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28 June 2018, Budapest

A day dedicated to stop plastic floods

International workshop and round table discussion

Accompanied by PLASTIC Cup and Trash Art exhibition



“Empty plastic bottles, mixed with other waste, are dumped year by year on the river banks and are flushed downstream during flood events. This pollution could be highly visible resulting in curtains of plastic on riparian vegetation. Plastic waste also could be buried on the floodplains by fluvial sediments, or microparticulation poses an invisible threat for the wildlife and for humans. In all respects that has resulted in cross-border complaints from downstream countries. The signs of this pollution are intensely present throughout the whole Tisza basin and reach the main Danube River where this plastic waste can also be seen in the main protected areas of the Danube Delta and has an impact on the Black Sea environment.”

The problem is recognised all over the world, but there is still a lack of effective and well-organised actions to drastically reduce waste pollution. What is the situation globally and what are the policy measures in EU level to overcome problems? How river basin districts are feeding the Adriatic and the Black Seas’ Region with plastic waste?

The Danube Day event, supported by the DTP JOINTISZA project, aims to call the attention to growing problem of plastic waste pollution and it also offers a networking platform to those actively involved in policy and NGO level to find joint solutions toward the reduction of the emerging waste problem. As a follow-up outcome of the event the intention is to draft possible solutions and outline measures in the updated Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan which is now under development in the frame of the DTP JOINTISZA project.


A projekt a Duna Transznacionális Programból, az Európai Regionális Fejlesztési Alap támogatásával, az Európai Unió és a Magyar Állam társfinanszírozásával valósul meg.

This project is co-funded by the European Union (ERDF fund) and Hungary.


Date: 28th June 2018
Venue:a Hely’ (1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 31/a).


Participation at the event is free of charge, but preliminary registration is required. Registration is open until 20 June 2018 (limited up to 80 participants).

Please register here!


DRAFT AGENDA - 28th of June 2018 (Thursday)

13:00 –  13:30



13:30 – 13:45


Gábor Jenei (National Coordinator of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary)

Office of the President of Hungary - TBC

Balázs Horváth (Priority Area Coordinator of water quality priority area of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary)



13:45 – 14:00

Global marine litter situation
Katalin Czippán (Deputy Chair - Commission on Education and Communication, IUCN)

14:00 – 14:15

EU policy landscape to tackle plastic pollution
Vivien Ifka (waste management expert, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of hungary)

14:15 -14:30

Report on plastic waste status by the Adriatic Sea
Uroš Robič (environmental expert, Institute for Water of the Republic of Slovenia)

14:30 – 14:45

Monitoring of Microplastic pollution
Gábor Bordós (project coordination manager, Wessling Hungary Ltd.)

14:45 – 15:00

Macro plastic in and along the Danube: introduction of the PlasticFreeDanube project
Sabine Lenz (Research associate, Institute of Waste Management, BOKU- University, Vienna, PlasticFreeDanube Project)

15:00 – 15:15

Situation in the Tisza River Basin - JOINTISZA project
Diana Heilmann and Viktor Oroszi (Senior advisors, EU Strategy for the Danube Region Priority Area 4 & 5)

15:15– 15:30

Ukrainian waste management strategy and feedback on the follow-up activities of the plastic waste related measures of first Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan
Olena Marushevska (senior expert, NGO “Zakarpattya Oblast Branch of All-Ukrainian Ecological League”)

15:30 – 16:15

Round table discussion with the speakers
Moderator: Gergely Hankó (Managing Director, Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprises)


16:15 – 16:45  

Coffee break & Exhibition opening, networking

“Message in the bottle” international movie premier

16:45 – 17:00

Short story of PLASTIC Pirates and the Tisza
Attila Dávid Molnár (Director) - Gergely Hankó (Producer)

17:00 – 18:00





1. The venue of the Danube Day event:

a Hely’ (1039 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos üdülőpart 31/a).

The view of the building:



2. Location of the event  


3. Transport


If you arrive at Liszt Ferenc International Airport

By taxi

The official taxi company is Főtaxi. All cars are equipped with POS terminal, therefore passengers can pay with credit card as well. Reservations can be made in person at Főtaxi booths located at the airport. The costs of the taxi ride between the airport and the venue costs about 9000 HUF (28-30 EUR).

By minibus

The Airport Shuttle-Minibus provides a door-to-door transfer between the Airport and any point of Budapest and its fleet operates 24 hours a day. The transfer operates as a shared-ride service, which means that passengers travelling to /from the same/ closely situated address are taken in the same vehicle. The Airport Shuttle-Minibus Desks are to be found at the Airport terminals. All Minibuses arrive to and depart from the Terminals’ Main Entrance.

Reservations can be made in person at the Airport Shuttle-Minibus Desks or 24 hours before your flight departure via online reservation system, through travel agencies or by calling the Call Center by dialling the number (+36-1) 296-8555. 

If you come by public transport

At Liszt Ferenc International Airport Terminal 2, take Bus200E to Kőbánya-Kispest Station. Than change to Metro line 3 (M3) and travel until Árpád bridge station. From here use Bus 34 until the Szamos Street, and then walk towards Danube on the Őrtorony Street than turn right and after some steps you arrived (3 min, 300 m).

If you arrive by train to Nyugati Train Station

Walk 12 min (900 m) or use Metro line 3 (M3) for one stop to Lehel tér station and there take Bus 34 travelling to Szamos street. Walk towards the Danube River on the Őrtorony Street than turn right and after some steps you arrived (3 min, 300 m).

If you arrive by train to Kelenföld Train Station

At Kelenföld Train Station take tram 19 or 41 until Battyhány tér station and there take the HÉV 5 local train (H5) until Rómaifürdő station. Change to Bus 34 travelling to Szamos street, and then walk towards Danube on the Őrtorony Street than turn right and after some steps you arrived.  Or at Battyhány square take HÉV 5 local train (H5) until Csillaghegy station than walk along Mátyás Király út towards the Danube river and by the riverbank turn right, after some steps you arrived (24 min, 1.9 km).

4. About Hungary and Budapest


Currency                              Time Zone                            Important phone numbers

Hungarian Forint (HUF)      Central European Time        Country code for Hungary: +36

Emergency number: 112 

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