Czech Refinery Company (CRC) is unquestionably the first one standing at the beginning of the project. As generally known, one subject, though powerful, is not enough. Czech Refinery Company, as a new enterprising subject, wanted to introduce a modern refinery company's attitude towards the questions of the relation between refinery plant and the environs - villages and people as well as the enviroment. Refinery products are being used like fuels and, on the other hand, people are working in the refinery and for it which brings an economical effect for them. An industrial area in the Rhine river's delta in the environs of Rotterdam has been chosen like an example of such co-existence. In addition, Shell, j.s.c., one of shareholders of Czech Refinery Company, has operated in this area.
An official visit of this area for representatives of state administration of regions where Czech Refinery Company has operated (i.e. Litvínov, Most, Kralupy, Mělník) was organized in June 1998. Besides visiting Shell's refinery plant in Pernis that has belonged among the biggest ones in Europe and has been on a high technical level, the regional delegation also visited DCMR agency in Schiedam, like an example of an institution dealing with the enviromental protection in the Rhine river's delta - an area strongly loaded with industry - since the beginning of the 70's (DCMR). Its attitude towards the problems of monitoring system, evaluation of the enviromental data, but especially uninterrupted work of the Control and incident room and interactive answering citizens' questions spoke to all participants, particularly representatives of the Most region.
Therefore Czech Refinery Company had utilized the interest in this idea and elaborated the project of ECM's foundation. After introducing its targets, mission and proposal for activity of Ecological Centre Most to the Strategic Group in February 1999, it sent the project to other industrial enterprises, state administration bodies and other subjects in order to acquire their expression. The project had undergone next elaboration on the basis of positive response from many sides, and an appropriate future place of work was found in Brown Coal Research Institute (BCRI). In the first half of the year 1999 the project was introduced to the Saxon side in the frame of The Ore Mountains Euroregion. In the second half of this year the project had been submitted to Most Economy and Social Council and then included by it into its the Global restoration plan for the north-west Bohemia coal basin regions - a meaningful document consequently approved by the goverment of the Czech Republic.
On the 12-th November 1999 Czech Refinery Company signated like the first one the contract related to exchanging data and information with Brown Coal Research Institute like the basis of ECM's financing. A work visit of DCMR for authorized representatives of Brown Coal Research Institute and Czech Refinery Company - ing. V. Píša, ing. A. Soukup, Csc. and mgr. Martin Kabrna, an EMC's designated chief - was arranged on the basis of this contract and with help of the Shell Company at the beginning of February 2000. In the course of their visit they got acquainted with DCMR's activity. The registration office - "Meldkammer" become the centre of their attention, because just this agency's department served like a real model for creation of the Czech project. At the same time they had introduced the project of ECM and obtained the support of Dutch side.
The workshop about Ecological centre took place in Chemopetrol's Club in Záluží on 1-st February 2000. Representatives of following companies and organizations took part in this workshop: Celio, Czech Environmental Inspection, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Czech Refinery Company, Chemopetrol, Economy and Social Council of the Most Region, Mostecká uhelná společnost (Most Mining Company), Most District Hygienic Station, Most District and Communities Authorities, Business and Innovation Centre North Bohemia, Manager of the River Ohře Basin, Association of North Bohemia Municipalities, Labour Office of Most, Ministry of Enviroment's Territorial Department in the town Chomutov, and Brown Coal Research Institute. At the beginning of the workshop the project of the EC was presented. Then there was a discussion to the submitted proposal. At the end the participants voiced their attitudes to the project and some of them initialed an agreement on operation of the EC and on data exchange. After the workshop there was a press conference.
On 13-th February 2000 the Agreement on Co-operation on Establishment and Operation of Most Environmental Centre for the Ore Mountains and on Exchange of Environmental Information (agreement) was officially signed by the representatives of ten following companies and/or organizations: Celio, North Bohemia Region's office of Czech Environmental Inspection, Czech Refinery Company, Chemopetrol, Most Mining Company, Most District Hygienic Station, Business and Innovation Centre North Bohemia, Manager of the River Ohře Basin, Labour Office of Most, and Brown Coal Research Institute.
The Agreement was also politically supported. The act of signing was enriched with the presence of Miloš Kužvart, Czech Ministry of Environment, Richard Falbr, Senator of Most constituency, and Pavel Weiss, Head of Most District Authority, who expressed their favour through solemn signing "The Support Declaration" (declaration).
On 16-th February 2000 delegated representatives of The Agreement's signatories met to discuss the system of providing and processing environmental data. All those present came unanimously to the conclusion that Ecological Centre should dispose of modern technical equipment allowing, in particular, fast transfer of data, creation and following administration of a high quality database and timely introduction of information on Internet. With respect to these requirements the BCRI obliged to work out a project on technical equipment.
On 27-th February 2000 the education course "Environmental Centre Most" was officially started. The course was prepared and organized by Business and Innovation Centre and Labour Office of Most. A teaching block of the education project took time of eight weeks and was finished with leaving examinations. A lot of subjects shared in the education and training including all signatories, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Community Authorities of the Most District, Most District Authority, First North-West Heating Company, Ecoconsult Pons, Renogum, Varimatik, and Requalification and Information Centre. All succesful leavers acquired a certificate with nation-wide recognization and five of the most succesful ones got offered the position of a production manager in Most Ecological Centre for the Ore Mountains.
Ecological Centre commenced its activity on the 1-st April 2000. In the course of May and June the EC was equipped with communication and information facilities to be ready for opening to the public on 1-st July.
On 1-st May 2000 the EC website was open. This site has been gradually filling up with information and data relating to environment of the Most district and surrounding area.
On 10-th June 2000 the English and German version of the EC website were added.
On 3-rd July 2000> the EC was open to the public.
Since October 2000 a cost-free telephone line for the public (800 195 342) has been in operation.