Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health Hub for Central and Eastern Europe
Last Updated on 11/07/2014
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
The Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health (ESTH) Hub for Central and Eastern Europe was established in 2001 and is one of 12 ESTH Hubs the Department of State has established around the world. The Hubs complement bilateral activities of U.S. diplomatic missions by focusing on transboundary issues of regional and global significance. The Regional Hub at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest covers the following 20 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, 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, including the Caucasus. The Hub has a Director and two Specialists – one on environmental and clean energy issues and the other on science & technology and health issues.
Areas of Focus and Responsibility
The Regional Hub works closely with a range of U.S. government agencies in Washington, DC and around the world 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 promoting sustainable development and a smart energy future to combat climate change; helping develop an innovation ecosystem to encourage economic growth and shared prosperity; fostering transboundary water cooperation and nature conservation in the Carpathian, Danube, Sava, and Tisza River Basins; and strengthening environmental protection through law enforcement training.
- Building an Innovation Ecosystem
Op-ed by Raffi Balian, Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health Attaché for Central and Eastern Europe, U.S. Department of State
Published in Hungarian in Figyelő economic weekly magazine (October 30, 2014)
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- Transboundary cooperation is a precondition for preventing future disasters
Interview with Raffi Balian, Director of the Regional Environmental, Science & Technology, and Health Hub for Central And Eastern Europe
Published in Sava NewsFlash, No. 13, May 2014, p. 8-9
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