Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Macedonia has no plan as to how to use EUR 210 million from EU

Skopje. Macedonia doesn’t have a plan yet as to how to use EUR 210 million from the new EU Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), which will be allotted within three years, the Macedonian newspaper Dnevnik reports. So far only one project has been chosen as part of the police reforms. The total of EUR 8 million will be used for it. Besides, EUR 30 million will be used for the construction of road infrastructure from Corridor 10 /north-south/.
There are no other projects. Neither has the government chosen priority projects, which will be financed by the EU.
The EU will finance projects in five sectors: institutional consolidation, transborder cooperation, transport and environment, human resources development and agriculture. Municipalities, state institutions, private companies and farmers stand equal chances of getting funding.

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