The budget – official or regular, set first mines in relations with Radev (Obzor)

Radev asked the deputies to watch the draft of the caretaker cabinet, but met with resistance from the future coalition

The main pledge for good relations between President Rumen Radev and the government to be elected by the 47th parliament turned out to be the state budget for 2022. The one that prepares the caretaker government appointed by the president, despite repeated calls from the likely future financial Minister Asen Vassilev and economists from the negotiating parties that Stefan Yanev’s cabinet should not deal with the budget.

The caretaker government plans to

December 17 to submit your budget

in parliament The government’s goal was to comply with the law and get the budget ready in time. In fact, the legal deadlines have long expired, according to them, next year’s budget should be prepared by the government by October 31, and the caretaker cabinet has just announced intentions for some of its parameters and is starting negotiations with unions and employers.

The plans of the negotiators for the coalition “We continue the change”, “Democratic Bulgaria”, “There is such a people” and the BSP are the budget to be made by a regular cabinet and to be approved by February next year. In the previous days, politicians from the four negotiating parties

suspected the head of state that

trying to pressure the coalition

with heightened social demands or to drive a wedge into the negotiations between the four formations.

And on the day of the opening of the parliament, in his speech to the new deputies, the president insisted that the parliament consider the draft budget of his caretaker government: It provides for the care of the poor and the creation of conditions for economic growth.

The parameters of the budget prepared by the caretaker Finance Minister Valeri Belchev envisage raising the minimum wage to BGN 710, increasing the child allowances by 20% and maintaining the bonus for pensioners, but not to BGN 120, but to BGN 60.

However, all of them contradict the agreement reached in the last two weeks by the future quadruple coalition, which shook hands on the BGN 700 minimum wage, maintaining the increased maternity benefit to BGN 650 in the second year, updating pensions so that their amount is not lower than the amount received with the supplement of BGN 120, etc.

And on Thursday, Belchev announced his intention to raise a new debt of BGN 12 billion in 2022.

The first support requested by the president for the draft budget of his caretaker cabinet was attacked by BSP leader Cornelia Ninova – in her speech on the opening of parliament.

“We are in an unprecedented situation. A caretaker cabinet that has prepared its own budget, an emerging but not yet ready majority, which has a different budget in its imagination and the impossibility to adopt by the end of the year neither that of the caretaker cabinet nor the possible one for a future majority. “We cannot allow everything we have been fighting for for years and the commitments we have made to remain just empty words,” Ninova said.

“A lot depends on when the government will be voted on and whether we will be able to look at the budget this year. It would be normal for it to be submitted by the regular government, not the one that offers the official one. However, the policies that we also discussed in the expert groups go through the budget. We have set a goal to have a budget by the end of January “, commented to” 24 Chasa “the economist and MP from” There is such a people “Lubomir Karimanski.

“A budget procedure is a rather complex and slow process. We, as an official cabinet, went through it for a month and a half, and then at least 2-3 weeks in parliament. And it is very important to look at everything so that there are no gaps and problems. So, when I get acquainted with the project, then I will be able to comment on whether we are continuing with it, whether a new project is being made and how we are proceeding in general “, said the probable future Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev from” We continue the change “.

“Ultimately, the role of the president is yes

be corrective and suggest ideas, not impose them

We know that we are a parliamentary republic, and soon, I hope, if we have a government, it will fulfill it, “Vladislav Panev, co-chairman of Democratic Bulgaria, told 24 Chassa. according to him

the budget can be considered until

end of the year, but not adopted

“If we want a budget that protects, on the one hand, the weakest members of society and, on the other hand, guarantees financial stability, we need a little more time – at least until the end of January,” he added.

GERB asked the parliament to look at the budget before the New Year. However, the party of Boyko Borissov made it clear that they do not rely on the parameters prepared by the caretaker government, but will wait for a project from the ministers in a regular cabinet. On Thursday, the party even described the caretaker government’s actions with the introduction of the budget as an attempt to undermine the next cabinet or populist outcry.

