The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe

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Lobbying Costs


Financial year: Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

5 Fte (5)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe   (REC)

    EU Transparency Register

    58520635294-70 First registered on 14 Feb 2011

    Goals / Remit

    The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in solving environmental problems. The Center fulfils this mission by promoting cooperation among governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and other environmental stakeholders, and by supporting the free exchange of information and public participation in environmental decision making.

    The REC was established in 1990 by the United States, the European Commission and Hungary. Today, the REC is legally based on a Charter signed by the governments of 32 countries and the European Commission. The REC has its head office in Szentendre, Hungary, and country offices and field offices in 17 beneficiary countries, which are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

    The REC actively participates in key global, regional and local processes and contributes to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions.

    Main EU files targeted

    The Regional Environmental Center (REC) places great emphasis on applying the best environmental practices in its daily operations. The main policy document of the REC, the Administration Manual states that: “All activities of the Center shall be implemented in such a way that the integration of environmental considerations has a high priority. In its daily operations, the REC shall act as a model office for good environmental practice and environmental protection at the working place, as much as possible”.

    Without giving a full picture on the application of the above principle in the daily operations of the organization, we can list some areas where the concern for the environment is reflected in REC’s operations:

    1. REC’s travel policy stipulates that the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly means of transport should be used.
    2. REC publications are produced on environmentally friendly paper
    3. Most of our printers are double sided
    4. Electronic communication is the preferred option in the organization
    5. Waste is collected separately in 5 streams for recycling and composting
    6. A working group called “Greening the REC” is operational in the organization, with the purpose of raising the awareness of the staff and sharing good practices
    7. Environmentally friendly cleaning materials are in use
    8. REC’s 600 m2 conference center has been turned into a zero-emission building in 2008 (based on ground heat and solar energy), the first of this kind in Central and Eastern Europe.


    Head Office
    Ady Endre, 9-11
    Szentendre 2000
  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Mr Matthias Puhringer (Director for International Cooperation and Strategy)

    Person with legal responsibility

    Ms Mihail Dimovski (Executive Director)

  • Categories


    III - Non-governmental organisations


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    European Commission

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year


    EU grant income for closed financial year

    9,155,000 € (Source: European Commission, SIDA, ADC, USAID, Italian Ministry, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands)

    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)




    Groups (European Parliament)


    Communication activities


    Other activities

    Policy and decision making processes with the REC membership and its bodies (Signatories of the REC Charter, REC General Assembly and REC Board of Directors).
    Project communication with partners (publications, seminars, conferences, websites and other medias) including national, cross-border and regional initiatives.

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 17 Dec 2015 Location Bucharest, Romania
      Subject The mission and present mandates of the REC relevant to the Regional Policy of the EU; Promotion of jobs, growth and investment in the light of teh 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developement
      Cabinet Cabinet of Commissioner Corina Crețu
      Portfolio Regional Policy
      • Corina Crețu (Commissioner)
    • Date 24 Mar 2015 Location Sofia, Bulgaria
      Subject Circular Economy
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Karmenu Vella
      Portfolio Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
      • Karmenu Vella (Commissioner)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 04 Mar 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject Mission, priorities and 25th anniversary event of REC
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Karmenu Vella
      Portfolio Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
      • Aurore Maillet (Cabinet member)
      • Andras Inotai (Cabinet member)
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