Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

Regional Environmental Center The was established in June 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a charter signed by the governments of its signatory countries. The REC with headquarters in Szentendre, Hungary, has country offices in 17 beneficiary countries, 10 of which are European Union member states. As of today, Sweden and the United Kingdom joined the REC as signatory countries, bringing the number of signatories to 32.

The mission of the REC is to assist in solving environmental problems in Central and Eastern Europe. It fulfils this mission by promoting co-operation among non-governmental organisations, governments, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making. The crucial governing and decision making organ is the Board of Directors. The role of an advisory body plays the General Assembly. The head of the REC is Executive Director Ms. Marta Szigeti Bonifert.

On 18 June 2010, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe celebrated its 20th Anniversary of the foundation. On the occasion of the REC's 20th Anniversary, REC Charter Signatories adopted a declaration (PDF, 25 kB) in which they honoured the REC's foundation, its work throughout the region and its viability as an independent organisation. The Signatories also expressed gratitude to partners and donors for their guidance and financial contributions over the years. Finally, the Signatories recommended that REC strategy for the years 2011-2015 focus on two primary areas: the promoting of governance for sustainability, and facilitating transition towards a green economy.

The Czech Republic (initially the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic) has been a Signatory to the REC Charter since September 1990. In 1996, the REC Country Office Czech Republic was established to pursue the REC mission in the country. The country office director is Mrs. Zuzana Boukalová. Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic is one of the sponsors of the REC Country Office.