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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 irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Illegal logging in Romania: almost 1,000 criminal files opened in August and September

Illegal logging is still a major problem in Romania, but the local authorities have intensified their controls and sanctions starting August, in their effort to combat this issue.

According to Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, the authorities have performed some 55,000 controls and issued some 60,000 fines. They also discovered more than 2,500 crimes related to illegal logging, which resulted in almost 1,000 criminal files.

Moreover, about 50,000 cubic meters of wood were seized during these checks, three times more than in a normal period of controls.

“In summer, we said that we intended to take some measures to control illegal logging. […] Then, in mid-August, I first asked the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Environment and tax agency ANAF to start a series of complex controls in the entire timber industry, from cutting to marketing, to check the legality of exploitation and movement of wood. This control began in mid-August and was completed in late September, but I asked for it to be extended in October,” Ciolos said before the Government meeting on Wednesday.

Thus, these intensified checks have confirmed that there are problems that should be addressed. This could be done by amending the legislation and by increasing the number of controls, the Prime Minister also said.

Thus, Dacian Ciolos would want the controls to continue in the coming months. He also asked the Environment Ministry to come with clarifications in the coming period, even from the legislative point of view, to provide sufficient quantities of firewood for the population. According to him, the recent checks have somehow affected the amount of firewood available for the population, as part of it was coming from illegal sources.

In early-June this year, a report from Greenpeace Romania revealed worrying statistics on illegal logging in the country: the local authorities registered a total of 34,870 cases of illegal logging in 2015, which means an average of 96 cases per day. The number represented a sharp increase from the 2013-2014 period when Romania registered 62 such cases per day, or 2012 when the number stood at 50 cases per day.

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Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.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 irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Illegal logging in Romania: almost 1,000 criminal files opened in August and September

Illegal logging is still a major problem in Romania, but the local authorities have intensified their controls and sanctions starting August, in their effort to combat this issue.

According to Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, the authorities have performed some 55,000 controls and issued some 60,000 fines. They also discovered more than 2,500 crimes related to illegal logging, which resulted in almost 1,000 criminal files.

Moreover, about 50,000 cubic meters of wood were seized during these checks, three times more than in a normal period of controls.

“In summer, we said that we intended to take some measures to control illegal logging. […] Then, in mid-August, I first asked the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Environment and tax agency ANAF to start a series of complex controls in the entire timber industry, from cutting to marketing, to check the legality of exploitation and movement of wood. This control began in mid-August and was completed in late September, but I asked for it to be extended in October,” Ciolos said before the Government meeting on Wednesday.

Thus, these intensified checks have confirmed that there are problems that should be addressed. This could be done by amending the legislation and by increasing the number of controls, the Prime Minister also said.

Thus, Dacian Ciolos would want the controls to continue in the coming months. He also asked the Environment Ministry to come with clarifications in the coming period, even from the legislative point of view, to provide sufficient quantities of firewood for the population. According to him, the recent checks have somehow affected the amount of firewood available for the population, as part of it was coming from illegal sources.

In early-June this year, a report from Greenpeace Romania revealed worrying statistics on illegal logging in the country: the local authorities registered a total of 34,870 cases of illegal logging in 2015, which means an average of 96 cases per day. The number represented a sharp increase from the 2013-2014 period when Romania registered 62 such cases per day, or 2012 when the number stood at 50 cases per day.

Romanians can report illegal logging cases on new Greenpeace platform

Maroon 5 members support fight against illegal logging in Romania

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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