GOE, Hungary joins EGARA

GOE – Gépjárműbontók Országos Egyesülete – the national Hungarian association of dismantlers, which for the first time attended an EGARA-meeting in spring 2006 in Bucharest, and after that decided to join, was adopted on the EGARA autumn meeting, held to-day in Bucharest.

At the meeting the GOE-chairman, József Dobó expressed that after having followed the activities of EGARA in the past 6 months, it was obvious to GOE that they – and their 33 members – would benefit to join, since the experience collectively gathered by the 16 other associations would greatly help GOE in the process they are facing, where they wish to professionalize the sector in Hungary, especially concerning such important items as quality and quality certification.

Hungary in addition has special problems, where it is expected that EGARA can help.

Most urgent according to József Dobó is to get the government to realise that, if they want to protect the environment, then they have to implement effective policing of the Directive. Currently more than 90% of the ELV-handling is undertaken by non-licensed dismantlers, and in order to fight this, GOE will initiated a program by which they wish to undertake activities by which their members will clearly distinguish themselves from the illegal side of the trade – in the eyes on as well the public as the politicians.

However, as József Dobó expressed it, such initiatives, which clearly require investment, can only be a success if authorities make sure, that the non-licensed sites disappear.