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Jureňa: No change under forest cycling proposal

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa has said nothing will change for cyclists and horse riders under a newly signed amendment to the recent environmental protection law concerning forests.

On July 17, Slovak president Ivan Gašparovič signed the amendment, which stipulates that cyclists and horse riders will only be able to use specially designated forest paths. Those who break the law will face fines of up to Sk5,000 (€150).

The amendment comes into effect as of September 1, 2007.

According to the president, similar pieces of environmental protection legislation exist in other EU-member states, but International Mountain-bike Association (IMBA) executive director Mike van Abel wrote to Gašparovič asking him to veto it.

Jureňa emphasized that no one is driving cyclists away from forests, but rather just requiring them to use specially designated paths.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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