Development Air Quality Network

Projekt abgeschlossen

Switzerland is contributing CHF 5.750 mio. to improve the monitoring of air quality in accordance with EU standards. The project aims at improving quantitatively and qualitatively the National Air Quality Monitoring Network and ensures to meet the EU requirements concerning publicity of the data and information transfer.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Umwelt schützen
01.03.2011 - 31.08.2016
CHF  5’750’250

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


The Hungarian Ministry for Rural Development aims at improving quantitatively and qualitatively the National Air Quality Monitoring Network. Hungary operates a National Air Monitoring Network. There are two types of networks: an online monitoring network and a manual network. A core component of this project is to upgrade the manual network, because the manual stations are outdated. Thanks to the project, the applicant expects to increase the information offer namely with regard to heavy metals and fine particles concentrations.

Hungarian registration number: SH 3/9

  • To carry out air quality monitoring in accordance with the EU requirements
  • To ensure publicity of the data and information transfer towards the European Commission
  • The living standard and the promotion of sustainable economic development will be improved

The seven Hungarian “Environment Protection, Nature Conservation and Water Management Inspectorates” under the Ministry for Rural Development and the Ministry itself. Indirectly it’s for the benefit of the whole country.


Procurement of mobile monitoring stations and modern laboratory equipment, upgrading of the air pollution maps, localization of pollutants and polluted areas and improvement of analytical accuracy.


Erreichte Resultate:  

  • The project has been fully implemented. Thanks to considerable cost savings resulting from the public tendering precedure and exchnage rate gains in local currency more activities than originally planned could be implemented. Consequenty, the expected results have been exceeded. As a result,
  • The new measuring and laboratory devices are used in the daily work of the environmental protection authorities and in the Air Quality Reference Centre. As a result, all inspectorates can now comply with the EU monitoring directives.
  • The Air Quality Reference Centre which is now equipped with state of the art equipment has become the centre of the Air Quality Monitoring System in Hungary. It is operated by the Hungarian Meteorological Service.
  • 144 manual measuring devices (high-volume dust samplers and devices suitable for the sampling of gaseous air pollutants) were delivered and tested at all inspectorates.
  • Two inspectorates (in Szeged and Debrecen) received a mobile measuring station each (vehicles, including sampling and gas analysis devices) for the extension of the monitoring area at the end of 2014.
  • 37 laboratory measurement devices of six types have been in operation since 1 April 2014 at the inspectorates.
  • 3 different laboratory measurement devices have been in operation since 31 October 2015 at the Air Quality Reference Centre.
  • 48 automatic mobile measurement devices have been in operation since 31 October 2015 at the Air Quality Reference Centre and at the inspectorates.

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt SECO
Kreditbereich Schweizer Beitrag an die erweiterte EU
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
  • Hungarian National Development Agency

VÁTI Ltd and Ministry of Rural Development

Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    5’750’250 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    5’659’935
Projektphasen Phase 2 20.01.2011 - 30.06.2016   (Completed)

Phase 1 01.03.2011 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)