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    Reference: 20200089
    Release date: 26 May 2020

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The project will finance the investment program of North Rhine-Westphalia to modernise the regional waste water system in the period 2020 - 2024.


    The aim of the project is to improve the ground- and surface water quality and ensure compliance with the Urban Waste Water Directive (91/271/EC), the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC), and the Floods Directive 2007/60/EC. The project will improve the management of the Emscher River basin and the quality of life of around 2.3 million inhabitants of the Northern Ruhr area.


    • Water, sewerage - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 500 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 1500 million

    Environmental aspects

    Several of the construction schemes included in the project might fall under Annex II of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive 2014/52/EU amending the EIA Directive 2011/92/EU. EIA procedures are carried out where required by the competent authorities and mitigating measures are applied as appropriate. Where appropriate, the requirements of the Habitats and Birds Directives (92/43/EEC and 2009/147/EC) are applied. The Bank's appraisal will focus on the Promoter's environmental management capacity to properly apply these EU Directives.


    The promoter has to ensure that contracts for the implementation of the project will be tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation (Directive 2014/25/EU, as well as Directive 92/13/EEC as interpreted by the Court of Justice of the EU), with publication of tender notices in the EU Official Journal, as and where required.


    Signed - 4/12/2020


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

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    Germany Water, sewerage