Co-president of the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament Ska Keller called on Bulgaria to tackle corruption as the country takes on the bloc’s rotating presidency.
She highlighted the “very dodgy decision” to plan to expand the Bansko ski resort within the Pirin National Park that could have a serious impact on the biodiversity of the UNESCO world heritage site that is also protected by the EU’s Natura 2000 network.
“Dear @BoykoBorissov, thousands are on the streets for the preservation of #Pirin Natural Park and against corruption. This isn't just about the environment, but about European rules that need to be respected in all EU Member States” @skakeller #SaveOurHeritage #SavePirin pic.twitter.com/30hOs6l3CI— Greens in the EP (@GreensEP) January 17, 2018
The Bulgarian Greens @zelenite joined thousands of environmentalists in Sofia last night to protest against the government's decision to allow the expansion of a ski resort in Bulgaria’s Pirin National Park ✊ #SavePirin pic.twitter.com/J16N5Od2d0— European Greens (@europeangreens) January 12, 2018
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov responded by saying that he is a “green man”, adding that there were only plans for a “second lift in Bansko and nothing more.” Keller tweeted back that the “new management plan for Pirin allows an expansion of commercial activities, logging and skiing into 48% of Pirin national park.”
Keller also criticised the “obscure circles” that exert a powerful influence over public life but added the European Union would show support if Bulgaria honours its pledges to tackle corruption and stands by the motto for its presidency “United we stand strong”.
Today our co-president @SkaKeller urged Bulgarian Prime Minister @boykoBorissov & @EU2018BG to take the fight against corruption in #Bulgaria and the EU seriously. #SavePirin pic.twitter.com/26N76VcoR5— Greens in the EP (@GreensEP) January 17, 2018