Budapest Sun
Balkans to get ecological cleansing

Feb. 24, 2000

An environmental reconstruction program for southeastern Europe has been approved by the Stability Pact.

The Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe is the official international body charged with overseeing the reconstruction of the Balkans following last year’s Nato bombing of Yugoslavia.

The endorsement by the economic development working group of the Stability Pact at their meeting on February 11 in Skopje, Macedonia, means that work can get underway immediately to formulate the Regional Environmental Reconstruction Program for Southeastern Europe (REReP) and to begin implementing environmental projects in the region.

A REReP Environmental Task Force has already been established, and the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (Rec) will be its secretariat.

The REReP was established at a January 27 meeting that the Rec organized in Skopje, Macedonia, which included high-ranking environmental officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia and Macedonia.

The work of the REReP will allow for rebuilding of an environment badly damaged by military actions during the war - and by a legacy of pre-war neglect.

With the endorsement of the Stability Pact, the development of the REReP will continue under the auspices of an "Environmental Task Force" comprised of regional countries, international organizations, NGOs, and international financial institutions, and assisted by the Rec.

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