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Parliamentary questions
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2 October 2018
Answer given by Ms Creţu on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004118/2018

For the 2014-2020 period, EUR 929.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund have been allocated in Greece to household waste management(1). Out of this amount, EUR 852.4 million is programmed through the thematic operational programme ‘Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development’.

There is no comprehensive regionalised figure on approved projects and absorbed funds available as this amount is not allocated to individual regions. The overall amount of approved projects currently stands at EUR 337.3 million. Furthermore, EUR 81.7 million is allocated to the management of industrial and hazardous waste, with EUR 2.5 million in approved projects but no realised expenditure.

In a number of regions, projects are being approved and implemented. For example, the Western Macedonia waste management project in Kozani (a public-private partnership) was implemented in less than a year and is running very successfully.

Recently, similar waste management public-private partnerships have been approved for the areas of Epirus, Ilia and Serres; and a fifth one, for the Peloponnesus, is close to signature. On the other hand, the Commission is very concerned about the situation in Attica, where, since the complete revision of the regional waste management plan in 2015, not a single project has been approved so far due to the lengthy approval procedure for environmental permits.

The Commission is also concerned about the situation in the Ionian and South Aegean Regions, where the approach of separate waste management systems for each individual island seems to cause important implementation delays and inefficiencies.

(1)Prevention, selective collection, recycling, mechanical-biological treatment, landfilling.

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