Until now, no minister for public works and the environment has realized that the top priority for all those who hold our lives in their hands should be the environment (in trust for future generations and as a major factor for sustainable growth) and not economic activities outside the biosphere. It is generally agreed that the ministry has forgotten the word «Environment» in its title. Its environmental policy is restricted to the incorporation of European directives (usually after the deadline and then to avoid fines), and issuing environmental conditions for major public works. Actions such as declaring a national park are limited and «low-cost» since they concern isolated, sparsely populated areas where no opposition is forthcoming. When the going gets tough, the ministry usually chooses the easy route.