Author: Desislava Georgieva

Representatives of civic associations from many parts of the country with experience in the fight for better air quality will gather on 18 June 2022 in the city of Devnya to establish the national alliance for clean air “Breathe, Bulgaria”. The alliance, unparalleled in its specific field in the country, is being established to more effectively address one of Bulgaria’s most serious environmental and health problems. According to the World Health Organization, over 97% of Bulgarians are exposed to the effects of polluted air, whether from industry, transport or domestic heating.

“Breathe Bulgaria” will help to coordinate the efforts of the NGO sector in the field and increase the expertise and effectiveness of the actions and support of local communities in their efforts to achieve a cleaner and healthier living environment in their local areas and in the country as a whole.

The founding organisations are from 7 key cities – Sofia, Plovdiv, Ruse, Devnya, Pernik, Blagoevgrad, Sevlievo and Veliko Tarnovo, and there is already interest in more members joining. Most of them are already veterans in working with local and central authorities on environmental issues and their combined capacity will turn Breathe Bulgaria into a stable and active organization that can and knows how to successfully address air quality issues.

The establishment will be celebrated with a special action on the outskirts of Devnya, one of the most polluted cities in Bulgaria, between 15:30 and 16:30 on 18 June.

Media are invited to attend. The organizers will provide transport from the center of Devnya to the area of the action.

Attached we also send you a larger presentation about the reasons, the goals, the process of creation of the organization and previous actions of the participating organizations.

We invite you on 18.06.2022 at 15:00 in front of the Museum of Musaike in the town of Devnya, from where we will head to the venue of the symbolic action for the establishment of the Clean Air Alliance “Breathe, Bulgaria”.

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Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations

The project “Improving public knowledge about the role of Civil Society Organizations” shall be implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. The main goal of the project is to improve citizens’ awareness of the role of non-governmental organizations in society. This material is established with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area. The whole responsibility for the content of the document is held by the Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development and under no circumstances can this material be considered to reflect the official opinion of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and the Active Citizens Fund of Bulgaria.