site.btaLabour Minister for BTA: Proposed Anti-crisis Measures Are Not Anti-Inflationary, but Social
Approached by BTA on Thursday, Labour and Social Policy Minister Georgi Gyokov said that the anti-crisis measures proposed Wednesday by the ruling coalition in support of citizens and businesses are not anti-inflationary, but social and are supposed to support people at a time of crisis. He said that he agrees with a criticism of the opposition that the measures promote inflation but added that people cannot be left to cope on their own.
“The measures will be implemented when they are voted by Parliament and put into legislation with the budget update.” For Gyokov the most realistic scenario is an increase of pensions by 20 per cent, which will cost some 1.5 billion leva.
The Minister said that proposed zero VAT on bread will not reduce its price by 20 per cent, but he is categorical that bread will depreciate.
He said that the ruling coalition at the moment is stable and nobody can oust it from outside. “You see that the protests are inspired by a certain political force, no matter how much they claim that they are economic. We have a very good coalition agreement and as long as everyone observes it no one can topple the government.” According to him people don’t take into consideration the force majeure circumstances such as the war in Ukraine and the increasing prices of energy resources, which creates the impression of instability and conflicts.
The Minister also said that he is aware of the perceptions of the majority of Bulgarians, who want the government to support refugees from Ukraine not by direct assistance but through providing work. “We have drawn up a programme, which is set to be approved. Through it will offer psychological help, language courses and child care so that they are able to find work and support themselves,” said the Labour Minister.