatch Network, filed two more complaints with the Energy Community against the Republic of Serbia, for non-compliance with European environmental standards during the construction of the incinerator in Vinča.

“On the other hand, the EC and the EIB refused to support this project. The incinerator in Vinča, as stated by the EC and the EIB, prevents Serbia from achieving the goals of environmental protection, recycling and the circular economy as part of the process of joining the European Union, “the statement reminds.

The initiative stated that this project is in contradiction with numerous European directives on waste management, and that it will not meet the envisaged European Union standards in terms of environmental protection, and will contribute to further air pollution with extremely carcinogenic materials.

“The incinerator in Vinča will cost the citizens of Belgrade more than one billion and 150 million euros for the incineration of waste in the next 30 years, without the possibility of using it again,” they said from the initiative.

Representatives of the opposition Alliance for Serbia (SzS) have previously demanded the withdrawal of the EBRD from the project of the incinerator in Vinča. In June, they informed EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti that they would file criminal charges against all those who signed the agreement.

New sanitary landfill by the end of 2020.

The special purpose company “Beo čista energija”, which is building a plant for treatment and disposal of municipal waste according to the project of public-private partnership with the City of Belgrade, announced on August 18 that the works will be completed by the end of the year, when the city landfill will be closed. garbage in Vinca.

“The realization of the public-private partnership project will enable the closure and rehabilitation of the existing landfill in Vinca, which is one of the 50 largest unregulated landfills in the world,” the statement reads.

“Beo čista energija” – owned by the French-Japanese consortium Suez-Itochu and the corporation “Marguerite”, states that the construction of a new sanitary landfill, construction waste recycling plant and leachate treatment plant will be completed by the end of the year, which will enable closure. existing city landfills.

“Commercial activities are planned to be fully started in 2020, and new plants are under construction, which include a plant for energy recovery of waste in which municipal waste will be processed for the production of electricity and heat,” the statement said.

The new landfill will process biogas and treat contaminated leachate, while in another plant construction waste will be recycled for reuse for road construction and another.

The project is worth 370 million euros, of which 290 million euros were provided from credit lines of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Development Bank of Austria (OeEB).

During a tour of the construction site in Vinča on August 18, the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, said that the remediation of the landfill is the largest project in the field of environmental protection in Serbia and that it will be completed in 2022.

This, as she stated, will solve the decades-long problem of solid waste disposal in Belgrade, in accordance with European standards, which will improve the lives of the inhabitants of the capital of Serbia.

“This is the largest public-private partnership project in Serbia, a model of cooperation that we should use more in the future,” Brnabic said.

The contract on the construction of the Regional Center for Waste Treatment in Vinča was signed in September 2017 between the City of Belgrade and the Suez-Itoch consortium.

The project envisions the rehabilitation of an existing landfill, one of the largest open-air landfills in Europe, the construction of a new storage center and an incineration unit where electricity and heat will be produced.

Source: Euractiv.rs, Beta


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