Bulgarian Municipalities Seek Urgent Reforms, Greater Decentralization
The National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) has demanded urgent reforms in municipal legislation from the next government.
Speaking in Pazardzhik, NAMRB Chair Todor Popov demanded greater decentralization and efficient local self governance.
Popov, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio, demanded comprehensive changes to the EU funds management system to make it more transparent, more accessible and more accountable.
He called for common rules and a common managing authority, stressing that there was no need for eight oversight, as described in a normative document.
Popov also called for clear rules on financial corrections and a unified auditing standard.
He insisted that it was inadmissible to have four audit agencies, regardless of the ministries they were functioning at, conduct the same inspections and come up with four different stances on the same case.
The NAMRB Chair was adamant in his demand and said the next government would lose its credibility unless it took steps to remedy the situation by the spring of 2015.
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