Protesters want the controversial decision withdrawn and credible guarantees given that park preservation and the rule of law will be protected — including the resignation of Environmental Minister Neno Dimov.
Protesters took to the streets in 29 international cities, accusing the Bulgarian government of corruption and violation of domestic and EU environmental law after it decided to allow further construction in Pirin National Park, a World Natural Heritage site.
In December 2017, the Cabinet passed a plan to allow construction activities in 48% of the park. After what many felt was the government’s failed response to address the public outcry, environmentalists initiated an international outreach campaign in an effort to pressure authorities to uphold the law protecting the natural heritage site.
Pirin National Park was established to protect biodiversity in Bulgaria’s second highest mountain, an area considered to be one of the most well-preserved natural habitats in Europe.