Bulgarian FinMin Unperturbed by Protests, Vows Reforms
Bulgaria’s Socialist-led cabinet is preparing reforms aimed at enhancing the economic stability of the country and does not consider the ongoing anti-government protests a threat, according to Bulgarian Financial Minister Petar Chobanov.
In an interview to a reporter of CNBC TV, Chobanov explained that the ongoing protests calling for the cabinet’s resignation don’t border the politicians as only time could show cabinet’s ruling abilities after preparing reforms for improving Bulgaria’s political and economic situation.
“We have more time in front of us. We are preparing the budget for the next year, preparing changes in legislation in terms of boosting competitiveness, increasing opportunities for SMEs to participate in public procurement, in terms of reducing administrative burdens and reducing the administrative expenditures “said Chobanov in the interview.
Chobanov stated the current political situation in the country could not be defined as a “social upset”, these are only protests of citizens on the streets – a right every Bulgarian national is empowered to execute.
Anti-government rallies in Sofia have subsided in numbers, but participants remain relentless in their struggle to "topple" the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski.
The rallies, at times reaching 20 000 and even 30-40 000 in Sofia, were triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul and lawmaker Delyan Peevski as Head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) back on June 14.
The protesters were not appeased by the subsequent cancellation of the decision and went on to demand the resignation of the cabinet over ties with oligarchs and a number of controversial appointments.
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