Over 125 participants from seven countries rallied in the Danube Delta between June 5 and 7 to celebrate the World Environment Day 2009 at the invitation of Veolia Romania.
Local authorities, environment NGOs, UNESCO representatives, ARBDD (Administration of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve) representatives, participants from universities, national and international media, ambassadors and Veolia representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Romania participated at the end of the past week in an international exchange of experience over environment issues, organized by Veolia Romania and Apa Nova Bucharest. The event of this year, with the theme “Water unbinds borders,” started at the water treatment station from Crivina on June 4, and is intended to become a tradition within Veolia Europe in order to stress every year the importance of the international collaboration for a durable development.
On the occasion of this event, Sfantu Gheorghe was declared “Veolia Green Capital” by the mayor of the commune of Sfantu Gheorghe, Valentin Sidorencu.
“For three days, Sfantu Gheorghe became Veolia Green Capital of all the countries bordering the Danube which participate to this event, proving in this way that “Water unbinds borders.” These days dedicated to the environment will be our joint declaration of collaboration and protection of the environment and of the vital water resources,” declared Mr. Bruno Roche, general manager Apa Nova Bucharest. Concurrently, a modern project, Veolia Park, organized at the initiative of Tulcea City Hall and backed by Veolia Romania with a funding of RON 130,000, was inaugurated in Tulcea.
Present at the event, His Excellency Petr Dokladal, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Romania, the Czech Republic being the country which holds the half-year presidency of EU until July 1, appreciated the projects run in the Danube Delta at the initiative of Veolia Romania, stressing the need of collaboration between countries for the protection of the environment and the education of the community in the spirit of a life style accountable to nature.