5. Families and forests forced to make room for coal mining in Romania
The Romanian state is fostering land expropriations required for expanding a coal mine, displacing families and destroying nature.
The Romanian state is paying an approx. EUR 3.5 million for land expropriations needed for expanding a coal mine. The state declared the project one of "public utility and national interest" and is thus paying for all the land needed.

The expansion of the coal mine might see 134 families displaced without being informed what are their alternatives and when exactly they are expected to move. Two historical buildings to be moved and 113 hectares of forest to be put down for the mine expansion, going along with extended air and water pollution. The plans expose the state budget to unjustified expenses where funds could be otherwise used for clean energy alternatives.

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