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Bulgarian governmental decision violates European Habitats Directive

Bulgarian governmental decision violates European Habitats Directive
Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets on Thursday night, in order to protest against plans to expand the skiing resort of Bansko. In Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, the protesters blocked one main intersection.

One of the non-governmental organisations behind the protests, “For the Nature”, said a plan approved by the Bulgarian government, which allows the construction of a second cabin lift for the growing number of tourists in Bansko, violated the Protected Areas Act and the European Habitats Directive.

According to those opposed to any expansion of the skiing areas near Pirin National Park, which is a protected nature reserve, the government plan would open the way for large-scale logging and construction. They believe nature in the area would be endangered.../IBNA

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