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Carpathians: EU parliamentarians demand transparency on major ski project

Carpathians: EU parliamentarians demand transparency on major ski project
Meeting of the Free-Svydovets coalition with MEPs Michael Gahler and Rebecca Harms (back row, 5th and 6th from left) on 26 September 2018 in Brussels.

EU Parliament increases international pressure on Ukrainian government

(Brussels) EU parliamentarians Michael Gahler, Rebecca Harms and Dariusz Rosati call for transparency on a planned mega ski resort in the Svydovets massif in the Ukrainian carpathians. In a letter to President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman, they criticise the Ukrainian authorities' non-transparent approach to the project. According to the information available, the project would violate several international agreements and would have catastrophic effects on the biodiversity of the region.

Last September, a delegation of Ukrainian environmentalists travelled to Brussels to brief MEPs and the European Commission on the controversial tourism plans. They met Michael Gahler (CDU/EPP), the EU Parliament's Standing Rapporteur on Ukraine, and Rebecca Harms (Greens), Co-President of the Euro-Nest Parliamentary assembly which is responsible for cooperation with Eastern Europe.

The "Free Svydovets" coalition is committed to protecting the Carpathians and the ecologically extremely valuable Svydovets massif in Transacarpathia. The region is home to the highest primeval beech forests in Europe and 94 endangered animal and plant species.

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