NEWS

Title: Stop the lift in Vitosha
Date: 05-12-2011

Description: Stop the lifts in Vitosha!

The owners of the facilities will not put them in order not to violate the law.

While "Vitosha Ski" warned not to put lifts in order to comply with the law, illegal construction in the "Ophelia" continues in full force.

They stop lifts on Vitosha!

The owners of the facilities will not put them in order not to violate the law.

While "Vitosha Ski" warned not to put lifts in order to comply with the law, illegal construction in the "Ophelia" continues in full force.

Without the Vitosha ski area will remain this winter tourists. From "Vitosha Ski" categorically said that none of the lifts will be placed as if they do, it means to violate the new Forestry Act, passed in the spring of this year.

According to the texts of the law to operate lifts, the status of the land on which they are constructed, should be changed. For this purpose, must first be made so. regional development plans for forest areas, without which no changes are allowed on forest lands. To prepare, they should have an ordinance that regulates the manner in which this will happen. Although legal action from the beginning of April this year, such an ordinance yet.

No money
Even if the ordinance was to fact check of the Republic showed that the budget of the Ministry of agrarian in 2012 were not allocated any funds for the establishment of these regional plans of all state, municipal and private lands in the country. By law they must make money from the state budget by the Regional Forest Directorate and to act in 10 years.
Furthermore, for each area should be evaluated by ekoministerstvoto, it is clear that the plans would not violate the Biological Diversity Act.
The whole procedure of preparing the ordinance, then plans and takes between three and five years previously in forest areas can not be built, nor to change the status of the property. A lift without working illegally.

Chronologically
Paradox of history begins in the spring of 2011 when the new Forestry Act shall enter into the Council of Ministers and then to vote in plenary. Initially, the texts are clear - lifts within the group with power lines, which do not want change in land status.
Between the first and second reading, however, the then Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Georgi Kostov convened discussions with environmental organizations, which were invited only to "Let Nature Remain in Bulgaria". In their insistence and with Georgi Kostov and BSP MP Plugchieva certain passages in the law have been replaced at second reading.
Revised paragraph 6 of Article 73 now reads: "There shall be no change of use of forest areas for ski slopes and poles for tows when their construction is not included in the adopted regional plans for development of forest areas." This change may take effect not earlier than five years because the law provides procedures for appeal before the Administrative Court.
In practice this means that suddenly lifts are excluded from the group that fall before and now are subject to change status.

Meeting
Once the "Vitosha Ski" warned not to put lifts this winter, not to violate the law, the Forestry Agency were quick to inform that convened an emergency meeting with the owner of the facility this week to find a solution " as soon as possible. " Information of the newspaper showed that the shortest possible time is two months. This is because, to obtain the replacement of lifts paragraph 6, you must first make a bill to change the current law, and only then be re-vote in Parliament.

Paradoxes
As the replacement of lifts, and make new ski areas are treated as construction of another law - that of spatial planning. Although the construction of a ski slope in no way upsets the natural mountainous territory and practically remained unchanged in the law texts define it as a building. According to the Tourism Act does all the tracks on which allowed tourists must have a license from the Ministry of Economy and Energy. This license is only "Vitosha Tulip" while all other tracks have the status of forest categories and subject to sanctions.


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