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PNL asks Gov't to own up to real causes of repeated flash floods, present map of illegal logging

Liberal spokesperson Alina Gorghiu asks the Government to take responsibility for the real causes of the serious troubles caused every year by violent flash floods and publicly present the map of illegal logging.

'The Ponta Government must give up complicity with occult groups of interest in forestry and take measures to halt illegal deforestation (...) It is no coincidence that the areas where illegal logging is performed in the counties of Arges, Valcea, Gorj, are also the most affected by floods,' Alina Gorghiu said in a press release this Thursday.

Gorghiu argues that, although, following pressure put by the National Liberal Party through former Minister of Forestry Lucia Varga, the Government has taken responsibility for a Forest Code intended at radically changing the current situation, in Parliament, the Social Democrats made common cause with the occult groups of interests in the sector of forestry and operated such amendments as to divert all the provisions intended to stop illegal logging and deforestation from their initial purpose.

Gorghiu said the Government and the PSD majority are keeping in place the current legislative framework that tolerates illegal actions in the forestry sector without effectively punishing them. The PNL MP adds that, this way, Prime Minister Victor Ponta and PSD promote the interests of those who, by illegal deforestation, affect Romania's national security itself.

'We urge the Government to own up to the real causes of the annual trouble produced by flash floods, and present the map of illegal logging and the measures taken to halt this extremely serious phenomenon (...) The National Liberal Party cautions the Prime Minister that his Government does not have the citizen's safety among its concerns, as proves the reduction by almost 90 pct of budget allocations for flood defence investments in 2014,' argues Alina Gorghiu.