The Minister of Agriculture assured everyone on his Facebook page that the River Sajó (or Slaná, in Slovakian) and its wildlife are our common natural heritage.
István Nagy posted the following on his social media page:
The Sajó river and its wildlife are our common natural heritage. My first official international trip after my inauguration as Minister of Agriculture will be to meet the Slovakian Minister of Environment. I have initiated a meeting about the pollution of the river, which we need to remedy immediately. Let us not forget that it is our common duty to protect the world we have created and to maintain its biodiversity.”
As we have reported before, the Sajó river, which enters Hungary in the north from Slovakia, is apparently heavily polluted by mine drainage water, which has led to the mass elimination of the river’s wildlife in Slovakia.
Momentum’s president and MEP Anna Donáth earlier urged government politicians of the two countries to take immediate action. She was the first Hungarian politician to speak up about the case. She called on both the Slovakian and Hungarian governments, “who have so far stood by idly and watched the ecological disaster unfold,” to take immediate action and stop the ecological disaster in the Sajó.
However, the contamination has not yet reached the river’s Hungarian section, Gabriella Siklós, the spokeswoman of the General Directorate of Water Management stated before.
Featured image via Péter Komka/MTI