Hydropower plant in Romania: Successful court case, but construction continues

Positive court ruling, yet no reason to celebrate: Construction works for the hydropower plant at the Jiu River will continue. The Romanian environmental protection agency had filed a complaint against the environmentally destructive project following pressure by committed nature conservationists. In turn, the state-owned project operator Hidroelectrica filed a lawsuit. The Romanian court of appeals now rejected the lawsuit – however, construction works won’t be stopped.

Construction works are allowed to continue, but the environmentalists will not give in… © Calin Dejeu

Calin Dejeu of Romanian environmental NGO “Efectul Fluture” has been fighting for a free-flowing Jiu for years. This wild river in the Carpathian Mountains is a hotspot of biodiversity, which the projected hydropower plant would destroy. However, fighting the dam seems to be like tilting at windmills. Calin and his fellows can neither count on support by the Romanian government, nor on real help from Brussels. Not even court rulings in favour of the environmentalists are a guarantee of success – this is also true for the most recent one of 23 October.

While Hidroelectrica has to present project modifications to the environmental agency according to environmental laws which had been significantly tightened after Romania joined the EU, the court ruling does not say that construction works have to stop. On the contrary, Calin Dejeu and his fellow activists fear that Hidroelectrica, which has already invested about 200 million Euro in the project, will take advantage of the environmental agency’s weakness and will largely ignore the court ruling. The company’s notice that it would by itself select the institute which is to carry out the environmental impact assessment already does not augur well.

Do you want to help?


Future needs nature. EuroNatur cares for it. Please use your possibilities to help. With your donation you will make an effective contribution to a more livable environment.


International banks fuelling a hydropower tsunami that’s decimating pristine Balkan rivers – study

Multilateral development banks have supported no fewer than 82 hydropower projects across southeast Europe, including in protected areas, according to...

By Bike across the European Union

Two enthusiastic cyclists, five months, 11,000 kilometres: Paul Baumgärtner und Noah Kramer are experiencing the European Union in the most literal...

Timber companies dissociate from sourcing wood from Romanian national parks and primeval forests

EuroNatur and Agent Green investigate traceability of wood ++ International timber companies call on Romanian government to clarify legal situation ++...

Reunited with Maya

On 18 March last year, a female Balkan lynx called Maya was fitted with a tracking device. Over the past year, this has been providing scientists from...

Albania plans to build airport in protected area

New international airport to be constructed in Narta Lagoon ++ Albanian parliament approved the project yesterday ++ EuroNatur and its partners call...

Salt is Life: Abandonment of Ulcinj Salina harms avifauna

++ EuroNatur calls for immediate protection of the saline in Ulcinj, Montenegro ++ Resuming salt production would open perspectives for both birds and...

Numerous birds of prey and corvids poisoned in Serbia

Recently, a rare imperial eagle was found poisoned in Northern Serbia – the eagle had fallen victim to a meat bait. While searching for the animal,...

Construction works on the Jiu hydroelectric power plant still going on

It is scandalous: The romanian appeals court declared the building permission of the Jiu hydroelectric plant several times, lately in December....

Hydroelectric power station on the River Jiu halted for the time being

Encouraging news for the Romanian River Jiu: the building permit has been declared null and void by the courts. As a result the Jiu may continue to...

Study proves: Small power plants, big damage

European-financed small hydropower plants damaging pristine Balkan landscapes

Second part of the documentary series "Out of Control" reveals further intrigues

Destruction of old-growth forests in Romania: logging devastates parts of Semenic National Park, too ++ EuroNatur and Agent Green: unacceptable...

Mavrovo-Nationalpark: Demand for a halt to construction of hydroelectric power plants

Bern Convention: Macedonian government requested to halt construction of hydropower plants in national park

The Variety of Nature in Focus

Photo Competition “Europe’s Natural Treasures” starts

Investigation Video: Primeval Forest Destruction in Romania’s National Parks

EuroNatur and Agent Green: This is currently Europe’s biggest environmental drama!

Ray of hope for Balkan Lynx

The Balkan Lynx has to be strictly protected as a distinct subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx. This decision has been adopted unanimously at the meeting...

By using our services, you agree that we use cookies. Data protection