SOLVIT is an on-line problem solving network in which EU Member States work together to solve without legal proceedings problems caused by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities.
No sanctions of any kind would have a positive impact on Bulgaria or any EU Member State, the Prime Minister says
“I believe that the dialogue would lead to relatively quick solutions to regulate at least the main open questions at this stage”, Prime Minister Oresharski said after today's extraordinary meeting of the European Council in Brussels. The Prime Minister described the joint statement of European states and government leaders as positive. “The statement outlines [the need] for a dialogue, the leading parties in which should be Kiev and Moscow. The EU should be involved in various ways to stimulate this process, but not get directly involved”, the Prime Minister said. He added that the EU had expressed readiness to participate in efforts to de-escalate tensions. “The belief is that the solution should be reached through talks between Russia and Ukraine”, Mr. Oresharski said. According to him, it would be good if talks began at the next European Council.
“It is important that the European Council reaches a unified position”, Prime Minister Oresharski said ahead of the meeting of state and government leaders in Brussels. The Prime Minister said that he expected there to be a declaration supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine, as well as steps towards the de-escalation of tensions. “I am optimistic”, Prime Minister Oresharski said.
“The focus of the government’s program is on economic recovery and promotion of entrepreneurship . A strong emphasis in the program is placed on small and medium business - both in terms of the business environment and targeted measures to encourage business”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said at the Golden Martenitsa Ceremony, held in the National Palace of Culture . Prime Minister Oresharski assessed positively the idea to carry out a public awareness, rather than a PR, campaign under the motto “Choose Bulgarian” and recommended that all Bulgarian citizens chose Bulgarian products.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and President Rosen Plevneliev had a meeting in the Presidency at the initiative of Mr. Oresharski. The two discussed issues related to the situation in Ukraine ahead of the upcoming extraordinary meeting of the European Council in Brussels tomorrow. “We support the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and expect the new government, together with the international community, to create conditions necessary for the de-escalation of tension and lasting stabilization of the country and democratic elections”, the Prime Minister said. Bulgaria will adhere to the common European position, expected at the European Council meeting in Brussels tomorrow.
Economic development is the best way to combat poverty, the Prime Minister says
“Poverty is a problem in our country and I probably will not be wrong if I say that measures are never enough. I would like to note that, unlike the previous four years, [we] took measures. However small they may be they are still a step in the right direction”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said at a briefing in Parliament. According to him, the most effective way to combat poverty was by seeking to promote investment and economic recovery. “Economic growth and increased employment are the best way to combat poverty. In terms of employment - there is still a lot of time in office for the measures we took last year to take effect – [measures ] such as improving the business climate especially and stimulating economic growth”, the Prime Minister said. According to him this would result in higher employment.
The Security Council with the Council of Minister adopted seven measures in relation to the crisis in Ukraine. The Council was convened by Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski on the situation in Ukraine. The following measures were adopted:
1. Establishing a National Headquarters to monitor the situation in Ukraine and take measures to control and minimize the risks to the security of the country.
2. Assessment of the country's reserves of natural gas and petroleum products, and opportunities to respond to short-term or medium-term supply disruptions from Ukraine or lasting difficulties in the work of Lukoil Neftochim - Burgas.
3. Developing a national plan to respond to a refugee wave from Ukraine.
4. Reviewing and updating Bulgaria’s plans and response measures in the event of an accident or radiological contamination on the territory of Ukraine, which could affect Bulgaria.
5. Strengthening of border and customs control on people, goods or cargo from or to Ukraine regarding the trafficking of arms or goods with possible dual use.
6. Conducting a balanced foreign policy in relation to the conflict in Ukraine.
7. Reviewing plans for the transfer of fresh and spent nuclear fuel from Kozloduy NPP. Development of alternatives.
It is important to remember and to be proud of our past. But even more important is to strive to be worthy successors in the present, the Prime Minister said at Shipka summit
“In order for Bulgaria to be, we need to work tirelessly for its development. This is our common cause. In order to achieve it, let’s be united at least in our patriotism”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said at Shipka summit on March 3, Bulgaria’s National Day. "To be on this glorious summit on March 3 and pay respect to the heroes of our Liberation is our duty and honor. Deep appreciation and gratitude for their courage and heroism. It is important to remember and be proud of our past. But even more important is to strive to be worthy successors in the present. Because freedom is not given once and for all. It needs to be earned every day”, Prime Minister Oresharski said.
The success of Martin Schulz will be success for all of Europe, the Prime Minister said at the congress of the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Rome
“We need policies for economic growth and employment. We need more integration and solidarity. These are the principles and policies of the agenda of the European Left and I believe that they can be realized”, Prime Minister Oresharski said at the Congress of PES in Rome. The Prime Minister pointed out that change was needed and that none of the current problems would be solved with the policy of conservative parties. “No less important is who will implement the new policies. In this context, Martin Schulz is our strong candidate. I wish success to Martin Schulz and all of you. Success will be for all of Europe”, the Prime Minister told European socialists.
In a letter to His Excellency Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister Oresharski expresses his heartfelt congratulations on his election as Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.
I am convinced that the dynamic political dialogue, friendship and historical relations between our two nations will be fruitful basis for further successful development and deepening of our cooperation in all areas and within a united and prosperous Europe”, Mr. Oresharski writes in the letter.
We look at relations between Bulgaria and Turkey in perspective as a strategic partnership, said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu
“Bulgaria and Turkey have the potential for further cooperation. Turkey is a large economy, a large market and a source of investment”, said Prime Minister Oresharski during his meeting with Foreign Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu. The Prime Minister emphasized the good relations between the two countries and the enormous economic opportunities. Prime Minister Oresharski and Foreign Minister Davutoglu discussed the possibility trade between Bulgaria and Turkey to increase twice. The two also noted the step taken to solve the issue with carriers. The Turkish Foreign Minister expressed hope that a permanent solution would be found. “Each vehicle that crosses the border creates economic revival”, Mr. Davutoglu said.
Germany is our key trade, and within the EU, strategic partner, the Prime Minister says
“We are preparing a new investment act - quite simple, in the context of our goal to reduce administrative burdens”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the discussion forum, organized by the German- Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The Prime Minister presented the main policy directions of the government in the economic sphere, efforts to improve the business climate and attract investments. “Back when we formed the cabinet, we set very ambitious goals related to promoting economic development, creating conditions for the revival of economic activity and promoting entrepreneurship”, the Prime Minister said. He stressed that large investment projects would be supported by the administration.
