Environment for Europe

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In 1993, at the "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference in Lucerne Environment Ministers adopted the Environmental Action Programme for Central and Eastern Europe as a broad strategy to guide environmental reform in those countries. Ministers also established a Task Force to facilitate the implementation of Environmental Action Programme (EAP Task Force) and in particular to assist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) - and the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan - to:
  • integrate environmental considerations into the processe of economic and political reform;
  • upgrade institutional and human capacities for environmental management;
  • broaden political support for environmental improvement, and
  • mobilise and make cost-effective use of financial resources.


Mr. Josef Vavrousek, Environment Minister of what was then Czechoslovakia, initiated the "Environment for Europe" process. The first Ministerial Conference took place near Prague, at Dobris Castle, on 21-23 June 1991. Four more conferences followed before the Belgrade Conference that will take place in 2007: the Lucerne (Switzerland) Conference, on 28-30 April 1993; the Sofia (Bulgaria) Conference, on 23-25 October 1995; the Aarhus (Denmark) Conference, on 23-25 June 1998; and the Kiev (Ukraine) Conference, on 21-23 May 2003.


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Belgrade 2007: ...


Envrionment Strategy for EECCA Countries


for Europe WHO-Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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Environment for Europe

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