Hardly anyone interested in climate policy

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.11Avail­able at: http://www.dnevnik.bg/evropa/novini_ot_es/2009/12/10/828979_borisov_izrazi_pesimizum_za_klimatichnite_pregovori_v/ (last access: 30 July 2010). 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”.22Boy­ad­jiev, Yasen: Baj Ganyo and the cli­mate change.

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

The reports focus on a report­ing peri­od from Decem­ber 2009 until May 2010. This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire that has been elab­o­rat­ed in March and April 2010. Most of the 31 reports were deliv­ered in May 2010.

The EU-27 Watch No. 9 receives sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing from the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, in the frame­work of the ‘Dia­log Europa der Otto Wolff-Stiftung’, and finan­cial sup­port from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is not respon­si­ble for any use that may be made of the infor­ma­tion con­tained therein.