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16 April 2018

Hungarian NGOs discuss the future EU budget

Every year Hungarian environmental organisations gather to discuss and agree on positions related to several thematic issues from biodiversity, through nuclear energy to environmental education. This year’s event took place in Kalotaszentkirály-Zentelke, located in Transylvania, Romania between 12-15 April.

A separate session focused on the future EU budget, where several recommendations of the European People’s Budget campaign were also raised and discussed. Hungarian NGOs agreed on a common position, which was adopted in plenary on the last day of the event.

Read the Hungarian NGOs’ position on the future EU Budget in Hungarian here.

 

11 April 2018

CEEweb presents TRANSGREEN on the Danube international seminar

CEEweb has been present on Danube Ecological Corridor international seminar on 28th of March 2018 in the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary.

We presented our Green Infrastructure project: TRANSGREEN on one of the stands where participants of the event could learn about the project and CEEweb’s activities.

The seminar was co-organized by EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 6 (preserving biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soils) and the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture.

The topics discussed during the event revolved around:

Trans-European Network for Green Infrastructure (TEN-G) – update from the EU commission on the work done already and plans ahead,

The intention of connecting protected areas in an Alpine-Danube-Carpathian ecological corridor (“ADC-NET”) – discussion on the current Interreg project tackling this topic and possibility of further development of this concept,

The intention for enhancing eco-tourism, establishing green jobs,

Possibilities of financing Green Infrastructure from the current financial structure.

Full agenda can be viewed here: http://greenfo.hu/uploads/programok/danube-ecological-corridor-programm.pdf

An article summarizing the event: http://eionet.kormany.hu/danube-ecological-corridor

10 April 2018

The Progressive Caucus meets civil society and also discusses a sustainable EU budget

On 10 April the Progressive Caucus -which represents MEPs from the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left in the European Parliament-, met again civil society representatives and discussed social, environmental, economic and governance issues with a view to a social transformation of Europe.

Under the name “Progressive Caucus Discusses with Civil Society: A New Scenario for Europe”, the event focused on summarizing those convergence points between the “Missing Scenario” -which had been elaborated by the Progressive Caucus’s Steering Committee, and since has been the subject of dialogue in a series of events- and the “Sixth Scenario: A Sustainable Europe for its Citizens”. The latter was prepared by the NGOs represented at the event -more than 250- and was presented at a previous Progressive Caucus’s event in December  2017.

One topic of the event was the sustainability reform of the future EU budget as proposed by the People’s Budget campaign, and how it can contribute to the sustainable development of Europe and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the event here.

 

 

5 April 2018

The EU Pollinators Initiative

European Habitats Forum, where CEEweb is a member, published a position on the EU Pollinators Initiative welcoming its launch by the European Commission.

The EU Pollinators Initiative should comprise both legally binding measures (e.g. changes to relevant EU acquis, for instance on pesticides) as well as voluntary elements (exchange of knowledge and best practices). The aim of the initiative should be to establish an integrated EU approach to tackle the decline of pollinators by raising its political profile, increasing the effectiveness of EU policies and evaluating potential EU policy gaps for pollinators. It is important to include the evaluation of potential EU policy gaps, as existing policies, even with higher effectiveness, might not be enough to fully address the decline of pollinators.
The pollinators initiative should as a priority include measures to 1) restore essential pollinators’ habitats and increase their connectivity in agricultural landscapes and; 2) address harmful subsidies and incentives in the Common Agriculture Policy and replace them with incentives for practices benefitting pollinators; 3) prevent the harmful impact of pesticides by ensuring their sustainable use, reviewing the pesticides approval process, and addressing the problem of abusive derogations and lack of transparency on the actual use of pesticides in the EU.

You can read the full position here: Position on The EU Pollinators Initiative, European Habitats Forum members, including CEEweb March 2018 (pdf)

27 March 2018

CEEweb on Easter break

CEEweb office is closed from 28th of March until 3rd of April for the Easter break.

We wish you a pleasant rest.

