Boyko Borisov and His Ministers Fiddle ... as Bulgaria Falls Apart!

Letters to the Editor | March 16, 2011, Wednesday // 10:48| Views: | Comments: 0

Recently we have seen yet again the Bulgarian government boasting to anyone who will listen, how wonderful they are and an example to any country by way of their behaviour in Bulgaria and the EU.

Everything in the garden is rosy!

If you live in Bulgaria you might be excused for wondering if they are talking about the same country, where things have gone backwards for most normal people since 2007 and the future prospects appear depressing. In order to balance the budget Finance Minister "Scrooge" Simeon Djankov, has cut back on everything and made the poor even more vulnerable in these desperate times, when food and utility prices are rising at an unsustainable rate. The safely nets have been removed and it's a sink or swim mentality that's now being created.

Health care is a lottery and if you are unable to bribe the staff, there is no chance of even getting essential care or help. I always marvel as to why for a very small amount of money and effort the hospitals could not at least look clean and hygienic.

The transport system is relying on the skills of the motor mechanics in keeping buses and trams circa 1950's in operational order; so at least people can get about. Bulgaria is experiencing excessive and permanent air pollution across its territory, with the amount of dust in the air exceeding all environmental standards.

The capital, Sofia, and the second-largest city of Plovdiv are the urban areas worst affected, according to monitoring data provided by the Bulgarian Environmental Ministry. The town of Pernik registers pollution levels twice as high as permitted levels.

We keep hearing of new road building projects that will bring lots of investments into Bulgaria, when the world sees how wonderful they are. I'm not sure how these people will view the chaotic traffic conditions in the capital Sofia, where trams, buses, taxis, Roma horse-driven carts and cars are all trying to compete on roads that are badly maintained and in places dangerous... The pavements are even worse with cars still using them as parking spaces and in bad repair.

Everywhere people are going through the rubbish bins looking for anything to eat, sell or wear.... does this sound like Utopia Mr Borisov ?

So the question is..... where's the money coming from to improve all the lives of the ordinary Bulgarians and when??

Keith Gregory

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