Bulgarian Govt Pledges 'Statesmanship, Development, Justice'
Bulgarian Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, presented Friday before the country's lawmakers his government's program titled "Statesmanship, Development and Justice."
Speaking in the Parliament, he explained the document does not include the word "corruption" on purpose because the government believes corruption is the result of other factors that must be eradicated. Measures in this direction will include introducing online services for citizens, online tenders, improving the quality and the speed of administrative services, and finally launching the so-called electronic government.
Oresharski stressed that trust in institutions and rule of law are the key priorities in which Bulgaria failed throughout the entire transition period.
"Trust and rule of law do not pertain just to fair justice system, but also to common rules and effective mechanisms to apply them in all areas and for all social groups. Institutional, not singlehanded decisions and timely payment of contracted State obligations are also part of the rule of law. They will reinstate trust and improve investment climate," said he.
According to him, the new moments in the program are the more active role of the State as a regulator, reducing red tape for the business, better regulations in the financial sector, anti-cartel policies in all sectors, measures to battle poverty, clear and open debate about problems and seeking ways to solve them in ways acceptable for common people.
The Prime Minister pledged to periodically report and account before the MPs and the public for the activities of the government, to avoid confrontations and to lead a dialogue.
Oresharski further promised recovery measures for the energy sector, encouraging investments, focusing on innovative and export-oriented companies, funding of the real, not shady economy, using EU funds to encourage competitiveness, reinstating the annual indexation of retirement pensions, and increasing the State assistance for families with small children.
He said there will be a healthcare reform, but noted the lack of reserves in the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, might slow it down.
The PM explained that his Cabinet had not audited the rule of the previous government of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, because it did not want to continue the latter's trend to blame its predecessors for all failures and mistakes.
Former Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borisov was not in plenary hall. He is in the village Garmen to help with the local mayoral election campaign.
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