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PM: No Rallies Will Stop Us from Advancing Bulgarian Tourism

PM: No Rallies Will Stop Us from Advancing Bulgarian Tourism: PM: No Rallies Will Stop Us from Advancing Bulgarian Tourism

The Forestry Act is indeed lobbyist, but for the benefit of snowboarders andskiers and all winter sports lovers, according to Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Borisov spoke for the media Thursday from the second largest city of Plovdiv where he officially opened the new sports arena of the Plovdiv University.

He reiterated that the law is lobbying for all those who want to resuscitate Bulgaria’s past glory in the ski sport, and slammed those opposing it as the true lobbyists.

The PM gave as example Austria having 12 000 kilometers of ski tracks in its forests, adding that until now there has been already a savage tree felling in Bulgaria all while winter resorts have been moribund.

“There is no risk in this Act and no reason for alarm. It will trigger an influx of tourists to Bulgaria who will choose it over Germany and Austria. It will also create more jobs and better pay in winter resorts and will attract foreign and local investors,” said he.

Borisov told those protesting against the Act that no rally would hurdle investments in winter tourism in Bulgaria.

When asked why the law was passed after so many debates, delays, and at third reading, the PM explained that he insisted on it because one of the texts had to be changed at the last moment to prevent anyone from being able to illegally acquireski tracks.

On Wednesday, the Bulgarian Parliament passed definitively the controversialForestry Act, allowing construction of ski tracks and lifts without changing the status of the land.

The opposition left-wing Coalition for Bulgaria declared Thursday it was going to notify the European Commission about the amendments to the Forestry Act, ask the President to veto them, and alert the Constitutional Court about direct violations of the supreme law.

The right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, is also going to approachPresidentRosen Plevneliev, with a request to veto the Act.

Meanwhile, over 2 000 eco activists and their supporters gathered Wednesday evening at the area of Orlov Most (Eagles Bridge) in downtown Sofia to protest the passing of the amendments. The demonstrators blocked traffic on the city’s main thoroughfare “Tsraigradsko Shosse” by sitting on the road. This triggered direct clashes with riot police. The eco activists rallied without a permit since the protestwas organized through the social network Facebook. 12 people were arrested.

A new rally is scheduled for 7:30 pm Thursday.

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Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boost Tourism

Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boast Tourism: Bulgarian EconMin: New Law Will Boost Tourism

Bulgaria’s Minister of Economy, Energy and TourismDelyan Dobrev, says he supports of all changes that would benefit tourism and development of the country’s resorts.

“I am on the side of tourism, opening opportunities for its development. The new legislation will provide precisely such opportunities,” the Minister stated Saturday, speaking before Darik radio.

Commenting on the controversial Forestry Act, passed by the Parliament during the week, Dobrev pointed out that in the last few years winter tourism in Bulgaria is catching up with the summer one, stressing the importance of winter resortsreaching full capacity by having modern equipment.

The controversial amendments, giving a green light to construction of ski tracks and lifts without changing the status of use of the land, triggered large-scale protests, shaking the capital Sofia since Wednesday evening.

On the topic of the recently introduced full smoking ban, Dobrev explained that it would not create difficulties for food establishments and coffee shops in the summer when people can smoke outdoors. He said the ban is affecting the most the night clubs and the casinos.

Regarding the country’s economy, the Minister noted that “we are still living in difficult times.”

“In 2010 and 2011 we had a 30% increase of our exports. We will not reach these levels in 2012 – we have a 2% decrease so far,” Dobrev stated.

Tags: Law, tourism, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Delyan Dobrev, Forestry Act, winter tourism, winter resorts, protests

Whats your view? Will an expansion to the skiing area in Bansko be a positive development for the region?

The Bansko Municipality has advanced its plans to substantially increase the regions skiing area, following a change to the Bulgarian Forest Act in March. The change to legislation will enable the Municipality to issue construction permits for the development of ski lifts and ski runs in the Pirin National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.This has caused controversy amongst environmental groups as an expansion to the skiing area will result in a 12% reduction to the size of the Pirin National Park and will probably have an adverse effect on the wildlife in the area. Environmental groups have stages protests in Sofia and UNESCO is threatening to declare the Pirin National Park a “World Heritage Site in Danger” unless the Government can guarantee against construction taking place.

Despite the opposition, it seems unlikely that the decision will be overturned, as the expansion has the support of the Prime Minister and the head of the country’s forest agency, on the grounds that it will boost tourism and accelerate the economic development of the region. Residents of Bansko also appear to be in support of the scheme, as a survey found that 80% would vote in favour of the expansion, should a referendum be held.

What are your views on this?


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