‘A dog won’t leave the butchery,’ Economy Minister Mihai Tudose said about the possibility that the new Forestry Act would determine the Schweighofer wood processing company to leave Romania; he explained that the law, as passed by the Parliament, was not for or against any specific company.
In a press conference in Bistrita on Thursday, he dismissed a question on the possible effects of an exit of the big Austrian company: ‘Oh my God! The woods will remain uncut!’
He explained that the new Forestry Act was about principles and quotas, and a monopoly in forest exploitation was not the best thing.
Until the new act enters into force, maintained by the Parliament after the President has returned it unsigned, a transient ban on exports of unprocessed wood is necessary, the minister added.
Tudose met on Thursday several businesspeople of Bistrita-Nasaud County, alongside Prefect Ioan Tintean, County Council Chairman Radu Moldovan and County Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Vasile Bar.