Viola von Cramon

Arresting Alexey Navalny – EP Plenary

Aleksey Navalny was now arrested because „he dared to be in coma“ after being poisoned by Vladimir Putin and his FSB criminals.

The only thing outdoing the Kremlin’s bottomless cynicism is their own horrifying cruelty.

More in my speech below:

Rede zum Jahresbericht 2019 des Europäischen Rechnungshofs

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen, Frau Präsidentin / Herr Präsident,

Herzlichen Dank für Ihre Präsentation, Herr Lehne.

Ich möchte gern Ihre Aufmerksamkeit auf drei Aspekte richten:

  • Die Tatsache, dass es nun endlich einen Leistungsbericht gibt.
  • Die relativen hohen Fehlerraten in Teilen des EU-Haushalts
  • Das historische Hoch der noch abzuwickelnden Mittelbindungen
  1. Wir  Abgeordnete brauchen einen möglichst präzisen Überblick über die tatsächlich erbrachte Leistung der EU-Ausgaben. Das hat sich durch den nun erstellten kohärenten Leistungsbericht deutlich verbessert, und sollte auch hier erwähnt werden.
    Gleichzeitig sind Zuverlässigkeit und Vollständigkeit der überlieferten Daten aus vielen Staaten verbesserungsbedürftig. Der Europäische Rechnungshof sollte gemeinsam mit der Kommission auf verlässliche und belastbare Daten aus den Hauptstädten drängen, um wirklich nachprüfbare Aussagen zur Gesamtleistung der EU-Ausgaben machen zu können.
  2. In ausgewählten Bereichen, wie der Kohäsion und bei der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit sind die Fehlerraten nach wie vor viel zu hoch. Auffällig sind hier auch die Abweichungen der Prüfberichte durch den Rechnungshof von den eigenen Angaben der Kommission. Hier muss das interne Kontrollsystem unbedingt verbessert werden.
    Desweiteren gibt es die seit langem anhaltende Kritik Ihres Hauses an der Effizienz der Agrarpolitik. Nach wie vor reden wir über den größten Ausgabenposten der EU, der es an der notwendigen Wirksamkeit vermissen lässt:
    Weder im Bereich der Biodiversität, noch beim Klimaschutz oder beim Tierwohl werden die Milliardenzahlungen hinreichend zielgerichtet ausgegeben. Die Anforderungen des European Green Deal bedeuten für die Landwirtschaft, dass EU-Mittel dringend effektiver verwendet werden müssen, um Klimaschutzvorgaben einhalten zu können.
  3. Und zum Abschluss noch – das historische Hoch der noch abzuwickelnden Mittelbindungen:
    Wir sprechen beim sog. Backlog mittlerweile über fast 300 Mrd. Euro, die die Kommission zusätzlich im nächsten MFR zur Verfügung stellen muss. Besonders bedenklich ist nicht nur die extrem hohe absolute Summe, sondern auch die Tatsache, dass die Mittel der eingegangenen Verpflichtungen deutlich über denen für die Zahlungen liegen und damit die Kommission Gefahr laufen könnte, zahlungsunfähig zu werden.
    In diesem Zusammenhang muss beim neuen MFR die Geschwindigkeit der Mittelauszahlung dringend erhöht werden, um die Ausschöpfungsquote vor allem für die Struktur- und Investitionsfonds sichtlich zu verbessern.

Illegaler Holzeinschlag in Rumänien: Antwort von Umweltkommissar Sinkevičius

Bereits im letzten November haben über 80 MEPs die EU Kommission aufgefordert, den illegal Holzeinschlag in Rumäniens letzen Urwälder zu stoppen.


