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Media Release: Germany supports First Urban Wastewater Treatment Plant of Kosovo in Prizren

Botschafter Rohde

Botschafter Rohde, © KfW/Arben Llapashtica

05.11.2021 - Pressemitteilung

Today, Prime Minister Kurti, Ambassador Rohde, and Director Volker Oel of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) inaugurated the first urban wastewater treatment plant in Kosovo. The new Prizren wastewater plant will treat the sewage of roughly 50.000 inhabitants and will significantly improve the water quality of rivers and lakes of Kosovo. Overall 22 million EUR have been invested jointly to build the new wastewater Treatment plant: Germany, via the German Development Bank KfW, contributed 12 million EUR, complemented by of 5 million EUR by the Republic of Kosovo as well as significant investments by the Prizren Municipality.

Ambassador Rohde stated on the occasion: „It is great to see another successful joint German-Kosovar cooperation project come to life. Our joint investments of 22 Million EUR will directly benefit the citizens of Prizren by protecting the health of the citizens, the environment, and its water resources.“

Director Oel (BMZ) said: „I am pleased to see this German investment contribute also to the cross border initiatives of Kosovo to send clean water to its neighboring countries and to meeting EU standards.“

The next project phase will further expand the coverage to cover the treatment of the wastewater of the entire city of Prizren. Germany through KfW also supports wastewater projects with the municipalities of Peja and Gjakova. Germany provides further investments of 17.5 million EUR for the rehabilitation and extension of the sewage networks. These measures will also contribute to the prevention of floods.

The Prizren wastewater project with the Regional Water Company Hidroregjioni Jugor consisted of the replacement and repair of the sewage network, construction of a wastewater treatment plant, complemented by institutional development and training activities.

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