Economic Policy Review ISSN 1313 - 0544


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Everybody considered the EU accession six-seven years ago as a process of covering the so called economic criteria – a convergence of the income and trade, an achievement to a state of “an active market economy” and the competitiveness level that will allow sustaining the tension of would-be Common Market.

After 2004, especially after the referendum in Holland and France, the situation seemed to be changed. Nowadays referring Bulgaria and Romania the criteria for membership are – particularly towards Bulgaria – foremost in the policy realm rather than in economics.

There are many reasons but here are some of them that could be considered beyond the reasonable control of the Bulgarian citizens and government:

1) The general unfavourable light/attitude towards EU enlargement;

2) The grasp of Brussels’ estrangement as well as of the EU executive and legislative setting;

3) The anti-global behaviour of the old member-states

We have to add as well the constellation in the country. In the current situation, the Bulgarian government had the opportunity to focus not on the application of the European minimum legislative requirements but to follow up the best examples, including the praxis of the new member-states.

It turned out that the government was not able to do this. The following brief review of Bulgarian government policy is an example of the most ineffective and expensive models of politics and regulations ever applied in member-states is marching on.