Die Antwort von EU-Umweltkommissar Virginijus Sinkevičius ist jetzt da.
Die Kommission ist nun aufgefordert, ihren Worten auch Taten folgen zu lassen. Seit Monaten schleppt sich das Vertragsverletzungsverfahren gegen die rumänische Regierung, endlich effektive Maßnahmen im Kampf gegen den illegalen Holzeinschlag zu ergreifen. Die Kommission muss endlich handeln und ihren ambitionierten Zielen beim Schutz der Biodiversität und des Klimas Glaubwürdigkeit verleihen.

How to prepare for the Kosovo early elections in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic?

On 14 February Kosovo will held early parliamentary elections, after the Constitutional Court ruled that the formation of the last government in June 2020 was unconstitutional. Since the last election in October 2019 many of the ongoing issues have not been solved, such as the necessary update of voters’ list. This time the elections will be held in a short notice and also in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, which poses additional challenges to Kosovo.

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Standing Rapporteur of Kosovo in the European Parliament, Head of EU’s Election Observer Mission for the 2019 Elections commented on the challenges:

“This time elections will take place under unprecedented circumstances, which will be very challenging for Kosovo, and some issues have to be settled beforehand. Due to external circumstances, there will be obviously no full-fledged international election observation mission, but international experts are going to follow the events on the ground, this shows the commitment of the international community. The European Union Office in Kosovo is providing considerable support with their expertise as well. We have asked the President of the European Parliament for a Parliamentary Observer’s Mission, at the moment we are waiting for his answer

Since there it is very unlikely to see independent international observers in large numbers, it is now more important than ever to have adequate number of local observers. Therefore, it will be crucial to get the necessary financial support from organisations, such as Kosovo Democracy in Action (KDA).

The short timeline between the announcement of elections and the day of the elections means that there are serious problems with ballot votes from abroad, which in practice means that the large majority of diaspora will not be able to vote, their basic democratic right is endangered, and this issue has to be addressed immediately.

Kosovo has experienced serious political instability in the past few years, there were months without any government and without a functioning parliamentary majority. This is not just effecting the level of governance, but in the time of COVID-19 crisis, it can cost lives. Therefore, I urge all political actors to think ahead now, and discuss the possible majorities and coalitions, even before the elections, in order to make sure a smooth transition and the setting up of a functional government as soon as possible.”

 

EU Parliament’s letter on BELARUS to the IIHF

Русский перевод письма внизу

51 Members of the European Parliament sent a letter to President of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) – Mr. Rene Fasel – to remind him of the values of the IIHF and demand the withdrawal of the 2021 IIHF Championship from Lukashenka’s Belarus.

51 членов Европейского парлиаметна направили письмо президенту Международной федерации хоккея на льду (IIHF) Рене Фазелю, в котором напомнили ему о ценностях IIHF и потребовали отозвать чемпионат IIHF 2021 года из Беларуси Лукашенко.

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EN:

Dear Mr. Fasel, 

The International Ice Hockey Federation defines integrity as the “quality of being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change”.

We, members of the European Parliament, who adhere to the same principles, are confident that nowhere is your definition as true as it is in sports, and nowhere does it fall so short of expectations as in tyrannical regimes.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka, a brutal dictator and a self-proclaimed ice hockey-lover goes against all moral principles that your federation and the true spirit of sportsmanship hold dear:

Your charter commands that “there shall be no abuse or discrimination against the human dignity of a person”… yet Lukashenka and his regime have imprisoned, forced in exile, and illegally detained thousands of his own brave citizens who stood up against injustice and terror.

Your charter warns that “any form of harassment[…] physical, verbal or sexual abuse; moral or mental injury; acts of violence or illegal activity will not be tolerated”… yet Lukashenka and his regime have harassed, beaten, molested, viciously tortured, and raped women and men who stood up for their fundamental rights.

Your charter urges not to “act in a manner likely to damage the IIHF’s reputation or bring ice hockey into disrepute”… yet Lukashenka’s close friend and the head of the National Hockey Federation is allegedly complicit in the murder of a young man – Raman Bandarenka – who stood up for the symbol of change and freedom.

