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Climate Change Considerations in Public Procurement and Concessions in Bulgaria (Part II)

Neli Garbuzanova, Yoana Blyahova


This article is the second part of a wider study on the climate change aspects in Bulgaria’s regulatory and policy framework for public procurement and concessions. In Part I, the authors defined and reviewed climate change and its potential effect on public procurement, including concessions.1 The previous article outlined the expected climate changes in Bulgaria for the next 50 years and provided an overview of national climate change strategies and action plans that could affect procurement. As part of the analysis, relevant legal instruments at national, international and European Union (EU) levels, were considered with a view to their scope to accommodate the shifts in weather patterns and changes in temperatures. The Bulgarian procurement and concessions legislation was reviewed with reference to relevant EU procurement directives.2 Part I of the study focused on climate change as an element of the wider category of environmental considerations, at the preparation stage of a typical whole-cycle procurement model. Part II continues with a review of Bulgaria’s public procurement and concessions legislation with emphasis on contract content, implementation and management as well as tendering procedures and collaborative procurements. The authors summarise examples of practical implementation of climate change factors in procurement procedures organised by Bulgarian contracting authorities. They also include recommendations that can help public buyers and practitioners plan for the future and use public procurement as a tool for addressing climate change challenges.
Keywords: climate change; environment; procurement; concessions; Bulgaria


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