Bulgaria Ex-PM Stanishev to Borisov: Stop Fighting Former Govt

Domestic | October 16, 2009, Friday // 17:37|  views

Sergey Stanishev (right) speaking in Parliament Friday; Bulgaria's PM Borisov and his deputy Djankov (left) are listening. Photo by BGNES

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, stated Friday that his successor, Boyko Borisov, and the GERB government behave as election runners not as a government.

“Fight the economic crisis, secure economic growth, decrease the unemployment, and improve the living standard in Bulgaria instead of fighting the beaten government,” Stanishev told Borisov and Finance Minister Djankov from the Parliamentary floor referring to his own cabinet whose parties lost the July 2009 general elections.

Stanishev, who is the leader of the Bulgarian Socialst Party, said that 2010 would be harder economically than 2009, and urged the GERB government to adopt a governance program.

“Why did the balanced budget turn into a priority in a time of crisis? Most budget-funded systems are having it very rough because of the imposed limitations,” Stanishev declared pointing out the difficulties in the state railways BDZ, and the social institutions.

“Bulgaria is going to restore its 2008 economic development no earlier than 2012, i.e. at the end of the term of the present government, and such a pace of recovery is not satisfactory for us,” the former PM stated pointing out the Bulgarian government forecast a GDP decline of 2% in 2010, whereas most other countries were already expecting positive economic growth.

Stanishev also said a EC report from October 14 praised Bulgaria as one of the five EU economies facing lowest risk was the result of the policies of his government. At the same time, the GERB cabinet continued blaming the emerging issues on the former governing team.

“Mr. Prime Minister, the tender for the corvettes was carried out by your government in 2004. For four years, my government staved off the French attacks for starting the deal. I have not signed any contracts for the purchase of French corvettes, and I am made no financial commitments in that respect,” the former Prime Minister declared referring to the government of Simeon Saxe-Coburg (2001-2005) when Borisov was the Interior Ministry Secretary.

Thus, he replied to Borisov’s claims that Stanishev had promised to buy two corvettes from France while the state budget no could not afford the deal.

“How come the Belene Nuclear Power Plant is of interest for Germany, Russia, France, even Macedonia, but not for the Bulgarian government?” Stanishev asked regarding the hesitancy of the GERB government to complete the construction of the Belene plant with state money, or at least with state-guaranteed loans, as the former cabinet had planned.

“I remind you that the interest of Gaz de France and Dalkia in buying the Sofia heating utility Toplofikatsia is not a product of your visit in Paris, but dated back years. However, your unwillingness to start its privatization did not allow the French companies to participate,” Stanishev said referring to the time when Boyko Borisov served as Sofia Mayor.

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Tags: Sergey Stanishev, Prime Minister, former PM, Boyko Borisov, government, Global Financial Crisis, budget, state budget, Belene NPP, Nuclear Power Plant, Toplofikatsiya, France, corvettes, balanced budget


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