Dictators like Lukashenka do not respect sports as you do, they exploit it to validate their brutal regime and simulate legitimacy. The International Olympic Committee is now painfully aware of this undeniable maxim and started taking measures against the Lukashenka regime.

Your Federation too has the responsibility to live up to its own principles, not validate brutality and make sure that the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is not held in Lukashenka’s Belarus nor is it relocated to Russia, which remains the only source of Lukashenka’s legitimacy. The European Parliament, in a previous letter and, more importantly, in the resolution adopted on September 17, 2020, has already urged you to withdraw the World Championship from Lukashenka’s Belarus where democracy is not respected and human rights are brutally abused.

Dear Mr. Fasel, we believe you will be able to demonstrate the same level of high integrity that we grew accustomed to from your athletes. The “puck” is in your court.

 Sincerely,

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RU:

Дорогой господин Фазель,

Международная Федерация Хоккея на Льду (ИИХФ) определяет порядочность как „качество быть честным и иметь сильные моральные принципы, которые вы отказываетесь менять„.

Мы, депутаты Европарламента, придерживающиеся тех же принципов, уверены, что нигде ваше определение так не верно, как в спорте, и нигде оно так не противоречит определению, как в тиранических режимах.

Александр Лукашенко, жестокий диктатор и самопровозглашенный любитель хоккея, идет вразрез со всеми нравственными принципами, которыми дорожит ваша федерация и истинный дух спортивного мастерства:

Ваш устав требует, чтобы „не было никакого оскорбления или дискриминации человеческого достоинства„… но Лукашенко и его режим посадили в тюрьму, принудили к изгнанию, незаконно задержали тысячи собственных храбрых граждан, которые встали против несправедливости и террора.

Ваш устав предупреждает, что „любые формы преследования […] физическое, словесное или сексуальное насилие; моральное или психическое оскорбление; акты насилия или незаконная деятельность недопустимы„… однако Лукашенко и его режим притесняли, избивали, приставали, жестоко пытали и насиловали женщин и мужчин, которые отстаивали свои основные права.

Ваш устав призывает не „действовать таким образом, который может нанести ущерб репутации ИИХФ или нанести урон хоккею„… однако близкий друг Лукашенко и глава Национальной Федерации Хоккея предположительно причастен к убийству молодого человека – Рамана Бондаренко – который встал на защиту символа перемен и свободы.

Диктаторы, подобные Лукашенко, не уважают спорт так, как вы это делаете, они используют его для того, чтобы узаконить свой жестокий режим и симулировать легитимность. Сейчас Международный олимпийский комитет болезненно осознает этот бесспорный тезис и начал принимать меры против режима Лукашенко.

И на Вашей Федерации лежит ответственность придерживаться собственных принципов, не узаконивать жестокост и следить за тем, чтобы Чемпионат мира по хоккею с шайбой 2021 года не проводился в Беларуси Лукашенко и не будет перенесен в Россию, которая остается единственным источником легитимности Лукашенко. Европейский парламент в предыдущем письме и, что более важно, в резолюции, принятой 17 сентября 2020 года, уже призывал Вас отозвать чемпионат мира из Беларуси Лукашенко, где не соблюдается демократия и грубо нарушаются права человека.

Уважаемый господин Фазель, мы верим, что Вы сможете продемонстрировать такой же высокий уровень порядочности, к которому мы привыкли от Ваших спортсменов. „Шайба“ теперь на вашей стороне.