No attention was paid to the investment needs of all municipalities in the previous four years. 86% of funds were allocated to GERB municipalities, the Minister of Finance points out
“No credit institution has aggregate net exposures that exceed 18% of the aggregate economy level at the end of last year”, Minister of Finance Peter Chobanov said at briefing after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. “The Ordinance , which regulates the relations of public companies with banks, has achieved the expected results”, Minister Chobanov said . As an example, he gave the first quarter of 2013 when a financial institution had concentrated almost 50 % of all resources of state-owned companies, while at the end of 2013, this bank had about 17%. The second and third banks had 16% and 10%, respectively. Chobanov stated that at the end of last year, over 85% of public companies had adopted, or were in the process of adopting, internal rules to comply with the regulation, noting an increase compared to November of the same year, when only 76% of companies had done this. According to the Finance Minister, in the energy sector net exposure to banks was negative. Nevertheless, the largest net exposure of 66%, observed for the first quarter of 2013, had decreased to 21% at the end of 2013 .
Bulgaria welcomes the agreement signed today in Kiev between President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders to end the political crisis.
We consider the agreement, which provides for an early presidential election, forming a coalition government and constitutional reform, as a necessary compromise, which opens the way to political dialogue in Ukraine. The implementation of the agreement is of particular importance and, in this sense, we assess the law adopted today by Verkhovna Rada to return to the Constitution of 2004 as a first step in this direction.
By order of the Prime Minister Oresharski , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev held a working meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Interior Svetozar Lazarov, Chairperson of State Agency for National Security (SANS) Vladimir Pisanchev and Directors of the National intelligence Service and the Military Information Office at the Ministry of Defense - Dragomir Dimitrov and Veselin Ivanov.
Deepening economic cooperation was the main focus of the meeting between the Bulgarian Prime Minister and the President and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan
“During the two meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, we discussed matters of mutual interest relating to further economic development and business contacts between the two countries. We came to the general conclusion that good political contacts must continue to evolve with the deepening of economic cooperation”, Prime Minister Oresharski told reporters. He pointed out that the energy sector was one of the main topics discussed during his meetings with President Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister Artur Rasizade earlier today.
President Aliyev invites Bulgarian businesses to execute infrastructure projects in Azerbaijan
“Azerbaijan’s interest in Bulgaria is enormous. Our country is a strategic partner. If so far we were talking about intentions only, now President Aliyev mentions specific projects and investments primarily in the energy sector, and more specifically gas investments”, Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev said after the meeting between the Bulgarian delegation, led by Prime Minister Oresharski, and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Realization of social investment projects and environmental protection are among the highlights in two of the agreements to be signed in Azerbaijan
Opportunities to expand the participation of Bulgaria in projects in Azerbaijan and ways to enhance business contacts between the two countries were the main topics that Prime Minister Oresharski discussed with Bulgarians living and working in Baku. The Prime Minister met with them during an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
During the first day of his visit, the Prime Minister visited the Old Town and the National Flag Square. “I am impressed by the historical sights of Baku – a city with ancient culture. The atmosphere is wonderful and impresses with its authenticity. With great thanks and best wishes”, Prime Minister Oresharski wrote in the city’s guest book. Mr. Oresharski is expected to meet with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev , Prime Minister Artur Rasizade and Parliament Speaker Ogtay Asadov during the second day of the official visit.
Let our commitment to the ideas of Levski be the criteria for good-neighborly relations and our common European future, the Prime Minister said
“If Levski was among us now, I'm sure he would have given us a stern look and urged us to work even harder for the Fatherland, and ask us why have we not yet built his pure and holy republic and leave us his vision for Bulgaria as part of the community of free nations”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during the official unveiling of the monument of Vasil Levski in Dimitrovgrad, Serbia.“We are here today to once again pay tribute to the spirit of the Apostle of Freedom, to bow before his deeds, devoted not only the freedom of Bulgaria but also to the promotion of human values and timeless ideals such as equality, justice and humanity, to draw strength for our common European future, by being equal with other nations and seek respect and tolerance in relations and in ourselves”, the Prime Minister said. He noted that even after a century and a half, time failed to erase even a piece of the bright image of the Apostle. “[That is] maybe because truly time is in us and we are in time, as Levski had said”, the Prime Minister added. The Prime Minister said that he was convinced that the monument in Dimitrovgrad would symbolize the mutual understanding between the two brotherly nations, which over the years had been tested repeatedly.
The absence of MPs from the party of GERB at regional meetings with mayors is notable, says Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in response to a letter by the Chairman of GERB.
“I will follow the already established practice to invite all mayors of the respective area , regardless of their political affiliation, to regional meetings with representatives of local authorities”, writes Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in reply to the letter of GERB’s Chairman Boyko Borisov. “So far, these meetings have always been attended by the mayors of the particular area, including those of GERB, and I will continue to rely on constructive dialogue with them “, says the Prime Minister.
“Tourism is among the top priorities of the government, our diverse nature is an excellent opportunity for investment in resorts that are visited by a growing number of tourists”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said during the official opening of Borovets European Ski Cup 2014.
We have tried to distribute the funds as evenly as possible, including to cities and towns which have not received budgetary funding for many years, says the Prime Minister
About BGN 350 million from the Public Investment Fund had been allocated to municipalities and the rest to national programs, or roads, said Prime Minister Oresharski during the traditional meeting with representatives of civil society organizations in the Council of Ministers. “We have tried to distribute the 350 million, which directly concern municipalities, as evenly as possible. In this regard, unlike other times, [we have tried to ensure that] there are funds for small towns, which have not received budgetary funding for many years”, the Prime Minister stressed. He emphasized the existence of very important sites in major cities, including in Sofia, Plovdiv, Burgas. The Prime Minister gave as an example of Varna, where there were three projects – the reconstruction of the sports hall, the building of a courthouse and beginning work on the Port of Varna. The Prime Minister pointed out that the majority of sites in municipalities were related to social infrastructure. “We have complied with several criteria, including access of relevant municipalities to European funding”, Prime Minister Oresharsk said regarding the allocation of funds.
We are still negotiating, I confirm that the state is interested in acquiring Remotex, says Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev
During his meeting with business representatives from Haskovo and the region, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski presented the cabinet’s achievements so far and intentions for the future. During the meeting, which lasted more than two hours, participants discussed macroeconomic parameters, new operational programs, infrastructure, and social security contributions. Minister of Economy and Energy Dragomir Stoynev and Minister of Defense Angel Naydenov also took part in the meeting. Asked by reporters about Remotex, Minister Stoynev said: “We are still negotiating. The valuation of the company will be ready between 6 and 10 March, if until then the state and local employers do not find common ground. I confirm the state is interested in acquiring this company”.
The fence along the border is being built and we have been assured that it will be ready by early spring, the Prime Minister says
“People should remain calm, they have not been forgotten. There is a central headquarters that periodically meets to discuss the situation in different centers. We are identifying measures to improve the living conditions, and to accelerate status procedures and the integration [of refugees]”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during his visit to refugee registration centers in Harmanly. “Over the next few days we will increase the number of interviewers and accelerate the overall procedure. There are currently 5 [interviewers], and we will increase them by at least 4 more”, Mr. Oresharski said. He noted that he had spoken with other European prime ministers and the situation was difficult everywhere in terms of increased refugee flow.
