Will Hungary have to repay EU money because congestion charging was not implemented in Budapest?

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 demand revision of Budapest air quality plan

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

The next EU budget must be environment-friendly

"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

Strangely, the Hungarian State Audit office is satisfied with the air quality

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 Activities of Clean Air Action Group in 2017 (Summary)

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

Authorities can take more efficient steps against illegal burning

On November 29, 2017 a conference was held in the Herman Ottó Institute with the title “The practice of regulatory control over solid fuel burning by households”. The presenters agreed that one of the most severe environmental health problems nowadays originate from the burning of inadequate fuels by households, which can be combated by efficient and standardized regulatory measuresand raising awareness. The conference is part of the series...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

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