SOLVIT is an on-line problem solving network in which EU Member States work together to solve without legal proceedings problems caused by the misapplication of Internal Market law by public authorities.
I believe that you will work on implementing the government program and in the interest of your shareholders, the Prime Minister told bankers
“My professional career over the last 20 years has been tightly linked to the difficulties and the rise of banking in Bulgaria. From day one as a senior official in the Ministry of Finance, together with some of you, we made the first steps in the development of the market and government securities; during the most difficult periods of large local financial crises. In the 90s we were not only trying to save not only the banking system, not just individual banks, but also the whole monetary and economic system”. With these words Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski turned to guests during the celebration on the occasion of the Day of the Banker, organized by the Association of Banks in Bulgaria
I hope that with joint efforts we will ensure that many more nominees compete for the first places in the years to come, said the Prime Minister at the Annual Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Awards Ceremony
I am glad to be part of this initiative which brings to the fore examples of successful business that contribute to economic development, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, who took part in the Annual Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) Awards Ceremony. “I am convinced that the awards motivate entrepreneurs and pioneers in Bulgaria”, the Prime Minister pointed out, adding, “I hope that with joint efforts we will ensure that many more nominees compete for the first places in the years to come”. Mr. Oresharski pointed out that a large part of government measures were aimed at improving business conditions to demonstrate that the state encourages, rather than suppress the economy and preserve the image of the country as an attractive place to invest in.
Funds for integration policies for people with disabilities for next year have been increased by BGN 12 million, Minister Ademov said
The level of humanity and solidarity of society is assessed through how this society treats the most vulnerable groups. We will focus precisely on these groups. Our efforts are aimed at helping seniors, minors and people with disabilities, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during his meeting with the National Council for Integration of People with Disabilities (NCIPD). Minister of Labor and Social Policy Hasan Ademov also took part in the meeting.
It is important to demonstrate wisdom and devotion to universal human values. I believe that as a society we will be able to preserve our sensitivity towards all acts of xenophobia and division, the Prime Minister said.
I believe that the holiday of light and tolerance is a good occasion to send a message to society calling for more tolerance and goodwill between people of different ethnicity, religion and culture, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during a celebration of Hanukkah at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Bulgarian people have proven their tolerance, humanity and sense of justice over the years. “I believe that as a society we will be able to preserve our sensitivity towards all acts of xenophobia, attempts to impose hatred and intolerance, towards hate and division. It is important to demonstrate wisdom and devotion to universal human values – values that we Bulgarians demonstrated to the world 70 years ago regarding our fellow countrymen – Bulgarian Jews”, the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister accepted the invitation of Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to visit Pristina and open a Bulgaria-Kosovo business forum next year
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski accepted the invitation by Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi to open a Bulgaria-Kosovo business forum. The invitation was delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs Enver Hoxhaj who met with the Bulgarian Prime Minister during an official visit to Bulgaria. It was agreed that the forum would take place in the beginning of next year and serve as a tool to strengthen economic relations between the two countries.
Policy coordination between the cabinet and parliament will significantly improve work, the Prime Minister believes
“Next year will be more difficult for the cabinet. We will do everything to contain the burden within the cabinet, rather than let it fall on the shoulders of Bulgarian citizens. We will strive to ensure that reforms and reorganization are carried out in a manner which minimizes their impact on people”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at the end of the seminar between the government, and the parliamentary groups of Coalition for Bulgaria and Movement for Rights and Freedom. The Prime Minister told journalists that the government would continue to improve education, healthcare, as well as the business environment in order to ensure greater entrepreneurship and more investments.
Speech of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a seminar, titled “Statehood, Economy, Justice”, between the government and the political parties of Coalition for Bulgaria and Movement for Rights and Freedom.
It has been six months since the beginning of the most difficult government mandate in Bulgarian history. The beginning was marked by difficult to explain fierce resistance from the parties that did not become part of the government.
We witnessed aggression induced within society, unknown until now. It was actively maintained by a hostile media environment, which portrayed rallies as particularly dramatic, even in days when the number of protesters was down to 50-100 unhappy citizens.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Minister of Education Anelia Klisarova discussed with students the draft strategy for development of higher education. This is the second public discussion of the draft, after last week’s talks with the Council of Rectors, representatives of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation and unions.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Oresharski and Iraqi government officials announced plans to seek opportunity for a meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries next year.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals Ahmad Dali and Minister of Trade Khairalla Babiker discussed possibilies to restore traditionally good trade-economic relations between Bulgaria and Iraq during a meeting in Sofia.
