New EU cohesion projects for environment

Over Ecu125 million to be spent on environmental infrastructure in Greece, Ireland, Portugal

To coincide with publication of the 1996 annual report of the EU cohesion fund (see separate article in today's issue), the European Commission yesterday approved cohesion fund grants totalling over Ecu125 million for new environmental projects in Greece, Ireland and Portugal. The lion's share of the money will go to Ireland, which stands to receive about Ecu72 million for the construction of a major sewerage system in Cork and the setting up of a national water conservation project. Portugal is also a major beneficiary, standing to gain over Ecu53 million for four projects related to the collection and treatment of waste water and solid wastes.

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