Bulgarian PM Vows to Protect Socially Vulnerable Citizens
Bulgaria's state budget for 2014 will be directed to benefit socially vulnerable groups, according to PM Plamen Oresharski.
"We will attempt to reinforce protection for the most vulnerable groups, such as retired persons, people with disabilities, and youth," said the PM for the Bulgarian National Radio.
At the same time, Oresharski vowed to also put a strong emphasis on education as another priority in the new budget.
"Education is very important not only for our social development, but also for our economics. It is a key to competitiveness," said the PM.
Oresharski's interview coincided with the 100th day of protests against the new cabinet, after a string of controversial appointments.
The Bulgarian PM stressed as one of the main achievements of his cabinet, which stepped into power end of May, a sorting out of Bulgaria's public finances, and in particular a campaign of returing arrears to private companies.
"We discontinued for good the unfortunate practice of the previous cabinet to delay the repay of VAT," said he.
Oresharski added to that the implementation of new social benefits.
He conceded that his cabinet might be a bit too slow in improving the investment climate in Bulgaria, but vowed to press on with that work.
- » Bulgaria President to Analyze Budget 2014 before Veto Decision
- » Bulgarian Opposition Want Parliament Vice-Speaker Fired
- » Bulgarian Students Protest against Interior Ministry Draft
- » Bulgarian PM: No Political Purge of Protesting Administration
- » Bulgaria Rules Out Fencing Entire Border with Turkey
- » Bulgaria's Embattled Socialists Would Win Elections Now with 21% – Poll