(DF) BSP to Seek Consensus on Common Proposals about Budget Revision

August 31 (BTA) – The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will propose to the anti-establishment parties There Is Such a People, Democratic Bulgaria and Rise Up BG! Here We Come! to hold a meeting in order to discuss common priorities and proposals on the 2021 budget revision as well as shorter deadlines between the first and second reading of the bill, said BSP leader Kornelia Ninova during a meeting with trade unions and employer organizations on Tuesday. Ninova expects from all parties to act responsibly so that the state and the people can cope with the looming crises. The meeting should take place as soon as possible and the common priorities have to be guaranteed by the signatures of the MPs. The trade unions and employers were categorical that the budget revision is necessary and though the proposals of the caretaker government may not be the best they are near the maximum which can be achieved in the current situation. They said that failure to pass the budget revision is the most worrying thing which could happen. Podkrepa Labour Confederation President Dimiter Manolov said that he is angry and disappointed with the total irresponsibility about the fate of the state and with the fact that “political dwarfs”are trying to speak on behalf of the people. Vanya Grigorova of Podkrepa asked for a cap on the prices of PCR tests, underscoring that Bulgarians have paid out-of-pocket 122 million leva for tests. She urged the BSP to support a proposal of the caretaker cabinet which envisages an increased ratio of a year of contributory service. “For ten years there has been no talk of the recalculation of pensions at all and there won–Ęt be during the next tenure either. Do it now!, she said. Employers think that the budget revision is urgent because of the need for support for businesses and workers. The quoted the latest statistical data that the total business climate indicator has dropped by 2-3 percentage point from the previous month, which shows a worsening of the environment and the need for state support. Those who have lost their jobs exceed the number of people starting work. DD/PP //