No EU funding for nature site road, but calls for infringement action

Environmentalists have called on the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Bulgaria after the government said it would press ahead with a motorway development through a protected nature area despite abandoning a bid for EU funding.

The regional development ministry’s roads agency said on Wednesday that it had withdrawn a controversial application for EU cohesion funding for a section of the Struma motorway project which would cut through the country’s most biodiverse site, the Kresna Gorge, an EU Natura 2000 protected site. 

The decision follows concerns expressed by the commission when the funding application was made and a campaign by environmental groups and MEPs

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