We are preparing better regulations for retail chains based on European best practices, Prime Minister Oresharski says
“Since the onset of this purely trade dispute , we have sought to protect the interests of our carriers and maintain good neighborly relations between the friendly countries Bulgaria and Turkey are. Negotiations are need to permanently settle the issue, so that it does not arise again next year”, Prime Minister Oresharski told reporters in Stara Zagora. The Prime Minister noted that Bulgaria was insisting to hasten the meeting at ministerial level which was why Bulgaria had proposed Turkey to choose the place of the meeting.
“I am extremely glad that today I can welcome 25th Contingent of the Armed Forces of Bulgaria, who successfully completed its mission within the operation of the International Forces to maintain peace and security in Afghanistan”, said Prime Minister Oresharski during a ceremony in Stara Zagora.
The political affiliation of mayors of various municipalities is not important to us, says the Prime Minister in response to a letter by the Chairman of GERB
“A main priority in the program of the government of the Republic of Bulgaria is to overcome the differences between regions in the country”, writes Prime Minister Oresharski in response to a letter by President of the Parliamentary Group of GERB Boyko Borisov . Prime Minister Oresharski stresses that the government is making great efforts to find funds for Bulgarian municipalities. “Such are planned under European Union funds and the state budget for 2014. One of the main tools in this direction is the public investment program Growth and Sustainable Development of Regions”, says the Prime Minister.
We will continue implementing policies, including improving the security systems, said Prime Minister Oresharski in the National Assembly after parliament voted against the motion of no confidence. “I want to assure both those who proposed the vote and those who supported it, that security systems are extremely important. Yes, we have our differences on their functionality, but I want to believe that the common goal of everyone in this room is to improve the security systems”, Mr. Oresharski added. According to him, most arguments of the opposition had been self-criticism. “There is a lot of potential to improve the system and this will be our task from now on”, Prime Minister Oresharski said.
The objective of our economic policy is to stimulate economic development through the introduction of innovation and reindustrialization, the Prime Minister said at the forum Government-Business: Restart the Economy
Prime Minister Oresharski said the government would continue to maintain low direct taxes - 10 % corporate and 10 % personal income tax , as well as a single VAT rate of 20 %. “Under conditions of strong competition the low level of direct taxation is in our advantage , which we cannot deprive ourselves of at least in the foreseeable horizon. [D]ifferentiated VAT rates are more negative than single [VAT rates]”, he said during the presentation of the economic policy of the cabinet at the forum Government - Business : Restart the economy.
"Remember the words of the leader of GERB that not the International Monetary Fund but the Ministry of Interior would deal with the crisis", said the Prime Minister in Parliament.
“After carefully reading the motives and listening to the debate, I am convinced that I was absolutely correct in my original assessment – the motion of no confidence submitted by GERB regarding the government's Security Sector policies is a self-criticism of their own governance”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Parliament.
We did not hesitate even for a moment in our effort to reverse the policies towards restoring statehood, reviving the economy and mitigating social asymmetries, the Prime Minister said
The first results are encouraging. For the past period we demonstrated the path we will walk on – boosting economic activity and increasing economic responsibility, Prime Minister Oresharski said in his speech before delegates at the 48th Congress of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). “[Together] we need to lead all fellow countrymen on this road - both our sympathizers and supporters and those who do not support us , but who also want to live in a better country and are willing to work for it”, added the Prime Minister . He noted how important it was to resist both external provocations and overcome attempts for domestic strife and disunity. “The stakes are high - whether the country will continue on the path of stabilization and progress, or will again depart from it,” Mr. Oresharski said.
The strict control on illegal immigration will continue, says the Prime Minister
The organization was impeccable, and the atmosphere – impressive, Prime Minister Oresharski said on Bulgarian National Radio after returning from Sochi, where he atteneded the Winter Olympics Official Opening Ceremony. "Sochi is already quite unrecognizable”, the Prime Minister added and stressed the huge investments that had been made, especially in the infrastructure.
Plamen Oresharski and Dmitry Medvedev agreed to meet this year after the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation
Prime Minister Oresharski met with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi. The Prime Minister of Russia thanked Mr. Oresharski for attending the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics which showed respect not only to the Olympics, but also to Russia and international cooperation.
“Some time ago I asked an industrialist how to help the business and he replied briefly – ‘by not interfering’. I try to follow this advice as the first steps of the Cabinet, which we will be affirming this year, were focused in several directions - to alleviate the administrative burden as much as possible, pay business in a timely manner and facilitate access to credit”, Prime Minister Oresharski said after awarding the grand prize for Investor of the Year . "Everything else depends on you – on your enterprise, appetite for risk and innovativeness. I wish you much success this year, with joint efforts to reverse the economic trends and next year to be able to can say that indeed the government hinders business less and successes is tangible”, added the Prime Minister.
392 projects of local authorities and 13 of ministries will be financed under the first public investment program Growth and Sustainable Development of the Regions
We distributed BGN 499,345,000 under the public investment program Growth and Sustainable Development of the Regions for priority programs and projects of local authorities and ministries for public works in municipalities and provision of employment”, said Minister of Finance Peter Chobanov after the meeting of the government at which a decree approving the list of approved projects/programs, municipalities and ministries responsible for their implementation and the allocation of funds under the Public Investment Program was adopted. No regions had been left out, most of the country’s territory had been covered and the Program’s resource would be sufficient for all priority evaluated and ranked projects of municipalities, the Minister of Finance pointed out.
The new strategic review of the Armed Forces, which is currently underway, will provide the right answers and guidance, the Prime Minister says
“We brought some relief with the legislative changes and the changes to the Armed Forces Development Plan we made in the last couple of months. Now on the agenda is the renewal of armament and equipment, and the development of defense infrastructure, although the financial capacity does not allow this to happen fast”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the conference of Chief of Defense General Simeon Simeonov, dedicated to the contribution of the armed forces of Bulgaria in the implementation of NATO’s Connected Forces Initiative. “Given the topic of the conference and the capacity of our country, I hope that pragmatism will be a leitmotif in the discussions. I would like to be realistic about the possibilities and find that balance between what is necessary and [available] resources, which will help us achieve maximum efficiency”, said the Prime Minister.
The stabilization of the economy will allow the implementation of social policies, the Prime Minister told Radio K2
“Organizing elections is a big challenge, especially after the last four years, when the public’s doubt about [the vote’s] fairness increased. Although [elections are] organized by the administration, the responsibility for them falls on the government and what matters to us is not only the outcome, but also that people are convinced that they have participated in fair elections”, said Prime Minister Oresharski on Radio K2. He pointed out that although the election code was not ready yet, there was a general understanding that the ballot papers would be printed only in printing houses with experience in the printing of securities and official forms, such as excise labels, tickets, forms with fiscal significance, etc. “We will pay great attention to the control over the process to fully ensure that the Kostinbrod incident does not occur again”, said the Prime Minister.
