The Regional Centre of the Basel Convention for Training and Technology Transfer for Central and Eastern Europe in Bratislava was established in accordance with Article 14 of the Basel Convention in 1996 with funding from the Swiss Government. The Regional Centre was established as a unit of the Slovak Environmental Agency within a Centre of Waste and Environmental Management to address specific regional or sub-regional needs.
The Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, at its Third Meeting, concluded the selection of site for the establishment of regional centre for Central and Eastern Europe. Based on the conclusions of the feasibility study financed by Finland, the Slovak Republic was selected as the site of the Regional Training Centre (further RTC) for the Central and Eastern European Countries.
The establishment of the Basel Convention Regional Centre BCRC in Bratislava was assigned by a contractual agreement between the Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal in Geneva and Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.
The BCRC role in the WasteForce project is to inform and disseminate the project products (manuals, examples of good practices) in the Central and Eastern European region. We can use project information in our regional meetings. We would like to use this opportunity to inform the project partners about the problems related with the transboundary movement of hazardous and other waste in our region and include this into the agenda.