Bulgaria's 'Socialist' PM to Consult with Neoliberal NGOs on Business Climate

Business | June 12, 2013, Wednesday // 19:56| Views: | Comments: 5
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's 'Socialist' PM to Consult with Neoliberal NGOs on Business Climate Bulgaria's PM Plamen Oresharski. Photo by BGNES

New Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski will continue a string of consultations on bettering Bulgaria's business climate, by meeting representatives of various NGOs Thursday.

The meeting, set to take place 2 pm at the Council of Ministers, is intended to contribute to develop policies for improvement of regulatory regimes and public procurement procedure.

It is also hope that the consultation will be instrumental to developing a better working climate between the executive and NGOs, says a cabinet press release.

What strikes the eye of the reader is that the invitees include predominantly directors of NGOs that have been for years pushing the neoliberal agenda in Bulgaria, such as the Market Economy Institute, Open Society, Center for Liberal Strategies, Industry Watch, and the Center for the Study of Democracy.

The Oresharski cabinet was elected with the votes of second- and third-largest political groups in the new Bulgarian Parliament, those of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and the liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms, respectively.

Plamen Oresharski was Bulgaria's Finance Minister 2005-9, in another Socialist-led cabinet, at which time the Socialists were the senior partner in a tripartite coalition with the Movement, and a minor liberal party, the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity.

Although Oresharski has been twice elected as Socialist Party MP (2009 and 2013), he is not a party member, and has served as vice-FinMin in the rightist cabinet of ex-PM Ivan Kostov (1997-2001).

Monday Oresharski already conducted a business climate consultation with representatives of industries and employers' union.

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Philippe - 13 Jun 2013 // 13:46:57

Think Bulgarian? Well Boiko Borisov did it and he came with his Bulgarian solution: "being the capo di tuti capi". He tried, but it did not work.

Mephisto - 13 Jun 2013 // 12:42:38


"you have to think Bulgarian and your answers will arrive through your intuition."

Wow, how do you do that - "think Bulgarian"? So the predecessors of the PM were not thinking Bulgarian? Or maybe they were not thinking at all? The latter is indeed possible. But I wouldn't agree. They thought very Bulgarian, i.e. how to take maximum advantage for themselves, their families and their cronies and to not bother too much with the stupid population who deserves nothing better than crooks, imposters and morons and their government. Intuitively I would say that the result - being in a miserable situation - came to us as a logical consequence of their "thinking Bulgarian".

Jerry - 13 Jun 2013 // 00:47:59

Dear Honorable PM Ollie,

It seems you were not born in Bulgaria and if you insist the NGO will help, you are wrong, the NGO in Bulgaria is a Lobby and does not work for the interest of the Bulgarian.

Ollie, we need you define Bulgarian dignity and quality of life through social reform that is sustainable.

Look closely at unemployment and you have to eliminate poverty that leads to dignity and quality of life.

Ollie, you have to think Bulgarian and your answers will arrive through your intuition.

Chushki - 12 Jun 2013 // 22:37:12

Oligarchsky can "consult" who he likes but will continue to take his orders from his commie and islamist masters.

Richie - 12 Jun 2013 // 20:51:18

Well, he claimed himself that he was non-political, so maybe this time he spoke the truth. Anyway it's a good idea to consult NGO's, it's the next best thing to citizen participation and they are usually experts (which can't often be said of politicians).

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