Bulgaria PM Makes U-Turn: Bonuses to Go to Sick Kids

Domestic | May 18, 2012, Friday // 14:49|  views

On second thoughts, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov gave up his controversial proposal to invest the bonuses into PR events for the Balkan Wars anniversary. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The bonuses that heads of political cabinets and other officials returned in the aftermath of a huge scandal will be used for the treatment of sick kids, rather than the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Balkan Wars.

At the next meeting of the government Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will propose more than BGN 600 000 from the returned bonuses account to be transferred for treatment of sick children, the government's press center surprisingly announced on Friday.

No more details were immediately available.

The U-turn comes after Borisov's decision to transfer the money to the budgets of the Council of Ministries and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs for the organization and execution of the Balkan Wars tribute campaign sparked a wide and heated controversy.

Under the initial proposal, the funds were to be used for repairs and rebuilding of monuments of soldiers who have perished in the Wars, for displays, reinstatement of historical documents, and conferences among others.

The Defense Ministry was to organize the creation of a commemorative badge "100 Years since the Balkan Wars," and further use the money for official military honors ceremonies, the publishing of commemorative materials, an international conference, and the making of a list of Bulgarian servicemen, who have died in the battles.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry was to publish a book, prepare an exhibit about Macedonian soldiers, who in 1912 were part of the regular Bulgarian Army, and  organize the search for tombs of Bulgarian military men on the territory of Macedonia.

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