The European Investment Bank in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Association of Romanian Water Utilities (ARA) will hold in Bucharest (RO) on 23 November 2006 a conference on financing for the water sector addressing public and private stakeholders from Romania and beyond.

The one-day conference, at the Grand Hotel Marriott, is designed to bring together representatives from the government, local authorities, scientists, experts, managers and stakeholders from the water sector.

The aim of the seminar is to present the most recent developments in the water and sanitation sector in Romania comparing them with trends and developments in other European countries which demonstrate and promote good practice.

Confirmed speakers include Sulfina Barbu, Minister of Environment and Water Management; Razvan Murgeanu, Deputy Mayor of Bucharest; Vasile Ciomos, President of ARA as well as international experts from Poland, Portugal, Cyprus and Finland. Speeches and presentations will be followed by a series of technical workshops. The seminar will be opened by Thomas Hackett, Director General of the European Investment Bank.

Journalists are invited to attend the morning session, which begins at 9.30 hrs.

Registration is free and will give you access to the plenary session and the workshops.