Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met yesterday with the Minister of Energy and Water Cesar Abi Khalil.
Discussions focused on the importance of the energy and water sectors for Lebanon's stability and the support that the EU is providing in close cooperation with the Lebanese Government to help upgrade infrastructures, particularly in the areas most affected by the Syrian refugee crisis.
On-going support includes 5 programmes that help municipalities and local communities in rural areas in Lebanon access clean water. The programmes include the construction and rehabilitation of more than 47 kilometres of water distribution networks, the construction of two water reservoirs of a combined capacity of 3500m3, the rehabilitation and cleaning of 8 water tanks, as well as the training of water establishment staff on the operation, maintenance and management of new water infrastructure and service.
This support has reached around 220,000 people in North and South Lebanon.
In addition, through several bilateral and regional projects, the EU has supported the implementation of innovative initiatives that aim to increase Lebanon's energy efficiency, and promote the use of renewable energy. Among these initiatives are supporting the Lebanese Armed Forces in the development of a sustainable energy strategy, transforming a village in south Lebanon into a low-carbon model village and supporting 4 municipalities in the implementation of their sustainable energy action plans.
Source: National News Agency