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EBRD €25 million Loan to Modernise Water and Wastewater Services in Five Romanian Counties

  • Romania, September 18, 2018: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced that it will provide €25 million in loan to improve water and wastewater services in Romania.

    As revealed by the Bank in a press release, Romanian citizens and the environment will benefit from a new EBRD investment in the improvement of water and wastewater services and the reduction of water losses. The upgrades thus made are expected to benefit over 40,000 households in the region.

    The loan agreement was signed in Bucharest by EBRD President, Suma Chakrabarti, and RAJA General Manager, Felix Stroe. RAJA is Romania’s largest public water and wastewater utility and serves over 3 million people in eight counties: Constan?a, Ialomi?a, C?l?ra?i, Ilfov, Dāmbovi?a, Bra?ov, Prahova ?i Bac?u.

    The loan will be used to co-finance with EU Cohesion funds an extension and rehabilitation of the company’s water and wastewater services and will benefit 400,000 households. The financing willalso support a water efficiency programme which aims to reduce water losses by more than 300.000 m3 per year and cut 8,400 tonnes of CO2-equivalent by 2025.

    RAJA is the first regional water operator in Romania to receive financing under the EBRD Sustainable Water Infrastructure Facility (SWIFT) framework. It builds on the Bank's long-term work with Romanian water companies aimed at bringing the sector in line with EU laws, policies and practices.

    To date, the EBRD has financed 24 water operators in Romania, providing a total of €330 million in loans and mobilising over €2 billion of EU funding for the country’s water and wastewater facilities.

    In Romania the EBRD is among the top institutional investors. To date, the Bank has invested close to €8 billion in the country in more than 400 projects. In 2017 alone, it invested €550 million in Romania.
    Of this financing, over €500 million was provided to the private sector, the highest level seen in the past seven years.