Does the relaxation of the rules on logging in Hungary violate EU law?
Question for written answer E-002821/2022
to the Commission
Sándor Rónai (S&D)
On 4 August 2022, citing the ‘energy emergency’, the Hungarian Government adopted a decree according to which: there is no need to restore forest cover with native species in place of felled acacia trees and other non-native forests, even in protected or Natura 2000 areas; it is no longer mandatory to take the growing season into account when logging; state forest holdings can build forest access tracks to transport timber without requiring an official permit; furthermore, the minister may authorise logging that deviates from the forest plan.
According to professional organisations, the decree endangers protected forests and wildlife, and could set back by decades protective measures taken to combat climate change.
- 1.In the Commission’s view, are the measures adopted in line with EU law (e.g. the basic principles of the Birds and Habitats Directives or the pending Nature Restoration Law)?
- 2.What actions will the Commission take to ensure that Hungary fulfils its obligations in the LULUCF sector?
- 3.Does the Commission plan to open infringement proceedings against Hungary because of the decree?