(The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Over two years since the European Union-funded SWIM and Horizon 2020 initiative began, stakeholders and project leaders convened in Beirut Thursday to discuss the program's progress for Lebanon's water resources and environmental issues.With roughly $7.8 million allocated for each participant state, the project has aimed to provide technical assistance for environmental issues local to each country. According to Michael Scoullos, team leader of the SWIM-H2020 support mechanism team, the initiative in Lebanon has been a success, with ten types of institutions represented in past workshops.Adly responded that, while the EU has long supported Lebanon, it is the Lebanese government's responsibility to maintain its facilities and continue the work of the EU.Sabbagh admitted that the leaders of the state have not prioritized the country's environmental well-being.
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