Borislav Gutsanov: We can’t afford two more million people to leave Bulgaria
The board of economy, finance and energy within the National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) on Thursday outlined the most pressing priorities in those sectors. Developing the economy is one of the main points in an alternative plan for the state’s development currently being drafted by the Bulgarian Left.
"This is extremely important because we can’t afford another two million Bulgarians to leave the country just because they have no jobs, wages and security for the future. Therefore, my colleagues and I have begun discussing the macroeconomic framework of this programme," said Borislav Gutsanov, co-chairman of the board and leader of the BSP organization in Varna.
Gutsanov added that the board will work during summer months, so that it could offer to the public in the autumn a detailed plan of measures and actions that need to be taken in the areas of economy, finance and energy. He recalled that the party leadership has already begun meetings with industry organizations to hear their views on how and what needs to be changed in state governance in order for businesses to develop.
"One of the important things that will become part of this programme will be to create a Financial Fund Industry. I believe this is necessary in order to give impetus to the development of existing businesses as well as launch new ones,” Gutsanov said. An analysis of the state of play in the economy is currently being made in all of Bulgaria’s 28 regions.
"The purpose is to see how we can raise to their feet those enterprises, which define the structure of each region’s economy. We don’t have much time because we can’t continue to rely on EU funds, which will stop flowing in 2020," Gutsanov opined.
He explained that the alternative plan for the development of the state will include a new model for the work of state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank; measures to protect farmers, which include restoring food processing plants; major tasks in the tourism sector; and a plan for large-scale energy projects.
"My colleagues and I firmly believe that Bulgaria needs Belene nuclear power plant and the project must be completed. A key task we have set in this plan is to find ways to make sure that Bulgaria will begin to make products with high added value, which means more money flowing into the economy of the state," Gutsanov said.
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