Only people who had not contributed to the collapse of the security system in the previous four years could criticize, the Prime Minister said.
“I think that Kristalina Georgieva is doing her job well for the time that our mandates overlap, I have a good dialogue with her”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told journalists in parliament. Earlier the Prime Minister talked about the profile of the future Bulgarian European Commissioner. “I would never compromise with the professional qualities of the candidate. They should be a figure of authority, not only in our country but also among our Euro-Atlantic partners, and be familiar with the work of the European institutions”, the Prime Minister said.
Compulsory voting hides tremendous risks, the Prime Minister says
I have always considered it important to distinguish successful financial and industrial managers - the people who drive economic progress, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski who attended the Burov Awards ceremony. The Prime Minister quoted the words of Bulgarian banker and politician Atanas Burov, saying that the best idea could fail when there is no one to carry the flag; and that flag bearer does not become he who devises plans and mumbles, but he who makes quick and brave decisions and is able to explain. “I am delighted that two of these flag bearers were here on this platform and were given awards”, the Prime Minister said.
All work contacts between representatives of the government and local authorities are useful and contribute to better understanding and coordination of actions, the Prime Minister says
Further steps towards fiscal decentralization was one of the topics discussed by Prime Minister Oresharski and mayors, elected and supported by the Coalition for Bulgaria. “The mayors stressed that at this stage they could feel more favorable treatment on the part of the central government, which for me is a positive assessment of this year's budget and the steps we have taken towards better funding of local authorities”, the Prime Minister said, adding that there was still a lot of work to be done at the Council on Decentralization.
We managed to rescue almost all European funds that were at risk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice said
The way we defined the objectives of stabilization measures by the end of 2013 was correct and we managed overall, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the meeting with mayors, nominated or supported by the Coalition for Bulgaria. The Prime Minister summed up the work of Cabinet for the first seven months in office. Mr. Oresharski pointed out that the country had been found on the threshold of functional and institutional collapse, exhausted by fiscal reserves and huge debts of state enterprises.
“Relations between our two countries have never been at such a high level”, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivan Markich said
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski declared Bulgaria’s full support for Serbia in the process of negotiations for EU membership at a meeting with Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Markich. He is on official visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of Minister of Foreign Affairs Kristian Vigenin.
At the end of March total debt was BGN 14.4 billion; at the end of the year it is BGN 14.1; we reduced the interest rate for South Stream from 8% to 4.25%, the Prime Minister said
We recovered due VAT in full and we practically begin this year with a clean slate, said Prime Minister Oresharski on NTV. “We paid off a large part of existing obligations. We improved the regulatory framework a lot", said the Prime Minister about the work of the Cabinet over the past seven months. Prime Minister Oresharski focuses on government measures to improve the business environment and reduce administrative burdens. “Perhaps the most important thing is that we liberated the country from the fear. Recently, a friend of mine told me that he had already forgotten the phrase “this is not something that should be discussed over the phone”,the Prime Minister said.
The French Minister for European Affairs emphasized the hard work of the Bulgarian government to create better business environment
Business contacts between Bulgaria and France are far from their potential, said Prime Minister Oresharski during his meeting with French Minister for European Affairs Thierry Repentin. Mr. Oresharski focused on the efforts of the Bulgarian government to encourage investment and promote Bulgaria as a good destination for doing business. “I hope for more activity on the part of French business”, the Prime Minister pointed out.
We stopped the pressure on business, the fear is already gone. We accelerated the absorption of EU funds and minimized their loss. We increased financing for municipalities, the Prime Minister reported
We managed to change the direction, stop the vast majority of the negative trends and make the first steps towards normalization of economic and socio-political life in many sectors, said Prime Minister Oresharski. Today, he presented the third report of the government to the National Assembly. In 20 points the Prime summarized the main results of the work of the government for the past seven months since the beginning of its term.
In the last four years we saw that the non-recovery of VAT negatively affects economic activity, said the Prime Minister
As of December 2013 the bank that collects the most deposits of state companies, concentrates 22%. Several banks come very close, Prime Minister Oresharski said at a briefing in parliament. “During my mandate as minister of finance, there was no systemic problem with company deposits. The figure of the bank with the most deposits was 35-36%. When I started the current mandate [the figure] was over 50%”, said Prime Minister Oresharski.
GERB ought to apologize to people for lying about the debt. If the fee for Renewable Energy Sources (RES) is dropped, we will immediately think of an equivalent instrument to achieve the same end effect, the Prime Minister said.
We have moderately optimistic expectations for recovery in investments in 2014. Our preliminary estimates are for over EUR 2 billion, Prime Minister Oresharski said in the National Assembly. “I am not a supporter of targeted measures in terms of foreign direct investment, but of complex ones”, said the Prime Minister. As an example he gave the amendment to the legal framework in the direction of more effective competition, antitrust law, acceleration of payments to business, timely return of VAT. “On foreign direct investment, I have stated a number of times that we are ready to support each larger investment project by mitigating administrative procedures”, the Prime Minister pointed out. He talked about the negative trends in recent years - while in 2008 foreign direct investments had been around EUR 8 billion, last year they were less than EUR 2 billion. The Prime Minister predicted that the trend would retain its inertia for a certain period, which was usually between six months and one year. “After that we can expect that the change of the economic environment and business climate in Bulgaria will be reflected in the investment intentions of smaller or larger domestic or foreign companies”, the Prime Minister said.
Our main objectives are to create conditions to stimulate economic development, encourage investment and mitigate social asymmetries, the Prime Minister said
Today, our economy still bears the scars of the 5-year recession - the result of objective adverse external conditions and some inconsistency in the internal economic and financial policy. Therefore our efforts are directed towards overcoming the consequences. These efforts can be seen in our actions over the past seven months since the beginning of term, Prime Minister Oresharski said during a business luncheon, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce.
Approved projects will be with a regional focus and will contribute to economic growth, the Minister of Finance said
“Employment generation is the additional eleventh criterion for evaluation of regional projects for more precise differentiation of what proposals will receive funding under the Public Investment Program Growth and Sustainable development of Regions”, said Minister of Finance Peter Chobanov at a press conference after the Council of Ministers approved the terms and criteria for selection of projects and programs, as well as the principles for transparent use of funds under the program with a decree. Thus, the government fulfilled the requirements set by the National Assembly to ensure transparent spending of funds under the program and for the selection of projects and programs . Their implementation seeks to achieve economic growth, sustainable development of regions, increase the competitiveness of the economy and allow the generation of employment and income. The decree outlines the sectors in which projects and programs are eligible to receive funding – water supply and sewage, environment, transport infrastructure, social and cultural infrastructure and other sectors, supporting socio-economic development.
