Italian Trust Fund

The Italian Trust Fund (ITF) was established in 2001 as a targeted contribution of the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea to the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC).

The work of the ITF is consistent with the REC’s mission and activities — it shares the same ambition to strive for a solution to the environmental problems afflicting the Central and Eastern European region and beyond. The ITF is more than simply a funding mechanism; it is an advisory body to the REC and to the stakeholders of the region.

The ITF operates in the areas of environmental governance, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, technical support, the development of joint environmental investment projects, institution strengthening, assistance to NGOs, strategic environmental assessment, the facilitation of international conventions, education for sustainable development, and climate change mitigation.

The ITF also assists the REC in its fundraising activities by supporting its presence in the international arena, expanding fundraising opportunities and providing expert personnel from the ItalianMinistry for the Environment, Land and Sea out of its offices in Rome, Brussels and Belgrade.

Since the establishment of the ITF, Italy has become a major partner in environmental and sustainability solutions in the region served by the REC. Italy’s financial contribution has exceeded EUR 12 million, helping to raise awareness of climate change and environmental and health problems and supporting dozens of implemented projects. In addition, cooperation between the ITF and the REC has established and promoted strong networks among the beneficiary countries for regional and global solutions and has opened up new cooperation possibilities and channels for Italian stakeholders: government, business, academia and civil society.

All projects are implemented in collaboration with the REC and the respective REC country offices.

Key ITF Projects 2000-2008

  • Sustainable Development of Central and Eastern Europe: Strategies,
  • Methodologies, Policies and Actions — Courses I-IV
  • Course for Sustainability in Kazakhstan
  • Course for Sustainability for the Black Sea Region
  • Course for Local Sustainability and Action
  • Summer courses in Budapest
  • Supporting Education for Sustainability — The Green Pack in Turkey
  • Beyond Piloting Green Pack Albania in the Basic Education System
  • Training for Young Environmental Leaders
  • Young Experts Programme
  • Meeting for Friendship among People — Rimini
  • Climate Change — Debate on Emissions Trading
  • Implementing the Aarhus Convention: Practical Tools for Public Participation
  • Promoting Climate Change Policies in Turkey
  • Indoor Air Quality in European Schools (SEARCH)
  • Health Education Programme for the Budapest Health and Environment Conference in 2004
  • Roadmap towards the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
  • Training Seminars for Implementation of Waste Management
  • Practices in Selected SEE Countries
  • Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
  • Conference Center Reconstruction
  • International Strategic Environmental Assessment Workshop
  • Identification of Municipal Environmental Investments
  • Sustainable Development Certification in Turkey
  • Launching Third-Generation Environmentalism with "Europe in the World"
  • Support to the Implementation of the Carpathian Convention
  • Support to the preparation of input to the Sixth Ministerial Conference
  • “Environment for Europe” by countries of South East Europe.

ITF Project Records 2001-2008


Stefania Romano
E-mail: sromano at
Phone: +36 26 504-013, internal ext. 453

Raquel Asencios
Project Officer
E-mail: rangulo at
Phone: +36 26 504-000 ext. 451

Marco Mattiello
Project Officer
E-mail: mmattiello at
Phone: +36 26 504-000 ext. 451