Der Standard: Plevneliev Made Clear Interim Gov't Has Political Goals
With harsh criticism at outgoing government parties Bulgaria's President Plevneliev introduced on Tuesday his second caretaker government, Der Standard writes.
The Austrian daily [DE] focuses its attention only on Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki and Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov. It also reports that Porozhanov was "the chief of the [State Fund Agriculture (SFA)] fired the previous government" and explains that the fund "processes payment of EU aid".
Der Standard quotes President Plevneliev as saying that it was "those who... overlooked public interest [and were] armed with party propaganda" who would have to take "the responsibility" for possible mistakes of the interim government.
The now-dissolved Parliament did not adopt budget amendments during its last session on Monday, with socialist MPs rejecting them and the "biggest opposition party led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov" choosing to withdraw its support, the paper reminds.
It explains the interim government, which is to be in office until the early elections on October 5, will work with limitations in sight, namely the "liquidation of the Corporate Commercial Bank [KTB] facing bankruptcy, financial cuts for the state and municipalities which counted on EU funds that are currently blocked by Brussels; help for the victims of floods which have been affecting the Balkan country for weeks."
Plevneliev, "a former Infrastructure Minister in the Borisov government (2009-2013), made it nevertheless clear that his technocrat cabinet has political goals," Der Standard adds.
Plevneliev also promised to cast light on Bulgaria's financial state. "With the appointment of Bliznashki, a supporter of civil protests against the government that resigned, [Plevneliev said] Bulgaria's civil society would become a real guarantor of the European democratic development of the country," the daily explains.
It also claims that "with his first interim government from March to May 2013 Plevneliev was not lucky. It was led by Marin Raykov, a career diplomat who became an ambassador to Rome afterwards, who allocated nearly a EUR 1 M for publicity and PR projects and started a number of probes in the economic sector which remained without consequences."
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