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EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella: EC has not found breach of EU law in Pirin case but will keep a close eye on it

EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella: EC has not found breach of EU law in Pirin case but will keep a close eye on it

10 April 2018 | 16:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The European Commission has not found breaches of European legislation in the case of the Pirin national park but will keep a close eye on the issue, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella told a press conference for the presentation of results of the first day of the informal meeting of EU environment ministers, Focus News Agency reports. “The Commission does not participate in the plans for construction within such areas,” Commissioner Vella said, adding that this is responsibility of the member states.
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Minister Neno Dimov: There are hundreds of kilometers of ski slopes and ski lifts in European national parks

Minister Neno Dimov: There are hundreds of kilometers of ski slopes and ski lifts in European national parks

9 February 2018 | 17:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. An example of ski tourism is the famous Kitzbühel resort, which has 179 km of ski slopes and 46 lifts, Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov told FOCUS Radio.
274 lift facilities were built in the last two seasons in Europe, he said. “There are national parks with not one but many ski areas. For example, in the Mercantour National Park in France there are 9 ski resorts with a total of 640 km of ski slopes and 125 ski lifts. Or the Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, with its 33 ski resorts, 837 km of ski slopes and 264 ski lifts,” the minister commented.
Romania is currently preparing a major project for the development of ski tourism, and Serbia and Slovenia are also developing their ski resorts, Dimov said. “Our neighbouring countries are doing their best to attract winter tourists and in Bulgaria there are organisations that are trying to prevent the country from developing into a ski destination,” Dimov said. In his words, this is contrary to the national interest, which, after all, is higher incomes for Bulgarians, developing economy and tourism, and finding a balance between economic development and environmental conservation.
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Minister Neno Dimov: As President of the Council of the EU, Bulgaria will seek a balance between economic development and environmental protection

Minister Neno Dimov: As President of the Council of the EU, Bulgaria will seek a balance between economic development and environmental protection

24 January 2018 | 15:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. Bulgaria is among Europe’s countries with richest biodiversity, including a place of emergence of new species. As such, we will seek a balance, actively and consistently, between economic development and environmental protection during our Presidency of the Council of the European Union, said Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov, who presented the Bulgarian Presidency priorities in the area of environment before the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in Brussels, FOCUS News Agency reports.
“Our programme focuses on the transition to the circular economy and resource efficiency, aiming to achieve sustainable growth and create favourable conditions for implementing eco-innovative solutions,” Dimov said.
“The improvement of air quality will also be among our focus areas. Air pollution is not only an environmental but also a social issue that poses many challenges in terms of managing and mitigating the impact of harmful pollutants. That is why we will concentrate our efforts on initiatives to promote the use of different mechanisms, including innovative solutions, to improve air quality,” said Niko Dimov.
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