Executive Director’s message

Marta Szigeti BonifertFresh focus, efficiency and flexibility were the key concepts guiding the internal restructuring of the REC during 2013, as part of which the organisation’s country office network was streamlined in keeping with newly identified priorities and needs.

The floods in June represented an additional challenge for operations in the REC’s head office in Hungary. The level of the floodwater was the highest ever measured, causing substantial damage to REC premises.

Despite such adversity, 2013 was a very successful year in terms of the REC’s project activities. The mid-term review of the implementation of the 2011–2015 strategy confirmed the REC’s selection of priorities and its work methodology. Significant donor contributions were received. In particular, I would like to express my gratitude for the on-going support of many partners, including the European Commission, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the US.

In line with the decision of the Board of Directors, preparations began for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the REC in 2015. We plan to use this significant landmark as an opportunity for intensified dialogue with the REC’s founders and supporters, environmental stakeholders, partners and friends, in order to obtain feedback on the work we have accomplished to date and to open up new perspectives for the future development of the organisation. I hope that we will soon benefit from the first positive results of this process. 

Marta Szigeti Bonifert
Executive Director


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