Secretary of State in the Environment, Waters and Forestry Ministry Robert Eugen Szep is the new president of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR), according to a release issued on Wednesday by the relevant ministry.
The event of Romania's taking over the presidency of ICPDR brought together, physically and online, the representatives of Romania, Montenegro and Austria.
The new ICPDR president outlined the directions and objectives of his mandate, focusing on the importance of the 2022 Danube Ministerial Meeting, the implementation of the provisions of the 2022 Danube Declaration, and the initiation of the measures provided for in the Danube River Management Plan and Flood Risk Management Plan, which were updated in 2021, Agerpres.ro informs.
Thus, Robert Eugen Szep stressed that Romania will do everything possible to protect the biodiversity of the Danube.
"It is a great honor and a great challenge for Romania to take over the presidency of the ICPDR and assume the responsibilities of this role in 2022. Even as we go through a pandemic period, climate ambitions are growing more and more around the world and we must respond to these realities with involvement and seriousness. Romania's position in the Danube basin is extremely important and we will do everything in our power to protect biodiversity and the environment," the new ICPDR president was quoted as saying in the release.
According to the Environment Ministry, Romania's priorities for the ICPDR Presidency are: hosting the Danube Ministerial Meeting 2022, which takes place every six years and gives each member the chance to contribute to the continued well-being of the Danube basin; supporting the objectives of the Danube Declaration 2022 - document signed at the Ministerial Meeting setting out the priorities for the Danube Basin, together with the Commission's objectives for the next period; support the launch and dissemination of the Danube River Basin Management Plan (DRBMP) updated in 2021, which guides the Commission's specific priorities and objectives on how Significant Water Management Issues (SWMIs) should be addressed in the next six years; supporting the launch and dissemination of the Danube Flood Risk Management Plan (DFRMP), updated in 2021, and focusing in particular on flood issues.
During the ceremony of ICPDR Presidency takeover by Romania, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the UN, the OSCE and the international organizations in Vienna, Veselin Sukovic, met with the Chargé d'Affaires at the Permanent Mission of Romania to Vienna International, Irina-Elena Donciu.
The ceremony included, according to tradition, the handing over of a bottle of water from the Danube, symbolizing the way in which the ICPDR presidents hold in their hands the future of the waters of the Danube basin.