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INVESTMENTS IN MUNICIPAL AND WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

(SOkol ARSO, author: A. Kolar)

 

The preparation and management of investments in the municipal and water infrastructure at the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment takes place within the framework of the Environment Cohesion Fund and Water Fund.

 

 

Environment Cohesion Fund

 

Big infrastructure projects for the field of environment, transport and sustainable use of energy are co-financed with EU funds from the environment Cohesion Fund (CF). In the field of environment, these are projects from the above-mentioned areas:

  • waste management,

  • environment protection – potable water sector,

  • environment protection – collection and treatment of urban waste water and

  • environment protection – reduction of detrimental activities of water.

 

The implementation of projects of the 2007-2013 financial perspective is under way, and the implementation of projects for the 2004-2006 financial period is being concluded.

 

The 2007 –2013 Operational Programme of Environment and Transport Infrastructure Development (OP ETID) is a key document which represents the basis for the drawing of the CF funds in the current financial perspective. Among other matters it also defines the financing of investments and includes the analysis of the situation, fields of activity, individual projects and the amount of funds. The total value of all investments in the OP ETID in the field of environment is assessed at only 1,2 billion euros, and the share of co-financing with the CF funds amounts to approximately 530 million euros. The implementation of projects especially takes place under the principle of co-financing, so a part of funds is thus provided for by the State and municipalities which are, as a rule, the final beneficiaries of funds or project investors.

 

In the preparation and implementation of projects from the Cohesion Fund the Ministry of the Environment is involved as an intermediate body or as a beneficiary.

 

 

The Ministry of the Environment as an intermediate body

 

The Ministry of the Environment as an intermediate body is responsible for the implementation of the fourth and partly of the fifth priority axis within the Operational programme of Environment and Transport Infrastructure Development, that is:
 

IVth  Priority Axis: Municipal Waste Management;

 
Vth  Priority Axis: Environment protection – water sector; within the framework of the fifth priority axis from the field of environment protection, the Ministry of the Environment as an intermediate body participates in the above-mentioned priority guidelines:
- collection and treatment of urban waste water 
- potable water supply.

 

The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning in its role as the intermediate body is responsible for relations with final beneficiaries and its fundamental tasks are:

  • Participation in the preparation of projects of the Cohesion Fund for environment including the verification and assessment of projects from the point of view of administrative, technical, financial and content adequacy of projects;

  • Participation in the implementation of projects of the Cohesion Fund for environment and other tasks which, within the framework of the implementation of Cohesion projects, are allocated to the Ministry as the intermediate body in accordance with the rules of implementing Cohesion projects;

  • Legal support in the process of public procurement and implementation of investment projects.

 

In the implementation of the Cohesion Fund, the following parties are also involved: 

  • Government Office for Local Self-Government and Regional Policy as a management authority;

  • Beneficiaries who are responsible for the preparation of applications for allocation of funds from CF, implementation of a project on the basis of the Decree on the allocation of funds and for the preparation of public calls to tender for the project. As regards the institutional scheme of the Cohesion Fund, the final beneficiary of funds or the investor are municipalities; 

  • Ministry of Finance and the Court of Audit of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

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