JASPERS provides advice to the 13 countries.

Jasper's support
for improving integrated Waste Management

JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) provides advice to the 13 countries that joined the European Union in 2004, 2007 and 2013 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Slovenia) as well as to Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia during project preparation, to help improve the quality of the major projects to be submitted for grant financing under the Structural and Cohesion Funds. The assistance is provided free of charge and is geared towards accelerating the absorption of the available funds. In 2013 JASPERS provided support to 603 projects in the 17 countries of operation. The estimated total investment cost of these projects is about EUR 60 billion.

JASPERS operates on the basis of country Action Plans prepared annually for each Member State in cooperation with the beneficiary state concerned and the European Commission. A Managing Authority (MA) acts as a central coordinator for each country and it can request assistance from JASPERS. During the process of preparing the annual country Action Plans, JASPERS works in close cooperation with the Commission and the Member States to assist the latter in producing mature project proposals compliant with EU requirements, as well as to identify potential projects for assistance. In implementing the annual Action Plans, JASPERS works in close cooperation with the beneficiary, the Managing Authority and the relevant intermediate bodies.

Eligible countries are:

  • The 12 Member States which joined the EU in 2004 and 2007, all of which are eligible for assistance under the EU Structural Funds (European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund), are also eligible to obtain the assistance of JASPERS. These countries are Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak and Slovenia.
  • Greece, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

JASPERS is managed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) and co-sponsored by the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

As at 1st July 2014:

  • 855 assignments completed since start of operations (2006),
  • 439 JASPERS-supported applications for major projects submitted to the EU Commission (EU-14), of which 356 approved (46 since 1st January 2014).

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From left to right: Dr. Zoltan Illes, the former Minister of State for Environmental Affairs; Philip Heylen, Prof. Goran Vujic, David Newman

Conference organised in Hungary with the participation of Internationally Recognised Foreign Experts

For the request of the Hungarian Ministry of Rural Development, the Szent István University and the National Waste Management Agency of Hungary organised again its annual "New approaches to the national waste management" conference in Gödöllő, Hungary on 19-20th March 2014.

This is the third time that the most significant conference of the Hungarian waste management sector is organised with a wide range of up-to-date topics and a continuously increasing number of participants.
In the two-day-long professional forum more than 300 participants took advantage to find out first-hand information on the major trends and future developments affecting the national waste management sector in Hungary amongst others highlighting the strategic directions between 2014-2020 and the introduction to the future central pricing system of municipal solid waste (MSW) collection.

This year as a new aspect a comprehensive selection of international good practices were also introduced to the audience by foreign experts; best practices and lessons learned were in the focus of these presentations. Amongst the international presenters we were honoured to welcome Mr. David Newman President of the International Solid Waste Association, Mr. Philip Heylen Vice-Mayor of Antwerp, Mr. Alexei Atudorei Regional Development Network (RDN) Representative of ISWA, Prof. Dr. Goran Vujic Executive Director of Serbian Solid Waste Association (SeSWA), Mr. Doron Sapir - First Deputy Mayor of Tel-Aviv-Jaffa municipality, Ms. Susana Abreu LIPOR Coordinator of International Business Area, Mr. Matthias Neitsch Managing Director of RepaNet and last but not least, Mr. Carlos de la Paz LIFE Programme Environment expert.

With this "invention" not only the Hungarian participants could get an insight into the foreign examples but the foreign experts could also understand those major changes that took place in the previous years in the waste management sector of Hungary.

The international presentations themselves were strengthened with a panel discussion focusing on waste prevention issues, where more than 200 participants were able to find out the top experts' opinion on waste management hot topics such us responsibilies, the role of the state and the other stakeholders, pricing matters, incineration.

According to the feedbacks from the conference on spot and since then, it can be stated that the conference - with its extraordinary attention and participant's number - has been a real success.
The organiser National Waste Management Agency has a deliberate intention to continue this tradition started three years ago by creating a platform to the authentic and fully comprehensive information regarding waste management in the future, as well.
Furthermore, the organisers even have the objective to expand more towards international audiences. As part of this initiative in the spring of 2015 they are planning to organise a conference opened to international audiences as well.
Hopefully, we could welcome you among the participants next year, so let's meet in Budapest in 2015.

The present technique relates to a refuse dump containment structure (European patent)


The Geom. Ciro Frisoli & C. S.a.s di Cocca Antonia is an Italian company specialized in the volumetric recovery in active dumping grounds and it owns the patented technique called "Structures of Dumps Containment". It offers its know-how and its patent for solving problems of saturation of dumps through the construction of reinforced embankments consist of solid urban waste. It is aimed at a target of wide public and private companies offering the possibility of direct award of public contracts and low initial cost thanks the progressive financing of the project.

The structure of the patent's containment that the Company offers is constituted of 90% of the waste fitted with thwarts in the dump; the 10% remaining is instead utilized for the predisposition of an external package of closing complying to the directive 1999/31/CE.
The patented technique permits to carry out barriers of stable bordering at unique hanging having a forming at 70°, which adapt very well in dumps placed on the irregular sides, with development in relief or having a basin's configuration at amphitheatre and at more frontages open.
Therefore, the intervention avoids the usual over-elevation through the outside wall at double hangings, constituted by earthy material of various kind to be carried in loco, and occupying enormous volumes for the reason of the modest inclines of forming set up by the natural embankments (30°: 40° in the best cases).
The present technique relates to a refuse dump containment structure (European patent).
At present, once the specially formed pit is filled with refuse, it is standard practice to continue dumping, by building walls for containing the refuse accumulated aboveground.

