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Targeted Social Assistance for Heating - Historical Experience and Development Perspectives in Reducing Energy Poverty in Bulgaria


The aim of the article is to provide guidance on how to optimize targeted social assistance mechanisms for heating in the broader context of the need to pursue a national policy for the reduction of energy poverty. The research tasks are: to summarize Bulgaria's historical experience in providing targeted social aid for heating after 1995; to evaluate its strengths and weaknesses; to outline possible solutions and guidelines for the development of social protection in this area in the context of reducing energy poverty.