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04.04.2001 - ITAR-TASS informs:

Environment Protection in the Republic of Karelia Assisted by Eurounion Countries

PETROZAVODSK, April 4. /The ITAR-TASS corr. Vladimir Zlobin/. The project on reconstruction purification system equipment in Sortavala is aimed to the Ladoga lake protection. The project has been worked out by the Holland consulting firm "Vitevin Bos". The project is designed for two years and will be accomplished within the frames of Eurounion /TACIS/ technical assistance project. The project costs 4,5 mln EURO.

As the Director of the municipal enterprise "Vodokanal" Boris Orlic informed the ITAR-TASS correspondent, the existing city purification systems are out of date, and a lot of production drainage comes to the lake without purification. Unfortunately, the city has no means for reconstruction, that why they decided to ask Eurounion for assistance. The Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia Sergey Katanandov participated in negotiations on the issue.

The ecological project for Sortavala is one of the largest in Russia being accomplished with the Eurounion countries assistance. It envisions the effective system of collecting all the city drainage waters with further qualitative purification.

"American Corner" Opened in the National Library of the Republic of Karelia

PETROZAVODSK, April 4. /The ITAR-TASS corr. Vladimir Zlobin/. The representatives of the USA General Consulate in Russia gave as a gift to the National library the Encyclopedia of American Law in 12 volumes, more than 600 books and magazines, audio and video cassets, and two computers. The gift was presented in connection with "American Corner" establishing.

Paul Smith, the USA General Consul said that "American Corner" is aimed to satisfaction of informational, cultural, and educational needs of the Karelian citizens, interested in knowledge in politics, economics, history, education, and culture of the United States of America. The Republic of Karelia is the third point in the North-West of Russia where such library halls were opened.

Irina Ivanova, the Director of the National library told the ITAR-TASS correspondent, that the republic has established long-term and strong connections with a number of American libraries including the USA Congress Library. She believes that "American Corner" will serve the cultural relations development between the two countries. Last updated: 5 April 2001

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