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President Iohannis promulgates Forestry Code

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday signed the decree on the promulgation of the law for the amendment and completion of Law No 46/2008 – the Forestry Code, the Presidential Administration informs.

On May 20, the Deputies’ Chamber denied President Klaus Iohannis’ request for the re-examination of the Forestry Code and passed the initial version of the code.

In the Chamber’s plenary debates, the MPs of the Opposition National Liberal Party (PNL) proposed the re-examination request for the Forestry Code be resubmitted to the specialist committee as the party was not allowed to lodge amendments to it, but the proposal was denied.

The Social Democratic Party, major in the ruling coalition, and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), minor at rule, supported the initial version of the code, while PNL requested its re-examination.

President Klaus Iohannis on March 23 signed a request for the re-examination of the law amending and supplementing Law 46/2008 on the Forestry Code, arguing that it limits the economic activities of business operators or groups of business operators.

In his re-examination request to Senate Chairman Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, Iohannis mentioned that the legislative interventions included in the law would limit the economic activities of business operators or groups thereof while also generating a negative impact on competition, and consequently on the economy, while creating the premise for discriminatory judiciary treatment.

‘We believe the provisions in Article 60, paragraph (5), letters (f) and (g) ‘ that introduce: a 30-per cent cap on wood acquisition or processing from the national forestry fund and pre-emptive rights for furniture makers upon the acquisition of wood will violate the principles of economic and contractual freedom as essential fundamentals of a market economy. The introduction of arbitrary limitation in the activity of business operators to generate disadvantages for some and advantages for others could generate a negative impact on competition and risk leading to Romania standing accused of violating its obligations as a member state of the European Union,’ Iohannis said in the re-examination request.

The Senate denied the request this April. The Chamber of Deputies is the decision-making chamber in this matter.

 

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