EC Threatens to Permanently Suspend Environmental Payments to Bulgaria
The European Commission has officially notified Bulgaria that it may permanently suspend payments under the "Environment" Operational Program.
Bulgaria's funding under the "Environment" Operational Program was temporarily frozen in November.
Shirin Wheeler, spokesperson of the EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn, explained at a press conference on Thursday that Bulgarian authorities had been sent a warning letter on Wednesday.
"This means, technically speaking, that a decision could be taken in the next few months to stop payments, unless a satisfactory decision is taken on the problems identified by the EC with the operational program. They are mostly related to tenders, oversight and management. Bulgarian audit authorities acknowledge the existence of these problems and we see them as reliable authorities with which we can work," Wheeler said, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).
She informed that the case involved a sum of EUR 182 M.
She explained that if they were suspended, payments could only be restored with a decision of the College of Commissioners.
"It is very important that this does not turn into a political football. You know that some of the problematic projects date back to a number of years ago, while others are more recent. You must not place the blame with this or that political party. We are working on the problems and we believe that we will be able to solve them in the next few months and the payments will be restored," Wheeler stated.
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Good! As usual, the so called reds take the money, give it to their buddies and the ordinary people pay for the theft when money has to be returned. No wonder why Bulgaria is the last in EU for transparency, media freedom and run by all the buddies of Sergay, the ever so ill Doganche and who knows who else.
What is sad is that when the market for construction is down, these folks are looking for ways to continue to launder money by forcing through illegal construction. Petko 'Gorata' Arnoudov and Simeon Saks Corbogorsky, continue to destroy old growth forest destroying Bulgaria's beautiful. They win and the people lose.
"You must not place the blame with this or that political party.".................................
Did you hear that Oligarchski, Stanishite, Mestanite and Bolen Volen? Don't play the blame game. Just FIX these problems, after all you're always telling us all that there is an "EXPERT" government in place, so stop procrastinating and DO something about this and ALL the other things you promised to do. But I doubt that anything will happen and you'll continue to blame GERB for everything; when in fact it's the COMMIES that have been in all previous governments except the last one, and most of the discrepancies have been caused by your rotten RED TRASH party and associates.