The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is an international organisation with a mission to assist in addressing environmental issues. The REC 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 with over 30 signatories. The REC has an office network in 17 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. 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.
Recent donors are the European Commission and the governments of Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as other inter-governmental and private institutions.
This document represents the strategy of the REC for the period 2011 to 2015, as approved by the Board of Directors. The document was drafted under the continuous guidance of the REC's Board of Directors, taking into consideration discussions and recommendations at the General Assembly in 2009 and 2010 and the comments and suggestions of senior officials/signatories and key stakeholders. The strategy is based on the 2010 declaration of the signatories of the REC on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the REC. It reflects the results of the internal and external assessments of the activities and products of the organisation over the last five years, including the implementation of the strategy for 2006 to 2010.
The strategy does not represent a comprehensive work plan. Rather, it defines the priority issues on which the REC must focus over the next five years. The REC needs to preserve and build upon its achievements to date and, at the same time, open up new avenues in line with the identified key directions for future work.