Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | Bulgaria

The Bulgarian economy and Bulgarian society continue to face important social challenges as the result of a weak labour market, poor access to and quality of health and social services, and low quality education. Bulgarian citizens contending with these challenges face the highest risk of  poverty or social exclusion in the EU, while vulnerable groups such as NEETs (defined below), the Roma population, children, and the elderly are  even worse off. The government is preparing a range of ‘action plans’ and comprehensive reforms. While these are often developed in cooperation  with civil society organisations and other stakeholders, concerns remain over the potentially negative effects of the cost-effective mindset that  underlies some of these reforms.