Bulgarians Abroad Refuse to Patch up State Budget

Letters to the Editor | March 13, 2005, Sunday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Dear Editor,

For the last ten days a total of 5000 Bulgarians, currently residing abroad, have signed up their names in an international campaign against the decision of ministers and parliamentary members who want us to pay social security and health insurance obligations.

Please go to www.parisvesti.com/antinoi
Add your name and pass it on!

I truly respect the job that you are doing and that's the reason why I turn to you with a request to raise the issue officially.

Bulgaria's foreign minister, Mr Passy, had better think about the image of Bulgaria that is created by ministers, president and members of parliament.

Social security and health insurance obligations are part of the monthly income of each employee, based on the monthly income and paid at the place of work or where the company is registered. Taxes are paid where one works because one benefits from the system, buys medicines and uses the medical services in the country where one lives.

I personally know people who change their place of work every fifth year, but pay their insurance where they live and work.

Imagine what would happen if milions of people around the world, who have double citizenship, start to pay twice for one and the same service! If they want something more, they would pay for an additional life or pension insurance. Fond solidarity accounts for a tiny part of all payments as it is the obligation of the state to collect from taxpayers funds for the services it offers to its citizens.

While in Bulgaria during the times of socialism, I never used services free of charge because I did not want to be left crippled by doctors who refuse to work unless they are paid cash.

My parents should also get what they have given to the state as added value.

It is ridiculous that ministers, who claim to have knowledge of western market economy, are unable to bring positive developments to Bulgaria's tourism, the only sector, which can possibly feed the state funds.

Why don't social and health funds collect their money from all those economic subjects, whom the state - at all levels - pretend not to notice?

You should ask the ministers in Bulgaria whether they know the principles of the European Union, where the country is heading for. Why didn't they pay their social security obligations in Bulgaria, while living abroad? Why should they patch up the state budget with the money of Bulgarians who don't draw the benefits of the state? What is the point of setting Bulgarians against Bulgarians?

You may well send them Oh Santa Simplicitas!

Best regards,

* Sofia News Agency publishes excerpts from the letter

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