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Vice Prime Minister informed about amount of investment needed for modernization of municipal water and heat supply systems
15.03.2018 | 16:17

The state should create conditions aimed to ensure modernization of the housing and utilities sector and availability of funds. Unfortunately, 25 years ago, nothing was done to ensure implementation of the said processes by cities and communities that have own municipal enterprises. The decentralization process stipulates for transferring funds and powers to the regions. Now it is important for local governments to ensure money are spending not only on fountains, sidewalks and landscaping, but also on communal services. This was stated by Hennadii Zubko, Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine in an interview with the internet edition Apostrophe.

"An important issue at stake is technologies we expect to receive from our financial partners. At present, the World Bank program for modernizing heat and water supply is underway. A particular number of cities are already engaged in this process. The European Investment Bank program with a budget of 400 million euros has already been implemented in the first 9 projects. The EBRD program works in the heat supply sector in Lviv, Zhytomyr and Kamianets-Podilskyi. Local government should realize that in order to avoid emergencies, it is necessary to regularly invest in scheduled operations", the Vice Prime Minister emphasized.

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