Briefing: Save Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria

11 March 2016

This briefing outlines how the construction of the “Struma motorway" through the spectacular Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria, will have a devastating impact on a unique Bulgarian and European natural treasure.

Without urgent action, EU taxpayer funds could be used to finance a motorway development that would have devastating consequences for this wildlife haven and protected habitat – despite an EU demand to tunnel the road, and the existence of clear alternatives.

According to the report, unreliable environmental impact assessments and violation of the EU Habitats Directive suggest the European Commission should now step in to ensure EU funds are not used for a project that contravenes EU standards.