Libyan cities get support from European cities through CoR initiative

June 6, 2016
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As part of the effort by the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) to help cities in Libya, a group of Libyan engineers attended a workshop in Murcia, Spain on 31 May, focused on one of the major challenges faced by Libyan municipalities: water management. 

The workshop featured an overview of water management in the Murcia Region and in the Segura Basin, as well as sessions on treating sea-water, and the optimisation of water use.

Water management was identified as one of six pressing concerns in a letter that Libyan mayors, led by Abdlrauf Beitelmal, mayor of Tripoli, presented to members of the Committee of the Regions at a meeting in Nicosia last January. The request for support prompted the CoR to create a mechanism – ‘the Nicosia platform’ – through which to organise help offered by European cities and regions. 

In the next practical outcome from the pledges received, Libyan public servants will in the coming weeks visit the Belgian city of Antwerp for a workshop on waste management.  (EU Neighbourhood Info

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