A Ministry of Agriculture competition
Signal addressed to the Supreme Administrative Prosecutor’s Office /Bulgarian abbreviation: VAP/
Inspection of possible violations
ACF insisted that an inspection was carried out due to suspected irregularities or violations of the law within a procedure of the Minister of Agriculture ,Food, and Forests. The building has been let out as a hunting tourism base in a territory where hunting has been banned.
The reference made in the cadastral administrative information system has revealed that the “Rilski Ezera” building /identification no. 65318.104.22.168/ is not situated in the territory of the “Panichishte” game-breeding section – it is situated in the territory of ”Rila” National Park, and the cadastral map and register indicate that the building’s functional purpose is to serve as a resort, a tourist building.
The violation of the law upon the holding of the procedure is also implied by the fact that, pursuant to Par. 1, item 15 of the Law on Hunting and Game Protection, “Bases for hunting tourism” are the buildings and the adjacent terrains and infrastructure, specialized for the needs of the hunting tourism. Furthermore, the Law on Protected Territories /as stipulated by Art. 21, item 10/ bans the game-breeding activity and the hunting, with the exception of the cases when the number of the animal species has to be regulated.
The above mentioned arguments arouse suspicion with regard to the lawfulness of the cited Order no. РД 48-5/19 January 2018.
Furthermore, on the basis of a reply to the ACF legal team’s request for an access to public information, it became clear /from the provided Protocol dated 9 March 2018 (Appendix 3)/ that, as a result of a competition held on 7 March 2018, one offer for participation came in. Due to the fact that the offer of the only participant – “Kiril Yanakiev – 72” PLC – complied with the regularity requirements, that participant was ranked first, and on 15 June 2018 Contract no. ПО-01-59/15 June 2018 (Appendix 4) was signed between “Yugozapadno Darzhavno Predpriyatie” (South-Western State Enterprise) and “Kiril Yanakiev – 72” PLC. Pursuant to that contract, the hunting tourism base is let out for a period of 15 years, in exchange for a respective yearly rent. As of the moment of signing the contract, the hunting base is turned over with the signing of a take-over certificate /protocol/.
In defense of the grounded high public sensitivity with regard to topics related to the transparent management of zones and sites in the territory of the national parks and the nature parks in the country, ACF is expecting VAP to conduct a comprehensive inspection, to collect relatable evidence, and to find out whether the law has been violated.
The fund’s team will notify you of any action or lack of action on behalf of the institutions that have been informed by us in this regard.