Environmental provisions of 2009 – 2012 Governing program

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According to the 2009 – 2012 Governing Program worked out by the new ruling line-up and which will be presented in Parliament, 80 percent of Romania’s population will be connected to the drinking water supply networks, and 69 percent will be given access to sewage systems in the time span covered by the program.

Another important environment-related point on the government’s agenda in the next five years refers to the revising of the National Waste Management Strategy, and the working out, approval and monitoring of the implementation of the National Waste Management Plan for the period 2009-2013.

Also envisaged are the use of municipal waste for ‘green’ power generation and the employment of inert industrial waste in constructions and transport infrastructure.
As far as air quality, radioactivity and noise are concerned, the document mentions the rendering operational and the expansion of the National Air Quality Monitoring System and of the National Radioactivity Monitoring System, but also the implementation of plans for the cut of polluting emissions in the atmosphere and of the management systems for the streamlining of urban traffic flow.

Reducing noise and vibration in residential areas is another goal of the Environment Ministry in 2012. As for the observance of the commitments towards the European Union, the governing program provides the progressive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the encouragement of the cutback in energy consumption by using energy-efficient technologies, homes weatherization and the identification and implementation of feasible measures for the geological storage of carbon dioxide.

The ‘Investments’ chapter provides the rehabilitation, review and exact delimitation of the Natura 2000 sites and protected areas, as well as the grant of economic and financial incentives for investments in waste management and waste usage technologies.

The chapter dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity refers to the rehabilitation and restoration of the Danube Delta channel network, the setting in place of a system of normative state budget financing of the management of national and natural parks, support for Zoo modernization projects so as to get these sites compliant with environmental performance standards, as well as the transfer of protected areas under the management of local non-governmental organizations, associations of landowners or local authorities.

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