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Bulgarian PM Received Death Threats from Construction Mafia.

Construction mafia had sent white roses to Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, at the time he was Mayor of the capital Sofia.

Borisov, cited by the Bulgarian Standard daily, has made the claim during his Monday meeting with eco activists to discuss the scandal stemming from construction activities on protected sand dunes on the country's Black Sea coast.

As he has explained, in the underground symbolic white roses meant a death threat. The PM said he had received them because as Mayor, together with Chief Architect, Petar Dikov, he had stopped plans for the construction of a number of shopping malls in the capital.

The shorthand notes from the meeting further reveal that Borisov had attributed saving Bulgarian nature for generations to come mostly to his own contributions and those of Bulgarian eco activists.

"Prosecutor and ending the deal would be the future of all irregular land plot sales and purchases on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea coast since 2003. You will see how much nature we will rescue. Otherwise, they are waiting and if we lose the election, they will start constructing again, and nothing then would be possible against it. I am telling you a I want an ad hoc inquiry committee to probe all deals. It will include only one representative from my ruling party, the rest would be from the opposition, and I want the media to participate as well. I would not put my good reputation on the line for several acres" the PM has stated.

The scandal with construction activities on 29 decares of protected area between Ravda and Nessebar on the Black Sea coast erupted in the last days of 2012 when environmentalists said that the area was part of the Aheloy-Ravda-Nessebar protected area from the Natura 2000.

As a result, it became clear that the area was sold without a tender based on an older law that was in force until 2010. The law technically does not provide any way of selling State land without tenders but it said it allowed procedures that started before 2010 to be completed under the older law.

In the aftermath, Borisov ordered Bulgaria's Ministers of Regional Development, Agriculture, and Environment to update the Forestry Act, the Environmental Protection Act, the Biological Diversity Act, and the Black Sea Coast Organization Act "so that such deals and construction projects couldn't be allowed."
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