A National press conference on the Integrated Project “Bulgarian Municipalities Working Together to Improve Air Quality”, financed by the Program LIFE of the European Union was held on 12.03.2019 (Tuesday) starting from 12:00 in the building of Sofia municipality, 33 Moskovska str., Hall 1.
The Press conference was opened by Yordanka Fandakova – Mayor of Sofia municipality; it was attended by Yoanna Hristova - Deputy Mayor of Sofia municipality and representatives of all municipalities, which are Associated beneficiaries of the Project, namely: Daniel Panov, Mayor of Veliko Turnovo municipality, Natalia Krusteva, Deputy Mayor of Ruse municipality, Ruska Boyadjieva, Deputy Mayor of Burgas municipality, Diman Georgiev, Deputy mayor of Montana municipality, Marius Konov, secretary of Montana municipality, Rositsa Koprivchina, Director of “Transport, cleanliness and ecology” department in Stara Zagora municipality and Plamen Yordanov, Director of the “Ecology” unit at the “Transport, cleanliness and ecology” department at Stara Zagora municipality.
The press conference was also attended by the team for external monitoring of the Project - NEEMO EEIG and by representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Waters.
Yordanka Fandakova presented the partners in the Integrated Project, together with which the first Integrated Project in Bulgaria was won in 2018 under the Program LIFE of the European Union.
The value of the Project is more than EUR 16 million, 60% of which is European grand financing. These resources will allow for the replacement of the heating systems of nearly 10000 households on the territory of the six municipalities; two new stationary stations for measurement of the indicators of the ambient air will be delivered in each of the six municipalities, which will subsequently be included in the National Environmental Monitoring System; an analysis will be conducted of the current Air Quality Management Programs and recommendations will be formulated for the new programs; the capacity for air quality management of the beneficiaries will also be improved.
Yoanna Hristova presented the main aspects of the Integrated Project, amongst which its goals, applicable policy, key activities and expected results.
The press conference received broad media coverage by print and electronic media at the national and local level.
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