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MEPs to visit Bulgaria's Natura zone

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Wed, Jun 29 2011 4123 Views
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A delegation of members of European Parliament from the Committee on Petitions (PETA) will arrive in Bulgaria on June 30 2011 to review complaints of eco violations in protected nature zones in Rila mountain and the Rhodopes, Dnevnik daily reported on June 28 2011.

The visit follows the inspection made by representatives of the European Commission for complaints in March 2011 and is provoked by numerous petitions that Bulgarian local ecological organisations have sent to the European Parliament.

The MEPs from PETA will visit the allegedly illegal lift to the seven Rila lakes and will be welcomed by eco-organisations such as Citizens for Rila Alliance for National Park Rila.

Environmentalists will hand MEPs a complaint regarding the postponed inclusion of the nature zone Rila Buffer into Natura.

On July 1 2011, eco-activists from various Bulgarian cities and local people will file a petition to MEPs at Perelik peak, the highest peak at the Rhodope mountains.

The petition is against "the mass defacement of protected juniper shrubs in the region".

Local people from the village of Mugla will meet PETA representatives and express their objection the planned building of 217km ski track.

Over the past two years Bulgaria has been ridden by scandals over illegal developments throughout Natura protected zones in the mountains.

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