“This is the second most important law after the Constitution and it applies to each and every citizen”, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Zinaida Zlatanova, presenting the main points of the new draft Penal Code. Zlatanova emphasized that the texts adopted today were the professional opinion of lawyers and that the discussion was expected to continue. The Deputy Prime Minister pointed out that all concerns about the document being rushed or lacking sufficient discussion were groundless. She reminded that the current Penal Code had been in force since 1968 and amended nearly 100 times, and that the general part of the project for a new Code had been proposed for discussion two years ago.
Our government has the will to stop the export of cultural items from Bulgaria, said Minister of Culture Petar Stoyanovich. We must continue to work creatively together to preserve what we all recognize to be an invaluable cultural heritage, said U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria HE Marcie Ries
The signing of the memorandum is indicative of the importance we place on the protection of cultural heritage, said Prime Minister Oresharski ,who attended the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding of protecting Bulgarian cultural heritage. The document imposes import restrictions on categories of archaeological and ecclesiastical ethnological materials from Bulgaria. The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to all who had contributed to making the signing of Memorandum possible, including U.S. authorities, who had shown a deep understanding of the importance of the matter.
We must direct our efforts towards effective operation of systems in the interest of citizens, the Prime Minister said
If we remember how 2013 started and the way it ended – there is truly a ray of hope in terms of economic indicators and societal attitudes, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski on TV7. “I am well aware that the difference between this ray of hope and improving the [living] standard of people is still very big and […] a lot of work [is needed] on everyone’s part and mainly on the part of the cabinet”, the Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister Oresharski said he did not support prioritizing certain sectors because it meant abandoning others. According to him, it was important to create good conditions for economic activity in all sectors, and that the country’s natural advantages would develop certain sectors such as agriculture, tourism, mechanical engineering, for example.
In 2012 only 1.5% of the population between 25 and 64 years of age took advantage of lifelong learning. We will reduce the negative results through the National Strategy for Lifelong Learning, the Minister of Education and Science said
Achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is the main goal of the National Strategy for Lifelong Learning 2014-2020, adopted today by the Council of Ministers, Minister of Education and Science Aneliya Klisarova announced at a conference after government meeting. Prof. Klisarova said that strategy had been developed in response to two major challenges - the severe economic crisis and unemployment and the shortage of qualified people in companies. “It is necessary that education matches the needs of the business and the economy”, the Minister pointed out. She also stressed that the rapid technological development was giving rise to new jobs, skills and opportunities.
There are preconditions for 2014 to be better than the past year, said the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski congratulated State Agency for National Security (SANS) staff personally on their professional day. He wished them less challenges in 2014. The Prime Minister emphasized the refugee wave and the structural reform in the Agency in 2013. “Hopefully, there will be less challenges in the new year and all of you can focus on your main job - protection of national security”, the Prime Minister told SANS staff. He emphasized their big responsibility but also the satisfaction that accompanies a job well done. “I wish you personal success that allows you to achieve professional success. Hopefully we will all have a better year. The prerequisites are there”, concluded the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister congratulates the athletes and coaching staffs for qualifying for the Volleyball World Championship finals in 2014
Prime Minister Oresharski congratulates Bulgaria women’s and men’s national volleyball teams, coaching staff and the Governing Board of the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation for yet another success, which he describes as a good start for Bulgarian sport in 2014
Less politicking and more work that benefits society is needed, the Prime Minister pointed out
May next year be significantly better and may we forget everything bad that happened this year, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski wished on bTV's "Let them talk" program. The Prime Minister pointed out that all efforts to improve society’s state were worth it. “Less politicking and more work is needed. We continue to fulfill the objectives set out in the program and I think that responsible behavior gives results”, the Prime Minister said. Asked by the program’s host how he would finish the sentence “Let them talk…”, Mr. Oresharski responded: “We are working”.
Out of EUR 272 million at risk, to date we have saved EUR 237 million. Today the new Draft Penal Code will be up on the website of the Ministry of Justice, Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova said. We expect that the effect of measures to reduce administrative burdens will be felt next year, Deputy Prime Minister Daniela Bobeva pointed out. We reduced significantly the number of illegal immigrants in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev noted
2014 will be the first year of economic recovery, said Prime Minister Oresharski during the annual press conference at Council of Ministers. “The ray of hope, as weak as it still is, is very important since the year began with despair. It seems that at the end of 2013 things are looking up. This is a good incentive and a challenge to work in this direction and expand this ray in 2014”, the Prime Minister added. He pointed out that the government would continue to work to revive the economy and achieve growth. According to Mr. Oresharski, this was the key to solving all other problems, even those that seemingly had nothing to do with economic development.
It is important for the government to play well as a team. 26% of all Cohesion Policy Funds were absorbed in the middle of this year, and 42% - to date, said the Prime Minister
We will continue to encourage economic growth in 2014. This is key. Without restoring the economy, we cannot solve any more problems, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Darik Radio’s Interview of the Year. The Prime Minister said that he was optimistic about the overall social and economic state of the country. “The results that next year will be more than positive”, the Prime Minister said, adding that he expected people to appreciate the positive tendencies in the country. The Prime Minister emphasized the fact that the government had a specific program was focused was on its implementation. “So far, the implementation of the main tasks is going according to schedule”, Mr. Oresharski said. According to him, the past six months were a good initial criterion to assess the work of to the entire cabinet as positive. “It is important that the team plays well”, said Prime Minister Oresharski about ministers.
The Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission discussed the economic situation in Bulgaria and the first positive signs over the last two months
The economic situation in Bulgaria, the first positive signs over the last two months and expectations for next year were some of the topics that Bulgarian Prime Minister Oresharski and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso discussed at a meeting in Brussels. "I also briefed him on the monitoring progress," the Prime Minister said about the forthcoming report on Bulgaria after the meeting. The President of the European Commission had assured Mr. Oresharski that the report would be objective. “All criticism will be a good guide for drawing up further policies. Once we see the full report, we will be able to assess whether we have a lot or a little more work to do”, the Prime Minister added. He said he had informed Mr. Barroso on the decision of the National Assembly on land located in the Constitutional Court.
During the European Council, the Prime Minister addressed the modest funding for Bulgaria compared to the large migration flow in recent months
I do not think that joining the Banking Union at a later stage would lead to any potential losses or profits. It is rather quite risky if we join hastily, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a media briefing following the meeting of the European Council. The Prime Minister noted that being part of the Banking Union came with a lot of commitments. He pointed out that without being a member of the Eurozone, Bulgarian banks did not have access to refinancing from the European Central Bank.
The Prime Minister and the President of the European Commission will discuss the Commission's view on the forthcoming report on Bulgaria
Youth unemployment should fall by 6-7% in the medium term, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Brussels. He pointed out that the Council of Ministers had adopted a National Plan for Implementation of the European Youth Guarantee. "I hope that it will be here before Christmas so that we can start adopting funds and begin implementing the program”, the Prime Minister added. He expressed hope that the good investment climate would also have a positive impact.
