Environmentalists conduct a symbolic action in front of the building of the Council of Ministers. They give a jar of fresh air from Pirin to the prime minister and the ministers. With this symbolic gift, they will formally remind their requests to cancel the government's decision to change the Pirin Park management plan.
...: Protests Mark the Opening of Bulgaria's EU PresidencyAs Bulgarian and European officials were making speeches at the opening ceremony for Bulgaria's first EU Presidency in Sofia on Thursday evening, outside, thousands of people took to the streets to protest a controversial development plan in the UNESCO-protected Pirin national park.
Air cleanness is a problem not only for Bulgaria but also for the whole European Union and for the world at large. This is what the Commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, told the Bulgarian National Television.
"In Europe every year 400,000 people die prematurely because of the dirty air," he said.
Several thousands people took the streets of Bulgarian capital of Sofia, with hundreds more protesting in nine more cities across the country, after the government decision to allow constructions at the Pirin National Park.
Chanting "Mafia" and "Resignation" the protesters have blocked the Eagles' Bridge in central Sofia.