H2020 Hot Spots Inventory for Western Balkans & Turkey (WeB&THSiS)

on 13 September 2010.

The Hot Spot Inventory for the West Balkans and Turkey launched under Horizon 2020 in September 2010 and complementing the existing hot spot inventory for the Southern Mediterranean countries covered by MeHSIP, was completed in June 2011. Together with the countries, the project aimed to identify environmental hot spot investments and appropriate funding sources that will significantly contribute to the depollution of the Mediterranean by 2020.

During a series of country missions to the Western Balkan countries and Turkey, projects addressing most regionally polluting industrial and/or municipal point sources of pollution have been prioritized with extensive stakeholder dialogues, updating the UNEP MAP/MEDPOL NAPs. In the field of solid waste and waste water an average of 20% of the projects still remain to be addressed, and a further 15% are only partly funded. Industrial pollution control and clean up is often more complex to address with lack of clarity on ownership issues, privatization and clean up liability.

Even though a large number of funding tools are available in the region these do not cover either all three H2020 priority sectors since industrial pollution is often not represented, nor are all countries eligible. Coordination of current and future technical assistance support at all levels (EU, regional and national) will be essential, and ideally as early in the programming cycle as possible. The work shall be carried out in close collaboration with UNEP- MAP, and in close coordination with other ongoing initiatives, including the "Support to EU/IFI Coordination in the Western Balkans and Turkey" (IFI-AG), the Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) and the Western Balkan Investment Framework (WBIF).

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The project was supported by the European Commission through IPA funds and administered by the CB/MEP.