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BSP proposes inquiry panel on excise system

BSP proposes inquiry panel on excise system

7 February 2018 | 13:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has proposed to the Parliament setting up an inquiry committee to examine the creation, operation and security of the Bulgarian excise centralised information system (BECIS), FOCUS News Agency reports. “There is great concern by the State Agency for National Security (SANS) about the way this system operates and the conclusions made in the latest report,” BSP MP Dragomir Stoynev said. He cited SANS conclusions that the system can be manipulated.
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Stoyan Mirchev, BSP: Issue of corruption will not be forgotten despite unsuccessful no-confidence vote

Stoyan Mirchev, BSP: Issue of corruption will not be forgotten despite unsuccessful no-confidence vote

26 January 2018 | 15:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The issue of corruption will not be forgotten despite the unsuccessful vote of no confidence against the Borisov 3 government, MP Stoyan Mirchev from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) told FOCUS Radio’s morning show. He said the ruling majority tried to shift the focus from corruption to past events, while BSP focused on the present to enable a debate about the future.
Regarding the Istanbul Convention, Mirchev said there are many dividing lines, with Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) on the one side and the whole society on the other. He also said the idea to ratify the convention with reservations would not be accepted. “Some countries adopted the convention with reservations to certain texts, but their reservations are not accepted. I am not sure if the Istanbul Convention will be approved. It has many problematic elements that contradict its meaning to protect women. On the one hand, it contains ideologies that say there are no women and men, and then the convention states “we protect women”. A referendum will give enough time to all people to get information,” the MP commented regarding public tension and political controversy over the ratification of the convention in Bulgaria. According to him, Bulgarians should finally start using the democratic tool of referendums and participate directly in decision-making. He also commented that by initiating a referendum, BSP wants to emphasise on the need for an adequate discussion. He called for a real discussion, not a government-organised discussion with convenient lies and organisations.
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Parliament rejects no-confidence motion against government with 131 to 103

Parliament rejects no-confidence motion against government with 131 to 103

25 January 2018 | 10:33 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Parliament rejected the motion of no confidence against the Borisov government, FOCUS News Agency reports. 103 members of parliament voted in favour of the motion and 131 against it. The motion was tabled by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), and was prompted by the failure of the cabinet to cope with corruption.
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) and United Patriots supported their government, along with Volya party and independent MP Angel Isaev.
BSP and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) voted no confidence to the government.
The debate in parliament on the first no-confidence motion against the Borisov 3 Cabinet took place on Tuesday and lasted for 5 hours.
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Dimitar Dimitrov, political scientist: Debate on no-confidence vote did not benefit BSP

Dimitar Dimitrov, political scientist: Debate on no-confidence vote did not benefit BSP

24 January 2018 | 14:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The debates on the no-confidence vote did not benefit the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), political scientist and expert in election legislation Dimitar Dimitrov told FOCUS Radio this morning. He said the big problem was the broad definition of the subject “corruption” and the lack of specifics. He added that the given period of time comprises at least five governments, which weakens the accusations against Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) as a main culprit for corruption in Bulgaria. He forecast that the fight against corruption will take a long time. The absence of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov was the focus of the first part of the debates in the Parliament yesterday, while the attempts for verbal attacks between BSP and GERB predominated in the second part, the analyst commented. He was certain that the no-confidence vote will fail. The number of MPs voting against the government may be less than 100, he forecast.
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MRF to support no-confidence vote, Volya to vote against it

MRF to support no-confidence vote, Volya to vote against it

23 January 2018 | 16:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) will support the no-confidence vote against the Borisov 3 cabinet, while the Volya party will oppose the no-confidence vote, FOCUS News Agency reports.
MRF will firmly support the vote, MP Dzheyhan Ibryamov said during the debate in the Parliament. He thinks that corruption is a consequence of the current government model with no clear vision or strategy. According to Ibryamov, the connection between corruption and national security is shown by the corruption perceptions index, which is about 41 points for Bulgaria, one of the worst results for an EU country.
Volya's leader, Veselin Mareshki, urged the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and MRF not to support the no-confidence vote, which was proposed by BSP themselves, saying that it is not the right way to fight corruption. According to Volya MP Krastina Taskova, the debate has been mere talk without specific examples and proofs of corruption.
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BSP: No-confidence vote should give Bulgarians courage to oppose corruption

