Press Releases

    For information only - not an official document

    4 February 2016

    Re-issued as received


    The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

    invites you to the

    Opening of the ICPDR Ministerial Meeting 2016 and press conference


    Tuesday 9 February 2016

    at the

    ARES Tower / Wolke 19 (access via 19 th floor)

    Donau-City-Straße 11, 1220 Vienna



    08:30               Registration

    09:00               Opening with journalists

                            Film: The ICPDR and the Danube River Basin

    • Welcome by Peter J. Kalas, ICPDR President 2016
    • Opening statements by Environment Minister Richard Brabec, Czech Republic and Environment Minister Andrä Rupprechter, Austria


    09:20               Group Photo - Ministers in front of beluga banner


    09:30               Presentation of the Management Plans (Aziza Akhmouch, Head of the OECD Water Governance Programme)


    09:45               Coffee break until 10:15, during which individual interviews with ministers can be arranged for journalists upon request.


    13:00               Press conference at the conference room on Floor 19 (until 13:30)



    At the Ministerial Meeting the contracting parties to the ICPDR will endorse two management plans (one on environmental aspects, one on flood risks) for the coming six years to ensure cleaner, safer and healthier waters in the Danube River Basin. The plans include measures to improve the purity of rivers, lakes and groundwater, make rivers and lakes thriving ecosystems for animals and plants and manage the risk of floods. The Danube River Basin stretches over 19 countries: Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, which are ICPDR contracting parties as well as Italy, Switzerland, Albania, Poland and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.


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    For more information, or to arrange individual interviews with ministers, please contact:

    Benedikt Mandl
    Public Participation & Communication
    Telephone: +43 1 26060 4373

    Email: Benedikt.MANDL[at]
    Mobile: +43 676 845 200 220