Ban on Private Police Donations Becomes Effective in Bulgaria

Ban on Private Police Donations Becomes Effective in Bulgaria

Effective Thursday, September 1, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry will no longer receive donations from private individuals and private companies.

The order of Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, signed on August 15th, however, has some exceptions - municipalities, State institutions and companies, international organizations and foreign countries can still make donations.

According to the order, the donors must sign an agreement that the subject and the amount of the donation will be listed in the Interior Ministry's public register, including the date of the donation and the exact name of the donor with adherence to the Protection of Classified Information Act and the Protection of Personal Data one. The Registry is to become functional on October 1.

The ban on donations comes one day after the cabinet slated BGN 15 M for the Interior Ministry, mostly to be used by the institution to pay overdue debts, making the State subsidy for the police BGN 992 M so far for 2011. The move is in contradiction with threats stated by Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, who declared earlier that "there would be no more money for the Interior Ministry in the months of September and October." (Source: Sofia News Agency)

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