PM Borisov: I am Ashamed Bulgaria Failed to Ratify the Istanbul Convention
"I am proud that we have reduced the external debt by BGN 2.3 billion. I am ashamed to have been unable to present the Istanbul Convention so as to convince the public that we had to accept it, like most countries in Europe. " Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said this morning on Nova TV.
The reason for his interview with the television is the one year anniversary of his coalition cabinet today.
In the words of the Prime Minister, the situation with the Istanbul Convention was undervalued and it had to be presented in other ways to the public, as well as passing through the Council of Chairmen. The document was adopted by most of Europe, and Borisov admitted that he had never expected such a reaction, given that violence against women in Bulgaria is a terrible scourge. According to Borisov, the situation was then used by the political forces. With regard to the withdrawal of the GERB from the Istanbul Convention, the prime minister said he was never stubborn, and therefore did not start fighting public grievances.
As another mistake, Borisov pointed to GERB's bad reaction to the outbreak of the scandal with the sale of CEZ. Then he and his ministers were unprepared, he said. Borisov made an analogy with the February 2013 events when his first cabinet fell or, as the prime minister said, "knocked down". The protests were then conducted by the MRF and the BSP political parties. He added that the development of the CEZ deal was very carefully but silently observed. The silence he explained was that any comment could be attacked with hundreds of millions of claims by the lawyers of the big companies.
Corruption is a scourge that every day, at all levels, must be crushed, "the prime minister said, and urged the public to give the new anti-corruption commission a chance.
He also commented on the public arrest of the mayor of Mladost district Desislava Ivancheva. "I hope this is something we remember and learn from not to repeat. I personally do not like to have such a great display, "Borisov said.
Whether there is a conflict between the government and the president, he replies: "The verbal attacks are from him to us and this is pointless harm. My grandfather said it was always better for two horses to pull the wagon than one. " In order to reach understanding, he ordered "ministers to meet with the president every day". "They accept public procurement and are responsible for conducting them. I have my thoughts on this matter, but I would not share them, I would not become the president. "
The issue of freedom of speech lies with the media owners. We do not interfere with them, said Boyko Borissov, after being asked how he would comment on the report of Reporters Without Borders, which places Bulgaria at 111th place in freedom of speech in the world. Borisov said no one interfered in the state media, there was no one to complain of pressure. What should we do to stop Prokopiev and Peevsky from fighting, the Prime Minister asked.
In respect to the coalition, he pointed out: Volen Siderov, IMRO and NFSB are three separate parties. While GERB is in government, NATO and the EU are immutable values. The prime minister explains the disagreements with coalition partners with the elections next year for European Parliament and local elections. There we will all go as separate parties. Siderov wants to attract pro-Russian voters, Simeonov wants business, smokers, hoteliers, commented Borisov.
The campaign for the first year of the government started yesterday with a hearing in the parliament of the regional minister Nikolay Nankov about the successes in road construction. His hearing was broadcast directly on BNR and BNT.
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