Health and Environment

The Environment and Health Topic Area is connected to the World Health Organisation’s European Environment and Health Process. It supports the implementation of the EU Environment and Health (E&H) Action Plan, and the Budapest Declaration and Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE), which were signed by 53 countries at the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in 2004. Members of the topic area are involved in preparations for the Fifth Ministerial Conference, to be held in Italy in 2010.

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  • Selected projects

The work of the topic area focuses on the following:

  • Supporting cooperation between the environment and health sectors by means of policy integration at international and national level in all REC beneficiary countries and in the EECCA region.
  • Strengthening the role of the precautionary principle in public health and environmental protection, with a special focus on the future of our children.
  • Promoting the implementation of the CEHAPE by active involvement in European processes and by efficient instruments and tools for multi-stakeholder cooperation.
  • Participating at regional level in CEHAPE implementation in general, and specially in Priority Goal 3 on the reduction and prevention of respiratory diseases due to outdoor and indoor air pollution.

The Environment and Health Topic Area cooperates closely with the Climate Change and Sustainable Consumption and Production Topic Areas.

The main services provided by the Environment and Health Topic Area are:

  • Participation in the development of European Environment and Health Policy, with special focus on the EU Environment and Health Strategy and the needs of SEE and EECCA countries.
  • Implementation of the CEHAPE, providing a platform for the exchange of information and good practice among European countries and regions. The REC is particularly involved in the implementation of CEHAPE Regional Priority Goal 3 on the prevention and reduction of respiratory diseases.
  • Continuous evaluation of commitment to the Budapest Declaration, especially in the lead-up to the next Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Italy, 2010.
  • Implementation of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (PEP) plan of action, by providing coordination, monitoring progress and undertaking appropriate actions in schools in the region.
  • Action on climate change–related extreme weather events that demand a proactive and multidisciplinary approach in relation to human health.
  • Creation of conditions for national-level strategies for climate change adaptation, focusing on environment and health.
  • Follow-up on developments for the sustainable generation and use of renewable energy, and for the reduction of health risks from energy generation, distribution and consumption.


The team consists of experts from diverse backgrounds, including the natural sciences, economics, environmental policy, communication and media, and environment and health education. The team is headed by Eva Csobod, an internationally experienced senior expert on environment and health, who holds a PhD in chemistry. The team includes the following experts:

  • Eva Csobod (ecsobod at
  • Julia Schuchmann (jschuchmann at
  • Mariann Hajdu (mhajdu at
  • Zsolt Bauer (zsbauer at
  • Experts from the REC’s country offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia and Serbia

  • Communication Strategy for the Environment and Health Roadmap towards the 5th Ministerial Conference
  • Provision of Secretariat Services for the Healthy Planet Forum in Budapest, 2004
  • Improving Energy Efficiency in Public Institutions
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality in European Schools (SEARCH)

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