BSP: No-confidence vote should give Bulgarians courage to oppose corruption

23 January 2018 | 15:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The BSP-initiated no-confidence vote against the government for its failure to tackle corruption is intended to give all Bulgarians courage, strength and the self-confidence that no government is bigger than people, the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Kornelia Ninova, said during the debate in the Parliament, FOCUS News Agency reports. The opposition leader stressed that every Bulgarian has come across corruption, from mothers willing to send their children to kindergarten to workers who did not get their salaries without any consequence for the employers, or owners of small and family businesses who will not win public procurements. Ninova was confident that sooner or later those who steal from people will be sent to prison and declared that BSP wants to be a leader in the fight against corruption. She claimed that state revenues from excises have increased due to higher excise duties and not as a result of efforts by the government. In response to criticism that the no-confidence vote was proposed during the Bulgarian EU presidency, the BSP leader accused the government of trying to silence the opposition for six months. Kornelia Ninova stated that despite pressure, her party has refused to become part of corruption, keeping its stated goal to destroy the parallel state and change the 28-year governance model in Bulgaria.
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Political scientist Rumyana Kolarova: BSP misused important subject of corruption and strong tool of no-confidence vote

Political scientist Rumyana Kolarova: BSP misused important subject of corruption and strong tool of no-confidence vote

23 January 2018 | 14:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has misused the important subject of corruption and the strong tool of no-confidence vote, political scientist Rumyana Kolarova told FOCUS Radio regarding the no-confidence vote against the Borisov 3 government today. She said that the subject of corruption is doomed, as it is approached for the purpose of political confrontation. Instead, it requires a political debate that should produce consensus between all political parties in the Parliament over the decisive steps Bulgaria has to take for the fight against corruption so as to achieve real institutional changes, Rumyana Kolarova said. She added that corruption should not be considered against the backdrop of other topics and events that could divert attention. She forecast that the discussion on corruption will be replaced by many other important issues drawing public attention.
The proposing of the no-confidence vote during the EU Presidency is no coincidence but will not affect Bulgaria’s image, according to Kolarova.
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Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Arguments for no-confidence vote against GERB based on publicly known facts

Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Arguments for no-confidence vote against GERB based on publicly known facts

23 January 2018 | 11:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The arguments for the no-confidence vote against Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) are based on publicly known facts, MP Zhelyo Boychev from Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) told FOCUS Radio this morning. He invited the MPs of the ruling majority to vote according to their conscience today, and stressed that corruption is a problem for the whole of society, leading to poverty and crime. “This debate is necessary in the Bulgarian society because there must be enough critical mass to counter such acts. Otherwise, our country will increasingly stall in the current situation – it has fulfilled all technical criteria to join Schengen but is not admitted because of mistrust in our security systems and rule of law,” Boychev commented. He said that foreign investments in Bulgaria continue to decrease, which is an assessment for the government. He added that corruption is a topical issue for many European countries, but what has been absent in Bulgaria are real measures against corruption.
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Minister Vladislav Goranov: All weaknesses of the excise information system were fixed long ago

Minister Vladislav Goranov: All weaknesses of the excise information system were fixed long ago

19 January 2018 | 15:19 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Everything we found as a weakness was fixed long ago, Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov told journalists in relation to the report of the State Agency for National Security (SANS) on the Bulgarian excise centralised information system (BECIS), FOCUS News Agency reports.
“I read this report a long time ago and all the measures that we were supposed to take based on the report were taken long ago. This is yet another attempt to give meaning to the no-confidence vote,” Goranov said. According to him, the weaknesses described in the SANS report are purely technological. They are related to the security of the system and its vulnerability to malicious outside attacks. “We have taken measures,” Goranov said. According to the finance minister, this report will not reveal anything. “I’m not worried, you are welcome to join us Monday at the meeting of the Committee on the Internal Security and Public Order and the Budget Committee to discuss what we did in 2016 and how the system works,” the minister said.
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Parliament President to request declassification of report on excise system

Parliament President to request declassification of report on excise system

18 January 2018 | 15:59 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Parliament President Tsveta Karayancheva will ask that the report of the State Agency for National Security on the Bulgarian excise centralised information system (BECIS) be declassified. This was decided by the Presidents’ Council of the Parliament, BSP MP Zhelyo Boychev told reporters, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. If the authorities do not agree to declassify the report, it will be discussed at a closed session in the Parliament. According to Boychev, the report identifies obstacles for officials to make checks, a risk to national security and deficiencies in the system. “It generally concludes that the way of operation does not correspond to such type of information systems that must store and keep the information,” he said. The MP warned that the system, which should monitor fuel volumes, allows manipulation.
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Parvan Simeonov, political scientist: Subject for no-confidence vote shifts from corruption to quality of democracy in Bulgaria

Parvan Simeonov, political scientist: Subject for no-confidence vote shifts from corruption to quality of democracy in Bulgaria

