Bulgarian Police Demand Resources before Schengen Accession

Society | October 24, 2010, Sunday // 18:34| Views: | Comments: 2
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Police Demand Resources before Schengen Accession "For a strong police serving the civil society", reads the banner of the protesting officers. Photo by BGNES

Only 200 police officers rallied in Sofia Sunday with demands for greater resources as Bulgaria is expected to join the Schengen Agreement in 2011.

The protest was organized by the Policy Syndicate Federation, which complained that the police officers have fewer rights compared with other state employees. They demanded that their organization be included in the national council for tripartite cooperation, which includes the government, the two major trade unions, and six major business associations.

At the moment, the more than 50 000 employees of the Interior Minister cannot protect their rights because they are not entitled to collective bargaining, and all deals with the Interior Minister are just declarative, said the protesters.

"They gave us handouts about how to work when Bulgaria joins the Schengen Agreement. What Schengen Agreement, our uniforms are in rags. Our cards say "Security" and our cars have inscriptions "Gendarmerie", while as of January 1, 2010, we have been called "Security Police Directorate!" said some of the policemen.

They have complained that Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has viewed their actions as politically motivated, while they have demanded solely better equipment and resources. They said the 2011 budget provides only 64% of the money needed for material resources for the police.

The protesters demanded a new format of the Council for Social Partnership in the Interior Ministry, because at present the Minister is both the chair of the council, and a party in the talks.

They slammed the minister for failing to live up to the promises he made to them in mid September.

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Sveto - 25 Oct 2010 // 20:14:03

Dude it is hard to believe how narrow minded you seem to function. Are you a brit? Than again you seem to think as bulgarian that has never stepped abroad and knows the world only from the news on the TV. For the first time since the beginning of the post commy era we have somebody that is actually doing something to break the crime and the corruption. Also although I personally do not like bate Boiko, I have to give him the efforts for BG in all the other areas. So for the first time we have institutions that try to put order in the mess and here coms highlander and tones of other ignorants and complain like babies. Open your eyes as see the world and what is going on there, than you will understand what is going on at home!!!!!!!
Damn hypocrates, nothing is good enough, or better said everything is bad no matter what.

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Highlander - 24 Oct 2010 // 20:16:52

The protesters demanded a new format of the Council for Social Partnership in the Interior Ministry, because at present the Minister is both the chair of the council, and a party in the talks.

They slammed the minister for failing to live up to the promises he made to them in mid September.

Well, Tsvetanov is now on collision course with the Judiciary and most political parties, so it is not unexpected he turns against his own employees.
He is a politician and of course the claims are political - what else could they be ?

But he has a remarkable attitude to any justified demands, probes,critics or failed court cases and now legitimate claims from civil servants. It is conspiracy between organized crime, political opposition and the corrupt judiciary to threaten and destabilize Bulgaria.
And he is the appointed Guardian who rules by inspiration and conviction. not by law or democratic rules.

And as divine Guardian he is certainly not accountable for any promises or earthly problems such as undeclared income or arrest of innocent people.

For most sane people he is a total and dangerous disaster, but Bulgarians see him as a voivoda - a savior who has come to clean the country from mafia and corruption. It is utterly absurd, but Bulgaria has got the politicians it deserves. We are only one step away from bringing in village Miracle healers to rule the country.

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