REC - Slovenia


The REC is an international organization whose mission is to assist in solving environmental problems through the promotion of cooperation among stakeholders, 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 with over 30 signatories. The REC has an office network in 18 countries: 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, Turkey and Ukraine. The head office is located in Szentendre, Hungary. 

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.

The REC carries out project activities in specialised working teams, or topic areas, that make use of the expertise available at all organisational levels of the REC (REC HQ and COs). The REC’s topic area system provides a flexible framework for putting the knowledge and skills of our international organisation into practice across borders and disciplines. The REC Strategy defines two main directions of work in the 2011-2015 period: Governance for Sustainability; and Green Economy. 12 topic areas support these main work streams: Biodiversity, Climate Change and Clean Energy, Educational Tools, Environmental Financing, Environmental Management, Green Transport, Health and Environment, Law Development, Enforcement and Compliance, Local Governance, Participatory Governance, Sustainable Development Academy and Water Management.

The REC is acting as a sub-regional Secretariat for the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA).

Pillars of Excellence

The REC`s expertise on waste management issues spreads over the following disciplines:

  • Legal and Institutional Development of Integrated Regional Waste Management
  • Developing integrated regional waste management concepts
  • Capacity Building and Training Activities
  • Transaction Advisory Services for Public Private Partnerships

Relevant Project References:

  • Transaction Advisory Services for issuing Concession on Integrated Waste Management provided to 19 municipalities in South-eastern and Polog Planning Regions (fYR of Macedonia, funding provided from Italian Ministry for Land and Sea and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning);
  • Updating the Waste Management Plan for Gorj County, Romania (funded by Gorj County Council, Romania)
  • Pre-feasibility Studies for the Strumica – Radovis and Polog regions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway);
  • REReP 1.10  Regional Strategy for Hazardous Waste Management (funded by EC EuropeAid)
  • Support to the Establishment of Regional Waste Management Centers in North-West Croatia and Eastern Slavonia (funded by Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs);
  • Waste Management in Dalmatian Counties (funded by EC CARDS 2002 through Carl Bro a/s);
  • Healthcare Waste Training System (funded by DEFRA).

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