Bulgarian Democrats to Pressure Cabinet over State Lands

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 12, 2010, Monday // 14:12
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Democrats to Pressure Cabinet over State Lands Ekaterina Mihaylova, vice-chair of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, at the party's press conference Monday. Photo by BGNES.

Bulgarian center-right Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) will exert unrelenting pressure the country's GERB cabinet to resolve outstanding cases in which state-owned lands and properties have been illegally handed to private individuals.

This was announced Monday by Ekaterina Mihaylova, vice-chair of DSB and deputy speaker of the Bulgarian parliament, who said that DSB would officially address questions on that matter to PM Boyko Borisov for parliamentary question time.

The statement comes as a continuation of rising pressure and criticism toward the GERB cabinet on the part of the generally supportive fellow center-right Blue Coalition. Recently the Union of Democratic Forces - the other party in the Blue Coalition - voiced vigorous criticisms of the cabinet's fiscal policies.

Mihaylova was referring in particular to the notorious case about land from Varna's Seaside Park handed to private investors, as well as to the long-drawn saga with the property of former Bulgarian Tsar Simeon Saxe-Coburg, who served as PM of Bulgaria 2001-2005.

The democrat deputy speaker characterized as “inadmissible” comments by Bulgarian regional development minister Rossen Plevneliev to the effect that the state has too little financial resources to launch lawsuits in order to bring back its lands.

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Tags: Ekaterina Mihaylova, Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, DSB, Blue Coalition, GERB cabinet, Boyko Borisov, Rossen Plevneliev, land swaps, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, Varna Maritime Garden
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