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First tranche within EU’s Water Sector Budget Support released

First tranche within EU’s Water Sector Budget Support released

The European Union has released the first 15 million EUR tranche to the Republic of Moldova within the Water Sector Budget Support. The Programme, valued at 45 million EUR, will be implemented during 2009 - 2012. The main objective of this Sector Policy Support Programme is to support Moldova in the implementation of reforms in its drinking water and sanitation sector, by providing finance and technical assistance for priority activities of high-relevance for the Moldovan population and environment, and to help fight the worst forms of drinking water pollution.

The EU support will be the biggest grant-based support to the Moldovan water sector (drinking- and waste-water/sanitation sub-sectors) in the period 2009-2011. The introduction of EU quality standards will be promoted throughout the programme and demonstrated in a pilot project with a certified EU Member-State development agency in the Nisporeni raion of Moldova. This is the 3rd budget support operation implemented by the EU in Moldova in addition to the Social Sector Policy Support (21 million EUR) and the Health Sector Policy Support Programmes (46.6 million EUR).


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