Bulgaria’s Socialists Wish for Cabinet Change in 2011

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Socialists Wish for Cabinet Change in 2011 Socialist leader and former Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, said he wished for a change of cabinet in 2011. Photo by BGNES

The cabinet of Boyko Borisov failed the most in the economic and budgetary spheres, according to the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Sergey Stanishev.

The BSP leader said Monday that the current government made three major blunders in 2010.

As blunder number one, Stanishev assessed the actions of the Bulgarian Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, related to “wiretapping and police brutality.”

The second blunder, according to the socialist leader, was the nomination of Rumiana Jeleva for the Bulgarian EU Commissioner, who was “personally nominated by the PM Boyko Borisov,” in Stanishev’s words.

He said that the third blunder was “another nomination of Borisov” – Kalina Ilieva, the former head of the Bulgarian Agriculture Fund, who was revealed to have forged her diploma from the Berlin Technical Institute.

According to BSP, the cabinet suffered most criticism in the economic and social sphere and the delay of Bulgaria’s entry to the Schengen Area was an indication of failure in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

“The people who are Borisov’ friends, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, demanded a delay in Bulgaria’s entry date to the Schengen Area, and they had strong arguments, like organized crime and corruption,” Stanishev said.

He defined 2010 as the year of sinking into the economic crisis, poverty, scandals and police brutality.

“While the ruling party GERB was getting richer, the ordinary Bulgarians were getting poorer,” Stanishev said.

However, he also noted positive achievements in the GERB governance. He assessed as “humble beginning” the replacement of four ministers.

“We wish that next year the whole cabinet would be gone,” Stanishev said.

The BSP leader pointed out that his party could submit another no-confidence vote against the government, triggered by the actions of the Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and the government’s attitude towards the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the cinema industry in the country.

Stanishev also said that the goal of BSP for 2011 is to show that they are a specific political alternative to the ruling party GERB.

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Highlander - 28 Dec 2010 // 12:41:16

According to BSP, the cabinet suffered most criticism in the economic and social sphere and the delay of Bulgaria’s entry to the Schengen Area was an indication of failure in the fight against organized crime and corruption.

Corruption and organized crime are the main obstacles for an improved relationship with EU/other European countries, and certainly there is no chance for Bulgaria to join Schengen at this stage.
But the more important indicator is the critical note from EU Commission about Bulgaria's ability to get financial support/funding. Substantial funding for infrastructure, agriculture, regional development etc is available for all EU memberstates, but it is not a free ride as most people in Bulgaria seem to believe. Bulgaria is still dragging behind all other memberstates when it comes to administration of the funds (absorb the funds). It is in Bulgaria done by so-called state agencies, and as expected the agencies do not comply by EU regulations- draining, fraud, double/fake accounting and conflict of interest is daily agenda.
But EU's strict monitoring of the funds is quite efficient as the funds are time-limited and they will not be available unless all applications are fully documented. The agencies have tried old and new scams , but EU has learned all the necessary lessons from dealing with EU officials and the funds are not released. So it is a Catch 22 for Bulgaria- No funds available for undocumented projects. If there is no verified documentation then there is no project, so Bulgaria obviously does not need EU funds.
Next year Bulgaria will loose nearly 80% of EU funds because the country has not been able to absorb the funds for this year( due to corruption and fraud).

So it all has to do with corruption/fraud and organized crime and it has been made clear to Bulgaria.

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