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Commenting article: Brussels Vows to Keep Close Watch on Bulgaria Road Fund

The European Commission has pledged to monitor closely the state-owned National Road Infrastructure Fund, which made headlines last year following corruption charges against its former head.

The statement was made by Karsten Rasmussen, Deputy Head of the unit responsible for Bulgaria in Directorate General for Regional Policy of the European Commission, in response to complaints by local businessmen.

The controversy, which broke out following an investigation by the newspaper Kapital, led to the freezing of the EUR 723 M earmarked to improve Bulgaria's dilapidated roads. The company former head Vesselin Georgiev is charged with awarding contracts worth tens of millions of levs to companies run by two of his brothers.

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#1
fishbrain - 26 Mar 2009 // 16:51:30

"we will keep an eye on you"... so what???

the representative of Bulgaria (..the guys that get driven in black cars) dont give a damn about anything the EU may say to them for a simple reason, there are no personal penalties... what does it matter to them? forgte patriotism and anything else.. basically these people dont give a dman about tha nation.

the eu has no way to penalise these people and they know it so as long as this stays the same nothing will change.. politicians know well that they will not be in power long.. the probs of today are passed to someone else tomorrow.. for now theur are just worried about mounting small fortunes for themselves, friends and other interest groups... what is this concept of "nation".. and who cares... thats the way they think

what the eu and everyone else says about BG is 100% true and everyone here agrees, whetehr its official or not everyone knows.. whats the point of even arguing this..

#2
NellieotAmerica - 26 Mar 2009 // 16:24:38

Al

Why are you looking for a cheap trailer park? Is your net worth 0? That's a good reason, I guess.

#3
Al - 26 Mar 2009 // 15:41:31

Dear NellieotAmerica,

You wrote: "Pick yourself up by the bootstraps, cowboy, and get the F out of there. It ain't gonna get better in your lifetime, loser!"

Actually, it will probably get worse.

Prices for cigarettes and booze are already increasing, and there will be less young sluts in the future due to the demographic changes.

Hm...

Can you recommend me a trailer park in the US, I can benefit from moving to?

#4
cobra - 26 Mar 2009 // 11:49:16

that's the sad part, many people thought BG would show improvement on corruption and business dealings, but only somewhat...problem is by 2050 there won't be a Bulgaria (in cuirrent form( in existence due to demographic trends..

a buyers market for Uk property suckers!

#5
NellieotAmerica - 26 Mar 2009 // 00:23:12

Al

"But the statement "Bulgaria has a bad image and some time should pass before it clears up" is arrogant and inappropriate."

Keep your 5 stotinki opinion in your back pocket, because that's all it is worth. It is entirely appropriate to make arrogant, disparaging, and scathing statements about Bulgaria, it deserves all the insulting remarks anyone can throw at it. Bulgaria is a squat toilet of a country where you had the bad taste to flop down with some Bulgarian slut. Pick yourself up by the bootstraps, cowboy, and get the F out of there. It ain't gonna get better in your lifetime, loser!

#6
Al - 25 Mar 2009 // 20:07:42

hammer,

You wrote: "Al, you must be joking ! Rasmussen's opinion is hardly personal, but formal and official, and for sure he express his professional opninion as a public servant. So, what has been written in one EU monitoring report after another is arrogant bullshit ? Yes, Bulgaria has the worst image of all EU memberstates when corruption, fraud and organized crime are the issues. And the problems are well documented beyond any doubt"

The facts written in the EU monitoring reports are not bullshit. I did not imply that.

But the statement "Bulgaria has a bad image and some time should pass before it clears up" is arrogant and inappropriate.

If Bulgaria should be "doing time", it should be based on a court conviction and not statements from a public servant or whoever from the EU aristocracy.

It is only proven results, that should be taken into account.

Furthermore, if the EU monitoring reports show to have too little effect, other approaches are needed from the messenger.

If the EU aristocrats and bureaucrats reject to act as an active partner in finding a solution due to lack of understanding of the Bulgarian context, they will become a part of the problem.

Just my 5 stotinki

#7
hammer - 24 Mar 2009 // 23:48:56

Al, you must be joking ! Rasmussen's opinion is hardly personal, but formal and official, and for sure he express his professional opninion as a public servant. So, what has been written in one EU monitoring report after another is arrogant bullshit ? Yes, Bulgaria has the worst image of all EU memberstates when corruption, fraud and organized crime are the issues. And the problems are well documented beyond any doubt

So, yes,Bulgaria has serious problems to be solved by Bulgarians and The Political Leadership in the country, not by EU officials. Rampant corruption, fraud and organized crime in Bulgaria have made the image the country deserves, and it takes stronger medicine to cure that than sweet words from the PM and management supervision from EU.

Any Prime minister who asks for help to fight corruption inside his own Government,among his own ministers and in the state administration, is not fit for leadership or political responsibility- and should resign. Harsh and negative reactions from EU officials are frequent, justified and timely, and will continue to damage Bulgarias image till the day Bulgarians find out they need to start solving their own "problems" before asking for help.
Barroso has made it very clear- there is no room for organized crime and corruption in EU, and Bulgarias membership in the Union is therefore at risk.

Arrogant, personal bullshit, Al, from EU's leadership, politicians and officials ?
No comments necessary !

#8
Al - 24 Mar 2009 // 16:54:17

The article says: "Bulgaria has a bad image and some time should pass before it clears up, Rasmussen said."

Huh?

Mr. Rasmussen should keep that kind of personal opinion to himself and stick to the facts.

Bulgaria has problems. Lately, even the PM has asked the EU for help.

Positive reinforcement works better than spanking. Give some management support and process facilitating, but spare the Bulgarians for arrogant and lame bullshit.

Just my 2 stotinki

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