The University of Debrecen located in Debrecen (Eastern Hungary) has a student body of 29,000, out of which 19,000 are full-time students. Its 15 faculties and 23 doctoral schools undoubtedly offer the widest choice of majors and other forms of training. This outstanding intellectual centre, with a vast research and development capacity, has a growing importance in the economic and social development, cultural progress of the region.
The Centre for Environmental Management and Policy (CEMP) was established in 1997 at the University of Debrecen. Educational, research, expertise and advisory activities mean its main profile in the field of Environmental Management, Environmental Policy and Regional Development at local, regional, national and international level. The Centre has postgraduate educational programmes including international ones in co-operation with Greek, Irish, Dutch, French and Croatian universities. CEMP is the participant and co-ordinator of numerous national and European projects - EU Research Framework Programmes FP4, FP5 and FP6, Interreg IIIC, Interreg IVC, South East Europe Programme, TEMPUS and policy supported research projects - working in close and continuous co-operation with numerous actors, namely regional development agencies, environmental professionals and authorities, environmental agencies, ministries contributed to the successful work. Involvement of national, European and international stakeholders were part of the work during all activities.
Its expertise and advisory activities actively contribute to the development of National Development Programmes and the evaluation of their implementation projects. CEMP developed SEA of the New Hungary Development Plan for 2007-2013, focusing on Transport Operational Programme, Environment and Energy Operational Programme and Regional Operational Programmes including the Action Plans for 2007-2008.