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USL backs merger of Environment Guard and Agency, outlines environmental policies

The Social-Liberal Union (USL) yesterday launched its programme in the area of environment protection, proposing the merger of the Environment Guard and of the National Agency for the Protection of the Environment, as well as incentives for ‘green’ jobs and environmentally-friendly investment.

In the area of environment protection, USL also proposes the opening of a Green Line to for the communication with the civil society and a pro-active attitude of the authorities. In fact, USL would like to give some of the current regulatory and control competence of the Environment Protection Agency and Environment Guard to the local authorities.

Another suggestion made by the PSD and PNL leaders was that travel operators who obtain their green label for their B&Bs and other accommodation facilities should qualify for tax incentives in USL’s view. The Social-Democrats and the Liberals would also like the area covered by forest to grow by 2.5 per cent of the country’s area and to complete the entire sewerage network before the year 2018.

PSD President Victor Ponta also suggested that school curricula should include the subject matter of ecological education and that public institutions should be obliged to only buy vehicles that observe the highest environmental standards. Meanwhile the Social-Democrat leader said that motor-vehicles that fail to meet high anti-pollution standards should be banned from major city centres.

Ponta: i would only leave my seat empty if Antonescu was there to guard it

The event was also islanded with political remarks. At the USL environmental programme launching event, PNL leader Crin Antonescu said that, although he was not quite good at converting himself to the green cause, he did hail the fact that the PSD President, Victor Ponta, was the follower of that ‘religion’, adding that he hoped Ponta would have the opportunity to implement his philosophy from the position of prime-minister, hinting at the 2012 election where USL has decided in principle to go with the scheme Antonescu – president, Ponta – PM.

Ponta also said he would only leave his seat empty if Crin Antonescu was thee to guard it, because he could not trust anyone else. He also added that he would guard the seat of his Liberal partner when he takes the floor. The whole discussion came from the fact that, arriving a bit late, Mayor Sorin Oprescu sat on a podium chair that was empty because its occupant, Rovana Plumb, was holding her speech at the speaking stand.

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