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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

EC calls on Romania to close and rehabilitate 15 illegal landfills

The European Commission (EC) has called on Romania to close, seal and ecologically restore 15 illegal landfills that benefitted from a transitional period according to its Accession Treaty.

A total of 101 substandard landfills that benefitted from a transitional period should have been closed by July 2019, the EC said. Eighty-six of them are now closed and rehabilitated. Still, for the 15 remaining landfills, the timeline for closure and rehabilitation “is uncertain as for most of these landfills, the closure works have not yet started.”

Thus, the European Commission has decided to address a letter of formal notice to Romania, and the country has two months to respond to the letter, “otherwise the Commission may decide to issue a reasoned opinion.”

“Member States must recover and dispose of waste in a manner that does not endanger human health and the environment, prohibiting the abandonment, dumping or uncontrolled disposal of waste. Waste must be treated without risk to water, air, soil, plants, or animals, without causing a nuisance through noise or odours, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest,” the European Commission said.

The EC also asked Romania to fully transpose into national law Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.

“The Directive contributes to protecting biodiversity in the European Union. If its provisions are not correctly transposed, this can undermine its conservation objectives,” the Commission said.

“Among other problems, the Romanian legislation does not explicitly mention that conservation measures contained in management plans need to take into account the ecological requirements of the natural habitat types and species present on the sites. This has a direct impact on the quality of the management plans as they may not contain the necessary measures to protect these habitat types and species. The national law also limits the scope of a key provision of the Directive to activities within Natura 2000 sites. This excludes all other potential causes of deterioration or disturbance originating outside the sites,” the EC added.

Romania has two months to remedy the situation, otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

[email protected]

(Photo source: Pixabay.com)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

EC calls on Romania to close and rehabilitate 15 illegal landfills

The European Commission (EC) has called on Romania to close, seal and ecologically restore 15 illegal landfills that benefitted from a transitional period according to its Accession Treaty.

A total of 101 substandard landfills that benefitted from a transitional period should have been closed by July 2019, the EC said. Eighty-six of them are now closed and rehabilitated. Still, for the 15 remaining landfills, the timeline for closure and rehabilitation “is uncertain as for most of these landfills, the closure works have not yet started.”

Thus, the European Commission has decided to address a letter of formal notice to Romania, and the country has two months to respond to the letter, “otherwise the Commission may decide to issue a reasoned opinion.”

“Member States must recover and dispose of waste in a manner that does not endanger human health and the environment, prohibiting the abandonment, dumping or uncontrolled disposal of waste. Waste must be treated without risk to water, air, soil, plants, or animals, without causing a nuisance through noise or odours, and without adversely affecting the countryside or places of special interest,” the European Commission said.

The EC also asked Romania to fully transpose into national law Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.

“The Directive contributes to protecting biodiversity in the European Union. If its provisions are not correctly transposed, this can undermine its conservation objectives,” the Commission said.

“Among other problems, the Romanian legislation does not explicitly mention that conservation measures contained in management plans need to take into account the ecological requirements of the natural habitat types and species present on the sites. This has a direct impact on the quality of the management plans as they may not contain the necessary measures to protect these habitat types and species. The national law also limits the scope of a key provision of the Directive to activities within Natura 2000 sites. This excludes all other potential causes of deterioration or disturbance originating outside the sites,” the EC added.

Romania has two months to remedy the situation, otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

[email protected]

(Photo source: Pixabay.com)

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