site.btaPresident Radev: Salary and Pension Cuts Are Unequivocal Speculation
The rumors of eventual cuts in salaries and pensions are uneqivocal speculations, President Rumen Radev said at the opening of the Anti-corruption and national security conference, held in Sofia Tuesday. In his words, the claims that there will be a cut in the BGN-EUR exchange rate and that there will be new loans from the International Monetary Fund are categorical speculations.
Bulgaria's finances are stable, but this is a warning sent by the caretaker government against populist policies, Radev added.
He said that the Ministry of Finance keeps the state finances stable and congratulated the department for ensuring record collections and guaranteeing annual increases in pensions and salaries. President Radev stressed that the country needs full-fledged justice reform that excludes arbitrary arrests and selective justice, which all political parties should commit to.
Bulgaria owes a meaningful justice reform not to someone abroad, but to its citizens, Radev said on the occasion of the section on Bulgaria in the US State Department's annual report on human rights in the world for 2022. According to him, the report identifies problems long known to Bulgarians. "I hope that the parties realize that election promises must lead not only to parliamentary representation, but also to concrete results. To the eradication of impunity, but also to objective justice," Radev elaborated.
He called for the adoption of a law that would introduce mechanisms for effective investigation of the Prosecutor General. When such mechanisms are established, where higher judicial bodies, such as the Supreme Judicial Council, are not hierarchically dependent on key figures in the judiciary, then we can talk about the effective work of the justice bodies, Rumen Radev explained. In his words, the biggest problem in Bulgaria is the electoral justice.