An official launch event of the E5P fund in Belarus took place in Minsk on 10 July 2018. The event was attended by the Belarusian ministries, municipalities, NGOs, donor representatives from the European Union, Sweden, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, USA and IFIs. Statements and presentations were made by the Deputy Minister of Economy, Dmitry Matusevich, Deputy Minister of Housing and Communal Services, Vitaly Smirnov, Head of EU Delegation to Belarus, Andrea Wiktorin, Ambassador of Sweden, Christina Johannesson, Minsk Oblast, State Standardisation Committee, EBRD, E5P and NEFCO.
The launch event was combined with the signing of the grant agreement for the first E5P supported project in Belarus, Puhovichi Solid Waste Management to be implemented by EBRD. The E5P is providing a grant of €2 million to help with the construction of the country’s first regional and more environmentally friendly landfill which will be built in accordance with the EU standards.