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 The ECOPolis Cluster, within the framework of the Mecenatura tender announced by the National Innovation Office (NIH), organized aninternational conference with the title of ’Development of European Union public administrative procedures for the reduction and management of environmental hazards’ (tender ID: OKOPKONF), held on May 23-25, 2011 in Budapest, Veszprém and Szekszárd.

We would like to thank the patrons of the conference, Dr. Tibor Navracsics, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice and Dr. György Bakondi, National Director General of the Hungarian National Disaster Management General Directorate, for their support.

We are also indepted to our organizing partnersDr. Antal Papp and Zsuzsanna Rédl at Hungarian National Disaster Management General Directorate, Prof. Dr. János Kristóf and Dr. Endre Domokos at University of Pannonia and Prof. Dr. József Rohács and Dr. Dániel Rohács at Budapest University of Technology and Economics for their devoted organizing work.

Furthermore, we wish to thank Dr. András Levente Gál and Dr. Balázs Ágoston Nagy from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice for helping with the organization, and Krisztina Farkas and Dr. Krisztina Davidovics from the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice for giving their presentations at the conference. Dr. Gábor Baranyai from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as member of the Program Committee and also as a lecturer helped to carry out the conference successfully.

Special gratitude goes to Prof. Dr. Tamás NémethProf. Dr. Valéria Csépe and Prof. Dr. János Szépvölgyi at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,Dr. Tibor Bíró at Károly Róbert College and Dr. Attila Lengyel at University of Miskolc for their supportive work in the Program Committee and for the interesting presentations they gave on their scientific researches and results.

We kindly thank Norbert Kovács, Vice President of the General Assembly of Veszprém County and Tamás Józsa, Chief of Cabinet of the Municipality of Town Veszprém for helping with the organizational tasks.

Last but not least we would like to express our thanks to all our further presentersparticipants and sponsors who contributed to the success of the conference.


 Throughout the development of civilization technology’s share in satisfying human needs beyond everyday life has become bigger and bigger.Machine-human relation is getting more and more complicated, actually consisting of processes which are not transparent any more, and the way we are trying to sort out the problem is by installing more machines.

Human presence
, though, is still a source of error, and even the seemingly most insignificant mistake may end up in catastrophies.

Therefore in case of such events it is vital to look at and evaluate the past, sum up what we have learnt and have feedback on the starting point of processes – to be able to prevent the catastrophy from happening again.

Several organizations have contributed to the restoration works since the red mud disaster at Devecser in October 2010. Each participating group has accumulated experience and knowledge, but only in its own segment of the restoration works. There has not been any possibility to summarize the experiences so far, to communicate directly among the organizations which helped.

To be able to accomplish this objective we have organized an international, English-Hungarian conference and exhibition, within the framework of the Mecenatura tender announced by the National Innovation Office (NIH) with the title of ’Development of European Union public administrative procedures for the reduction and management of environmental hazard’ (tender ID: OKOPKONF) held on May 23-25, 2011 in Budapest, Veszprém and Szekszárd. It lasted 3 days – relatively a lot of time without limits – because we wanted to facilitate communication among the participants.

We intended to sum up the above mentioned experience and knowledge at the conference in order to share and evaluate them with the Hungarian and international professional and social groups, so we invited the widest possible group of stakeholders.

Among the almost two hundred Hungarian and one hundred foreign lecturers and participants there were representatives of ministries, official bodies – the police, the national defence, institutions of higher education, the media, researchers, technology developers and those involved in the economic sector.

The operative organizational tasks were done by the ECOPolis Cluster, supported by the National Directorate General for Disaster Management of the Hungarian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Pannonia, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Hungarian Academy of SciencesVeszprém Town of County Rank and the Municipality of Veszprém.

The patrons of the conference were Dr. Tibor Navracsics, Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice andDr. György Bakondi, National Director General of the National Directorate General for Disaster Management.

In terms of conference topics the red mud disaster was revealed on a very wide range of viewpoints.

All together there were nearly 40 presentations demonstrating the Hungarian administrative procedures in connection with disaster relief, the antecedents and aftermath of the disaster in the region of Devecser and Kolontár, the national collaboration, the work done by state institutions, the research and the technological developments in realation to the disaster.

The first two days of the conference, May 23-24, 2011, were held at the Mercure Budapest Buda hotel in Budapest. On behalf of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice, Farkas Krisztina, Deputy State Secretary opened the event.

The following participants led plenary sessions in the mornings and section presentations in the afternoons about the relief work: the delegates of the Hungarians and foreign ministries, the police, the national defence, professors from higher educational institutions such as the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University, the Károly Róbert College, theUniversity of Szeged and the York University in Canada.

From the media section the Hungarian Pannon Lapok Társasága and the British Times magazine were represented among others. At last but not least Hungarian and foreign lecturers of technological developments were present, too.

