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EUR 53 M, collected from first registration fee, invested in green areas

The Government allotted EUR 30 M to setting up green areas in villages, by a government resolution adopted on February 9. The amount is part of a EUR 53 M-total, allotted, in 2011, to setting up green areas in approximately 280 towns and villages in the country, Money.ro reports. Out of these, 80 are towns (allotted EUR 23 M) and 200 are villages (allotted EUR 30 M). The funds come from the Ministry of Environment and are obtained from the first registration fee. The largest amounts for township projects to “enhance air quality by setting up green areas” can reach up to EUR 250,000 for each project. This is the case of Vladesti, Arges County, which will receive EUR 250,000, to set up a green area. The largest amounts allotted, by the February 9 government resolution, went to Roseti, Calarasi County. The 6,000 inhabitants of the township will have not one, but two parks, and EUR 235,000 was allotted for each. Another EUR 235,000 was allotted, in 2010, by another government resolution issued in the environment enhancement program. The government justifies its investments made as part of the National Environment Quality-Enhancement Program on the grounds that Romania has to ensure 26 sq m-worth of green areas per capita in each town and township, by the end of 2013, in keeping with the European Union directives and current legislation. According to figures presented by the Government, at present, the average surface of greenery is 9 sq m per capita at national level, and 5 sq m per capita in the urban areas. Consequently, in the rural areas, the proportion is 13 sq m per capita. Ecologists argue that allotting money to setting up parks in villages is a waste of funds and that the supposed expansion of green areas in Bucharest is not borne up by facts.

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