„Despite risks the Bulgarian economy is faring well”, President Rosen Plevneliev said at the Tenth Annual Meeting of businesses with the government in Sofia focused on “Bulgaria in the global insecurity – risks and opportunities for the economy”. He also said that 20 years ago the Balkans had been isolated but today the picture was different:
„Today we have grown more interdependent in the region. Today we work to create trust. We do not erect economic walls; we do not redefine Balkan borders. We want to see borders collapsing, not moving. Never before have cooperation and good neighbor relations been such a decisive factor for positive development.”
The head of state also said that in Bulgaria and the region we could see virtually every day a clash between the oligarchic model and authentic entrepreneurship, between responsible business built with plans for the next generation and shady structures born in backstage deals. He believes this is a clash between the past and the future.
„Urgent reforms are an imperative, not only in Bulgaria but across the region. They are practically the same – a functional system of administering justice, electronic services and e-government, full transparency in public procurement and anti-corruption legislation.”
Rosen Plevneliev urged the businesses to think larger than the national picture, and above all, to think regionally.
Where the judiciary reform is concerned, the government’s agenda includes five bills that should be submitted to parliament – the Judiciary Act, the anti-corruption bill, two codes and the Law on Combating Terrorism.