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Prime Minister Haradinaj and Ambassador Lebet Signed the First Amendment of the Draft-Support Agreement for the Inter-Ministerial Council on Waters

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Pristina, December 5, 2017

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, led the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Council on Waters. Initially, Prime Minister Haradinaj and Swiss Ambassador to Kosovo Jean-Hubert Lebet signed the First Amendment of the Draft Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kosovo and the Government of the Swiss Confederation on Support to the Inter-Ministerial Council on Waters.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Haradinaj thanked the Swiss people, the Swiss Confederation and all other institutions for the strong support, which is of multi-million Euros for water management and operation in Kosovo.

"The news that 87 percent of Kosovo's families have clean water, drinking water, is important news," said Prime Minister Haradinaj, considering as very important the process of building sewage treatment plants apart from existing ones in Peja, Prizren, Gjakova and Pristina.
Prime Minister Haradinaj said that institutions in Kosovo should give the greatest importance, weight and seriousness to drinking water.
"All organizations that treat and deal with water must understand the seriousness and weight of this issue," said Prime Minister Haradinaj.

Further, Prime Minister Haradinaj thanked the Swiss Government and Ambassador Lebet for the continued care and continued contribution of the Swiss state to Kosovo and its citizens in all stages of our development as a state.

Swiss Ambassador to Kosovo, Jean-Hubert Lebet, said he was proud that his state has contributed to the success of this project.

"We have managed to offer to most households, clean water, thanking also the Kosovar authorities and the members of this inter-ministerial group," said Ambassador Lebet.

Since 1999, Switzerland has contributed to the water utilities sector with a total investment of around 70 million euros and has also committed another 30 million for the period 2017-2020, focusing on water resource management, climate change and energy efficiency.

An important aspect of Swiss support is the improvement of the governance of the water sector. Switzerland has been supporting the Inter-Ministerial Water Council since its inception in 2009. This governmental, decision-making and co-ordinating mechanism, established at the Office of the Prime Minister, played a decisive role in the development of the water sector. Today, the structure and organization of the water sector in Kosovo is highly rated by internationally renowned organizations.

 

06.12.2017 11:12
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