The MPs of the 41st Bulgarian National Assembly planted 240 coniferous trees near Terminal 2 of the Sofia Airport on June 4-th. Each MP received a tree with their own name and a map where to plant it. The forestation started at 10:30 and continued until all 240 trees were planted. The initiative was part of the “green week” organized in all member states of the European Union.
In Bulgaria the “green week” was organized by the Bulgarian School of Politics as a part of the project “Green Step Forward: New Engagement and Responsibility of the Bulgarian Deputies Towards the Environment”. It is financed by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area.
The ‘green week” started on May 31st with the conference “Energy Revolution – Which Side of the Barrier to Choose?” under the patronage of the President of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva. MPs, city councilors, mayors, business representatives, non – governmental organizations and media participated in the conference. It was accompanied by an exhibition of Road Map 2050. During the entire week MPs and administration officials received fortune slips and “green books” that advised them how to decrease their carbon footprint. The MPs were invited to participate in a contest for the most green MP and parliamentary group. Each of them has to decrease the amounts of fuel and energy he or she uses in everyday life.
In autumn the Bulgarian School of Politics will organize a second “green week” in the National Assembly. The aim of the project “Green Step Forward: New Engagement and Responsibility of the Bulgarian Deputies Towards the Environment” is to make the Bulgarian MPs and administration officials more supportive of environmental protection, and especially of the implementation of practices that promote the accumulation of less waste, less energy consumption and the use of sustainable transport.