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Photo: MTI/Balázs Attila

President János Áder on Saturday wrote a letter to the President of the European Commission with the observation that large amounts of plastic and other waste are flowing into Hungary on the Tisza and Szamos rivers, from Ukraine and Romania, respectively.

In the letter to Ursula von der Leyen, Áder said that despite previous promises by those countries, the flooded rivers flowing into eastern Hungary continue to bring large amounts of waste, harming the ecosystem as well as the fishing and tourism industries, and posing epidemic-related challenges.

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Áder noted he had already written to Volodymyr Zelensky and Klaus Iohannis, his Ukrainian and Romanian counterparts, asking them to address the issue.

Hungary has already removed 938 cubic meters of waste from the Tisza and 846 cubic meters from the Szamos since June 13, Áder said.

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Áder also said he hoped to discuss the European Union’s sustainable environmental policies and its Green Deal policy with von der Leyen at a bilateral meeting in the autumn.

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  1. I applaud Áder János for what he is doing! Hungary has to make those countries that dissected the beautiful Carpathian Basin Ecosystem, responsible and accountable for their actions. These countries need to realize that they cannot do what the Russian did after the World War II. They cannot sustain the rape and plunder the resources of occupied lands and the extortion of the population. When an Ecosystem is managed responsibly, it will sustain itself and live in harmony for the benefit of all that it harbors.

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