Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe

Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux de l’Europe


Strasbourg, 15 June 1999

CG (6) 12


This motion has not been discussed in the Congress

and commits only the members who have signed it




(Strasbourg, 15 – 17 June 1999)



Motion for a resolution

on the environmental consequences of the Kosovo conflict



presented by Josef Leinen (Germany) and the undersigned:



Mr Claude HAEGI (Switzerland)

Mr Tomas JIRSA (Czech Republic)

Mr Leon KIERES (Poland)

Mr Risto KOIVISTO (Finland)

Mr Gabor KOLUMBAN (Romania)

Dr Levente MAGYAR (Hungary)

Mr Gianfranco MARTINI (Italy)

Mr Yavuz MILDON (Turkey)

Mr Michael O’BRIEN (Ireland)

Mr François PAOUR (France)


The Congress,


1. Recalling the recent appeal issued by the President of the CLRAE, calling on European municipalities and regions to show their solidarity by providing support for the displaced people of Kosovo;


2. Convinced that the attacks against ethnic Albanians constitute a crime against humanity, and that the most serious aspect of the Kosovo conflict is the humanitarian tragedy with thousands of lives lost or endangered;


3. Concerned, at the same time, about the human sufferings caused by months of devastating bombings in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and welcoming the political settlement that appears to have put an end to the conflict;


4. Concerned about the potentially disastrous environmental impacts of war, which includes the destruction of oil refineries, petrochemical plants and other hazardous types of production facilities, placing the population and the natural environment in the region under threat;


5. Worried about the contamination of soil, watercourses and underground water, as well as the dangerous air pollution resulting from the release of toxic substances, which may lead to far-reaching environmental consequences in the region and beyond, and which may further complicate the tragic refugee situation in some neighbouring states;


6. Concerned about the serious sanitation problems in many areas of the region, resulting from the lack of appropriate water supply, sewerage and waste collection systems, posing serious threats to the refugees and the local population;


7. Convinced that the ability of local authorities to undertake assessments, decontamination and recovery in an environmentally sound manner is hampered by shortages of material and equipment, by an overloaded or damaged infrastructure as well as the uncertainties of the political and military situation in the region;


8. Should