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Over 53 mln euros to help Bulgaria’s municipalities tackle air pollution

Bulgaria’s Deputy Minister of Environment and Water Reneta Koleva is calling for both the State and the municipalities to work jointly to identify measures for air quality, so as to achieve more sustainable and effective results.

Deputy Minister Koleva recalled that in 2017 an infringement procedure was launched against Bulgaria for failure to comply with the norms for fine dust particles 10 (PM10) and it is expected that the country will be found in noncompliance with the Air Quality Directive by the Court of Justice of the EU. Now, according to Ms Koleva, the main priority is to support the actions of the municipalities that fall within the scope of the decision by the Court of the EU.

Funds had already been allocated to help municipalities under the Operational Program Environment 2014-2020 to minimise air pollution from domestic heating and transport, including the creation of an information system for reporting data on the quality of atmospheric air as part of the National air quality monitoring system in real-time.

“The interest in programs to replace old heating appliances and wood and coal stoves shows us that this is the right way to go. I expect in the next program period to continue in this direction in order to reduce the use of wood and coal during the heating season,” emphasised Ms Koleva.

She added that under the new Environment 2021-2027 program, 105 million leva (approximately 53.7 million euros) have been earmarked for reducing secondary dust by building green infrastructure in urban environments. The funds will be provided through the approach for integrated territorial investments, whereby the 21 municipalities that have not yet complied with the standards for PM10 content will be able to benefit.

Following the process and the investments made, Deputy Minister Koleva emphasised that 2021 is the first year in which there is no single municipality with excess average annual norms of fine dust particles, which is an indicator of the trend of improving air quality.

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