Marius Pulkauninkas, chief forest officer of the State Forestry Enterprise of Lithuania, is stepping down, the environment minister told BNS Lithuania.
Marius Pulkauninkas
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"Based on mutual agreement," Kestutis Mazeka told BNS Lithuania.

In his words, the Environment Ministry plans to issue a statement later in the day.

Pulkauninkas told on Wednesday that the government's decision to temporarily allow selling wood from state forests at a 20-percent discount would cost 68 million euros for the state.

"In total, the price might drop 40 percent and that will affect our activity," Pulkauninkas told adding that the state cannot expect any dividends from forestry enterprises following this decision.

The chief forestry officer says he realized that the new purchase rules will created the biggest advantage for wood buyers.

On Wednesday, the government decided to temporarily allow reducing actions prices of state wood to up to 20 percent, despite warnings from the Special Investigation Service over possible losses and the Competition Council's warning over reduced competition.

The Seimas opposition also states the new rules will allow large processors to buy excess volumes of wood and resell them.

Pulkauninkas has led the State Forestry Enterprise since March, 2018.

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