Bulgaria - prime minister not happy with giving tobacco growers subsidies..

May 11, 2010 - Bulgaria is currently performing the best of all European Union (EU) member states, according to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. “We are acting in a way so that no one has to push us from the outside. We are demonstrating that we are a strong and disciplined nation which understands that the world is in an economic crisis, and that we have to economize,” Borisov stated before the start of the Day of Europe football match in which the team of the Bulgarian Parliament (led by Borisov) beat the Bulgarian MEPs 4:2.

Boyko Boriso denounced the subsidies being given to tobacco growers.. The Prime Minister described some of the measures of his government such as giving subsidies to tobacco producers and sustaining the unemployment benefits as “far-left”.

“We are exerting all efforts of the state system so that these people can survive in a time of crisis,” explained the PM while expressing his dissatisfaction with the situation of the tobacco growers. In his words, the government is making these farmers a present by allocating over BGN 100 M in subsidies because the same people will be facing the same problem next year. He blamed the previous governments for missing the right moment to find other means of livelihood for the tobacco farmers.

Reference: PM: Bulgaria Is Doing Best of All EU Member States, Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency), 5/9/2010.

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