We should focus on transparent rules and procedures, improve the laws and apply them, said the Prime Minister in an interview for French Newspaper Le Monde
Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister as of May 29, has been facing constant anti-government rallies for the past five months. The Former Minister of Finance in a socialist government who began his career in the right end of the political spectrum explains his refusal to hold new elections in an interview for Le Monde
Prime Minister Oresharski welcomed the proposal to establish an association to promote agricultural cooperation with headquarters in Bulgaria
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski confirmed Bulgaria’s interest in infrastructural projects financed through the Chinese credit line of USD 10 billion. In a speech at the CEE-China Summit the Prime Minister noted that Bulgaria would like to attract Chinese investments for key national and regional projects such as highways, railways, hydroelectric plants, ports, airports, etc. He pointed out, however, that in order for EU Member States to take advantage of credit line resources, the Chinese side needs to adopt a more flexible approach with regards to the financfing of projects in line with EU rules. Plamen Oresharski said that Member States are limited in their capability to offer government guarantees. Therefore, an approach that allows the implementation of projects through public-partner partnerships (PPP) or concessions would be more appropriate.
The two governments will meet in February to discuss joint projects
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta agreed to hold a joint meeting between the two governments in February in Sofia. Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić will also be invited to take part in the meeting. The goal is to establish good coordination between the countries on projects that could be executed under the Danube Strategy.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania Valeriu Zgonea
The President of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania promised Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski that joint projects between the two countries will be considered a priority and voted promptly by Romanian Deputies.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will assist the government in tackling the refugee situation, said Antonio Guterres, Head of UNCR.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski met with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Antonio Guterres, who is in Bulgaria at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev. European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva also took part in the meeting.
Amendments to the Judiciary Law will be submitted in parliament until the end of the year, the Prime Minister said at the regular sitting of the Supreme Judicial Council
“The judicial system is extremely important for the implementation of the government’s program because I believe the rule of law and independent review of legality are the key elements in the development of democracy and justice”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski during the opening of the regular sitting of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). The meeting between the Prime Minister and SJC members has no precedent in recent years. The Prime Minister noted that the government’s program, titled “Statehood, Development, Justice” and the appointment of the Minister of Justice as a Deputy Prime Minister clearly demonstrate political will for law and justice to return on the agenda.
One third of resources under EU funds for the whole current period were certified in the last 6 months, The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice announced
Deputy Prime Ministers and Minister of Justice Zinaida Zlatanova announced that ministers are reviewing European Commission (EC)’s comments on the Partnership Agreement the government submitted in the end of August. “We will continue to work to meet EU’s recommendations so that Bulgaria is among the first half of EU member States to sign a Partnership Agreement”, Zlatanova said at a press-conference following a government meeting. She explained that EC’s recommendations were not surprising. “They relate to speeding up reforms in healthcare, education and science, water sector, e-government and other policies that we have been behind on for years”, the Deputy Prime Minister noted.
In 2015 the government will return taxes that lowest income earners paid in 2014, the Prime Minister said
The government plans to propose a tax relief scheme for lowest income earners. Under the scheme, in the beginning of 2015 people who receive minimum wage will be able to get a return on taxes paid in 2014. This will happen after filing a simplified annual tax return form. According to preliminary estimates, about 200,000 people will benefit from the measure, which will deprive the budget of around BGN 150 million in revenues. This is what Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said during a discussion on “The Fight against Poverty in Bulgaria”, which took place in Parliament. The idea has already been discussed with economic teams and parliamentary groups that support the cabinet, as well as with the two national unions.
A draft policy on medications will be submitted for public discussion within the next two weeks, Deputy Minister of Health Boyko Petrov said.
It only looks as if social expenditure is small part of the budget; almost 100% of the budget goes to people. Even investments go mainly towards construction workers, where unemployment is highest”, said Prime Minister during his traditional meeting with protesters. The latest meeting was dedicated to education and healthcare. Minister of Education and Science Anelia Klisarova and Deputy Minister of Health Boyko Penkov also took part in the meeting.
The termination of the project for new maritime container terminals in the ports of Varna and Burgas prevented Bulgaria from developing modern services and technologies, the Prime Minister said.
“By terminating the project for new maritime container terminals in the ports of Varna and Burgas, the GERB government prevented Bulgaria from developing modern and efficient services and a number of new technologies that could have made the country more competitive in this industry”, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in Parliament regarding GERB’s decision in 2012 to use the the JPY 36 billion (EUR 327 million) Japan Bank for International Cooperation loan for other projects.
We are creating favorable conditions for more social responsibility and more active education policies, said the Prime Minister in Parliament
Economic recovery and Bulgaria’s return on the road to growth were some of the topics Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski highlighted with regards to State Budget 2014. Mr. Oresharski stressed that the draft budget creates favorable conditions for more social responsibility and support for the most vulnerable social groups. “The budget will allow for more active education policy that will place an emphasis on vocational training in secondary education and improved higher education. “I hope we will be able to take the first steps in the long overdue health reform”, the Prime Minister added.
Unfortunately there are people in the country who instill negative attitude towards refugees. It is important that our country demonstrates humane attitude towards such tragedy the way it has done throughout history, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told Bloomberg.
