Labor Minister: No Benefits for 'Mercedes Driving Bulgarians'Domestic | October 19, 2009, Monday // 11:27| views
Mladenov concluded that the goal is for money for social activities to be used in the best way and given to the most vulnerable people. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria’s Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Totyu Mladenov, has stated that he will stop social benefits to people who come to collect their payments in Mercedes.
Mladenov said Monday that his Ministry will give out social benefits using a scale based on a person’s income. He added that people who “turn up at the benefits offices in Mercedes and wearing chains will not be given money.”
The Minister opened the two-day regional seminar on "Social inclusion - the priorities of national and regional policies for social Europe."
2010 was recently declared by the European Union as the year for combating poverty. Mladenov added that Bulgaria is preparing amendments to legislation in this area, including to the Social Assistance Act and the Law on Persons with Disabilities.
Mladenov concluded that the goal is for money for social activities to be used in the best way and given to the most vulnerable people. He added; “That is why over 60 signals have been handed to the Prosecutor’s Office regarding fraudulent activities with state money provided to disabled people.”
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