Bulgaria President Vows to Back Cabinet's Anti-crisis Package

Domestic | April 1, 2010, Thursday // 13:24|  views

Bulgaria’s President, Georgi Parvanov, believes a good rapport between the country’s institutions is a must in times of crisis. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s President, Georgi Parvanov, will support the cabinet in their package of anti-crisis measures despite some disagreements.

The statement was made by Parvanov during his Thursday meeting with the Initiative Committee that nominated him for the Head of State post.

The President pointed out that in the conditions of an economic crisis the collaboration among institutions is a must in order to successfully apply the measures, adding that currently and unfortunately there isn’t a political crisis in Bulgaria, but a crisis precisely among the above said institutions.

Parvanov spoke in the aftermath of the failed Wednesday attempt of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party to impeach him for violating the Constitution by publishing a transcript from his talk with Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, without the latter’s knowledge. GERB failed to collect the 161 parliamentary votes required to send the impeachment motion to the Constitutional Court.

Parvanov said that, according to data from his experts, from every 300 statements on the part of the ruling majority, 200 target him negatively.

The President further pointed out he is going to do his share in supporting even unpopular anti-crisis measures over feeling responsible and not being afraid of criticism.

“If we cannot have the measures we want, we will want the ones we can have. This is the outcome of the discussions between the cabinet, the labor unions and the employers, and we need to offer support,” Parvanov said, adding the anti-crisis measures lack priorities and are only applicable short term.

The President declared he would become the moving force behind organizing in April meetings all over the country to discuss the EU strategy “Europe 2020, since Bulgaria is yet to state its official position and commitments.

During the same meeting, the Member of the Parliament from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), former Culture Minister, and popular Bulgarian actor, Stefan Danailov, informed that in just a couple of days 185 000 signatures have been collected in support of Parvanov and against the impeachment.

Danailov is also the Chair of Initiative Committee that nominated Parvanov for his second term in office.

Regarding the impeachment attempt, the President pointed out he is not afraid, had never violated the Constitution and does not mind GERB repeating the move in two months it they wanted.

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Tags: Georgi Parvanov, impeachment, Simeon Djankov, GERB, anti-crisis package, Stefan Danailov


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