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Almost €11 mln from Swiss Fund supports environmental monitoring investments

Monies from the Swiss-Hungarian Cooperation Programme (Swiss Fund) will cover almost CHF 11 million of developments at water and air monitoring systems in Hungary.

Swiss ambassador to Hungary Christian Muhlethaler and National Development Agency deputy chairman Lóránt Lehrner signed the contracts on the funding in the presence of National Development Minister Tamás Fellegi and Swiss economy minister Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The National Air Pollution Monitoring Network will get CHF 5.7 million and CHF 5 million will go to the monitoring system of the Central-Duna-Valley Environmental Protection and Water Affairs Supervisor.

Switzerland, as a member of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) but not a member of the EU, earlier decided to make a combined CHF 1 billion in development funding available to all of the ten new EU member states. Hungary is the recipient of CHF 130.7 million of the amount. (MTI – Econews)