Hardly anyone interested in climate policy

Katia Hristova
Bulgaria entered the Copenhagen conference negotiations with the firm position of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov that the country is not ready to back up the EU’s efforts to bring about positive results with financial allocations.[1] In a post-communist society where strong environmental concerns are still to take hold, the “deal” that Bulgaria will provide only 40 thousand Euros did not provoke intense public debate as to the lack of a pro-active state policy on the issue of climate change. Only a few independent journalists have blamed the government for this “factual denial of participation”.[2]
Bulgarian civil society, experts, policy and public opinion makers have failed so far to articulate any kind of ideas on the strategy the EU should follow to fight climate change. No environmental NGO has initiated any substantial discussion on the efforts EU member states should make in order to give a new impulse to the international negotiations.

[1] Available at: (last access: 30 July 2010).

[2] Boyadjiev, Yasen: Baj Ganyo and the climate change.