Immediately after Putin's visit to Bulgaria in January, our Premier minister Sergey Stanishev announced the start of a campaign called "I want light". Details e.g. here in English, here and here in Bulgarian (update - also here). The campaign is to demand reopening of two reactors at Kozloduy nuclear plant that were closed as a precondition for Bulgaria's EU membership. Stanishev appealed to us ordinary Bulgarians to take the cause close to our hearts, as we did with the last year's "You are not alone" campaign in support of our accused medics in Libya. (So far, I don't see any grass-root enthusiasm about the Premier's idea.)
The European Union wanted the reactors closed for the sake of security, or at least this was said. Some Bulgarian and Russian experts claim that they were in fact totally safe. I don't know, I am no expert, and after all safety was claimed also about the Chernobyl plant before the 1986 accident.
Besides, it was Bulgaria who was eager to join EU before 2007, it was not EU eager to join Bulgaria. So Europeans had the full right to demand from us whatever they wanted, and we had the options of either complying or withdrawing the application. I mean, if we really wanted the reactors so much, we could very well stay outside EU. But I find it a disgrace to comply with European demands and then after becoming a member state to say, "Now we don't intend to keep what we have signed, you can be as angry as you want but you cannot order us out of EU once you let us in!" To cap it all, Bulgaria has received from EU money to close the reactors.
I have written before that current Bulgarian government is a unit measure for arrogance and that statements of one or another minister are shameful, but I think this latest performance of Premier Stanishev takes the cake!