Bulgarian Budget's Income Statement 'Written Up' - Interim PM

Domestic | August 22, 2014, Friday // 07:56|  views

Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki. Photo by BGNES

The income statement of the state budget was overestimated by about BGN 2 B back at the planning phase, Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki said.

Bliznashki, who assumed office on August 6, warned that the budget approved by Plamen Oresharsk?'s government carried a risk of "a clear problem with the [National] Revenue Agency".

While he was in Varna to meet Mayor Ivan Portnih, he also announced that expenditures of the state administration should be slashed by 15% up to end-2014.

However, the caretaker government will "refrain" from doing so to avoid accusations of political "purges", the website Dariknews.bg quoted Bliznashki as saying.

A caretaker government is not entitled to update the state budget, since there is no acting Parliament to approve such a step.

The Prime Minister also defended the reappointment of Vanyo Tanov, a former head of the Customs Agency, to the same office, a move that divided the opinions in Bulgaria.

In his words, the Customs Agency was undergoing "grabs" and it therefore needed a professional like Tanov who could help to plug up smuggling channels.

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Tags: budget, Georgi Bliznashki, Plamen Oresharski, Vanyo Tanov, Customs Agency, Ivan Portnih


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