The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) revealed the role of Austrian wood processor Holzindustrie Schweighofer as the largest driver of illegal logging in Romania in its October 2015 report, Stealing the Last Forest. Yesterday, Holzindustrie Schweighofer released a statement in an attempt to “refute” EIA’s evidence. In this statement, the company dismisses both the seriousness of the illegal logging problem in Romania and its own outsized role in facilitating the trade of illegal wood.
“It is unfortunate that Schweighofer continues to attack the truth, rather than the problem of illegal logging,” said EIA’s Executive Director Alexander von Bismarck. “It is perhaps not surprising, as they have already taken a small Romanian NGO to Austrian court, have denied the publicly reported findings by the Romanian government that Schweighofer has received large amounts of illegal wood, and have even directly threatened the Romanian government with international legal action to prevent forest reform. EIA unequivocally stands by each and every statement made in our report.”
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