The Government of Japan donated 138,000 EUR to public utility companies in Vrnjačka Banja and Bela Palanka.
The contracts on donation were signed by the Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of Japan to Serbia, Teruhiko Shinada, the CEO of public company Beli Izvor from Vrnjačka Banja, Goran Šiljić, and the CEO of public utility company Komnis from Bela Palanka, Miomir Krstić.
The Minister pointed out that Japan was helping Serbia a lot over the last ten years, and he said that total aid in that period amounted to approximately 200m EUR, certain part of which was invested in environment protection.
He pointed out that Serbia was open for further cooperation with that country, not only through non-refundable aid in equipment, but also through exchange of knowledge and information, which especially concerns the domain of climatic changes and energy efficiency.
Shinada specified that the value of donation for public utility company Komnis amounted to 69,200 EUR and that it included cleaning machines, 100 containers and 30 special recycling containers, while public utility company Beli Izvor would get the donation worth 68,800 EUR, in the form of a trash-compressing truck.
He pointed out that Japan supported the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning's campaign Let's Clean Serbia and that that donation was in accordance with the aims of that campaign.
Serbia and Japan share common ideas in the field of environment protection - said Shinada and announced that the Government of Japan would realize the first technical cooperation with Serbia in the field of climatic changes in 2010, which was intended for reduction of emission of harmful gases.
The contract was signed in the presence of the Mayor of Vrnjačka Banja, Zoran Seizović, and the Mayor of Bela Palanka, Aleksandar Živković.