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January 18, 2022

WWF Romania: EC starts infringement procedure because of hydropower micro-plants in the Fagaras Mts.

The European Commission (EC) is starting an infringement procedure against Romania because of hydropower micro-plant projects that started on the Dejani-Lupsa and Vistisoara rivers located on the northern slope of the Fagaras Mountains, WWF-Romania informs.

In a communiqué remitted to Agerpres, the organization claims that it was informed about this through an official letter received from the European body on June 3.

WWF-Romania representatives pointed out that the European Commission informed Romanian authorities on May 28 that it will start the infringement procedure on this issue.

According to the organization, the start of this procedure follows long-term efforts exerted by the Commission but which resulted in Romania failing to implement the necessary legislative changes in order to solve the problems.

WWF’s complaints proved that the hydropower micro-plants located on the Dejani-Lupsa and Vistisoara rivers infringe the Water Framework Directive, the Habitats Directive (Nature 2000) and the Directive concerning public access to environment information in the process of authorizing and constructing hydropower micro-plants on rivers that have good and very good ecological status and are part of the Nature 2000 sites.


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