Romania: Annual obligation to renew environmental authorisations

10. December 2019

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Under a series of recent amendments to Government Ordinance no. 195/2005 on the protection of the environment, environmental authorisations and integrated environmental authorisations are to be obtained based on the issue of individual permits that are to be renewed annually.

According to the new law, environmental authorisations and integrated environmental authorisations will require an annual permit in order to maintain their validity. Previously, these authorisations came with pre-established validity periods of 5 and 10 years, respectively.

The purpose of obtaining the annual permits is to confirm that the holder of the authorisations is still carrying out their activity under the same terms for which the authorisations were granted and that no amendments have taken place altering the terms established through regulatory acts.

The requirement to obtain an annual permit will not only apply to environmental authorisations already issued after the new law comes into effect, but also environmental authorisations issued prior to the date on which the law is to come into effect.

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