Thousands of protesters from the forest industry gathered in front of the Government headquarters on Tuesday, asking for solutions to resume activity and to settle auction issues with the National Forests Company Romsilva.
Forestry is practically stalled because of Romsilva’s decision to raise the benchmark auction prices by 300 percent, say the industry representatives – the Association of Furniture Producers of Romania, the Fordaq Foresters Community, the Nostra Silva Federation of Forest and Pastureland Owners, the Bucovina and Valea Somesului forestry associations, the Muresul Association of Foresters and Furniture Producers, and the Wood Industry Unions Federation.
‘Because of Romsilva’s measures, Romania has the highest timber purchase prices in Europe, and the competitiveness of the wood processing industry is seriously affected. Over 130,000 employees in this industry and their families see their daily bread jeopardized,’ the organizers claim.
Foresters’ protest ends with their delegation being received by Government
Over 4,000 representatives of professional forestry associations have started to clear Victoriei Square earlier than initially announced, after a delegation of the protesters was received by the Government and authorities have promised to solve the issue of auctions no later than Wednesday.
Forestry professionals have submitted a complaint – regarding the deadlock in the relevant sector and the problems emerged after the auctions held by the National Forestry Company Romsilva – at the General Secretariat of the Government and were receive in an audience.
“A delegation made up of five members, representatives of the major professional forestry associations, started discussions with the Government. Participating in the discussions that lasted about an hour were Secretary General of the Government, Sergiu Chelmu, and Erika Stanciu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Environment. We have been promised that tomorrow [Wednesday, January 27, 2016] the issue of auctions will be resolved in one way or another, meaning that either Romsilva approves in its Board of Directors reprogramming the auctions at normal prices starting or the Government will propose amending Government Decision no. 924/2015,” Catalin Tobescu, vice-president of Nostra Silva Federation of Forest Owners in Romania, and the president of Fordaq told AGERPRES.