18 January 2018 | 13:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Corruption, as the subject of the no-confidence vote, is very appropriate, but it has been shifted towards a question of the quality of democracy in Bulgaria, political scientist Parvan Simeonov told FOCUS Radio in regard to the no-confidence vote initiated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) against the Borisov 3 government. The analyst thinks that the topic of corruption is a bit old, but that the leftists want it back on the agenda. He forecast a fierce debate. “I do not know if there will be any concrete facts, but there will be many accusations like those against Delyan Dobrev. The problem with this topic is that much has already been said on it. It was the subject of talk from the summer until the autumn, around October it seriously escalated. There were mutual accusations of corruption, trading in influence and so on. You remember, it all started in the summer with the National Palace of Culture, continued through Delyan Dobrev and developed into whatnot. Since the autumn to the winter, the subject has changed a little in our society,” he explained. According to Parvan Simeonov, the refusal by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) to support the motives for the no-confidence vote was in the end positive for BSP. MRF’s primary goal has always been to replace the Patriots from power, but not to topple the government, he said.
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Parliament to debate no-confidence vote against Borisov 3 cabinet on January 23

Parliament to debate no-confidence vote against Borisov 3 cabinet on January 23

18 January 2018 | 11:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament will debate and decide on January 23 on the no-confidence vote initiated by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) against the Borisov 3 government on the grounds of failure in the fight against corruption. This was voted today by 182 to 1, with 2 abstentions, FOCUS News Agency reported. This means the Parliament will have an extraordinary session on January 23, at 1.0 pm.
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Aleksandar Ivanov, GERB: BSP want to draw media attention to their no-confidence vote, their incomplete information is scandalously interpreted only by them

Aleksandar Ivanov, GERB: BSP want to draw media attention to their no-confidence vote, their incomplete information is scandalously interpreted only by them

17 January 2018 | 16:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is presenting incomplete information, MP Aleksandar Ivanov from ruling party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB/GERB) said at a briefing in the Parliament, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. In his words, the opposition party wants to draw media attention to the no-confidence vote it filed earlier today. “Unfortunately, the incomplete information is scandalously interpreted only by them. There are reports, findings by the Prosecutor’s Office, SANS (State Agency for National Security) and all investigation authorities which do not find breaches or real interference in the BECIS system (Bulgarian excise centralised information system),” Ivanov said. He added that the Customs Agency and the software developer have taken measures to improve the system. The MP reminded that tax revenues have been steadily growing since 2015.
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BSP slams government on healthcare, procurements, construction, energy efficiency and smuggling

BSP slams government on healthcare, procurements, construction, energy efficiency and smuggling

17 January 2018 | 15:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. We attack the government on healthcare, public procurements, construction, energy efficiency and smuggling, the leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Kornelia Ninova, told journalists after her group filed a no-confidence vote, FOCUS News Agency reported. The motives presented today refer to several sectors, the MPs will be more specific during the debate, she said, adding that the vote is founded on the government’s failure to fight corruption. “We do not see the vote as sabotage of the EU presidency but as a response to 83% of the Bulgarian citizens who think this is a number one problem,” she stressed.
BSP again demanded that findings by the State Agency for National Security and the Prosecutor’s Office on revenue agencies be disclosed. “There are serious findings that the revenue agencies’ systems are compromised and entered from many points, that data on excise goods is deleted, preventing some excise and VAT payments which I cannot share because it is classified information,” Ninova said. She thinks the information should be disclosed via declassification or a closed session.
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BSP proposes no-confidence vote on government’s inability to tackle corruption

BSP proposes no-confidence vote on government’s inability to tackle corruption

17 January 2018 | 12:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) proposed a no-confidence vote against the government, FOCUS News Agency reports. The party says that the current government led by Boyko Borisov is unable to deal with the main problem for the Bulgarian state, namely corruption. The opposition states that corruption has become wide-spread throughout the state and the government of GERB and the United Patriots cannot and does not want to stop this process. The socialists accuse the government of investing more energy in denying the existence of the problem than in counteracting. In the short period since its election, the government has produced enough examples of corruption and mercenary behaviour, each of which is a sufficient reason for a no-confidence vote, BSP added. The party cited as examples of corruption the repair of the National Palace of Culture, the implementation of the national energy efficiency programme and cases involving extortion and nepotism.
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Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Corruption leads to poverty and crime

Zhelyo Boychev, BSP: Corruption leads to poverty and crime

17 January 2018 | 11:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Corruption leads to poverty and crime, BSP MP Zhelyo Boychev told FOCUS Radio’s Good Morning, Bulgaria show regarding the no-confidence vote on corruption to be proposed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) today. He added that replacing one government with another does not guarantee change and that the overall governance model in the country needs to be reshaped. In his words, BSP has the courage to clearly identify the problem of corruption and demand a resolution. “What is the alternative that is offered to us – stay silent and do nothing? We hope that discussions before the vote and the debate itself will make it absolutely clear that corruption concerns every Bulgarian citizen. A response to a serious public expectation would be really visible results in the fight against corruption, especially at the senior levels,” Zhelyo Boychev said. He added that the no-confidence vote also aims to inspire Bulgarians and provoke civil actions. BSP can raise awareness on corruption, but other bodies have to investigate and determine sentences and penalties.
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