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Za Zemiata (For the Earth) is a Bulgarian environmental non-governmental organisation, registered in 1995 and determined to work for sustainable life on our planet and combat exploitation of people and nature.

EU Funds in Central and Eastern Europe: 6 billion euros for damaging projects?

Billions of euros of taxpayers money are in danger of being used to fund controversial infrastructure projects in the new member states of the European Union, according to a new map launched today by CEE Bankwatch Network and Friends of the Earth Europe. The warning is issued as the EU gears up to pour EUR 157 billion in Structural and Cohesion Funds into its new member states and accession countries between 2007 and 2013.
The map entitled EU Funds in Central and Eastern Europe: Cohesion or Collision? highlights 22 environmentally damaging, economically unjustified or socially controversial projects with a total cost of roughly six billion euros.
Cyanide leaching with EBRD funding meets public opposition in Bulgaria

The plans of Canadian gold mining company Dundee Precious Metals to introduce cyanide technology at its Chelopech mine in Bulgaria failed to receive approval from the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Waters today. The decision of the Supreme Environmental Expert Council of the Ministry was postponed due to opposition from local communities and national environmental organisations from the "Cyanide-Free Bulgaria" coalition.
In spite of the minus 20 temperature in Sofia, around 30 people protested in front of the Ministry of Environment and Waters this morning, with banners reading "Gold for Canada, Cyanides for Bulgaria?", "Cyanide = Death".
Bulgarian action against EBRD's backing for destructive skiing development

Sofia, Bulgaria - On May 20 at 3pm, a "Bansko and the Banks" exhibition and concert took place in front of the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Sofia. The action is in response to the EBRD funded Bansko Skiing Zone, a controversial project with negative social and environmental impacts.
Shocking levels of dioxin contamination found near proposed EU-funded waste site in Bulgaria

A study of free-range chicken eggs produced in the village of Kovachevo in the Stara Zagora region of Bulgaria has revealed evidence of alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination, pointing to the crucial need for Bulgaria to fulfill its commitment to reduce human exposure to harmful persistent organic pollutants (POPs). [1] However, the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water continues to promote the construction of a facility which will be a future POPs emitter two kilometres from Kovachevo and which will include a 15 000 tons per year incinerator as well as asbestos and hazardous waste landfills. The National Hazardous Waste Centre (NHWC) project is seeking substantial funding from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Union ISPA funds.
According to many scientists and representatives of environmental organisation, united under the coalition "Bulgaria - GMOfree zone", the draft law, which allows and regulates the release of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the environment of Bulgaria, as well as food containing GMO on the market, is developed under the influence of multinational corporation, aiming at using Bulgaria as a testing place for GMO and "Troian horse" for the supply of GM food and crops in Europe.
The Road Executive Agency plans to build the "Ljulin" motorway through the densely populated south-west region of the field of Sofia. "Ljulin" is a high-speed transit motorway, part of the Trans European Corridor N4. The motorway will be 6 carriageways where the total weight of the route-bed will be around 100 meters.
Part of the magnificent Bulgarian nature threatens to be destroyed if the Struma Motorway (between Sofia and Kulata) passes through the Kresna Gorge
The Bulgarian government plans to build the Struma Motorway (which is a part of the Trans European Corridor N 4 Sofia - Athens) directly THROUGH the Kresna Gorge and the town of Kresna.
Sofia Airport is situated within the city of Sofia, very close to human settlements. Thus, it poses serious problems on environment and especially on human health. Bulgarian environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have argued against the project for "Reconstruction, development and extension of Sofia Airport", and their concerns about its inappropriate location have a long history.
Za Zemiata (For the Earth), Bulgaria together with Young Researchers of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina work in a project "Public Participation in the Reconstruction Process", that focuses on monitoring of the Stability Pact Process.
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