Искренне,

  • Viola von Cramon Greens/EFA 
  • Ville Niinistö Greens/EFA 
  • Monika Hohlmeier EPP 
  • Andrzej Halicki EPP 
  • Margrete Auken Greens/EFA 
  • Kira Peter-Hansen  Greens/EFA 
  • Miriam Lexmann EPP 
  • Rasa Juknevičienė EPP 
  • Evin Incir S&D 
  • Bernard Guetta Renew  
  • Tomasz Frankowski EP
  • Urmas Paet Renew  
  • Hannah Neumann Greens/EFA 
  • Witold Waszczykowski ECR 
  • Olivier Chastel Renew  
  • Andrius Kubilius EPP 
  • Martin Häusling  Greens/EFA 
  • Jerzy Buzek EPP 
  • Sergey Lagodinsky Greens/EFA 
  • Ljudmila Novak EPP 
  • Anna Fotyga ECR 
  • Liudas Mažylis EPP 
  • Petras Auštrevičius Renew
  • Aušra Maldeikienė EPP 
  • Andreas Schieder S&D 
  • Alice Bah Kuhnke Greens/EFA 
  • Pär Holmgren Greens/EFA 
  • Jakop Dalunde Greens/EFA 
  • Ondřej Kovařík Renew  
  • Dace Melbārde ECR 
  • Radosław Sikorski EPP 
  • Michael Gahler EPP 
  • Eero Heinäluoma S&D 
  • Luděk Niedermayer EPP 
  • Alviina Alametsä Greens/EFA 
  • Michal Šimečka Renew  
  • Terry Reintke Greens/EFA 
  • Hilde Vautmans Renew  
  • Laurence Farreng Renew  
  • Inese Vaidere EPP 
  • Tonino Picula S&D 
  • Carles Puigdemont NI 
  • Hannes Heide  S&D 
  • Jirí Pospisil EPP 
  • Robert Biedroń S&D 
  • Magdalena Adamowicz EPP 
  • Pierre Larrouturou S&D
  • Bart Groothuis Renew
  • Klara Dobrev S&D
  • Sándor Rónai S&D
  • Attila Ara-Kovács S&D

Newsletter Dezember 2020

Zum Ende eines außergewöhnlichen Jahres könnt ihr euch unten meinen aktuellen Newsletter herunterladen. Ihr erfahrt da Vieles über meine Arbeit im Europäischen Parlaments in den letzten Monaten.

Ich freue mich über Feedback, wünsche Euch viel Spaß beim Lesen und Euch und Euren Lieben ruhige und besinnliche Feiertage im kleinen Kreis. Bleibt gesund!

Eure Viola!

Sacharow-Preis an belarussische Opposition

Die heutige (Mittwoch, 16. Dezember) Verleihung des Sacharow-Preises für geistige Freiheit an die belarussische Opposition kommentiert Viola von Cramon, Mitglied der Grünen/EFA-Fraktion, im Europäischen Parlament:
 
„Die Verleihung des Sacharow-Preises an die demokratische Opposition ist die klare Botschaft des Europäischen Parlaments, dass wir fest an der Seite der Menschen in Belarus stehen in ihrem Kampf um Meinungsfreiheit, Grundrechte und Demokratie. Es ist eine Schande, dass der Großteil der Anführerinnen und Anführer der Opposition den Preis nicht persönlich entgegennehmen kann, weil sie im Gefängnis sitzen oder aus dem Land fliehen mussten.
 
Die EU steht in der Verantwortung, die Menschen in Belarus noch mehr zu unterstützen, die demokratische Opposition durch die Beseitigung bürokratischer Hürden zu stärken und sicherzustellen, dass kein Cent der internationalen Geber an das Lukaschenka-Regime geht. Wir Grünen/EFA fordern freie und faire Wahlen, die Freilassung der politischen Gefangenen und die juristische Aufarbeitung von Folter und Vergewaltigung. Einschüchterung und Attacken auf die Opposition und die Protestierenden dürfen nicht ungestraft bleiben.“

 
Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der Opposition, die bei der heutigen Verleihung anwesend waren:
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veranika Tsapkala, Tatsiana Khomich, Ales Beliatsky, Maryna Adamovich, Siarhey Dyleuski, Volha Kavalkova, Ivan Krautsou, Anton Radniankou u.a.

