ТОВА Е ПРЕВОД НА АНГЛИЙСКИ НА МОЯ СТАТИЯ- ЗА ОНЕЗИ, НА КОИТО ТОЗИ ПРЕВОД МОЖЕ ДА ПОСЛУЖИ
Euro elections important for Bulgaria but not very much to Bulgarians
Most of the Bulgarians may not know that Portugal is situated most western on the continent, but only a few Portuguese, like Jose Manuel Baroso are informed that Bulgaria is the “most European” country in the EU. That is to say Bulgarians are the most enthusiastic Europeans in the organization.
The irony in comparing incomparable mutual misunderstandings is based on Portugal not being a representative of a typical western European country and Bulgaria even more so not being exactly a model of Euro spirit. Noting the following discrepancy, the mess becomes even bigger: according to the statistic of Eurobarometer, although Bulgarians are more content with being in the EU than any other citizens of the Union, they don’t intend breaking all records for voter participation for electing a Bulgarian representative to the European parliament.
On the contrary, the expected turnout is below average for the EU – about 35%. At the same time about 44% of the interviewed state that they think the Euro elections are important for Bulgaria. Important for Bulgaria but nor for the Bulgarians? It turns out Bulgarians don’t perceive the state as their own.
One of the possible explanations for this expected relative passiveness, which is contrasting with the positive attitude toward EU citizenship, is the understanding that this is in fact just the first of two rounds of elections, the second and “real elections” are due in a month, so why waste time many are asking themselves.
The importance of a Bulgarian representative in EU legislative is nebulous. Adding up to the confusion is the fact that Bulgarians trust Brussels more than Sofia. Many believe that Brussels’ control of the Bulgarian government is the only real mechanism of control upon our out of control rulers, who have no fear of the media, nor the opposition, or justice. They are only startled by European sanctions, which stop the flow of millions of Euros to the departments in Sofia to be allocated for … the personal benefit for the ones having access to them.
The truth is that the circle of discrepancies between positive attitudes toward the EU and the expected low turnout at the Euro elections is closing again because of the distrust for mechanism of Bulgarian policy making. The candidates running for the Euro Parliament are backed by their parties, although not by the society forced to choose between the disreputable government and a weak oppositional alternative.
Although I suspect that the underlying motive for the electoral skepticism, in particular for the Euro elections, is again the notorious poverty, the mother of all sins. It is bound to give birth to envy with the question: “why should I go to the polling station, so that my vote sends someone to Strasbourg who will receive a salary ten times higher than mine, the incredible for the poorest EU member country 7421 Euro per month?!”.
What should we do? This question sounds familiar from the communist brain wash with Lenin postulates (and his predecessor Chernishevski). Well then, why not put this “knowledge” to use and implement another legacy from Lenin, which was inculcated into our minds as wisdom from the highest instance: “one step forward, two steps back”.
Onward to increasing economic effectiveness and life standard, in order not to go two steps back and raise premature Euro skepticism. It is a luxury good for public use in countries that are confident that they can manage the challenges of global competition on their own. Only after we have achieved this Euro optimists in Bulgaria can breathe a sigh of relieve and say that the high expectations toward EU membership are not just a consumerist day-dream, but a reasoned requirement of an equal partner.