Sweden is stepping up its environmental assistance to countries in the Baltic region, with the allocation of a further SKr45m (euros 5.1m) in funding, the Swedish environmental protection agency announced last week. The money will help pay for the clean-up of rivers in Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as part of efforts to reduce pollution in the Baltic Sea. It will also be spent on the transfer of technical know-how, aimed at preparing these countries for future negotiations on EU membership. Sweden is already involved in a "twinning" project to upgrade Latvia's environmental legislation and administrative capability, funded by the EU (ENDS Daily 16 April). The latest money will also pay for projects to reduce industrial emissions in St Petersburg, for forestry conservation in northwest Russia and for the provision of better environmental information for decision-makers and members of the public.
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