Online Discussion “The EU Eastern Partnership Strategy and Challenges”

Together with MEP Petras Austrevicius, we have a pleasure of inviting you to an online discussion The EU Eastern Partnership Strategy and Challenges”, which will take place on 4 December 2020, 13:00-14:00 Brussels local time. Please see the agenda of the event below.

Sincerely,

MEP Petras Austrevicius, Renew Europe, Lithuania
MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Greens/EFA, Germany

Links to connect:https://www.facebook.com/Viola4Europe/ OR

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFIpFiRedKVccpZOXUM0PJw

With Germany’s Presidency to the Council of the EU nearing to its end, the discussion will focus on the latest developments within the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative. Among questions to be addressed: What are the main achievements of the German Presidency? What are remaining and new challenges within the Eastern Partnership? What is the EU’s strategy for the Eastern Partnership and the status quo of the Eastern Partnership deliverables post-2020?

Organizers:

MEP Petras Austrevicius, Renew Europe, Lithuania

MEP Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Greens/EFA, Germany

Speakers:

Dr. Cristina Gherasimov, Research Fellow at the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Amb. Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth, Special Representative for the Eastern Partnership at the German Foreign Office

Luc Pierre Devigne, Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia, Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia and OSCE at the European External Action Service

Iulian Groza, Head of the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), Moldova Participants can pose their questions in writing during the discussion. Also, questions can be sent in advance to the following email:petras.austrevicius-office@europarl.europa.eu

Studie „Informalisierte Arbeit und das Ende der Werkvertragsarbeit“

Die Situation in der Fleischbranche ist in diesem Jahr durch die Corona-Pandemie in einen
besonderen Fokus gerückt: Schlachthöfe waren und sind ein Hotspot, an dem sich das Virus
aufgrund der Arbeits- und Lebensbedingungen besonders schnell ausbreiten konnte.

Dies führte zu Bestrebungen der Bundesregierung die Leih- und Werkvertragsarbeit neu zu
regeln und zeitnah ganz zu verbieten. Dieser Gesetzgebungsprozess bedarf ebenfalls einer
besonderen Aufmerksamkeit, ist er doch zuletzt ins Stocken geraten. Befürchtungen, dass
Konzerne Schlupflöcher suchen werden, um die Regelungen zu umgehen, mehren sich.

Um die Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen von „Crossboarder workers“ nachhaltig und substantiell
zu verbessern, müssen strukturelle Mechanismen der Ausbeutung benannt und arbeitsrechtlich
geahndet werden. Um Schutzmechanismen langfristig zu etablieren, bedarf es
einer engen Verzahnung von den europäischen Institutionen in Brüssel bis auf die Länderebene.

Die Studie „Informalisierte Arbeit und das Ende der Werkvertragsarbeit“ zeigt die Entwicklung der Fleischindustrie in Deutschland und insbesondere im Nordwesten auf. Sie kann hier heruntergeladen werden oder in gedruckter Form bestellt werden per Mail an stephan.christ@la.europarl.europa.eu.

Reply to Nostra Silva on illegal logging in Romania

On 11th November 2020, more than 80 Members of the European Parliament made a strong appeal to the European Commission to take immediate action to stop illegal logging in Romania. Illegal logging is deforesting vast areas in Romania and the environmental degradation in Europe’s last primary forests has reached unimaginable proportions in recent years.

As mentioned in the letter attacks on those advocating for the preservation of the last virgin forests in Europe are happening on an everyday level. Slander campaigns, defamation and threats against civil society and organisations helping to protect the environment are sadly a very common occurrence in Romania. One of the organisations highly involved in those slanderous attacks is Nostra Silva (an organisation of forest- and landowners in Romania).

