Secretary of State who ‘liberalised plantation of eucalyptus’ lands plum job with pulping association

Francisco Gomes da Silva, former secretary of State for Forests who facilitated the law liberalising the planting of eucalyptus trees has been made director-general of CELPA, the association that ‘brings cellulose giants in Portugal together’. The announcement came on the eve of Judge Ivo Rosa’s polemic decision on the Marquês corruption case. Climate actvisit and regular newspaper contributor João Camargo thinks this was no coincidence. In a column in Expresso he says the timing was designed “to avoid unecessary scrutiny. It’s for this reason people hire press agencies…”