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Environmental improvements in Hungary satisfying

The overall state of Hungary's environment has spectacularly improved in the past ten years, Environment Minister Miklós Persányi said on Wednesday. The minister spoke at a conference in Budapest, and said that the air was cleaner, the quality of surface waters was better and the number of pollution sources was lower than in the early 1990's. Adopting European Union norms and regulations has contributed greatly to an improvement in air quality, as emissions from industry as well as those from vehicular traffic had to be reduced, Persányi said. The minister added that as a result of water-treatment and waste-management projects, already underway, the country would have an environmental infrastructure fully meeting EU criteria within 5 years.