EU Denies it Approved Funding for Israeli Water Projects

Published May 16th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The European Union denied Tuesday that it had authorized funding for two regional water projects in Israel, despite announcements made to this effect Sunday by the Union of Local Authorities in Israel (ULAI), the Jerusalem Post reported.  

David Kriss, spokesman of the European Commission in Israel was quoted by the daily as saying that the commission and other European institutions "had been invited to help fund the projects" proposed by the draft document of a recent seminar of water and waste water experts from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Italy.  

Kriss said he had clarified the issue with ULAI officials.  

He stressed that anyone who wants funding from the European Union for original projects must go through established procedures, said the daily. Requests must be made to the European Commission or one of the member states.  

Approval of new projects is generally done only once a year, and it takes months to filter the proposals and organize backing. If it has support, a global financing proposal must then be submitted. It is a time consuming, bureaucratic process, Kriss told the daily -  



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