On the morning of the third day, May 25, 2011 – based on previous registrations – the participants could visit Devecser and Kolontár, thewestern ruptured dam of cassette X of the sludge reservoir, its surroundings, the demolition and rebuilding areas and an almost completely finished sample house. As an optional program they could go on the IRIS field trip in Szekszárd, organized by the National Directorate General for Disaster Management.

In the afternoon the conference continued at the University of Pannonia. It was opened with a welcome address by Dr. Zsolt Horváth, Member of Parliament and then followed by a presentation by Prof. Dr. Ákos Rédey, Rector of the University of Pannonia, in which he talked about therole of the university in damage elimination after the disaster.

The following presentations were given by professors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Károly Róbert College, the University of Miskolc, the head of Bálint Analitika Ltd. and the OM Voluntary Crisis Response Team who gave lectures on further technological researches, examples for social collaboration, handling the social effects of the disaster and recommendations for utilization of the red sludge. The conference was closed by András Farkas, president of the ECOPolis Cluster.

Evaluating all that have been heard at the conference it can be ascertained that wide social cooperation was carried out after the disaster withmostly voluntary contributions of the authorities, the non-governmental, social and economic organizations and the academic sphere.

As a result, with the extensive and professional relief management of the state the social and environmental damages of the red sludge disaster could befended off in a record time.

All these results were made public for both the domestic and international audiences within the framework of the conference as well as inrelated newsletters.

After the conference a homepage was created with the intention of making the lectures and professional voices accessible and public. The contents are basically professional preceded by the lecturers’ many years of experience. It was them who helped our work greatly and contributed to the ultimate success of the conference.



National Innovation Office


A projekt az NKTH (NIH) támogatásával valósult meg.

The Project was financed by the National Innovation Office.

MEC-09-4-2010-0284, OKOPKONF

Agroterm Kft.

AperTech Informatikai Kft.

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Bálint Analitika Kft.

Combit Zrt.

Duszén Kft.

Egis Nyrt.

E-Star Alternatív Nyrt.

Huntsman Zrt.

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Pannon Lapok Társasága Kiadó Kft.


National Directorate General for Disaster Management of the Hungarian Ministry of Internal Affairs


Ministry of Public Administration and Justice

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hungarian Academy of Sciences

University of Pannonia


Budapest University of Technology and Economics


City of Veszprém

Municipality of Veszprém


Mercure Budapest Buda

Our 4-star hotel Mercure Budapest Buda is located in the heart of Budapest, in the Neighborhood of the historical Castle District, in a very pleasant surrounding next to a beautiful park. Thanks to the closeness of the South Railway Station the hotel is easy accessable by public transport. Walking and shopping district of the city can be reached in some minutes by 4 underground stops.

Accommodation: Our 390 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with bath, colour TV with satellite channels, phone, minibar, magnetic card system, free Wi-Fi access and PC connection. Rooms for non-smokers, disabled, guests with allergies, apartments and 24h room service are available. Privilege rooms are at the service of our guests with special VIP treatment.

Restaurant & Banquett: Budavár Restaurant – offering dishes of the Hungarian and international cuisine in a friendly atmosphere. Lobby Bar – offers 4 kinds of quick breakfasts, wide range of local and international drinks and snacks, coffee specialities and drink promotions for our guests. Our 7 air-conditioned, sectionable meeting rooms with a capacity of 10–300 people with modern audio-visual equipment and technological background assure a pleasant environment for receptions and cocktail parties as well.

Other Services: Laundry, free Wi-Fi, souvenir shop, car rental, indoor parking lots, coach parking, safe, business corner.

Mercure Budapest Buda****
H-1013 Budapest, Krisztina körút 41-43.
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The University of Pannonia

The University of Pannonia is situated in Veszprem, Hungary. It is among the most prestigious higher education institutions of the country. The university has celebrated its60th anniversary in 2009. In the past decade, the institution had shown a dynamic development and contributed substantially to raising the quality of education, to strengthening research capacities and to upgrading student services. As a result, over ten thousand students are currently enrolled in over one hundred courses offered by five faculties, covering nearly all scientific fields. The University of Pannonia offers degree and diploma programs in Veszprem, Keszthely, Nagykanizsa, Papa, Szekesfehervar and Kiskunfelegyhaza. The institution’s scientific achievements are substantiated by its seven doctoral schools and its internationally acclaimed researches. In 2009 the University of Pannonia has received the “Kiralyi Regioert Dij” (Award for the Royal Region) and one year later, in 2010, it has been rewarded the “Kivalo Egyetem” (Excellent University) ministerial acknowledgement. In 2010, it had acquired the MSZ EN ISO 9001:2009 quality management system’s standardization certificate for the purpose of becoming the intellectual center of the Central Transdanubian Region. As a quality-driven intellectual center with social responsibility, the university is determined to continue its competitive research activities while providing students with a high quality education of expertise and ethical judgment.

Pannon Egyetem
8200 Veszprém
10 Egyetem Street
Tel.: (+36)88/624-000
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