Hungary might have to repay a substantial part of the 600 million Euros of EU funding for the construction of metro line 4 in Budapest, because it failed to implement a congestion charge. The Hungarian government and the Budapest Municipality has been promising such a system for years, but now the European Commission has to make a final decision whether the project was financially justified. In order to receive EU funding for the construction of metro line 4, the Budapest Municipality...
Environmental lawyers from Clean Air Action Group (CAAG), Environmental Management and Law Association (EMLA) and ClientEarth have demanded the Hungarian authorities urgently review the Air Quality Plan for Budapest and its surroundings. Air pollution in the Hungarian capital exceeds legal limits and the Air Quality Plan is inadequate, claim the lawyers. They stress the plan does not contain any substantial measures to promptly reduce...More
"When using EU funds, ‘the polluter pays’ principle should be strictly applied, namely funding should only be provided if this principle is fully respected. Accordingly, EU funding for fossil fuel use and the environmentally damaging land use must be terminated.” This is one of the proposals in the Statement of the 2018 National Meeting of Hungarian Green NGOs on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027. The Statement...More
The report of the State Audit Office (SAO) “Controlling the measures for air quality protection” have nothing to do with reality – states the Clean Air Action Group (CAAG). SAO considers the measures taken for air quality improvement to be effective, however, data show other results. According to the European Environmental Agency's report Air Quality in Europe - 2017, in Hungary air pollution causes the premature death of more than 14 000...More
The Clean Air Action Group achieved many successes even in 2017 among many others the following: Further progress has been made to decrease the most serious health threat of the Hungarian population. As a result of our initiative the ministry responsible for environmental protection provided professional guidance to the competent authorities and organized several informational forums in order to take actions against residential waste...More
150 civil society organisations stand up for their peers working for local communities and for a peaceful Hungary
Following the steps of the Hungarian government, during the past week elected local representatives in several Hungarian cities launched attacks on Hungarian civil society organisations (CSOs), working for the benefit of communities and the Hungarian society, questioning their credibility and compromising their operations. We, 135 Hungarian CSOs, providing support to widest variety of social groups and people, stand up for those under attack and...More
The government of Hungary is well aware of the fact that climate change is one of the main causes of the migration crisis. Therefore, their often-repeated statement that they are protecting Europe from migration will sound deceiving if they vote against the climate protection measures next Monday on the EU energy ministers’ meeting. Clean Air Action Group has brought this to the attention of Miklós Seszták, Minister of National Development,...More