The key challenge this and next year is economic recovery, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski in an interview for Bloomberg. He noted that growth next year is expected to be higher than this year and that the budget is based on an assumption of 1.8% growth. Contributing factors include higher domestic demand and slightly higher external demand which will allow for export growth. “We predict higher FDI levels and higher level of investment activity in the country overall. In the past two years, domestic and foreign investment has been very low, so there is potential in this respect”, the Prime Minister said. Asked about foreign investment forecasts, he notes that the figure in the Budget Law is just less than BGN 2 billion. “I hope this amount is exceeded”, he notes. According to Mr. Oresharski, it is possible to expect increased investment in tourism, machine building and infrastructure. “There are enough investment intentions but let’s wait and see which of them will come true”, the Prime Minister noted. He expressed hope that the good, albeit fragile, external signs in the second half of the year in leading European economies will further develop next year. According to him this will further help the economic recovery process. “The low current growth rate and stagnation is largely the result of the poor performance of EU economies during the first half of the year on one hand, and on the other –the political cycle in the country”, Prime Minister Oresharski added.
During his meeting with the Prime Minister, President of Global Village Champions Foundation Yank Barry noted that living conditions in refugee centers in Bulgaria are better than those in other countries.
“Charity work proves that the world can be different. Your example deserves to be promoted”, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told President of Global Village Champions Foundation Mr. Yank Barry during a meeting at the Council of Ministers today. The Prime Minister noted that he is impressed with Mr. Barry’s work.
The civil war in Syria has been raging for three years now. The bloodshed claimed the lives of more than 100 000 people and millions of Syrians were forced out of their homes. A proud nation with rich history is currently being subjected to suffering and pain. The refugee wave from Syria has been provoked by a conflict that destroys millions of human lives. People arrive in our country running away from the evil of war.
Bulgaria is obliged to treat the problem responsibly in the name of universal values, which place life and human rights as the highest good. Throughout the years, the Bulgarian people have demonstrated their tolerance to and solidarity with people in distress. This is part of our national culture and something to be proud of.
Relations between central and local government and fiscal decentralization will continue to be priorities throughout the entire term
We can reduce poverty by creating conditions for economic development, said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski at a briefing after his meeting with from Kardzhali municipality’s Governor and mayors. The Prime Minister noted the need for conditions which reduce unemployment and encourage income growth.“There is a large group of Bulgarians who are “working poor”, he said. Social measures as and business incentives are both very important, according to Mr. Oresharksi. “We will encourage the implementation of business projects in any way, including financially where necessary. We believe that each condition that encourages the development and growth of the economy is worth supporting”, the Prime Minister said.
The immigration pressure burden should be shared more evenly among member-states, and not fall on countries in Southern Europe, the Bulgarian Prime Minister says in an interview for Greek newspaper Naftemboriki
The influential Greek newspaper Naftemporiki published an interview with Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, titled “The crisis is not resolved through increased taxation”. In the interview, the Prime Minister talks about the consequences of the crisis in Bulgaria. He notes that, even though the country dodged financial turmoil thanks to the prudent financial and fiscal policy prior to the crisis, the country sees a drop of economic growth from over 6% for 2004-2008 to negative figures in 2009; a drop of direct foreign investment from 9 billion leva in 2007 to less than 2 billion leva for last year; nearly twofold unemployment increase which significantly affected people’s income.
We negotiated significantly better terms than the ones previously agreed, the Prime Minister said
Over 20 million leva will be needed until the end of the year to implement the plan to tackle the refugee crisis, which resulted from the high influx of people, seeking asylum in Bulgaria, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski told journalists. “We are hoping that the amount will be partially reimbursed thanks to European solidarity and member states that said they would help. It is unrealistic to expect that the amount will be reimbursed in full”, the Prime Minister added. The rest of the money will be provided through cost restructuring. “We are working towards more substantial support from the European Commission for next year”, Mr. Oresharski added.
Dragomir Stoynev: We are not required to provide bank guarantees. We will have direct access to natural gas and we will not depend on other countries. We will begin receiving dividends from the first year the pipeline reaches full capacity.
We defended our position well at the European Council which is why other leaders accepted it. The refugee wave is not directly linked to Bulgaria becoming part of Schengen; it would rather bring us closer if we conscientiously fulfill our commitments, said the Prime Minister.
Ministries and municipalities will be able to apply for funding with their own projects, aiming to increase growth, employability, competitiveness and decrease regional disparities, thanks to a new 500 million public investment program, the Minister of Finance said.
The construction of barriers to protect the most vulnerable section of Bulgaria’s border will begin immediately. There will be strict selectivity with regards to people who enter the country illegally, said the Minister of Interior.
Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski congratulated Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov on his his first ATP World Tour title at the Stockholm Open. In a telephone conversation with president of Bulgarian Tennis Federation Stefan Tsvetkov, the Prime Minister sent his warmest greetings to the winner.
Prime minister Plamen Oresharski congratulates doctors for October 19, St. Ivan Rilski day and Bulgarian National Doctors' Day and whishes them good health, personal happiness and professional success.
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