Josef hírek

2011.10.23. 10:53

Hungary, Austria sign environmental memo on cross-border river

Budapest, October 22 (MTI) - The River Raba which runs into Hungary from Austria has been given a clean bill of health after the two countries rural and environmental ministers signed a memorandum on Saturday concluding the Raba Action Plan.

Budapest, October 22 (MTI) - The River Raba which runs into Hungary from Austria has been given a clean bill of health after the two countries rural and environmental ministers signed a memorandum on Saturday concluding the Raba Action Plan.

The memo, signed by Sandor Fazekas and Nikolaus Berlakovich, states the positive evaluation of the environmental clean-up of the Raba due to the installation of water filters to prevent pollutants from Austrian factories, including leather factories in Jennersdorf, Feldbach and Wollsdorf, from fouling the river.

 

It also states that Hungarian and Austrian experts jointly examined and monitored the river s water quality and put readings online.

 

Berlakovich told a news conference that 17 million euros had been spent on green investments along the river as part of the plan.

 

Fazekas emphasised the two countries friendship and the fact that they had succeeded in resolving "many difficult issues". He said the foaming of the river had been reduced to a minimum, opening the way for future measures to rehabilitate the river. He said establishing a joint flood-warning system and a comprehensive testing of water quality were also on the agenda.

 

Asked by MTI s correspondent why the Raba was still foaming at the town of Szentgotthard, the minister stressed the importance of continual monitoring and the implementation of immediate measures to deal with the problem. He said the foaming was likely to be biological, but it was also possible that it was the result of earlier industrial or agricultural activity.

 

Zoltan Woki, a representative of a local green action group (PRONAS), said the cause of the current foaming was not necessarily pollutants.

 

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