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Hungary will not collect several billions of missing tax income from fraudulent automobile manufacturers

The Hungarian Ministry of National Economy is not planning to collect the billion of Forints of tax missing from the state’s budget because of fraudulent automobile manufacturers. That was revealed in an exchange of letters between Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) and the Ministry. According to the NGO this conveys a very harmful message, as a deliberate crime has been committed without any consequences, suggesting that the state is not able or not willing to act against similar fraudulent...

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Fence needed against the immigration of old cars!

The ministry agrees with Clean Air Action Group’s proposal The planned implementation of low emission zones – a proven practice of European big cities – may very well be the solution for our country as well to reduce of the number of obsolete vehicles which are not beneficial either from an environmental or a technical point of view – wrote Szilvia Erb, the Head of the Department of the Ministry of National Development (NFM) in a reply...More

Hungarian NGOs continue their work in spite of the stigmatising law

Many NGOs and other institutions and persons in Hungary and abroad have protested against the planned law which stigmatises Hungarian NGOs. However, the Hungarian Parliament did not heed these warnings, and today adopted the law on “transparency of foreign funded organisations”. The members (among them, the Clean Air Action Group) of the coalition of NGOs „Civilizáció” held a press conference today where they stated that they will use...More

Measures in Europe during the Occurrence of Smog

The measures to be taken in case of prolongedly extremely high levels of ambient air pollution (hereafter, for simplicity: smog) vary greatly in the different European countries: in some places the rules are strict, elsewhere they are more tolerant, and in many regions regulation is inadequate – shows a report of the Clean Air Action Group. The last winter season has brought to Europe a long period with temperatures far below zero degrees. A...More

We are civil society, we are free, we are Hungarians and we are Europeans

More than 100 Hungarian NGOs and tens of thousands of people joined the “Heroes’ veto” event on Budapest’s iconic Heroes’ Square between 17.30-19.00 today at Heroes’ Square, Budapest. On the peaceful event, the crowd of people freed up a heart-shaped area with the word “Civil”, symbolising that civil organisations are needed for Hungary. We are all part of the civil society and stand for our communities, for our environment, and...More

The last natural riverbank in Budapest must be saved

The revealed design of the mobile dam in the Római part of Budapest (Roman Riverbank) violates the regulation of the third district and the capital, which defends the riverbank. However, the relevant plan, which will be considered within weeks by the City Council, is not public. In a report by Greenpeace Hungary, the problems from the mobile dam are summarized, and a resolution is proposed. It will preserve one of the last near-natural parts of...More

Unbearable air pollution in Budapest from ships on the Danube

The Clean Air Action Group (CAAG) urges a solution to eliminate the harmful emissions from liners on the Danube both for the health protection of the inhabitants of Budapest and for the enjoyability of the World Aquatics Championship. „Based on several complaints from residents, and on our own experiences we came to the conclusion that passenger ships on the Danube are excessively health damaging, emitting barely acceptable diesel exhaust gases...More

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