In 2011 the amount of public procurement in Republic of Bulgaria reached 5,78 billion Leva; this represents nearly 8% of GDP. In spite of the trend for application of criteria for green public procurement the share of this procurement is quite low. Bulgaria is among the European countries with the lowest share of green public procurement.
The legislation in Bulgaria in the field of GPP is conforming to the requirements of Directive 2004/17/ЕC and Directive 2004/18/ЕC. This legislative framework also includes orders for GPP.
Bulgaria has developed and passed the main package of legislative acts that regulate the activity on management of almost all fields concerning the protection of the environment. A high level of harmonization with the European Law is reached.
Instructions for application of requirements for energy efficiency and energy savings at public procurement for supply of equipment, goods and vehicles, in order to reach minimal levels of costs during their life cycle are elaborated by PPA and SEDA.
Requirements for green procurements are also included in the Law for Public Procurement.
Requirements for mandatory and voluntary application of criteria for green procurement are also included in the National Action Plan for Stimulating Green Public Procurement for the period 2012-2014.
The Bulgarian institutions put in efforts for stimulating the green public procurement, but there is still a lot to be done to overcome the barriers towards a wide-scale implementation of GPP.