Prof. Krastyo Petkov, PhD
Chairman of the United Labour Block
Dear Mr. Borisov,
I turn to you on behalf of the United Labour Block, which supported numerous initiatives and good policies of GERB before and after the political elections in July/2009. I highly appreciate the fact that GERB managed to consolidate the electoral support of the majority of Bulgarian voters and it removed from power the corrupted three-party coalition in a democratic way. I take into account the heavy burden, which your Government inherited – a crisis situation, which does not have historical analogue in Bulgaria. I comprehend the massive campaign you lead to reveal misfeasance of power of the former political leaders and your attempts to identify irresponsible persons, related to political corruption.
I do believe that you are about to agree that this position is well-intentioned, and is charged with positive appreciation of your first actions as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria.
However, my Open Letter is devoted to another topic: Budget and Financial Policy – Anti-Crisis Measures. In this field, unconditional support is neither beneficial to the new Government, nor to the Bulgarian people.
I am to try to explain what my worries are based on, and why I appeal to change the course of the already chosen economic strategy you implement.
Budget-2010 is a highly-risk and in any case – non-executable budget!
The situation we are in is a paradox. The bill of the Budget was passed on first hearings in the Parliament with no debate in essence. This is a historical precedent for the last 20 years. In the meantime, two alternative budgets were announced outside the parliamentary doors: one version was suggested by some market fundamentalists; the other – by former left socialists.