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Bregu: We must change in order to provide a healthier environment, air and water
Press release , Photo/Regional Cooperation Council
SARAJEVO/TIRANA, December 18 (FENA) - "The overwhelming 74% of Western Balkans (WB) citizens see pollution as a problem, which is not surprising, considering that this region holds the most polluted cities in the world, because 70% of our electricity is produced by burning coal. Not only this, 16 thermal power plants in the WB produce more pollution than 250 plants in the EU. Air pollution is directly responsible for up to one in five premature deaths in 19 Western Balkan cities. In many cities, wastewaters are discharged untreated. The linear economic model and “take-make-dispose” principle keep us locked in the past. Recycling rates in the region are below 3%, while the EU average is 44%. The pristine WB rivers and biodiversity are also endangered, and the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans is overdue,” said Majlinda Bregu, Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at the opening of the 5th Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Action in the Western Balkans.