EU says Hungary slow to report cyanide spill

BUDAPEST, Feb 28, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom said on 24 February that Hungary was slow to inform the EU about the full extent of the cyanide leak that has affected the Tisza and Danube Rivers, Hungarian media reported.

Wallstrom said the incident would not delay Hungary's EU accession but added that the grace period given to Hungary to meet EU environment criteria must be kept to a minimum. She criticized the fact that the European Commission still has not been officially informed of the damage, and she noted that during her visit to Hungary and Romania last week, local residents also complained about a lack of information. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry denied the claim, saying that EU officials in Brussels were informed on 10 February.

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