The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN) has stated that the report the government has sent to Brussels in relation to the EU's Natura 2000 nature protection project is an “outright fake”, thus fully confirming the findings on an earlier investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria.
European Court of Justice judges decided on Tuesday (17 April) that Poland’s logging activities in Białowieża Forest are against EU law and heavy fines are due to follow unless the government takes immediate action.
The European Union executive asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve unique woods.
After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed ‘fitness check’, the EU’s main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.
Bulgaria's construction business has always had its eye on buidling hotels, ski slopes and recreational villages in protected areas - but now NGOs have warned that draft management plans could see three national parks open the door to the bulldozers.