A very serious irresponsibility and lack of leadership is noticeable in the Bulgarian parties, according to the chief economist of the Center for the Study of Democracy
The lack of strategy is a problem in our country, it is not clear to Bulgaria which is the leading priority. Such an opinion was expressed by Ruslan Stefanov, program director and chief economist of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CID), in the program “Investor Club” on Bloomberg TV Bulgaria with host Ivaylo Lakov.
According to him, the leading priority in our country “should be the one set in Europe”. He gave an example of the goal of switching to renewable energy sources. “It is clear that by 2050 one of the leading sources of energy in the European Union (EU) will be offshore wind. However, it is not clear why it is not even included in the Bulgarian energy strategy. It is obvious that Bulgaria lags behind countries like Romania in its development due to the choice of self-interested goals,” believes Stefanov.
He explained that the lack of a clear foreign policy orientation of Bulgaria and a clear idea for overcoming the energy crisis are the most worrying. He noted that in recent years, as a member of NATO and the EU, Bulgaria is among the countries that are looking for geopolitical balance and experience to trade their positions, continuing to play with Russia and China.
“There is a very serious irresponsibility and lack of leadership in the Bulgarian parties, which try to follow the fashions or the preferences of the voters,” added the guest, who said that there are voters in our country who still support Russia, even though it became abundantly clear that it is the aggressor in the war with Ukraine.
“The Bulgarian parties never explained to the voters that Bulgaria may have many common interests with Russia, but that does not mean that these interests will always coincide… The big drama is that the parties have focused on this electorate. Instead of trying to get him out of this delusion, they are trying to win him over,” Stefanov added.
The economist believes that when it comes to energy, our country should not bet on mega-investments, large battery parks, hydrogen valleys, etc., but rather on community, household solutions, it became clear from the conversation.
“We must help Bulgarian households. More than 60% of them are energy poor – that’s where the funds should be directed… After all, this is the main value of the EU – improving people’s well-being”, Stefanov also said, according to whom there is a 70-80% probability that he will not be able to a stable government is formed in our country even after the upcoming parliamentary elections.
See the whole conversation in the video.
See all the guests in the show “Investor Club” here.