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NGOs want construction of National Road 66A stopped

Several NGOs have asked Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely to stop the construction of National Road 66A, a road that is planned to go through the Retezat nature reserve. The road is also known as “Basescu’s road” because Traian Basescu issued its construction permit in 1999 back when he was the Transport Minister. The civil society representatives invoke an emergency ordinance issued in 2007 that forbids construction works in fully protected areas. The construction works entail building 6 kilometers of road in the nature reserve by clearing 30 hectares of forest. “We’ve asked for the construction to be suspended until the biodiversity counter-study is finalized in order to show that section 3 of National Road 66A would affect fully protected areas and would irreversibly destroy the last intact forests,” Gabriel Paun, president of Agent Green, stated for ‘Jurnalul National’ daily. At the same time, the Agent Green representative warned that if workers enter the construction site on August 16 the NGO will notify the European Commission about the failure to respect the legislation, a move that could result in a EUR 200 M fine for Romania.

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