Prague, IPEN CEE Regional Meeting
How to deal with toxic pollution: That was the main theme of the IPEN Central and Eastern Europe Regional Meeting that took place in Prague in October, 2017. The three-day conference of regional non-governmental organizations discussed a common future approach for Central and Eastern Europe. The meeting included an excursion to Spolana – a chlorine factory which is the biggest contemporary polluter of the Czech Republic. Abel Arkenbout from the Dutch NGO ToxicoWatch, accompanied by his colleague, Kirsten Bouman, talked about a citizens’ control project over waste incineration emissions. “Hearing other people’s experience in dealing with toxic issues was truly inspirational,” said Jelena Marojević Galić from Green Home (Montenegro) about the meeting. The programme covered topics related to global conventions such as Basel (entered into force in 1992), Stockholm (entered into force in 2004), Rotterdam (entered into force in 2004), and Minamata (entered into force in 2017).