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Leading the pack
March 28, 2014

Leading the pack

Central Europe made an impressive showing in Brussels last week, with Ljubljana taking home the European Mobility Week Award for the second time (having won in 2003), with another former winner, Budapest, tying with Ostersund, Sweden, for the runner-up position. European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik presented the top award to fellow Slovene Jelka Zekar, the...

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Land of roses
March 26, 2014

Land of roses

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia once again held its Days of Spring: Days of Ecology festival, and the focus of this year's celebrations was the rose. The beginning of what could build into a tradition started last year with the initiative "Skopje, City of Flowers: Skopje, City of Roses", which featured the mass planting of white roses in public areas throughout the...

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SEE partnership moves forward
March 25, 2014

SEE partnership moves forward

On March 14, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Poposki, met with Marta Szigeti Bonifert, executive director of the REC. They discussed REC activities in South Eastern Europe (SEE), as well as the activities and support of the REC's country office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the field of sustainable...

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Watershed moment
March 4, 2014

Watershed moment

The CRESSIDA project will last 60 months, and the main goal is to create a flexible and easily replicable 'living laboratory' for pilot sustainability tools and practises. Each comprehensive capacity-building activity will combine theoretical and hands-on approaches, and also encourage participants engage actively in decision-making processes. Participants from each...

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Breathing easy
February 28, 2014

Breathing easy

What started during a side event at the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Parma, Italy, in 2010 has become a brilliant success story. The SEARCH initiative, carried out in two phases over a period of seven years, fulfilled and even exceeded initial expectations. The SEARCH project was developed to facilitate collective decision-making processes for...

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All in favour
February 13, 2014

All in favour

On February 3, 2014, Gabor Baranyai, deputy state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, and Marta Szigeti Bonifert, executive director of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), signed a Headquarters Agreement between the Government of Hungary and the REC. The Headquarters Agreement novates the bilateral agreement concluded in...

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A breath of fresh air
February 12, 2014

A breath of fresh air

REC Albania has donated eight devices for monitoring temperature and relative humidity in Albanian schools and institutions. The REC has currently finalised a multi-year collaboration with Albanian institutions within its scope of activity regarding Health and the Environment, realised specifically under two programmes: SEARCH (I & II) and SINPHONIE. The monitoring devices...

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REC hosts 'bike-friendly' awards
January 24, 2014

REC hosts 'bike-friendly' awards

Twenty-three Hungarian towns and 28 employers were officially recognised as "bicycle friendly" on Wednesday at an awards ceremony at the Regional Environmental Center sponsored by the National Development Ministry. The awards were co-sponsored by the Mobile 2020 project , to which REC head office and seven country offices are partners.  Hungary's State Secretary for...

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