As a reaction to the appeal to the European Commission, not only I but also all co-signing MEPs received a letter from Nostra Silva with vast accusations, a collection of misleading interpretations and twisted facts. Moreover, this letter contains slanderous personal attacks and unsubstantiated accusations against my own person. As a politician and a Member of the European Parliament, I am strongly committed to transparency and fact-based decision-making. My motivation to draft that letter und to invite my fellow MEPs to co-sign was and is the deep concern for the irreplaceable primary forests, which are under special protection for very good reasons. There is nothing anti-Romanian about this, on the contrary – I feel that as a committed GREEN and EUROPEAN it is my duty to stand and fight with those facing wrongdoings and support the protection of the environment wherever I can, not just in Romania.

For transparency reasons I decided to publish the ongoing correspondence between myself and Nostra Silva:

Dear Mr Todoran,

Dear Mr Platon,

thank you for your correspondence of 16 November 2020, in which you quote parts of the letter that I and a number of my fellow MEPs sent to the European Commission on the illegal logging activities taking place in Natura 2000 protected areas in Romania. Unfortunately you supplemented the quotes with your own deliberate misinterpretations, insinuations and false assumptions.

The latter, means your unsubstantiated allegations and accusations, are such a crude and clumsy attempt to call into question the seriousness and professionalism of the MEPs involved and of the European Parliament as a whole that I will certainly not go into the details. Such bullying and unsubstantiated pushing into a defensive position may succeed and discourage people elsewhere, but here at European level it will not have the effect you hoped for.

On the contrary. We still stick to the content of the letter. We have nothing to rethink and nothing to take back. And we will continue to work with undiminished commitment to protect Romania’s unique European natural heritage and to stop illegal logging in protected areas – by the way not only in Romania but wherever it takes place. Contrary to what you say, this is our only interest and it is clearly within our competence as Members of the European Parliament. And we do not simply and blindly take sides for one organisation, as you also claim, but we stand by the side of all those on the ground who fight for this cause in a legal and transparent way, with integrity verified by auditing and who, last but not least, protect European values and interests. Consequently we also defend them when unjustified and extremely unfair attacks are made.

Most of what you publicly disseminate works with twisted facts, is defamatory and very manipulative. You also don’t seem to care much about diversity of opinion, freedom of expression and basic democratic principles such as respect for dissenting political opinions. This is definitely not the way I and the colleagues who signed the appeal work and so I see no foundation for further exchange with you.

As a final point: In order to ensure the same level of transparency and information on your side and on the side of those who you so vehemently attack, I would appreciate your answers to the following questions:

  • Could you inform me whether your letter represents the position of the entire board of directors and in particular the position of the church representatives in your board?
  • Could you provide information on how your organisation is funded and what your remuneration is sourced from? Can you provide your last annual financial report?  
  • What exactly does your organisation do to contribute to the protection and preservation of the forests? In what ways does your organisation support communities in need, in those areas where your organisation is active?

Yours sincerely,

Viola von Cramon-Taubadel MdEP


Original Letter from NOSTRA SILVA:

Dear Mrs. Viola von Cramon-Taubadel,

As a member of the European Parliament, you called on the European Commission for “urgent actions” to save the Romanian forests.

In this letter,  you accuse Romania of an “unimaginable” disaster in the forests, estimating a volume of 80 million cubic meters illegally exploited wood during the last years, resulting massive damage for the biodiversity.

The letter published on the 11th of November 2020 was signed by 83 members of the European Parliament; four Romanian members of the European Parliament (MEP) also supported the letter (Vlad Botoş, Nicolae Ştefănuţă, and Ramona Strugariu – USR – PLUS and Victor Negrescu – PSD).

The signing MEP invoke a “massive violation” of the legal provisions related to the conservation of Natura 2000 and UNESCO heritage areas, generated by “ruthless greed and large-scale corruption”. The letter also shows that “thousands of hectares were destroyed” after the opening of the infringement procedure for Romania, on the 12th of February 2020.

The real aim of the letter, in our opinion, appears on its second page, in a paragraph where we consider that you attract the other 82 signing members of the European Parliament to clean the image of Conservation Carpathia.

