The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced that it, together with the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the European Union (EU), are financing a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in northern Kosovo to improve sanitation standards and reduce wastewater pollution in South Mitrovica, Vushtrri and the surrounding areas.
According to a statement, the EBRD is extending a EUR 13.5 million loan to Regional Water Company Mitrovica, a state-owned water utility company, to finance the construction of the new treatment plant, as well as the rehabilitation and extension of the wastewater network in South Mitrovica and Vushtrri.
The plant will benefit more than 123 000 people living in the company’s service area.
The EIB will co-finance the project with an additional EUR 13.5 million loan. while the EU will provide a EUR 5 million grant through the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF). The project will also benefit from technical assistance provided by WBIF and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
There has never been greater momentum to invest in green infrastructure. The EBRD is keen to increase its support for Kosovo to create a healthier environment for its citizens, said Matteo Colangeli, EBRD Regional Director for the Western Balkans.
The water quality of Kosovan rivers has deteriorated in recent decades due to a lack of proper wastewater and solid-waste treatment. The EBRD is helping Kosovo to address these challenges and invest in modern environmental infrastructure with well-structured finance through the WBIF.
The new treatment plant will significantly reduce pollution from wastewater flowing into four of the region’s rivers and provide residents with access to cleaner water. It will also benefit neighbouring municipalities in Serbia.
This project is a high priority for our government as it will improve the lives of the citizens in Mitrovica region by providing improved sanitation services to the local population through enhanced wastewater collection and treatment capacities, said Hekuran Murati, Minister of Finance of Kosovo.
This will be the second wastewater treatment plant that the EBRD and the EU have supported in the country; construction is scheduled to start on the Gjilan plant in 2022.
The EBRD has invested EUR 545 million in Kosovo since it began operating there in 2012. The Bank’s strategic priorities in Kosovo are to promote the green economy, support the competitive development of the private sector, and foster regional integration.