The Association was founded under the conditions of State monopoly in the petroleum industry. The dominating position of the State owned biggest refinery “Neftochim” and the non-privatized distributor “Petrol” determined the unequal basis for the players on the petroleum market. In this atmosphere the main task of the Association was predestined – to contribute to the process of demonopolisation of the petroleum industry and to the promotion of the Constitutional right of free business initiative. The organisation took active part in the subsequent events and nowadays the prices of the fuels are liberalised and subject only to the regulation of the market principles. Now both “Neftochim” and “Petrol” are private and follow the rules of the market economy.
After achieving this first goal, Bulgarian Petroleum and Gas Association directs its activities towards the co-operation with the State authorities and the other non-political organisations in the process of harmonization of Bulgarian legislation with the Acquis Communautaire as a step towards the integration of Bulgaria into the European Union.
Nowadays Bulgarian petroleum and gas association take part in working groups to Ministry of Iconomics, Energy and Tourism, Ministry of Finance, Customs Agency.