OneEurope is presenting a series of interviews with MEPs in order to help Europeans make an informed decision for the elections. You can find the others in our debate on the European Elections 2014.
Borislav Sandov is the third candidate of the Bulgarian Greens for a place in the European Parliament. He is one of the three co-chairs of the party and has been involved in various campaigns and protests during the past years.
OneEurope: What made you stand as a MEP candidate again?
Borislav Sandov MEP: I believe in the right to elect and to be elected. I also believe in change. I think that I did a lot for the green causes, for democracy and for the people since the last elections. That is why I am looking for the support of the people again. In 2009 just a small number of active citizens knew more about me and the Greens. I hope that now their number is higher and that we are now more recognizable and preferred.
OE: What would be the first thing that you would do in Brussels, if you were elected?
BS: I will start
with all the petitions and complains from
OE: Bulgarians have been protesting for almost one year now. Do you think that the protests will come to their end soon and how can this happen?
BS: The Bulgarians
have been protesting for more than a year. I have taken part in different
protests in the last 6 years. Most of those protests were successful and that
OE: Why do you
think the Greens are still not that popular in
BS: The Greens in
OE: Would you support the proposal of the Polish Prime Minister Tusk for a European energy union?
BS: Yes, I would
support it, although our vision is more concerned with the energy independence
of the households, the farms and the business. The real solutions for independence
are not connected with a change of the suppliers, but with the production of
more renewable energy. Of course, this is why we need a transition that is
already taking place in
OE: What do you think about the winner of Eurovision song contest this year?
BS: I think that the focus shifted a lot and the competition became political. In the end, the idea is to evaluate the artistic and musical qualities of people.
OE: If you could change one thing that happened in the EU during the last 12 months, what would it be?
BS: I was active
in the campaign for amendments on the Assessment Directive on Environmental
Impact that was supposed to make the oil and gas companies to make a
specialized evaluation for each drilling. That would have raised awareness about
the risks that fracking brings and would have initiated a lot of debates in the
communities that would have resulted in stopping the damaging implementation of
this technology in
OE: Anything you might have liked me to ask you?
BS: Yes, it would
have been great, if you had asked me a question about our vision of the economy
of the EU, as The Greens work hard not only on the ecological and democratic
questions, but also on the issues connected to economy and employment. Our
conception of a Green new deal for Europe that will push us towards green
economy and million new green workplaces is a key solution for the crisis in