Gevgelija Wastewater Treatment Plant

Project completed

As agreed between Switzerland and Greece during the set-up of the Swiss Enlargement Contribution, the two countries will implement projects, which are not located in Greece but in some kind favorable for Greece. Switzerland and Greece together with Macedonia identified the here proposed project for wastewater treatment in Gevgeljia, a town located at the Greek border.

Country/region Period Budget
01.06.2010 - 31.12.2017
CHF 10'440'000
Background Switzerland is supporting the water sector in Macedonia (MK) since 1994. As follow-up of the discussion with Greece on the Enlargement Contribution, Switzerland identified projects in the neighbourhood of Greece (GR) that could be beneficiary for Greece too. One of the proposed projects was the construction of a Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Gevgelija. With this project Switzerland confirms its status as the major donor in Macedonia in the area of (waste)water treatment and management.
Objectives The Gevgelija Wastewater Treatment Project aims at supporting a sustainable development of the Municipality of Gevgelija and at the improvement of the water quality in the river Vardar, which will enable safe irrigation downstream of the border with Greece, through the con-struction of a wastewater collector and a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Up to today, no wastewater treatment whatsoever is being done in Gevgeljia. The project will also foster trans-boundary cooperation between Macedonia and Greece and will assist Macedonia in fulfilling the requirements of the EU water related directives and international treaties.
Medium-term outcomes The project will contribute to the sustainable development of the municipality of Gevgelija and to the improvement of its socio-economic conditions. The cross-border cooperation and trust between the municipality of Gevgelija and the neighboring municipality in Greece is enhanced.The attractiveness of the region for tourism is increased.The public utility of Gevgelija has increased its capacity and know-how to sustainably maintain the operation of the Waste Water Treatment PlantThe water quality of the River Vardar downstream of Gevgelija and on the border with Greece and the river quality downstream of Gevgelija is safe to use for irrigation

Expected results:   1)Construction of the WWTP with a total capacity of 32’000 p.e. including inlet pumping station, preliminary treatment, biological treatment, sludge treatment, administration and power building and formula-tion work. 2)Institutional DevelopmentUtility staff training in management (e.g. financial, management, human resource management, public relations, customer relations management)Utility staff training in technical and administrative skills where needed (e.g. operation and maintenance of WWTP, sludge treatment)Utility staff training in organisational and administrative processes in order to maintain high collection rates and service level (e.g. Information and Communication Technology ICT, reorganisation) .Utility and municipality staff training in procurement processes

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
  • Municipalities, Public Utilities

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   10'440'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   10'440'000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.06.2010 - 31.12.2017   (Completed)