Additional BGN 15 million would be given to Bulgarian livestock farmers, the Minister of Agriculture and Food announced
The government kept its promise and voted BGN 15 million in additional funding to be paid to Bulgarian livestock farmers, said Minister of Agriculture and Food Dimitar Grekov at a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. He explained that BGN 5 million was savings under State Fund Agriculture. The Minister pointed out that livestock farmers would receive 70% of national payments until the end of the year. “This decision is [an expression of] solidarity to the problems of Bulgarian livestock farmers”, said the Minister of Agriculture and Food.
The National Plan for Implementation of the European Youth Guarantee became a fact today, said Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy at a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers. “Bulgaria is among the first countries to be ready with this plan and begin its implementation from 1 January”, Ms. Yankova pointed out. She noted that unemployment among young people between the ages of 15 and 24 was currently 28.1%, according to Eurostat. “The goal which we hope to achieve with the Youth Guarantee Plan is to reduce the unemployment rate down to 7% of the total number of unemployed under 29”, the Deputy Minister said.
Prime Minister Oresharski and President Aliyev discussed the possibility to start direct flights between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan
Today we made a real step towards diversification of gas supply to Bulgaria, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Baku, Azerbaijan. He attended the ceremony on signing the final investment decision on the Shah Deniz 2 project and met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. Prime Minister Oresharski thanked for the invitation and described the ceremony as “historic”.
Signatures in support of the government reached 1 400 000, after new 660 000 were delivered today to the Council of Ministers
Signatures in support of the government reached 1 400 000, after new 660 000 were delivered today at the Council of Ministers. Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski expressed his gratitude and pointed out that the higher the support of society, the more confidence the government had to do its work. “We see this support as an opportunity to work towards reaching our goals – a responsible government in the interest of all Bulgarian citizens, including those who do not support us, of course”, the Prime Minister said. He pointed out that Bulgarian society was facing many challenges. “Our key task is to work towards integrity and encourage economic development”, the Prime Minister added. Mr. Oresharski briefed representatives of civil organizations that initiated the petition on the work of the government so far and plans for next year.
Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation and the Bulgarian Energy Holding signed an agreement to begin negotiations on building Unit 7 of Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with Danny Roderick, Chief Executive Officer and President of Westinghouse Electric Company. The two discussed possibilities for future cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and the possibility to build a nuclear power unit using Westinghouse AP 1000 reactor.
After talks between Westinghouse Electric Company, Toshiba Corporation and the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) an agreement was signed to begin negotiations for developing the possibility to build Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP using AP1000 pressurized water reactor. In upcoming months Westinghouse and Toshiba Corporation will begin defining and specifying the parameters and details of the potential project.
The Prime Minister assessed the situation in Bulgaria and outlined government priorities for next year at a meeting with ambassadors of EU and NATO countries
“Bulgaria has been through difficult moments over the last 24 years - suspension of foreign debt payments, hyperinflation, and national efforts to stabilize the economic and social structure - but they have always been associated with objective preconditions. The political crisis over the past year is primarily subjective and is a result of the unwillingness of parties that did not enter the government to assume their role as opposition. History teaches that such resistance is typical of dictatorship-like regimes, which is yet another indirect evidence of the nature of governance over the previous four years.”, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told ambassadors of EU and NATO Member States. The meeting was initiated by the Prime Minister to mark the first six months of the cabinet. Deputy Prime Ministers Zinaida Zlatanova, Daniela Bobeva and Tsvetlin Yovchev and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Todor Churov also took part in the two hour meeting.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski honored the memory of Nelson Mandela by signing a condolence book at the Embassy of South Africa in Bulgaria. “Condolences on the passing of a great politician and champion for civil rights and freedom of others. Honor to his memory”, the Prime Minister wrote.
The governments of Bulgaria and Serbia are expected to discuss the details of a meeting to be held next year. Work is done on new Belgrade-Sofia and Belgrade-Varna air services
Bulgaria has always supported western Balkan countries’, and particularly Serbia’s EU integration. It is in our interest that our neighbors are EU members, and figuratively speaking to remove the borders, objects of disputes throughout history, through our common EU membership, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski following talks with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and a plenary meeting between the delegations of the two countries. The Bulgarian Prime Minister announced that a joint meeting between the governments of the two countries would be held next year. There were also plans for tripartite talks with the Romanian government. “We have common projects related to the Danube Strategy”, Mr. Oresharski pointed out. He was invited by his Serbian counterpart to visit Belgarade.
The Council of Ministers adopted a decision approving the report of the Minister of Economy and Energy on actions needed to build a new nuclear power unit in Kozloduy NPP. This was announced by Minister Dragomir Stoynev after the government’s meeting today. He pointed out that according to the decision the Minister of Energy and Economy could authorize the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) to negotiate with Toshiba Corporation the signing of a strategic investment agreement for the building of Kozloduy NPP’s new power unit using Westinghouse Electric Company’s AP III 1000 + pressurized water reactor. The Minister is commissioned to organize, coordinate and supervise negotiations on the structuring and financing of the project.
Solving the refugee problem cannot be left exclusively to the state in which refugees are located, Czech Deputy Prime Minister Martin Pecina believes
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Martin Pecina discussed common views on how to tackle the refugee wave. Prime Minister Oresharski thanked Mr. Pecina for the financial assistance the Czech Republic provided to Bulgaria. The Prime Minister pointed out that EC and Members States should to come up with a more comprehensive concept regarding migration policy. He also voiced hope that effective solutions would be proposed during the Greek Presidency
We will conduct reforms that will stimulate growth, the Prime Minister said.
After five years of recession, we see the first positive signs and we expect the next financial year with hope. My experts and I are moderate optimists about 2014. All prerequisites are there to suggest that next year would be the first year of economic recovery, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the beginning of the meeting with the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum. The Prime Minister pointed out that economic recovery depends on both the central government, which provides the prerequisites, and active business participants and their ability to take advantage of the window of opportunity emerging in Europe.
I believe that you will work on implementing the government program and in the interest of your shareholders, the Prime Minister told bankers
“My professional career over the last 20 years has been tightly linked to the difficulties and the rise of banking in Bulgaria. From day one as a senior official in the Ministry of Finance, together with some of you, we made the first steps in the development of the market and government securities; during the most difficult periods of large local financial crises. In the 90s we were not only trying to save not only the banking system, not just individual banks, but also the whole monetary and economic system”. With these words Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski turned to guests during the celebration on the occasion of the Day of the Banker, organized by the Association of Banks in Bulgaria
I hope that with joint efforts we will ensure that many more nominees compete for the first places in the years to come, said the Prime Minister at the Annual Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards Ceremony
I am glad to be part of this initiative which brings to the fore examples of successful business that contribute to economic development, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, who took part in the Annual Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Awards Ceremony. “I am convinced that the awards motivate entrepreneurs and pioneers in Bulgaria”, the Prime Minister pointed out, adding, “I hope that with joint efforts we will ensure that many more nominees compete for the first places in the years to come”. Mr. Oresharski pointed out that a large part of government measures were aimed at improving business conditions to demonstrate that the state encourages, rather than suppress the economy and preserve the image of the country as an attractive place to invest in.
