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It is an honour and a privilege for the Regional Environmental Center to run the Young Environmental Leaders Programme in recognition of Tom Garvey's immense personal contribution to the processes of democratisation, economic restructuring and environmental protection in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Tribute to Tom Garvey (1936-2007)

Tom Garvey

Tom Garvey was one of the first representatives of the European Commission actively to work on indentifying needs and priorities and on delivering assistance for the economic restructuring of CEE following the political changes in 1989. With his exceptional personality, knowledge and skills, he laid the foundations for the future relations between the European Communities and the region; developed new support mechanisms; and shaped processes for the most efficient delivery and use of assistance.

Between 1995 and 2003, Tom Garvey served on the Board of Directors of the Regional Environmental Center, later becoming a member of its General Assembly. He was particularly passionate about NGO support and the training of young environmental leaders, and his enthusiasm attracted the first financial donations from the business community for these activities.

Following Tom Garvey’s death in 2007, the Tom Garvey Fund was established in his honour. The fund has made possible the renewal and extension of the REC’s long-running and successful Young Environmental Leaders Programme. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the REC in 2012, the programme was renamed the Tom Garvey Young Environmental Leaders Programme.

It is our hope that, following in his footsteps, the Tom Garvey Young Environmental Leaders Programme will provide opportunities for many young people to broaden their knowledge and skills, opening up new horizons for them to contribute to the sustainable development of CEE, a cause that was so dear to Tom Garvey's heart.

Internship Programme

The Tom Garvey Internship Programme assists young environmental professionals in the further development of their careers, while at the same time supporting REC projects through the fresh insights and ideas that they bring.


Fellowship Programme

Groups of fellows spend between two and four weeks at the REC, where training is given on general leadership qualities and environmentally sound management techniques.


Tom Garvey
Internship Programme

Tom Garvey
Fellowship Programme