The Mayor presented the case during a session on forest fire prevention in the presence of State Secretary for Civil Protection Artur Neves, who proposed the presentation of the case to the colleague of the government, Celie Ramos, State Secretary for Spatial Planning and Protection of Nature.
Hernani Dias explained that the offense initially pointed to the value of "70,000 euros" while the municipality complained and now received a "12,000-euro fine" due to the fact that it "intervened on a rural road in the Natural Park of Montesinho area" .
Mayor Braganca said that the municipality's intervention was carried out at the request of the Donai population who allegedly could no longer pass the rural road connecting with the neighboring village of Carragosa.
"Today the needs of the population are not just those that were once in the train or in some other way, but not with tractors or even with off-road vehicles," he said.
He said that at an early stage of the municipality, he contacted the ICNF to help define the profile of the intervention to be done and the institute's cooperation.
"However, at the stage where we intervened, this decision was made to raise the vehicle with bad behavior and is now in the final stage. It will impose a fine of 12 thousand euros and a few euros in the municipality, which leads us to forcing them to we arrive at those 12,000 and such euro, they are not able to take an intervention that would certainly be much more useful in any other matter, "he said.
The mayor considers this fine as "a waste of money" and a demonstration "how ICNF works in front of entities that also have responsibility on the ground".
"We feel very, very hurt in this process and, of course, we will always express our disagreement and our rejection of this situation, because they harm and punish not only the municipality, but also the citizens we represent," he stressed.
Hernani Dias also suggested to the ICNF that "it is better to go to see protected buoys that are illegally slaughtered", recently in the city of Braganca, next to the building under construction, "and no one was worried about it."
Complaints against the institute that manages protected areas are often among local councils in the region, and municipalities like Vinhais add several fines to situations similar to those reported by Braganca.
The president of the international municipality Tras-os-Montes, Artur Nunes, confirmed the criticism at the same ceremony in Braga, saying "there is a serious problem in governance and interconnection between ICNF and municipalities."
"There is a criminal and a little cooperative attitude towards organization, management, protection, prevention," he said.
The institute came to "expand its capacity to intervene in the territory, especially in terms of construction," says Arthur Nunes, who is also chairman of Miranda do Douro, a municipality integrating the Douro International Natural Park.
This mayor criticized the binding nature of the ICNF's build-up, for example, for housing, when, as he claims, "this is only a matter of the chamber at the PDM level [Plano Diretor Municipal]".
"We can not overlap between what city councils were pouring into the PDM, and then on the side of the ICNF, saying they have custody and have jurisdiction," he argues.