21 March 2018

European stakeholders ask for a sustainability reform of the EU budget

On 20 March the MFF subgroup of the high-level Multi-stakeholder Platform, which was set up to advise the Commission on the future EU budget with a view to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, handed over their recommendations to First Vice-President Timmermans. This short and ambitious report, which reflects the opinion of CSOs from various fields, trade unions, businesses, academic institutions and individual experts, provides innovative, but still efficient measures so that the future EU budget better delivers. The report also extensively builds on the recommendations by the European People’s Budget campaign, which calls for sustainability proofing the EU budget.

Klára Hajdu, co-leader of the People’s Budget campaign also participated in the work of the MFF subgroup as an expert on behalf of SDG Watch Europe.

 

28 February 2018

Smart and Green cities: exciting brochures in 5 languages!

CEEweb’s Smart and Green – the future of Visegrad cities project comes to an end in March 2018. For celebrating the successful project implementation CEEweb together with Association for Garden Design and Landscaping from Slovakia, the Czech Landscape Gardening Association and the Polish Green Roof Association are publishing a brochure in 5 languages giving an insight into smart and green innovations in cities such as Bratislava, Budapest, Písek and Wrocław : click here to read the brochures (Smart and Green cities – 2018).

The project is not only a success because of its interesting results, but also because of the 4 partners who enjoyed working together in a really harmonized way, and are looking forward to collaborate in future projects.

The project findings are based on national researches on Smart and Green Innovations in the four countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland) and interviews conducted with national smart city experts, government representatives, landscape architects, and smart city innovators themselves.

 

 

The longer summary publication can be acquired here.

The project was funded by the International Visegrad Fund.

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12 February 2018

Panel debate on sustainability proofing the EU budget

It is high time for the EU to seriously discuss introducing sustainability proofing for the EU budget, and the Sustainable Development Observatory of the European Economic and Social Committee (a consultative body in the EU) has also contributed to that. On 7  February they organised a panel debate about sustainability proofing of the EU budget, where Klara Hajdu on behalf of the People’s Budget campaign presented the NGO position in the panel debate.

26 January 2018

Urging Bulgarian PM to stop Pirin destruction

Pirin National Park is a World Heritage Site located in South-West Bulgaria, and is home to old growth pine forests, wolves and bears. In a surprise move last December, the management plan of the park was changed to allow construction on an additional 47% of the park. This decision came days before Bulgaria took over as President of the European Council, and while the new management plan is being reviewed by the Administrative Court in Bulgaria for fears of allowing too much unsubstantiated environmental damage.

WWF together with the For the Nature coalition started a campaign over a year ago urging the prime minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borisov, to take steps to protect the park, which is also a part of the Natura 2000 protection sites in the EU. Over 120 000 individuals from Bulgaria and the EU have signed an online petition urging Mr. Borisov to stop this and prevent the large-scale building of ski resorts in the park.

What can you do? 

Sign the petition, and spread the word on social media using the hashtag #SavePirin.

Want to find out more? 

Read WWF’s press release.

24 January 2018

Transgreen – experts from 7 countries congregate to take important steps toward the guidelines on integrated transport development

Bratislava, Slovakia. 22nd-23rd of January, 2018. CEEweb together with the National Infrastructure Developing Ltd. (NIF Zrt.) and new field-expert in the project represented Hungary on a working meeting that sets an important milestone in developing one key TRANSGREEN output: the Guidelines on Integrated Transport Development. Seven countries were represented in the meeting, showing the high interest in bringing input in a document that would influence the way transport planning is done in the CEE region.

The year begins with intense work and a meeting which perfectly showcases the multisector approach promoted by TRANSGREEN. The final project output – the Guidelines on Integrated Transport Development – cannot exist without the collaborative work of expert-authors from across the region and across fields of expertise. In the Bratislava meeting, there were represented field experts for fauna and flora, NGOs, transport infrastructure companies, spatial planners, lawyer, GIS experts, and IENE members (Infra Eco Network in Europe, IENE is a network of experts working with various aspects of transportation, infrastructure and ecology) from Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine.

The meeting agenda covered editing and organizing the Guidelines and distribution of work, and a session lead by CEEweb on the HU-SK-UA pilot site. The session aimed brought updates on findings of the field work dedicated to verify ecological corridors and areas of conflicts along the planned/existing roads.

The main results of the meeting are important for the Guidelines structure and contents: an updated structure of the Guidelines, new authors being assigned specific topics, and an overall refreshed connection to the common vision.

Photos (c) Ivo Dostal

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