Waste man­age­ment PPP project launched in Kozani

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Twelve mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in Greece’s Western Mace­do­nia re­gion have launched the pilot phase of a 48mil­lion-euro in­te­grated waste man­age­ment project fi­nanced through a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP).

The max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of the unit in Kozani, which is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional in the sum­mer, is ap­prox­i­mately 120,000 tons per year. The op­er­a­tional pe­riod of the project is 25 years.

Dur­ing a visit to the site yes­ter­day, Deputy Econ­omy Min­is­ter Ster­gios Pit­sior­las her­alded PPPs as a promis­ing model for de­vel­op­ment.

“PPPs may have been some­what de­mo­nized in the past, but ex­pe­ri­ence shows that they are a use­ful tool in the hands of the coun­try,” he said.

The min­is­ter said he had partly given in to mu­nic­i­pal de­mands for state sub­si­dies to cover some of the higher cost for Western Mace­do­nians, which is ex­pected to rise from 37 (only for waste dis­posal) to 132 eu­ros a ton.

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