Bulgaria's President-elect: I Am Already Working Hard

Domestic | January 15, 2012, Sunday // 13:34|  views

Former Bulgarian Regional Minister, Rosen Plevneliev, was elected President on the ticket of the ruling GERB party at elections run-off on October 30. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's President-elect, Rosen Plevneliev, announced that he has selected an ambitious team which is already working hard and has very ambitious plans for the country.

Plevneliev spoke Sunday in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, BNR.

He stated that the priorities for the State were his top priorities as well, while the most difficult task, he would undertake as early as his first day in office, would be the National Program for Development of Bulgaria until 2020.

"In the first month in office, 5 Councils at the Presidency, with clear and outlined programs, will begin work. We want to be fully transparent and we will broadcast online our agenda and our decisions. We have invited NGOs, trade unions, employers' organizations, ministers, and representatives of the academic community – everyone who has something to say about national priorities," the President-elect stated.

He pointed out his team wants to change the very same format in working with the media to make the latter feel comfortable and have equal access to information.

Plevneliev further stated intentions to constantly travel around the country where mobile offices to meet with people will be set.

He voiced conviction that if Bulgaria wishes to become a wealthier country, the economy must be developed in a stable and balanced way; it must fight bureaucracy thus attract more foreign investments.

"Europe is paying the price of companies and countries taking loans in many years. The debt crisis is the most serious crisis from the three shaking the Old continent, the other two being the economic and the financial ones. After the huge overeating, this is the time for a serious diet. But Europe will come out of the crisis stronger; this is the biggest economy in the world," the President-elect noted.

Plevneliev vowed to work hard on the next stage of European integration. He explained he gets along wonderfully with his Deputy, former Justice Minister, and Vice President-elect, Margarita Popova.

He will be inaugurated in office on January 20.

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