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Scrap Metal Companies Block Bulgarian-Turkish Border in Protest

Business | July 14, 2014, Monday // 14:41| Views: 1316 | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Scrap Metal Companies Block Bulgarian-Turkish Border in Protest Long queues have built up at many scrap yards after the news that physical persons can no longer sell scrap metal. Many socially deprived Bulgarians earned their living by collecting and selling scrap. Photo by BGNES/Svilen Rizov.

Over 100 scrap metal companies briefly blocked the Bulgarian-Turkish border at Kapitan Andreevo and threatened to remain there if the government ignored their protest, Monday.

The business owners protest against the new law entering into force today. As of Monday, it is officially prohibited for physical persons to sell scrap to the licensed companies, Darik news reports. Traders will be able to purchase non-ferrous metals and scrap iron solely from companies, which must provide a document of origin. Physical persons will now have to deposit their scrap metal or old appliances at the municipal scrapyards for free.

According to the calculations by the industry, nearly 600,000 Bulgarians are actively involved in the business with scrap and will therefore lose their income.

With this law the government is privatizing the business, as only municipalities are allowed to work with physical persons which is unconstitutional, the protesters claimed, as quoted by Darik news.

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Goodnews - 15 Jul 2014 // 11:32:58

Maybe the mini mafia forced the dealers to protest? Best news in years, we all know the ones that rip into houses and thieve cable, etc, they are the genuine danger to the Bulgarian economy. And those whom buy from them.

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madoods - 15 Jul 2014 // 10:48:58

Well maybe if some regulation can come into force in the scrap metal industry some of the horrors which have happened in Western Europe will not happen here. For example scrap metal thieves have stolen metal sculptures by famous artists and melted them down for scrap, Railway lines have been stolen putting the lives of passengers at risk, copper wire from the electrical supply companies has been stolen, the name plates from war memorials have been stolen and sold for scrap......

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