October 2010 - Waste Management in Croatia

More work with Croatia, appraising integrated waste management projects for the EU. It seems like a dilaogue of the deaf, with myself as an intermediary passing notes between the two sides. Certainly it would be easy if they sat around the same table or talked to each other on the phone.

The trouble is that, like so many bureaucratic suystems, people are mostly concerned about filling the forms in in the correct manner, rather than conisdering what they mean. Excel spreadsheet functions for producing financial information exacerbate this, because now anyone can produce figures for IRR and NPV without any idea what they actually mean. So we have a position where the rpojects look good, but the documentation doesn't fully justify them. Let's hope common sense prevails.