Funds for integration policies for people with disabilities for next year have been increased by BGN 12 million, Minister Ademov said
The level of humanity and solidarity of society is assessed through how this society treats the most vulnerable groups. We will focus precisely on these groups. Our efforts are aimed at helping seniors, minors and people with disabilities, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during his meeting with the National Council for Integration of People with Disabilities (NCIPD). Minister of Labor and Social Policy Hasan Ademov also took part in the meeting.
It is important to demonstrate wisdom and devotion to universal human values. I believe that as a society we will be able to preserve our sensitivity towards all acts of xenophobia and division, the Prime Minister said.
I believe that the holiday of light and tolerance is a good occasion to send a message to society calling for more tolerance and goodwill between people of different ethnicity, religion and culture, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during a celebration of Hanukkah at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Bulgarian people have proven their tolerance, humanity and sense of justice over the years. “I believe that as a society we will be able to preserve our sensitivity towards all acts of xenophobia, attempts to impose hatred and intolerance, towards hate and division. It is important to demonstrate wisdom and devotion to universal human values – values that we Bulgarians demonstrated to the world 70 years ago regarding our fellow countrymen – Bulgarian Jews”, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister accepted the invitation of Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to visit Pristina and open a Bulgaria-Kosovo business forum next year
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski accepted the invitation by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to open a Bulgaria-Kosovo business forum. The invitation was delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs Enver Hoxhaj who met with the Bulgarian Prime Minister during an official visit to Bulgaria. It was agreed that the forum would take place in the beginning of next year and serve as a tool to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.
Policy coordination between the cabinet and parliament will significantly improve work, the Prime Minister believes
“Next year will be more difficult for the cabinet. We will do everything to contain the burden within the cabinet, rather than let it fall on the shoulders of Bulgarian citizens. We will strive to ensure that reforms and reorganization are carried out in a manner which minimizes their impact on people”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the end of the seminar between the government, and the parliamentary groups of Coalition for Bulgaria and Movement for Rights and Freedom. The Prime Minister told journalists that the government would continue to improve education, healthcare, as well as the business environment in order to ensure greater entrepreneurship and more investments.
Speech of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a seminar, titled “Statehood, Economy, Justice”, between the government and the political parties of Coalition for Bulgaria and Movement for Rights and Freedom.
It has been six months since the beginning of the most difficult government mandate in Bulgarian history. The beginning was marked by difficult to explain fierce resistance from the parties that did not become part of the government.
We witnessed aggression induced within society, unknown until now. It was actively maintained by a hostile media environment, which portrayed rallies as particularly dramatic, even in days when the number of protesters was down to 50-100 unhappy citizens.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Minister of Education Anelia Klisarova discussed with students the draft strategy for development of higher education. This is the second public discussion of the draft, after last week’s talks with the Council of Rectors, representatives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation and unions.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Oresharski and Iraqi government officials announced plans to seek opportunity for a meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries next year.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals Ahmad Dali and Minister of Trade Khairalla Babiker discussed possibilies to restore traditionally good trade-economic relations between Bulgaria and Iraq during a meeting in Sofia.
We should focus on transparent rules and procedures, improve the laws and apply them, said the Prime Minister in an interview for French Newspaper Le Monde
Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister as of May 29, has been facing constant anti-government rallies for the past five months. The Former Minister of Finance in a socialist government who began his career in the right end of the political spectrum explains his refusal to hold new elections in an interview for Le Monde
Prime Minister Oresharski welcomed the proposal to establish an association to promote agricultural cooperation with headquarters in Bulgaria
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski confirmed Bulgaria’s interest in infrastructural projects financed through the Chinese credit line of USD 10 billion. In a speech at the CEE-China Summit the Prime Minister noted that Bulgaria would like to attract Chinese investments for key national and regional projects such as highways, railways, hydroelectric plants, ports, airports, etc. He pointed out, howevefr, that in order for EU Member States to take advantage of credit line resources, the Chinese side needs to adopt a more flexible approach with regards to the financfing of projects in line with EU rules. Plamen Oresharski said that Member States are limited in their capability to offer government guarantees. Therefore, an approach that allows the implementation of projects through public-partner partnerships (PPP) or concessions would be more appropriate.
The two governments will meet in February to discuss joint projects
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta agreed to hold a joint meeting between the two governments in February in Sofia. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić will also be invited to take part in the meeting. The goal is to establish good coordination between the countries on projects that could be executed under the Danube Strategy.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania Valeriu Zgonea
The President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania promised Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski that joint projects between the two countries will be considered a priority and voted promptly by Romanian Deputies.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will assist the government in tackling the refugee situation, said Antonio Guterres, Head of UNCR.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Antonio Guterres, who is in Bulgaria at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev. European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva also took part in the meeting.
Amendments to the Judiciary Law will be submitted in parliament until the end of the year, the Prime Minister said at the regular sitting of the Supreme Judicial Council
“The judicial system is extremely important for the implementation of the government’s program because I believe the rule of law and independent review of legality are the key elements in the development of democracy and justice”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during the opening of the regular sitting of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The meeting between the Prime Minister and SJC members has no precedent in recent years. The Prime Minister noted that the government’s program, titled “Statehood, Development, Justice” and the appointment of the Minister of Justice as a Deputy Prime Minister clearly demonstrate political will for law and justice to return on the agenda.
One third of resources under EU funds for the whole current period were certified in the last 6 months, The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice announced
Deputy Prime Ministers and Minister of Justice Zinaida Zlatanova announced that ministers are reviewing European Commission (EC)’s comments on the Partnership Agreement the government submitted in the end of August. “We will continue to work to meet EU’s recommendations so that Bulgaria is among the first half of EU member States to sign a Partnership Agreement”, Zlatanova said at a press-conference following a government meeting. She explained that EC’s recommendations were not surprising. “They relate to speeding up reforms in healthcare, education and science, water sector, e-government and other policies that we have been behind on for years”, the Deputy Prime Minister noted.
In 2015 the government will return taxes that lowest income earners paid in 2014, the Prime Minister said
The government plans to propose a tax relief scheme for lowest income earners. Under the scheme, in the beginning of 2015 people who receive minimum wage will be able to get a return on taxes paid in 2014. This will happen after filing a simplified annual tax return form. According to preliminary estimates, about 200,000 people will benefit from the measure, which will deprive the budget of around BGN 150 million in revenues. This is what Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said during a discussion on “The Fight against Poverty in Bulgaria”, which took place in Parliament. The idea has already been discussed with economic teams and parliamentary groups that support the cabinet, as well as with the two national unions.
