The EU requires all new members to submit a list of locations that the country will designate for environmental protection.
When the Bulgarian government approved its list recently, everyone was upset. Environmentalists objected to the exclusion of half of their recommended sites—especially coastal and mountain sites destined to become tourist resorts. Residents, mindful of an era of forced collectivization, are outraged at the intrusions into their private property rights. While the Bulgarian legislation would provide up to €200 per year per hectare (2.5 acres) to landowners as compensation, mostly funded by the EU, these amounts pale in comparison to the €1.5 million per hectare market value of plaaned resort areas.