Sofia. Source: Focus Information Agency
The opinions from abroad about the case of the Pirin national park are not particularly important, but it is important to ease tensions on the issue, political scientist Dimitar Dimitrov told FOCUS Radio
this morning in connection with criticism by German MEP Ska Keller against the Bulgarian government’s decision to change the management plan for the park. This is an issue of domestic politics, Dimitrov explained. “As Ska Keller represents a group of green parties, her attitude cannot be anything but ideological. These parties are founded on the post-material value and protection of the environment from human intervention, but no rules regulate what relation could this possibly have to the domestic political agenda. Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov, perhaps again, raised the tone, provoking the negative reaction. There is no point in victimising anyone, generating sympathy. One should just explain correctly and diplomatically that this is a complex issue of domestic politics. It is a matter of governance, and solutions will be sought that will not exclude environmental protection values or any other priorities for the parties of that type,” he commented. He added that another topic that needs resolution is the Istanbul Convention, but he thinks that a joint solution would be difficult.
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