Bulgarian President Pledges Fiscal Stability before EU

Bulgaria in EU | March 15, 2013, Friday // 17:25|  views

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev (l), talks to French counterpart, Francois Hollande, at the European Council summit in Brussels. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has declared in Brussels his country will maintain strict fiscal discipline and stability.

He is the Belgium capital for the European Council summit. His statement comes ahead of next week's sitting of the EU Ministers of Economy and Finances where a debate on ways to quickly and efficiently liberalize Bulgaria's energy market will be on the agenda.

The President has also noted that if the State would begin unwise spending, all Bulgarians will have to pay the price. He has explained the new caretaker government would have a "more ambitious than expected approach to the liberalization and would prepare draft bills in this sector."

He stated the free choice of electric power suppliers would be in the interest of both citizens and the business.

"Many of those who in the last 15-20 years had a say in the Bulgarian energy sector must now explain why we remain at the bottom and are being sanctioned for not adhering to European legislation and regulation," according to Plevneliev.

At the European Council, he has also asked for Bulgaria to be included in the European Commission's program for assistance for Member States with the highest youth unemployment rates as the one in his country has already reached 27%.

On February 21, Bulgaria's Parliament approved the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's government amidst unprecedented since 1997 protest rallies against sky-high utility bills, monopolies, stagnation, corruption and wide-spread poverty, which later turned into a civil unrest and political demands.

Snap general election is to be held May 12, just two months ahead of the regular date in July.

Plevneliev named the caretaker government on March 12.

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