The Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Barna Tánczos, paid a working visit to Cluj County today. During the visit, the dignitary attended the launch conference of the project “Disused Temporary Ramp, Protected Community of Cluj” (RTD-CCP), which took place at Cluj-Napoca City Hall. Emil Boc, the mayor of Cluj-Napoca, was present at the event, along with representatives of the Cluj County Council, the Cluj Environmental Protection Agency, Babeș-Bolyai University, the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests and other relevant institutions.
The total value of the project launched today is over 12 million lei, of which the amount of non-refundable grant received through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) 2014-2021 is approximately 10 million lei (85% of the approved eligible value), and the amount of non-reimbursable financing received from the national budget exceeds 1.8 million lei (15% of the approved eligible value). The project implementation period is between November 24, 2022 and April 30, 2024.
“The project launched today is of major importance for the residents of the area. It will lead to reducing the contamination with hazardous substances in the temporary municipal waste storage site in Cluj-Napoca, by implementing an innovative and environmentally friendly solution, which will contribute to reducing the amount of waste on the platform. Regarding the investments in waste management in Cluj county, 30 million lei are contracted by the Administrative Teritorial Units in the county for voluntary storage of large waste and another 30 million lei for the authorities in Cluj county for digitized ecological islands, through Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan”, stated Minister Barna Tánczos, during the press conference held at Cluj-Napoca City Hall.
Emil Boc, the mayor of Cluj-Napoca, emphasized the necessity and importance of implementing this project: “It is a waste recovery project in an innovative way. At the same time, it helps us to reduce the amount of waste from the temporary ramp, which will be stored in the integrated waste management center (CMID), which means that we bring less waste into the CMID. It is beneficial on all levels, because it is an ecological, innovative project and it is a model of good practice, which can be used in other areas of Romania or Europe”.
The City Hall of Cluj-Napoca implements this project through the “Environment, adaptation to climate change and ecosystems” programme (RO-Environment) – Call no. 2 – ’’Risk management measures to reduce contaminated temporary municipal landfills/ storage sites’’, which is financed by the Financial Mechanism of the (EEA) European Economic Area 2014-2021, the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests acting as Programme Operator.