Bulgaria interim PM on a visit to coastal city of Varna (ROUNDUP)22 August 2014 | 06:03 | FOCUS News Agency
He arrived directly at the Varna Municipal Office to meet with Mayor Ivan Portnih, who initiated the visit.
The two will discussed the measures taken by the municipality to tackle the consequences of the recent floods in the city.
Speaking with journalists PM Bliznashki commented on the money allocated by the state to the flood-stricken districts, the priorities of the interim government and other related issues.
“Government allocated BGN 1.8 million for the people affected by the flood in the Asparuhovo residential quarter in the coastal city of Varna,” interim Prime Minister Professor Georgi Bliznashki said.
Professor Bliznashki remarked that the total sum that the government allocated for all flood-stricken districts in the country amounted to nearly BGN 16 million.
“In ten days the mayor will present other measures for the people from this residential quarter. We are ready to discuss these issues, too and possibly to provide more money to tackle the consequences after this disaster,” the interim Prime Minister added.
“Over the past days we held talks with European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva. The application forms, which cover the assessment of the damages in Varna, Dobrich and Veliko Tarnovo, as well as certain other districts, are already in Brussels and we expect money from the European Solidarity Fund,” Bliznashki said further.
Speaking of interim government’s work, the Prime Minister commented on some of its priorities.
“The priority of this government is to launch the payments under the suspended European programmes,” Professor Georgi Bliznashki said.
He remarked that every single BGN 1 invested by the Bulgarian government was compensated with additional BGN 3, BGN 4 or BGN 5 from Europe.
“This is fresh money, which we have to secure. If we want things to get well, we have to secure BGN 900 million by the end of the year so as to unfreeze this money from Europe,” Bliznashki added.
Professor Bliznashki also commented on the banking sector and the CorpBank case.
“Government of former prime minister Plamen Oresharski was ousted due to the internal collapse in the cores of the oligarchy and the drama around the Corporate Commercial Bank,” the interim prime minister said.
He added that the failure of the former cabinet was due to the problems of the oligarchs but if it weren’t for the pressure from the civil society, these disagreements would have found more civilised outcome.
Speaking of the problems of the Bulgarian banking crisis, Professor Bliznashki said he would rather not comment in details because the major regulator and factor in this field was the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB).
The prime minister called for patience over the CorpBank case.
“Let us wait and see what the audit report will say. I abstain from interfering directly. You know there are already charges pressed. Things are complex and there are schemes that are being untangled now, which is within the competence of the Prosecutor’s Office,” PM Bliznashki remarked.
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