Author: Desislava Georgieva
Published On: 02/02/2024

“The perversion of the Bulgarian legislation is that it accepts the new European requirements at one point and at the same time does not change. It allows the old players to keep their advantages.” This was stated by Petko Kovachev from the Institute for Green Policy in an interview for EcoVarna. His comment was made on the occasion of the adopted amendments and additions to the Law on Energy from Renewable Sources at the end of last year.

According to him, a lot of money is being asked for the Bulgarian energy industry, but not for the current one, but for its future version. “We also have the entire cohort of civil servants, politicians, municipal administrations, who did not understand at all what should be done, but look at these funds as a bag of money. And once again, we will tell Brussels what it wants to hear from us, but we will do what we want,” commented Kovachev, clarifying that this is an almost exact quote from a person from the Ministry of Energy from nearly 10 years ago. According to him, Bulgaria’s approach to the EU is exactly that, and that is why the Recovery and Sustainability Plan (RPS) and the territorial plans for a just transition are not working. “Because the tricks in Bulgarian continue,” concluded Petko Kovachev. He admitted, however, that there are objective reasons for the Recovery Plan, such as the political crisis since 2021 – the series of caretaker governments, the absence for long periods of a parliament to pass laws, the war in Ukraine and Russia’s energy war against Europe, economic turbulence. “If we had a stable administration in Bulgaria, when we do not have a stable political power, things would not be so bad. Bulgaria is governed centrally, there is no regional self-government, there are no regions that can make decisions even at their own level, when we do not have a stable government,” the expert believes. That is why, according to him, we arrive at the still unadopted territorial plans for a just transition and the EC’s latest critical notes in this area.

According to Kovachev, the second payment under PVU can be used as an example of teaching how things should not be done in Bulgarian politics. “The leaders of Continuing the Change knew full well that the plan had to be rushed. It is obvious that they did not explain to either the prime minister or the ministers that action must be taken from day one. By mid-2023, Bulgaria was two payments late. The so-called intermediate goals were absolutely unfulfilled. The government focused on meeting the targets for the second payment and for the month – from August to the beginning of October we witnessed a “socialist competition” in making the PVU and implementing the measures. This happened in such a way that now we will have to have a repair of the repair – both in the Renewable Sources Law, and in the Energy Law, and several other laws, and the one-stop scheme for the recipients of euro funds…” he is convinced the energy expert.

In 2023, in our country there will be an increase of about 20-25% in the production of green energy, especially solar, and more or less the same percentage reduction in “brown” energy, Petko Kovachev announced. However, according to him, the new players in the market do not dare to present themselves well or do not do it in a good way. He gave the example of offshore wind energy investors who “pronounced in a completely wrong way and did not gather sympathy”.