President of Bulgaria George Parvanov (Bulgarian Socialist Party) severely criticized the new government for the lack of continuity of the energy policy. The previous government of Sergey Stanishev (Bulgarian Socialist Party) worked on several energy projects such as a second nuclear power plant, Nabucco and South Stream gas pipelines. The new government of Citizens for European development of Bulgaria (CEDB) has put on halt all major projects due to lack of financial resource and doubts over  their financial results.


The President speaks openly of the incompetence of the new government for the first time. The harsh criticism was more aggressive than the usual disputes between the BSP and CEDB. The president is in the middle of his second term in office and is about to step down forever. He will probably search for possible conflict point to promote his personal philosophy and political views in order to ensure his political future beyond the end of the term. BSP is weakened by the electoral loss and ex-PM Stanishev suffers a serious withdrawal of support. Parvanov on the other hand is well in front at the polls. He is the only present political leader who can compete in popularity with the current PM Boiko Borisov. That is why it is highly probable that the conflict between The President and the government will deteriorate in time.

 

On the other hand Borisov tries to establish pro-west image of CEDB and the incumbent government. Some of his statements show that CEDB considers the major energy projects of the previous government as a Trojan horse of Russian economic and political interests in the EU. As for BSP it is traditionally closer to Moscow.

 

Bulgarian energy consumption is increasing in a very dynamic progression. Bulgaria is expected to close down about 17 large generators running on coal in the next couple of years, after closing reactors 1-4 of “Kozlodui” Nuclear power plant in accordance with commitments made to the European Union. This shows that in near future Bulgaria will need to import electricity and even more carbon fuels unless major investments are made in home production.