Central and Eastern European Hub for Environment, Science, Technology and Health
Szabadság tér 12, H-1054 Budapest
Telephone: (36-1) 475-4670, (36-1) 475-4456, (36-1) 475-4439
Fax: (36-1) 475-4764, (36-1) 475-4027
Embassy Budapest’s ESTH Hub office was established in 2001 and is one of 12 ESTH Hubs the Department of State has established around the world. The Hubs are intended to complement bilateral activities of U.S. diplomatic missions by concentrating on transboundary issues of regional and global significance. The Budapest Hub covers 20 countries, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine. It serves as the U.S. Government’s point of contact for regional ESTH issues in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. It is made up of a Regional ESTH Officer and two Locally Engaged Staff (LES) personnel – an Environmental Specialist and a Health and Science Specialist.
The Budapest Hub works closely with a range of U.S. government agencies to support their efforts by raising key environmental, science, technology and health issues at a diplomatic level with ministries and non-governmental organizations within the region. Special attention is given to fostering transboundary water cooperation and nature conservation in the Carpathian, Danube, Sava, Tisza River Basins; strengthening environmental law enforcement; and utilizing transboundary environmental and health issues to promote security in the region. The Hub also deals with climate change, energy efficiency, and renewable energy policies, as well as biotechnology and other scientific issues.