Bulgaria's GERB Attacks Corruption 1 Year before Elections

Domestic | July 5, 2012, Thursday // 18:33|  views

The Chairman of the parliamentary group of GERB, Krasimir Velchev, says he is full of ideas of how to fight corruption in Bulgaria. Photo by BGNES

The ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party GERB revealed Thursday plans about a new anti-corruption and anti-lobbyism legislation.

The Chairman of the GERB Parliamentary group, Krasimir Velchev, commented for the media that he had plenty of ideas and wished for such laws in Bulgaria because cases of corruption still abound in the country.

According to Velchev, it is obvious that current texts in different Acts aimed against offering and taking bribes are not precise enough since the practice is common and continuing. He, however, declared that there is no corruption in the current government, but rather on other, lower levels. The MP gave as example municipalities where 90% of the deadlines are month-long, but no one adheres to them.

The promise to have such law came as response of criticism on the part of the opposition that in the 3 years of their term GERB have failed to fulfill any of their election campaign promises.

GERB insist they have done a lot, but still not enough.

Speaking on the occasion of the third anniversary of GERB taking office, Velchev pointed out that taking into account the fact Bulgaria is a small country, depending on the economies of others, the cabinet succeeded in avoiding tax increases, reduction of retirement pensions and mass layoffs.

The left-wing, opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, blamed the government for allowing a catastrophic drop of the employment rate, the lowest in 8 years, in addition to humiliatingly low income, persisting poverty, insecure future, and wide-spread despair.

The ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, accused GERB of only building highways while, in contradiction to election promises, the crime rate remains high, and everything else is going from bad to worse.

Volen Siderov, leader of the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, who for the first 2 years of the term was the strongest GERB supporter, commented the ruling party continues to lead pro-oligarchic, pro-Turkish and lobbyist policies.

"All intentions of GERB failed – prices are going up, salaries and retirement pensions are frozen. The hopes Bulgarians had in Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, evaporated. He is now a fiasco, a media balloon," concluded the nationalist.

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Tags: Volen Siderov, Ataka, BSP, DPS, corruption, Krasimir Velchev, GERB, parliamentary group, opposition, ruling party, GERB, Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov


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