Ex Bulgarian PM Claims Tax Probe 'Terror'

Domestic | December 21, 2013, Saturday // 13:24|  views

Former Bulgarian PM and leader of GERB party, Boyko Borisov, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's former Prime Minister and leader of the formerly-ruling, centrist opposition GERB party, Boyko Borisov, says he is subject to exceedingly high number of tax probes.

He announced the news about an ongoing tax audit of his finances in a Saturday interview for Darik radio.

"There was already a tax audit for five years back. It showed that everything is in order. So now they are probing me for all years after 2003, when I was Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry. I am now collecting tons of paperwork from the past; they are counting even the bricks of my house," complained Borisov.

To him, the most remarkable event of 2013 was protests in various forms. He made it clear that he does not regret the resignation of his government of Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB) back in February, amidst mass protests against poverty and monopolies.

"I have always said that we paved roads with asphalt all over the country with so much desire for people to enjoy better infrastructure, and I couldn't watch them calmly getting bloodied after clashes between riot police and demonstrators, "said Borisov.

In his words, GERB was not able to form a Cabinet after the last elections, even though it garnered the most votes, because they underestimated the fact that the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) will play together as one formation. Borisov said that after the May 2013 early elections all other parties united against GERB, because its rule disturbed the status quo.

He admitted that the current government was making effort to tackle the refugee wave.

"I have repeatedly said that Interior Minister, Tsvetlin Yovchev, is the most successful minister of this government; the only one. He has lots of experience. I should admit that the refugee wave is an objective fact. Any government would have faced difficulties," said Borisov.

On energy projects, the former PM pointed out that only in six months, the current government managed to "flop" two major energy projects – the Russian natural gas pipeline "South Stream" and plans to build a new reactor at the country's only Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) "Kozloduy."

According to Borisov, the European Commission had virtually seized the sovereignty of Bulgaria in negotiating for "South Stream," which would have been a profitable project.

"The EC used European diplomatic language to say: "Get out of the negotiations because you are dependent," he stated.

The former PM further noted that with its policy, the government has endangered the construction of unit 7 of NPP "Kozloduy."

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