Some HUF 613.6 billion in EU funding will be available for environmental protection projects in 2009-2010, Hungary’s Environment Ministry state secretary Lajos Oláh said.
The ministry will invite 31 tenders in six different areas, Oláh said.
Some HUF 316.5 billion will be allocated to support waste management, sewerage and drinking water projects; HUF 197 billion will go toward flood protection, water quality protection and recultivation of waste dumps; HUF 33 billion will go to renewable energy projects; HUF 24 billion will go toward making buildings more energy efficient; HUF 10.8 billion will go to raising environmental awareness; HUF 8.6 billion will go for project preparation; and HUF 2.8 billion will be used for technical support.
The government has so far made decision on twelve big environmental projects, including five waste management projects, five sewerage projects and two flood protection projects worth a combined HUF 155 billion.
The ministry received more than 900 applications for environmental funding in the last two years. Nearly 400 were awarded some HUF 24 billion in project preparation subsidies. By the end of last year, the ministry had made decisions on more than HUF 154 billion in grants for 97 projects. (MTI – Econews)