Thus, the signing MEP express “deep concern over defamation and slander campaigns against civic actors and organisations launched by institutions like Nostra Silva (a controversial federation of landowners) and distributed via Romanian television”. Foundation Conservation Carpathia appears as an example of victim, because their project in Făgăraş Mountains “came under heavy attack”.

Your letter solicits the European Commission to “to stand by the side of those who are fighting” for the salvation of the Romanian forests. Between the lines, we can read that the Foundation Conservation Carpathia is the spearhead of this fight…

Still, we ask why 82 MEP supported this appeal?  

Should we understand that all MEP watch the TV shows of the Romanian televisions? Or have they seen and understood this TV show on Antena 3? Should we assume that they have read the articles signed by Nostra Silva and have interpreted them as slander and defamation for the billionaires buying Făgăraş Mountains? Do they have first-hand information on the “massive violations” and the disaster in Romania?

Such interest accompanied by direct information on the subject would have been welcomed, but the answer to our questions is in fact much simpler and is observable in the following photo:

In the middle, the German member of the European Parliament Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, flanked by Barbara Promberger Furpass and Christoph Franz Johannes Promberger, the managers of Foundation Conservation Carpathia.

We consider that 82 MEP does not directly know the case Conservation Carpathia and they gave credit to their colleague, you, Viola von Cramon, who exclusively presented to them the information from her partners, the Prombergers, who were her companions for a “summer tour” in Romania, generating this podcast.

We legitimately ask if MEP Viola von Cramon benefited by the same helicopter flights paid by Conservation Carpathia as the former Environment Minister, Cristina Paşca Palmer.

This is how, once again, due to the lobby of the Promberger family and of the billionaires from Conservation Carpathia, Romania is once again targeted in a disinformation campaign to the European Commission.

The disinformation targeted especially Nostra Silva – The Federation of Forests and Grassland Owners in Romania.

We openly address a series of questions to the MEP signing the appeal to the European Commission:

  • Which legal system considers the publicising of a legal decision, similar to the one obliging the Foundation Conservation Carpathia and Christoph Franz Johannes Promberger to pay 50,000 lei for non-material damage to Nostra Silva and to the lawyer Bogdan Ioan Tudor Todoran, a “defamation and slander campaign” against the billionaires aiming to buy Făgăraş Mountains?
  • In which European state represented in the European parliament is a legally won process a “defamation and slander campaign”; the letter considers the process legally won by  Nostra Silva and the lawyer Bogdan Ioan Tudor Todoran, who brought legal evidence in front of the judges for the corruption, influence peddling, and other illegalities practiced by the billionaires from Conservation Carpathia in their plan of owning Făgăraş Mountains?
  • Are the two existing definitive decisions of Câmpulung Court (here and here), establishing that the billionaires from Conservation Carpathia illegally bought property rights in Obştea Moşnenilor Rucăreni, part of a “defamation and slander campaign”?
  • Is the Romanian justice part in a conspiration against the Foundation Conservation Carpathia and the billionaires financing the land buying in Romania?

Legitimately, we conclude that the appeal of the members of the European Parliament is an attack to the private and public property in Romania, since it mentions that the legal right is exercised with “ruthless greed” and using “large-scale corruption”.

We also address you, as  initiator of the letter presented to the European Commission, the following questions:

  1. Which elements in Nostra Silva’s activity are you aware of in order to name The Federation of Forests and Grassland Owners in Romania “a controversial federation of landowners”?
  • Are you aware of the illegalities committed in Romania by the billionaires in Foundation Conservation Carpathia (illicitly buying property rights in Obștea moșnenilor, the slander of Nostra Silva, corruption, and influence peddling – all legally proved)? Are you aware of this illegal type of activity and are you willing to support it?

Lawyer Bogdan Ioan Tudor- Todoran

President of Nostra Silva

Horia Platon

Director Nostra Silva                                                                                                                                                 16.11.2020