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Arboretum project beautifies REC's head office premises
March 21, 2009

Arboretum project beautifies REC's head office premises

  In 1995, Hungary's government granted as an in-kind contribution the right of use of property in Szentendre, Hungary to the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) for a period of 99 years. The property, now home to the REC's head office buildings and a conference centre, also features ample green space that is now much more attractive...

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March 21, 2009

Workshop aims to improve environmental mediation in CEE

  Cooperative decision making and conflict management in public planning and environment was the theme of a two-day workshop held in January 2007 in Budapest by the REC and Austria's OGUT. The workshop was part of a joint project to collect case studies to examine and compare environmental conflicts and approaches to problem-solving in both Western and Eastern Europe....

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GreenLight Programme shines on non-residential sector
March 21, 2009

GreenLight Programme shines on non-residential sector

Boosting the amount of efficient lighting in commercial and public buildings and outdoor spaces will play a major role in achieving European CO2 reduction goals. At the same time, more energy-efficient lighting can reduce dependence on energy imports, expand business opportunities for European Union-based industries, and help to improve working conditions. The GreenLight...

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With Dutch support, Network for Horn of Africa launched
March 21, 2009

With Dutch support, Network for Horn of Africa launched

While climate change and energy security are two of Europe's headline issues, conditions are such in other parts of the world that food security is more of a primary concern. Nonetheless, the effects of climate change on already marginal environments are clearly causing or aggravating serious social, environmental and economic conflicts. Bearing this in mind, the REC was...

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March 21, 2009

Albania publishes environmental law volume, debuts Green Pack

In March, REC Albania published its fourth volume of Albanian environmental legislation, which covers the period 2004-06. The 560-page volume contains approximately 60 legal acts, and testifies to Albanian efforts to bring the country's environmental law in line with EU directives and other international obligations. The publication will be distributed free of charge...

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March 21, 2009

Officials convene in Budapest for talks on green paper

  More than 200 high-level government officials met in Budapest on March 6-7 to discuss and develop a European green paper on urban transport, which will likely be prepared by the end of September. The European Commission (EC) initiated the consultation in the hope that stakeholders, interested parties and citizens will all be involved in the preparatory phase of the paper....

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Green Pack a hit with MEPs
March 21, 2009

Green Pack a hit with MEPs

  The REC's environment education toolkit, the Green Pack, was introduced in Brussels during a high-level presentation at the European Parliament on January 31. The event took place under the patronage of Stavros Dimas, European commissioner for the Environment, and was opened by Nikoloas Sufinakis, MEP and chairman of the European Parliament's Education and Culture...

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