Commission takes action against illegal Romanian logging

The European Commission has given the Romanian government a month to respond to concerns that it is not doing enough to stop the illegal destruction of some of Europe’s last remaining ancient forests.

The EU executive issued the warning earlier this month, saying Romania has failed to properly implement the EU Timber Regulation banning companies from selling products made from illegally harvested wood. 

“The commission has found that the Romanian authorities manage forests, including by authorising logging, without evaluating beforehand the impacts on protected habitats as required under the Habitats Directive and Strategic Environmental Assessment Directives,” it said in a statement. 

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