The walls are normally in the form of embankments made of granular and/or earth materials, and are about 15m wide, depending on the aboveground height of the dump.
This solution calls for an enormous amount of material, with all the obvious drawbacks this entails, particularly in terms of cost, on account of the large volume occupied by the embankments, as opposed to refuse, and the cost of transporting the material.

The structure of dumps containment is characterized by the following elements:

  •   foundation layer;
  •   a number of containment layers stacked on top of said foundation layer, reinforced with elements specifically dimensioned;
  •   an external hanging closure comprises an outer portion of vegetable earth, clay and two drainage sector, the first for a water and the last for a biogas. This hanging is realized complying to the Directive 1999/31/CE and being inclined at an angle of 70° or less.

As may be obvious from the description above, the application of the technique minimizes the use of materials. Indeed most of the structure (about 90%) is composed of the same waste present in the dump, adequately treated, as well, compacted and reinforced.
Moreover, the realization of the structure imposes a waste processing which involves a decrease in the volume of the same of about 30%.

The company is targeting to public and private companies that manage dumps and you have to resolve the problems of the setting up in functional security of available volumes in dumps through the use of its patented technique.

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International waste management symposium, 6/7 of November 2014, Zagreb, Croatia

ZAGREB, 2014

Croatian Association for Waste Management (Hugo) organized between 6/7 of November an international symposium together with Municipality of City of Zagreb, Zagreb Waste Management Center, Waste Management Center Group of Republic of Croatia, Zagreb Holding D.D. and University of Zagreb (Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering).

Croatian Association for Waste Management (HUGO) was established on 22th August 2011 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization.
The idea of need for foundation of Croatian Association for Waste Management was triggered back in the 2009 when ISWA representatives invited group of Croatian experts to join their association and Austrian representatives of ISWA participated on the first session held in Zagreb on 19th December 2011. The goal of Association is to achieve a dominance of practical expertise and professionalism in the implementation of waste management.

The symposium was organized under the auspices of: President of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Republic of Croatia and Croatian Environment Agency.

Symposium themes were:

  •   Actual state of waste management in the Republic of Croatia, chances and potentialities for achievement of set goals;
  •   European experiences in waste management;
  •   Potentialities of material and energy recovery from waste;
  •   Waste management as economic activity;
  •   Scientific and economic co-operation at service of waste management.


Speakers from Croatia and Europe have approached general topics on waste management, as are:

  •   Circular Economy Toward Sustainability - V. Veras, Municipal Waste Europe, Belgium;
  •   Modern Role of Landfilling in Sustainable Waste Management Strategies - R. Cossu, University of Padova, Italy;
  •   Sustainable material resource management from local and regional authorities' perspective - L. Labriga, ACR, Belgium;
  •   Public Acceptance and Economic Feasibility of Waste-to-Energy in Austria - Examples of Best Practices - F. Neubacher, UV&P Umweltmanagement, Austria


Specific topics for the Croatia, as are:

  •   Role of the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund in the Implementation of the Sustainable Waste Management Act in Croatia - S. Muller, /Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, Croatia
  •   Waste management in Croatia in 2014 - D. Fundurulja, Croatia
  •   Experience in IPPC Directive Application at Waste Treatment Plants in Croatia - S. Štambuk, Croatia;
  •   Recovery Potential of Plastic Packaging - A. Anić Vučinić, D. Vujević, A. P. Siročić, I. Melnjak, Z. Bede, E. Špoljarić - Croatia;
  •   Possibilities of Energy Recovery from Biodegradable Components of Municipal Waste in the Zagreb County - M. Miletić, N. Karadža, Ž. Fištrek, Croatia;
  •   Education Level of Student Population in the Field of Waste Management - A. Anić Vučinić, J. Tolj, I. Melnjak, L. Fundurulja, I. Pavelić, Croatia
  •   Application and development of FIDIC Contracts in the Republic of Croatia - Z. Šunić, R.Karakaš, V. Kregar, Croatia.


And specific topics for the region, as are:

  •   Socio-Economic Factors that lead to a Low Development of Solid Waste Management in South-East European Countries - G. Vujić, Serbia;
  •   Greek Waste Prevention Program: a challenge on the way to zero waste economy - C. Tsompanidis, T. Lolos, P. Fragkakis, Enviroplan, Cons. and Eng., Greece;
  •   Environmental Assessment of Current Solid Waste Management System at Banja Luka Landfill with Recommendations for further Work in order to reduce Impact on the Environment - D. Bjelić, Lj. Vukić, A. N. Mihajlov, D. Nešković-Markić, Ž. Šobot-Pešić, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  •   Achieving EU legislation targets as a tool for waste management planning - the case study of east and north-east region of Macedonia - T. Lolos, A. Kanfilova Maznevska, Greece;
  •   Management of Municipal Solid Waste in Romania, Achievements and Barriers - A. Atudorei, Romania, ISWA board member;
  •   Access to regional expertise and experience for Landfill Leachate and Landfill Gas Management - A. Schiopu, Romania.


The exchange of experiences and presentation of scientific research and expert practices in the field of waste management has been in the focus of the 13th International Symposium on Waste Management Zagreb 2014.

As previously, the Symposium was organized in the aim to extend knowledge and share experiences of different participants in the waste management system and thus contribute to the improvement of all aspects of the waste management system. The Symposium covered latest scientific and technical achievements in the field of waste management through lectures of experts and scientists from ISWA and neighboring countries.


Mrs. Aleksandra Anic Vucinic, HUGO president, declared at the end of the Symposium:

  Main goal of the Symposium was to establish a solid platform for decision making in particular waste management sectors at national and regional / local level as well as at economic and professional level.
This has been achieved through participation and experience exchange of national and international scientists, experts, businesses and regional and local authorities.  

Congratulations to the organizers!

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