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Bulgaria's President Partially Vetoes Budget Over Poverty

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has imposed a partial veto on amendments to the 2013 budget, saying that they don’t do enough to help the country’s poorest.


Plevneliev said on Wednesday that he had signed a decree ordering certain parts of the law on amending and supplementing the state budget act to be returned to parliament for revision.

He said he agreed that more funds should be allocated to the budget, but expressed concerns that the needs of “the most socially underprivileged of our fellow citizens” were not being addressed.

Plevneliev explained that he had imposed a partial veto to stress that wanted more money earmarked for social welfare, although he noted that the caretaker government had allocated 41 million Bulgarian levs (about 21 million euro) to support the most socially vulnerable people.

He also said that he failed to see serious plans for policies and reforms in support of competition and economic growth.

"In order for us to live better, it is not the expenses or the deficit which need to increase, it is the economy which needs to grow," he said.

The budget revision proposal passed its second reading in parliament on August 1.

The current, socialist-led cabinet decided in mid-July it was necessary to revise the budget prepared by the previous cabinet of the centre-right GERB party.

It is not yet clear whether Bulgarian MPs will return to parliament, interrupting their August recess, to work on the vetoed provisions, but parliament chair Mihail Mikov has said that there is no legal basis for such a move.

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