September 30, 2017

Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met with the Head of the Environment Parliamentary Committee, MP Akram Shehayeb, and discussed with him the urgent challenges that Lebanon is facing in managing solid waste, particularly in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, a press release said.

Lassen addressed with Shehayeb the need to move forward with the review and adoption of the law on integrated solid waste management.

She said: “It is crucial to get the legal and regulatory framework in place in order to establish the necessary standards.”

She also highlighted the importance of “paving the way for long-term financing for the whole sector” and underlined the importance of working hand in hand with all concerned parties towards finding suitable solutions.

The Ambassador added: “The discussion would certainly benefit from the experience accumulated by the private sector and the civil society in recent years. The EU stands ready to assist in organizing consultations and to provide expertise.”