The Minister of Waters and Forests, Doina Pana, has announced on Tuesday in a press conference, that the ministry has filed a complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) in order to clarify the situation of illegal logging and for avoiding an institutional blockage which impedes the enforcement of the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) decisions made in June 2015.
The minister says the CSAT decision referred to illegal logging and a series of measures: the development if the IT system to survey the wood transport SUMAL, the coming into force of the IT system FMIMS and the development of the Woods Radar system aimed at alerting the responsible institutions.
Following the CSAT decision on September 2015, the budget rectification made by the PSD government allotted EUR 1.2 million to implement the decisions in the following three years, Doina Pana said.
“In 2014, when I took over the office of Minister of Waters and Forests, the illegal logging was an alarming phenomenon, out of control, with no effort coming from the public and local authorities to stop it. At macro level the trans-party mafia had taken over the Romanian forests, with generalised theft,” the minister said.
She added that in 2015 the Social-Democratic Party initiated the new forestry code. A Court of Auditors report revealed that illegal logging in the past 20 years amounted to about EUR 5 billion.
Doina Pană has recalled that the technocrat government led by Dacian Ciolos launched the Woods Inspector application in 2016 which hasn’t reached a final result.
Within this context, the minister has announced a complaint has been filed to the prosecutor’s Office upon the ICCJ.
Minister Pana said that, if a decision will be made by the Public Ministry, the needed steps will be made to the legal procurement of services and to implementing the CSAT decision of 2015, according to the current situation.