Hungary at Save the Planet

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Hungary at Save the Planet

Dear Industry Professionals,

For the first time at ‘Save the Planet’ there will be a National Hungarian Participation, organized by the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency.

Below you will find an interview with Mr. Markocsany from HITA, as well as branch news from the Hungarian event partners -  National Association of Recyclers of Hungary (HOE) and ZÖLD IPAR Magazin.

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1. Dear Mr. Markocsany, please present the Agency activity?

The Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) promotes the export of Hungarian products and service as well as facilitates foreign investment into Hungary.

HITA offers reliable and updated information about Hungarian

-           economy

-           market

-           business opportunities

-           companies

-           investment incentives

2. What are the reasons for establishing successful relationship with Save the Planet exhibition organizers – Via Expo?

In Hungary there is a great demand from the private sector to formulate new links, new connections with foreign countries, especially with our neighbors. Hungary, going through its transition period, has developed many experiences along the way of successful EU accession. Our partners can benefit from these experiences and development potential through making successful cooperation among our countries. The Hungarian private sector has accumulated this experiences mainly in the following sectors: rural development, environmental protection, water treatment, sewage treatment, civil engineering, infrastructure development, urban development, energy sector. Our aim is to present these competences.

3. Please present the most interesting companies you invited for participation at Save the Planet 2013?

The companies invited took part in the development of Hungary in the past twenty years, and they have many experiences in cross border and international cooperation. Major Environmental and Water Clusters are also intending to take part in the event.

4. What are your expectations for achieving the goals of the Hungarian participation in Sofia next year?

We are keen on starting in depth cooperation in development. We would like to disseminate environmental and waste management experiences, to start talks about transfer of methodology and transfer of experiences, best practices. The cooperation between the private sectors of these countries could lead not only to common projects in our own countries, but also to common projects in countries outside Europe.



Green Industry Magazine (Zöld Ipar Magazin)

Waste Law voted for the second time in Hungary

On the 26th November the modified draft of the Waste Law was voted by the Hungarian Parliament for the second time. This was necessary as the measure voted on the 8th October for the first time was sent back by President János Áder at the end of October for further consideration. The chief of state took defence that according to the measure reconditioning the waste management of Hungary the National Waste Management Agency has to complete the qualification of the public utility companies for waste management, while it fulfils its tasks as a non-profit company, its operation is not regulated in details and its decisions do not support legal remedy, although in terms of the Basic Law government decisions always have to allow legal redress. Beside that, the Waste Law also quoted a meanwhile inoperative decision of the European Committee and had further inaccuracies.

Green Industry Magazine (Zöld Ipar Magazin), which is – as part of its widened syllabus –, as a monthly professional periodical journal, simultaneously engaged in the issues of waste management, environmental protection and the utilization of renewable energy sources, and as such, uniquely in Hungary since May of 2000.  The magazine addresses the entrepreneurs working in the field of green industry, the manufacturing and service companies operating on the emitter side, the sphere of state and local governments, as well as the inhabitants interested in our topics at the same time, successfully fulfilling the role of „communication channel” between the parties concerned.

It follows up the changes in legal regulations, technological innovations and professional trends concerning all these, also supplemented by preparing market analyses and overviews, company presentations, as well as international comparisons.



National Association of Recyclers of Hungary (HOE)

The National Association of Recyclers of Hungary (HOE) is the industry association of recycling companies in Hungary, with its more than 50 members representing a significant proportion of the Hungarian recycling industry. HOE members are active in the collection, pre-treatment, recycling and trading of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals, recovered paper, waste plastics, tyre waste and waste glass. Ever since the first initiatives on adopting legislation on scrap metal trading in Hungary, HOE and the other concerned industry federations have been involved in the preparation and improvement of legislation regulating the area.

Besides the economic crisis, currently the biggest concern for the Hungarian waste industry is the recently adopted new Waste Act which transposes the provisions of EU Directive 2008/98/EC into Hungarian legislation and enters into force on 1st January 2013. A specific provision of the Act which increases the state’s power has been subject to criticism throughout Europe. The Act stipulates that waste management public service provider companies have to be owned in more than 50 percent by the state or a local council. The Act focuses on the obligations of waste management public service providers. Activities related to so called production waste are to be regulated only by a Government Decree, i.e. at a lower level of the Hungarian legislation system, which is incomprehensible to HOE, representing mainly “industrial waste” collection, pre-treatment and recycling companies. The date of entry into force of the Act is very close, and what makes the preparation for affected companies even harder is that the Decrees stipulating the detailed rules are expected to be published only in the last days of the year.

Another challenge for HOE is the fight against further initiatives on increasing the state’s influence, namely the possible nationalization of scrap metal trading. Although up till now HOE and its member companies have received information about those plans only through statements and news in the press, those news have not been refuted by official sources. Hungary already has in force the strictest scrap metal trading legislation in Europe, imposing high amounts of financial guarantee, daily reporting, and 6 days tag and hold obligation on companies. All industry federations in Hungary agree that imposing ever stricter rules on scrap metal trading is not the solution in itself to the problem of metal thefts. Besides adequate legislation not threatening the competitiveness of companies, improving the effectiveness of authorities, international cooperation of national police forces, and prevention measures of the affected sectors, all those measures together are needed to achieve results.

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Via Expo is a Member of:

Bulgarian Association of Recycling

Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

Bulgarian- Swiss Chamber of Commerce

German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Bulgarian Industrial Association

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