Stability Tops Agenda of Bulgaria's New Head of State

Domestic | November 2, 2011, Wednesday // 12:48|  views

Bulgarian President-Elect Rosen Plevneliev has vowed to improve the country's sluggish fight against corruption. Photo by BGNES

President-Elect Rosen Plevneliev has highlighted the importance of security in Bulgaria and the negative impact on the economy in an unstable environment.

Speaking in an interview for Wednesday's morning broadcast of private TV channel bTV, he said that Bulgaria had a great chance for development as long as it remained balanced.

"Foreign investments, plants, job places, incomes in the years to come will only happen in countries which are stable," Plevneliev suggested.

Bulgaria's new head of state noted that the the threeway coalition government and Sergey Stanishev, then Prime Minister and current socialist leader, had failed to explain to the people during the election campaign that investments in the period 2003-2008 had arrived in the form of loans.

Plevneliev claimed that these loans, which he said amounted to a total of EUR 26 B, had gone into apartments and yachts, rather than plants and machines, and the interests that had piled up threatened to ruin many Bulgarian families.

Asked to comment on the findings of a report of the Risk Monitor Foundation implicating Parliament in passivity in the fight against corruption and organized crime, Plevneliev agreed that there was much more that could be done to address the issue.

"I have many solutions as regards this problem. I believe the e-government is one way to combat corruption which will also substantially improve voting. Citizens will no longer have to knock on closed administrative doors. It takes political will to make the administration work in a brand new way," Plevneliev declared.

After promoting the benefits of an accountable and transparent administration, he shared his views on the crisis in Greece and the idea of Prime Minister Papandreou for calling a referendum on the European debt deal.

Bulgaria's President-Elect was adamant that Greece had to honor all commitments it had entered, or European solidarity would stop functioning and the EU would be put under a question mark.

"Europe needs clear accountability and firm solidarity," Plevneliev reasoned.

Asked to dwell on the recent "2 in 1" elections held in the country, he said that he was not afraid of a cancellation of the vote but felt rather worried about the negative media coverage.

Plevneliev stressed that Bulgaria's image abroad suffered immensely from the widespread reports of thugs' interventions, deployment of scare tactics and electoral manipulations.

Bulgaria's new head of state confirmed that he would not move to the "Kalina" villa in Sofia's Boyana suburb with his family because he did not want to deprive the children of the wholesome environment they now enjoyed at the Residential Park complex or to isolate them "behind four walls."

"I want my children to develop their personalities and to grow up as good people," Plevneliev concluded.

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Tags: Rosen Plevneliev, President-Elect, Presidential elections, investments, loan, interest rates, Greece debt crisis, Prime Minister, Papandreou, election fraud


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