“I guarantee that if it is drawn up

government, it will receive our tolerance

and if he wishes, he can count on our expertise and experience in preparing the budget for next year, which we insist on discussing during this calendar year, “said the head of the GERB-UDF deputies Desislava Atanasova from the parliamentary rostrum.

GERB also proposes imposing a moratorium on the withdrawal of new government debt until the adoption of the 2022 budget. Yesterday, party deputies submitted such a draft decision to the parliament’s office. The reason for it is the intention expressed by the Minister of Finance Valeri Belchev to take a new state debt of BGN 12 billion next year. This is also the debt limit set in the macro framework of the budget for 2022 by the caretaker government. For this year it is BGN 4.5 billion.

3.8 billion domestic debt this year, next year – BGN 10 billion

In 2021, no bonds were issued on international capital markets

BGN 3.8 billion of domestic debt was withdrawn from January to the end of November by issuing government securities in 11 auctions. This is 84.4% of the limit in the law on the state budget, according to the Finance Ministry, whose caretaker minister is Valeri Belchev. No bonds were issued on the international capital markets during the year, and no new government debt is expected in December.

The draft budget for 2022 plans to issue government securities, the set limit is BGN 10 billion, they will be spent on refinancing old debt, financing the planned budget deficit, which is for social policies and for business recovery and development. The rest will be for direct payments under the Common Agricultural Policy of Bulgaria. The Ministry of Finance will meet the deadlines set for discussing the draft budget for 2022 and will present it to the 47th National Assembly, the ministry said.

Who asked for what departments:

Justice, digitalization and eco-policy for DB,

BSP – the social pillar

170 pages is the draft of the coalition agreement, the red plenum looks at it on Tuesday

Shock consultations – 7 parties for 2 days before Radev handed over the mandate

Over 170 pages are the drafts of the coalition agreement between “We continue the change”, BSP, “There is such a people” and “Democratic Bulgaria”. This was said by the co-chairman of the PP Kiril Petkov on the sidelines of the parliament yesterday. He explained that first the disagreements between the partners will be cleared, then the responsibilities of the ministries will be considered and only finally the names.

Justice, digitalization and ecology – these three departments for ministries, however, requested in absentia from “Democratic Bulgaria”. They were outlined as priorities first in the speech of Hristo Ivanov for the start of the 47th National Assembly, and a little later they were named directly by the other co-chair of the coalition Vladislav Panev.

Ivanov spoke in his introductory remarks about the desire of the DB to take part in judicial reform and the creation of an e-government, and read this on the sidelines as a request for ministerial posts in these areas. Among the other priorities of the DB announced by him are the faster introduction of e-government and the protection of natural heritage and wealth.

Although Ivanov also denied from the parliamentary rostrum that he would become Minister of Justice, the department remains for the DB, it became clear from the words of Vladislav Panev to bTV. “Listening to the attitudes of the other 3 parties, I do not think we will miss the opportunity to be the engine of reforms in several sectors – justice, digitalization, environment. We have the most capable experts in these sectors. “Even if Hristo Ivanov is not a minister, we have other capable people who can head the Ministry of Justice,” he explained. The name of the lawyer of the State Bank Nadezhda Yordanova is associated with this post.

The BSP will certainly be given the Ministry of Social Affairs, it became clear from the words of the leader Cornelia Ninova, who announced that the party is the social pillar of the state. The Reds are also expected to receive industry, agriculture and tourism.

However, the BSP does not agree with the policies in several sectors, it became clear from Ninova’s words. She did not say who they were, but made it clear that she would sign the agreement only after they were clarified. On Tuesday, the document will be discussed by the party’s National Council. Only after the approval of the plenum will Ninova sign. Therefore, the realistic deadline that she set for the agreement to be a fact is Friday.

Meanwhile, President Rumen Radev has convened consultations with parliamentary forces ahead of his first term. It brings together all 7 parliamentary formations in two days – Monday and Tuesday. This means that he can hand over the mandate to the PP on December 8, Wednesday.

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