Stanishev: Threatened Cartels Stir Bulgarian Anti-Govt Rallies

Domestic | July 1, 2013, Monday // 11:52|  views

Former Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, is the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, and of the Party of European Socialists, PES, photo by BGNES

The Socialist-endorsed government has already harmed interests of oligarchs and cartels and the amount is going to reach BGN 1 B a year, according to the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, Sergey Stanishev.

In an interview for the Bulgarian Trud (Labor) daily, the left-wing leader listed the 3 foreign-owned power utilities, the owners of renewable energy sources, and of thermal power plants among those whose cartel interests have been harmed.

He further bragged about the first-ever inclusion of civil councils at every ministry, and leaving the door wide-open to NGO's and civil society for proposals and debates concerning a new Election Code.

"This is our new way of work. Changing in the course of just few weeks the model of forming electric power prices is just one example of this. Instead of a price hike of 40% on July 1, as requested by producers, we created conditions to lower the price by 5%. How was this possible? It is obvious that we have huge interests in the energy sector – interests of private structures, not of the public," Stanishev is quoted in saying.

He stresses that the government is fully open to discuss with everyone the next steps in the recovery and improvement of the political climate.

According to him, there is a "brain" of foreign-financed NGO's and some business circles that are redirecting the initially-spontaneous protest rallies in the country and feeding media with manipulations.

Monday is the 18th consecutive day of massive peaceful protests in Bulgaria with the biggest rally starting at 6:30 pm.

The peaceful anti-government demonstrations in Bulgaria were triggered by the appointment of notorious media mogul Delyan Peevski as Chair of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

The decision was eventually reversed, yet protesters went on to demand the resignation of the socialist-led government over ties with oligarchs, an end to opaque policies, and Election Code amendments aimed at guaranteeing a greater representation of Bulgarian citizens in the government.

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