Mayor of Bulgaria's Pernik Slams EU
Rositsa Yanakieva, mayor of Bulgaria's town of Pernik said the EU takes more than it gives to the member states.
In an interview for the Russian TV channel Rossia 24, Yanakieva said the EU was imposing limitations and regulations, which were against the best interests of the people in the member states.
„I often tell our foreign guests from aspiring EU members that what they will give to the EU is a lot more than what the EU will give to them“, Yanakieva, said for the TV channel. “I was among those who voted for the EU membership. The balance of the positives and the negatives of the EU membership is very fragile. But now I could say that the negatives are more.”
Yanakieva is a member of ex-President Georgi Parvanov's ABV Movement, consisting of renegades from the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
This s not the first occasion of an ABV member speaking against the EU. Several weeks ago former foreign minister and current MEP Ivailo Kalfin said Bulgaria should distance itself from the EU stance on the situation in Ukraine and remain neutral to avoid displeasing Russia.
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The usual primitive populism that seems to be the mainstream in all political parties in Bulgaria.
There were billions and billions of Euro in the past reserved for Bulgaria in the Structural Funds - and Bulgaria didn't apply for these funds.
And most money from the EU for infrastructure projects was embezzled by a small group of corrupted politicians (including the Mayor's political friends - and I could even mention some projects in Pernik) in union with some criminal groups in Bulgaria.
To put the blame for the incompetence of Bulgarian politics and administration, and the corruption and criminal energy of a small group (of which the Mayor is a part of) on somebody else - and then claim it's all the EU's fault that Bulgaria profits nothing from the EU: that's what i call chutzpah.