Red Mud Pond in the village of Almásfüzitő


From today, once a month we will provide information on an ongoing case that we are managing on behalf of Greenpeace Hungary. GP Hungary had submitted a complaint to the European Commission in 2012 asking it to start an infringement procedure against Hungary. The reason was that a company has received a permit for waste management on the top of an unused red mud pond in the village of Almásfüzitő. According to GP's standpoint - which we fully share and support with our legal opinion - the permitted activity is contrary to domestic and EU environmental law in many respects. The case is at the EC right now, waiting for a decision. To facilitate decision-making, EMLA has submitted additional arguments to the EC lately, listing why we think that the case in question is not an exception but rather a part of a consistent and general administrative practice. Currently we are working on a paper that would uncover the environmental impacts.


Hungary decided to join OGP


In the fall of 2011, EMLA approached a few CSOs and suggested to turn jointly to the Government of Hungary to find out whether Hungary is willing to join the Open Government Partnership launched by President Obama. The inquiry letter was followed by a personal meeting in May with the representatives of the Ministry of Justice who demonstrated their willingness to cooperate and confirmed that Hungary would join the OGP. They also infromed that the preparation of the national commitments will involve civil society. The Government announced the joining in July parallel to which environmental CSOs participating in the process communicated their suggestions for the national commitments.


Access to Nuclear Information


The Aarhus and Nuclear Roundtable of Hungary (Roundtable on promoting the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in nuclear decision-making) has finalized and adopted the protocol on access to environmental information. The application of the protocol by the members of the Roundtable is voluntary. Members of the Roundtable include the Hungarian Electricity Company, the Paks NPP, the Ministry of Rural Development and of National Development, the Atomic Energy Agency of Hungary, EMLA, Energy Club and previously the environmental and the data protection ombudsmen. The Protocol is available only in Hungarian.




Peter Kellner, founder of Richmond Global, Endeavor and EMLA Association has given a donation to the Assocation and to the EMLA Foundation. The amount received by the Assocation will be used for co-funding grant applications in order to increase the sustainability of our activities. The donation received by the Foundation will be used for developing and managing a new, practice oriented environmental educational programme. The preparation of the latter has started; further information can be found on the website and on the Facebook page of EMLA in due time.




Hungary is the only European country taking part currently in the 3D campaign of TAI
The essence of the 3D (3 Demands) campaign of The Access Initiative is to formulate CSO demands towards governments in the preparatory process leading up to the 2012 Rio Summit. More information is available on the campaign and the Hungarian participation under the following link.


Legal service funded by the EU


Justice & Environment (J&E) European Network of Environmental Law Organizations receives operational funding from the European Union within its LIFE+ NGO Grants funding scheme for 2011. Part of this funding covers legal advice to citizens and civil society organizations in environmental matters. J&E performs this legal advice via legal experts who work at EMLA. We would like to inform our clients that part of the legal assistance EMLA is offering is actually provided by J&E and is funded by the European Union.