Bulgaria's Ruse Rallies in Order to Host Customs AgencyDomestic | June 11, 2012, Monday // 18:03| views
Bulgaria's Ruse demands that it host the Bulgarian Customs Agency after its relocation from Sofia. File photo
More than 11 000 residents of the Danube city of Ruse have signed a petition to the central government in Sofia with a demand for the relocation of the Bulgarian Customs Agency.
The petition has mirror similar initiatives in several Bulgarian cities in the wake of a proposal by Finance Minister Simeon Djankov to relocate major Bulgarian state institutions around the country as part of a "decentralization" program.
"The relocation of state structures to our city means more jobs, lower unemployment among the young and educated people, and a higher standard of living for our region," states the petition that the residents of Ruse sent together with 11 293 signatures to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov in support of his plan to resettle government agencies and ministries around the country, as cited by ruseinfo.
A public opinion poll conducted by Ruse University "Angel Kanchev" has found that 91.2% of the residents of Ruse are in favor of having their city host the headquarters of the Bulgarian Customs Agency.
In addition, the residents of Ruse also demand the relocation of State Company "Port Infrastructure" - an institution for which Bulgarian Black Sea ports Varna and Burgas are bidding, as well.
In Burgas, a petition signed by 7 400 locals demands that their city should host "Port Infrastructure" as well as two other state agencies – Maritime Administration, and the Executive Agency on Fisheries and Aqua Cultures.
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