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Bulgarian eco-activists collect small changes to cover fines over NATURA 2000

Date: 27.07.2007

Eco-activists in Sofia, who have made a habit of protesting before the Bulgarian parliament, demanding for more areas to be included in the NATURA 2000 network, came up with yet another interesting way to speak their mind.

This time the protestors raised small changes to cover the fines that are to be imposed on the country because of not fulfilling the EC's requirements over the range of the protected areas.

The "charity" action, which took place in front of the Council of Ministers building, implied also the idea that Bulgaria's nature should not be sold for small changes.

The activists set up the protests expressing their support of the cause for Bulgaria's participation in preserving EU's nature and wildlife.

However, the government has only partially nodded the first suggestion of the ecological and environmental organizations and only 180 locations proposed for inclusion in NATURA 2000, which cover only 13% of the country's territory. Originally the National Biodiversity Council approved 225 potential zones, which cover 28.6% of the country's territory.

As a result, six eco-organizations and the global environment conservation organization WWF have even lodged a complaint against the Bulgarian government with the European Commission.

The document now gives the right to the EC to initiate punishment procedures against the Bulgarian government.

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