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Rebelo wants to speed up environmental license

In a speech held yesterday in Santos, to dozens of businessmen from the region, most from the port sector, the deputy stressed the need for these investments to have their impacts on the ecosystem studied, but by few authorities, who would have specific deadlines to issue their opinions, positive or negatives.
Infrastructure work has to be analyzed only by the Attorney General and with a deadline for him to decide. You can not waste time on that. You can not wait without any prediction. Our competitors are not going to wait for us, they will not wait until we solve our problems, '' Rebelo said, drawing applause from an audience of executives who routinely criticize the bureaucracy and delay they face in releasing their projects.

The presentation by th Chamber’s Chairman included the series of lectures promoted by A Tribuna Communication System, with the seminar schedule of Santos Export - National Forum for the Expansion of the Port of Santos. The congressman Delfim Neto (PMDB-SP) and former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso participated in this series of conferences.

In his explanation, Rebelo cited undertakings that were delayed due to the delay in obtaining the environmental licenses. Such a stance must end so that "Brazil meets the demands of its entrepreneurs and does not hinder the growth of its foreign trade," he said.

Setting deadlines would facilitate the implementation of projects, allowing executives to better plan their investments, he said. "Today, the businessman does not know when his work can begin. This makes it difficult to carry out the renovations that Brazil needs to grow, "he said.

According to the deputy, in 2003, he suggested to President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva that he send a bill to congress, changing the environmental legislation for the release of infrastructure works on precisely these two points: the number of bodies involved in the process of licensing and the definition of deadlines for the manifestations of these agents. The Government, however, did not accept his suggestion.

Rebelo also criticized the way justice is used in environmental processes. "This was what happened when the Government launched the São Francisco River project (its transposition). There was a parliamentarian who said that he would be able to delay this work for up to 15 years in court. Today the Judiciary has become a trench for anyone who wants to prevent a work, "he argued.


In the president of the Chamber of Deputies’ opinion, the defense of environmental interests ends up having two goals. While some initiatives aim to preserve the resources of the ecosystem, an effort praised by the politician, others aim to "immobilize Brazil's efforts to grow."

It's funny that no one will protest when the United States produces paper and cellulose, but here, they do. And we produce 20% of what they produce. Why does manufacturing in Brazil pollute and in the United States, in Norway, they don't? I have already told Marina (Marina Silva, Environment) Minister not to go abroad and accept criticism defensively, with her head down. We can not accept that other countries that pollute more than us will give us lessons, '' he emphasized.

Source: A Tribuna (Santos)