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GERB-UDF's PM Designate Holds Talks with Movement for Rights and Freedoms Representatives
GERB-UDF's PM Designate Holds Talks with Movement for Rights and Freedoms Representatives
MRF leader Mustafa Karadayi during a meeting with GERB-UDF's PM designate Mariya Gabriel on May 15 (BTA Photo)

The GERB-UDF nomination for Prime Minister Mariya Gabriel met Monday with Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) representatives before President Radev's handing of the first mandate to form a government. The talks were attended by GERB leader Boyko Borissov and MRF leader Mustafa Karadayi. Gabriel suggested that they should think about an expert government with a clearly outlined mandate, which should have not only common priorities, but also measures.

Karadayi pointed out that the priorities presented by Gabriel overlap with those of MRF. He said that for MRF a "government with a clear mandate" means clear commitments which should be followed. 

"In MRF we have the self-confidence that we have experts in almost all spheres of public and political life," Karadayi argued in terms of expertise. "We expect you to take the mandate today so we can start taking step by step together towards overcoming the political crisis and solving the problems of the people," he added.

"We believe that the ministers, mainly in those ministries where investments are made, should be familiar with Brussels. They should not just learn the competences of the relevant bodies and who is where, but should even have direct communication not only with commissioners and MEPs, but also with the relevant lower levels in Brussels, so we can unblock Bulgaria's investment precess through EU funds as soon as possible," the MRF leader said. He noted that there is a lot of work to be done in Bulgaria as well, so the country can properly use this European funds. "Therefore, in our opinion, the profile of the cabinet should look European, Brussels-oriented," Karadayi concluded.

He listed the party priorities: a halt to progressive impoverishment, effective and targeted use of all EU resources for Bulgaria, support for vulnerable groups, a predictable environment for business development, immediate launch of the strategic plan for the development of agriculture, as well as judicial reform to ensure the independence and efficiency of the judiciary, including changes in the Constitution, rather than replacing individuals.

"The events from the last hour show the need for a comprehensive judicial reform and that the changes are not personal, as I have been saying from the beginning," Gabriel commented.

GERB-UDF's PM designate noted that the agenda of the Bulgarian citizens can be discussed only if a 2023 state budget is adopted as soon as possible - in June. 

/MR/

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