The greater percentage of the Bulgarians believe that Boyko Borissov bears personal responsibility for conducting the future EU Presidency. This is what a research study by the Institute of Politics shows.

The survey follows the public attitudes towards European policies in Bulgaria and the assessment of the Bulgarians about the readiness of our country to hold the presidency. A thousand adult Bulgarian citizens were surveyed in a direct standardised interview conducted in 56 settlements of different size of the population in September.

The first group of questions are addressed to the basic challenges facing the Bulgarian citizens as representatives of the European Community. The research has found fear of adopting the euro as a national currency (59%) and a high degree of misunderstanding about the benefits of this act. As a major argument in favour of the introduction of the euro highlights the development of large and medium businesses (43%). The Opponents of this idea (47%) point out the expectation of a hidden jump in prices of goods and services as the main motive for their negative attitude. Worries are particularly pronounced in people with primary (80%) and elementary education (71%).

The results outline the parallel existence of pro-European and patriotic attitudes that explain the approval of (55%) of the Hungarian and Polish national policies. The largest share of the voters is observed in the left and extremely left political space (70%), which also applies to the population over the age of 56.

The big issue is about the emigration policies and attitude towards the emigrants which is characterised by a high disapproval of the EU actions and decisions in this direction (44%). A typical understanding of the problem and high tolerance can be found in younger people citizens (40%) and all those with the lowest educational status. In the latter, the explanation comes from identifying them as present or future emigrants.

Against the backdrop of pro-European attitudes, Bulgarians report a high degree of approval of Brexit understood as protecting national interest (48%). The left spectrum respondents prevail in this way of thinking(62%).

The specific questions about the forthcoming EU Presidency of Bulgaria show a good assessment of the readiness of our country (56%). The higher percentage of people believe that the responsibility for the preparation and conducting it should be carried out personally by the Prime Minister (45%), followed by Lilyana Pavlova, Minister (22%). The Council of Ministers is not recognized as a collective leadership for the EU presidency (9%). The same attitudes relate to the role of the President (8%), who is recognizable as a factor for the presidency, mainly among those with an extreme left-wing political orientation.

On the basis of the results obtained, it can be summarised that three months before Bulgaria takes over the EU Presidency, the Bulgarian citizens are rather optimistic, recognizing the leadership of the Prime Minister on the field of ithe international politics, but with a request for actions with high protection of national interest.


See the full study here.