Lassen and de Freige during a joint news conference at the Administrative Development Ministry in Beirut.
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Lebanon and the European Union launched two programs Wednesday to support and strengthen Lebanese municipalities manage solid waste, a partnership expected to directly affect at least 2 million people from 280 municipalities across the country.Agreements were signed during a launch ceremony at the Ministry of Administrative Development at Starco Building in the presence of Administrative Development Minister Nabil de Freige, EU envoy Christina Lassen, representatives from the Interior Ministry, the Environment Ministry, the Council for Development and Reconstruction and heads of the municipalities, as well as experts on waste management. EU-Lebanese projects have indeed been launched over the years, with the ARIA project launched in 2004 . However, the goals of the new programs are expected to be achieved within the next five years, when 60 percent of the waste stream should be managed.
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