A draft policy on medications will be submitted for public discussion within the next two weeks, Deputy Minister of Health Boyko Petrov said.
It only looks as if social expenditure is small part of the budget; almost 100% of the budget goes to people. Even investments go mainly towards construction workers, where unemployment is highest”, said Prime Minister during his traditional meeting with protesters. The latest meeting was dedicated to education and healthcare. Minister of Education and Science Anelia Klisarova and Deputy Minister of Health Boyko Penkov also took part in the meeting.
The termination of the project for new maritime container terminals in the ports of Varna and Burgas prevented Bulgaria from developing modern services and technologies, the Prime Minister said.
“By terminating the project for new maritime container terminals in the ports of Varna and Burgas, the GERB government prevented Bulgaria from developing modern and efficient services and a number of new technologies that could have made the country more competitive in this industry”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Parliament regarding GERB’s decision in 2012 to use the the JPY 36 billion (EUR 327 million) Japan Bank for International Cooperation loan for other projects.
We are creating favorable conditions for more social responsibility and more active education policies, said the Prime Minister in Parliament
Economic recovery and Bulgaria’s return on the road to growth were some of the topics Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski highlighted with regards to State Budget 2014. Mr. Oresharski stressed that the draft budget creates favorable conditions for more social responsibility and support for the most vulnerable social groups. “The budget will allow for more active education policy that will place an emphasis on vocational training in secondary education and improved higher education. “I hope we will be able to take the first steps in the long overdue health reform”, the Prime Minister added.
Unfortunately there are people in the country who instill negative attitude towards refugees. It is important that our country demonstrates humane attitude towards such tragedy the way it has done throughout history, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told Bloomberg.
The key challenge this and next year is economic recovery, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in an interview for Bloomberg. He noted that growth next year is expected to be higher than this year and that the budget is based on an assumption of 1.8% growth. Contributing factors include higher domestic demand and slightly higher external demand which will allow for export growth. “We predict higher FDI levels and higher level of investment activity in the country overall. In the past two years, domestic and foreign investment has been very low, so there is potential in this respect”, the Prime Minister said. Asked about foreign investment forecasts, he notes that the figure in the Budget Law is just less than BGN 2 billion. “I hope this amount is exceeded”, he notes. According to Mr. Oresharski, it is possible to expect increased investment in tourism, machine building and infrastructure. “There are enough investment intentions but let’s wait and see which of them will come true”, the Prime Minister noted. He expressed hope that the good, albeit fragile, external signs in the second half of the year in leading European economies will further develop next year. According to him this will further help the economic recovery process. “The low current growth rate and stagnation is largely the result of the poor performance of EU economies during the first half of the year on one hand, and on the other –the political cycle in the country”, Prime Minister Oresharski added.
During his meeting with the Prime Minister, President of Global Village Champions Foundation Yank Barry noted that living conditions in refugee centers in Bulgaria are better than those in other countries.
“Charity work proves that the world can be different. Your example deserves to be promoted”, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told President of Global Village Champions Foundation Mr. Yank Barry during a meeting at the Council of Ministers today. The Prime Minister noted that he is impressed with Mr. Barry’s work.
The civil war in Syria has been raging for three years now. The bloodshed claimed the lives of more than 100 000 people and millions of Syrians were forced out of their homes. A proud nation with rich history is currently being subjected to suffering and pain. The refugee wave from Syria has been provoked by a conflict that destroys millions of human lives. People arrive in our country running away from the evil of war.
Bulgaria is obliged to treat the problem responsibly in the name of universal values, which place life and human rights as the highest good. Throughout the years, the Bulgarian people have demonstrated their tolerance to and solidarity with people in distress. This is part of our national culture and something to be proud of.
Relations between central and local government and fiscal decentralization will continue to be priorities throughout the entire term
We can reduce poverty by creating conditions for economic development, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a briefing after his meeting with from Kardzhali municipality’s Governor and mayors. The Prime Minister noted the need for conditions which reduce unemployment and encourage income growth.“There is a large group of Bulgarians who are “working poor”, he said. Social measures as and business incentives are both very important, according to Mr. Oresharksi. “We will encourage the implementation of business projects in any way, including financially where necessary. We believe that each condition that encourages the development and growth of the economy is worth supporting”, the Prime Minister said.
The immigration pressure burden should be shared more evenly among member-states, and not fall on countries in Southern Europe, the Bulgarian Prime Minister says in an interview for Greek newspaper Naftemboriki
The influential Greek newspaper Naftemporiki published an interview with Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, titled “The crisis is not resolved through increased taxation”. In the interview, the Prime Minister talks about the consequences of the crisis in Bulgaria. He notes that, even though the country dodged financial turmoil thanks to the prudent financial and fiscal policy prior to the crisis, the country sees a drop of economic growth from over 6% for 2004-2008 to negative figures in 2009; a drop of direct foreign investment from 9 billion leva in 2007 to less than 2 billion leva for last year; nearly twofold unemployment increase which significantly affected people’s income.
We negotiated significantly better terms than the ones previously agreed, the Prime Minister said
Over 20 million leva will be needed until the end of the year to implement the plan to tackle the refugee crisis, which resulted from the high influx of people, seeking asylum in Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told journalists. “We are hoping that the amount will be partially reimbursed thanks to European solidarity and member states that said they would help. It is unrealistic to expect that the amount will be reimbursed in full”, the Prime Minister added. The rest of the money will be provided through cost restructuring. “We are working towards more substantial support from the European Commission for next year”, Mr. Oresharski added.
Dragomir Stoynev: We are not required to provide bank guarantees. We will have direct access to natural gas and we will not depend on other countries. We will begin receiving dividends from the first year the pipeline reaches full capacity.
We defended our position well at the European Council which is why other leaders accepted it. The refugee wave is not directly linked to Bulgaria becoming part of Schengen; it would rather bring us closer if we conscientiously fulfill our commitments, said the Prime Minister.
Ministries and municipalities will be able to apply for funding with their own projects, aiming to increase growth, employability, competitiveness and decrease regional disparities, thanks to a new 500 million public investment program, the Minister of Finance said.
The construction of barriers to protect the most vulnerable section of Bulgaria’s border will begin immediately. There will be strict selectivity with regards to people who enter the country illegally, said the Minister of Interior.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski congratulated Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov on his his first ATP World Tour title at the Stockholm Open. In a telephone conversation with president of Bulgarian Tennis Federation Stefan Tsvetkov, the Prime Minister sent his warmest greetings to the winner.
Prime minister Plamen Oresharski congratulates doctors for October 19, St. Ivan Rilski day and Bulgarian National Doctors' Day and whishes them good health, personal happiness and professional success.
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