"Strong Lebanon" Parliamentary Bloc Secretary, MP Ibrahim Kanaan, said Saturday that the international contributions do not cover 50% of the costs incurred by the Lebanese State due to the Syrian refugees' presence.
"Syrian displacement has cost Lebanon up to $20 billion so far, and the shortage in municipal needs reached 350 million USD up till 2015 alone, according to the World Bank," he disclosed at the 3rd Municipalities Conference organized by the Free Patriotic Movement at the Forum de Beirut.
"The joint cooperation between municipalities and central authorities is necessary in the Syrian refugees' dossier," Kanaan said, noting that the budget includes binding texts that govern this area.
On another note, Kanaan criticized the huge spending by municipalities on the environmental issue, considering that municipal funds have been declared to 'Sukleen Company" for the coming generations. He added: "The total cost of the environmental massacre we are suffering has exceeded 4 billion dollars!"
Source: National News Agency