5 April 2012. Romania’s Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely on Thursday ( 5 April 2012 ) resigned, amid accusations from the country’s National Anti-Corruption Body (DNA). His ministry was responsible for granting the environmental approval for projects like Rosia Montana gold mine and Chevron’s shale gas exploration and exploitation.

Borbely met Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureau on Thursday morning to talk about the corruption accusations.

Borbely is said to have forged his wealth statements and not declared some of his assets. He is also accused of getting a contractor to refurbish an apartment of a relative at no cost to him. The job would have cost EUR 200,000 at market prices.

Political commentators say the recent accusations might have surfaced as Borbely delayed giving environmental clearance to projects such as the much-debated Rosia Montana and Chevron’s shale gas projects.