Romania was in danger to pay fines of EUR 1 million a day, following eight infringement procedures on the ‘Environment’ sector, but these have been resolved within a year, Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests, said on Tuesday at the conference balance sheet.
“During my term, 300 measures were taken, so basically a decision every 26 hours. There were some decisions considered historical, as the declaration of Văcăreşti Natural Park as urban protected area, I stopped for the first time large carnivores shooting. (…) I also met eight ex-ante conditionalities for accessing European funds for 2016-2020,” Palmer stated.
According to the Minister of Environment, the most important priorities were focused on forests, biodiversity and the green economy.
Palmer took office as Minister of Environment, Water and Forests in November 2015 after the reunited specialized committees in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate have given favorable opinion.
After the mandate of Environment Minister, Pasca Palmer will be appointed the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) starting the spring of 2017, replacing Brazilian Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, who will occupy this position until in February 2017.
Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is a high level position, with UN Assistant Secretary General rank, being the most important appointment that a Romanian representative has ever held in the UN system.