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Commenting article: Elections 2013: What Parties Promised Bulgarian Voters

Bulgarians go to the polls on 12 May in an early election after nationwide protests against low living standards and widespread corruption forced the government of the centre-right GERB party to resign in February.

Opinion polls have predicted that no party will win an outright majority, prompting fears of a hung parliament and further instability in the EU's poorest country.

What have the ten top parties promised disgruntled Bulgarian voters? We analyzed their platforms to find out what they said about major issues.

Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (known by its Bulgarian initials as GERB)

- Allocating BGN 32 B from EU funds in the period 2014 - 2020 for innovation, education and science, economic growth, youth employment, regional development and agriculture
- Reduce twice administrative deadlines and regulatory regimes
- Allocation of BGN 3 B of EU funds by 2020 for Bulgarian SMEs
- Attracting more than BGN 5 B of foreign direct investment per year
- Allocation of EU funding for the creation of over 12,000 new businesses
- Extraction of gas from the Black Sea, the completion of all gas connections and participation in the South Stream and Nabucco-west
- Extending the life of the fifth and sixth of the Kozloduy NPP
- Keeping a 10% flat tax
- VAT refunds within 7 days of companies with good records
- One-time amnesty for interest obligations to the state formed by the end of 2012
- A 410-day leave for pregnancy, childbirth and child-raising
- Restoration of the monthly allowance equal to the minimum wage
- Providing more than BGN 1.5 B of EU funding and national funding for regional development
- By 2020, all Bulgarian cities will receive  more than BGN 3 B for construction and renovation of kindergartens, schools, hospitals, care homes, theaters, operas, museums, cultural centers

Philippe - 12 May 2013 // 11:16:37

Novinite, I was almost going to congratulate you for the nice overview you've prepared.

However, now that I see that you forgot OLJ, (RZS - Yane Yanev's party - represented in the previous parliament) I have to conclude that it remains poor journalism...

Next time better!

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