EC Questions Bulgaria over Protected Area Construction

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The European Commission has requested a swift answer from the Bulgarian cabinet regarding a development plan that would liberalize construction in the Strandzha Nature Park.

The EC sent the letter last Friday, after which the revitalized general development plan was frozen by the Bulgarian cabinet once more, reports

Wednesday the news site writes that although the Bulgarian government has not revealed the nature of the message, EC sources have said that it is requesting an extremely swift answer, setting the deadline for March, instead of the usual 10 weeks.

The letter has been sent under the EU Pilot project which aims to better communication between the Commission and member states regarding possible infringement of EU law.

Earlier in 2014, a panel of Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court overturned a prior decision of the court which had declared the new general development plan for the Tsarevo municipality illegal on grounds of lacking an environmental impact assessment.

The court's latest decision provoked outrage among environmentalists and ordinary citizens, who have since held a number of rallies in protests.

Tuesday some 2000 people walked in the streets of Bulgarian capital Sofia, with rallies assembling in 9 other cities.

The town of Tsarevo is located in the extreme south of Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, with a large part of the municipality falling within the Strandzha Nature Park - the largest protected area in Bulgaria.

The park harbors unique sea and low mountain landscapes and habitats, a host of endemic plant and animal species, as well as rich cultural heritage.

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Tania Oz - 27 Mar 2014 // 05:37:51

I'll second that Behemoth2.0!

Behemoth2.0 - 26 Mar 2014 // 12:46:56

Karamojo Bell,

yeah, so better be careful when you have a walk in the forest next time. I might take pleasure in taking you for a wolf or a jackal and shoot you in the nuts.

Karamojo Bell - 25 Mar 2014 // 20:18:21

Enough of these environmental do gooders - if people want to cull wolves and slaughter jackals for fun then they should be encouraged, not moaned at by a bunch of rabbit food eating hippies.

Moscow Wolf - 25 Mar 2014 // 13:21:48

It would be nice if the Environmentalists would also demonstrate to protect the Wolves and Jackals in the Nature Reserve that are being decimated by Trophy Hunters under the pretence that they are taking livestock. I thought that is why Shepherds have large dogs with them. There have to be better ways of controlling the Packs! There is an earlier article in here somewhere listing just how many 'official' killings of Wolves and Jackals occurred when the hunting season opened, but we can only guess at the unofficial number of killings.

Tania Oz - 13 Feb 2014 // 00:16:14

Lol, exactly Mat.

Mat - 12 Feb 2014 // 16:54:49

Just think how much fun the government would be having if it wasn't for that pesky EC stopping their plans at every turn... I'm glad someone is looking out for Bulgaria; just a shame it isn't the Bulgarians.

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