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July 1989

A Salute to President George Bush — A REC Founding Father

In July, U.S. President George Bush proposed the establishment of the REC at the then Karl Marx University of Economics in Budapest. The following is an excerpt from his 40-minute address:

"...economic progress cannot be at the expense of the air we breathe and the water we drink. I will ask the United States Congress to appropriate USD 5 million to establish an international environmental center for Central and Eastern Europe, to be based right here in Budapest, which will bring together private and government experts and organizations to address the ecological crisis. After all, our shared heritage is the Earth. Hungary has led Eastern and Central Europe in addressing the concerns of your citizens for cleaner air and water. And now you can do even more, working with the West to build a bridge of technical and scientific cooperation."