Water Negotiations and Investment Planning Support- 'NIPS' Project

Agglomerations/ Water Supply Zones
Involved Key
Key institutions involved in implementing the DWD, UWWTD and Sludge Directive

The primary institutions involved with the implementation of the UWWTD, the DWD and the Sludge Directive are as follows:

  • The Ministry of Tourism and Environment (MTE), as the Ministry with overall responsibility for the negotiations to which this Project relates.
  • The Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy (MIE), through the Water Supply and Sewerage Policy Directorate (WSSPD) and AKUM (with five and fifty staff members respectively), is the competent authority for the transposition, implementation and monitoring of the UWWTD. It collaborates closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MHSP) in regard to the DWD.
  • The aforementioned MHSP is the competent authority for the transposition, implementation and monitoring of the Directives relating to Drinking Water and Bathing Water. Pursuant to legislation in force (Decision of the Council of Ministers [DCM] no. 379 of 25 May 2016) the MHSP carries out monitoring, inspection and oversight of drinking water quality through its subordinate institutions:
    –> Local Health Care Units (LHCUs) whose role is to preserve and improve the health of the population in their respective areas. Among other things, they monitor drinking water quality for epidemiological purposes and provide laboratory analytical support services to the State Health Inspectorate (SHI).
    –> The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is a research and reference centre in the field of public health services.
    –> The State Health Inspectorate (SHI) ensures compliance with legal requirements in the field of public health, being responsible for all inspection functions of the MHSP except those relating to pharmaceuticals.
  • The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) is the leading institution dealing with the implementation of Directive 86/278/EEC on the protection of the environment, and in particular of the soil, when sewage sludge is used in agriculture, although we note that only one person deals with this.

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