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BSP urge government to present terms for religious institutions’ debt deferral

BSP urge government to present terms for religious institutions’ debt deferral

14 March 2019 | 14:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. BSP urged the finance minister to present the terms under which the debt of religious institutions would be rescheduled. “No one says for how long and under what conditions the payment is being deferred. A 50-year deferment, for example, is a hidden amnesty,” party leader Kornelia Ninova said at a party press conference, quoted by Focus News Agency. The ruling majority’s handling of the issue divides society, she argued, referring to indebted municipal hospitals and people’s bills. “We think the deal is still in place, I guarantee that this GERB proposal will be unanimously approved by MRF and United Patriots,” she said.
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Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB: We propose deferral instead of debt amnesty in law on religious denominations

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB: We propose deferral instead of debt amnesty in law on religious denominations

13 March 2019 | 14:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In the law on religious denominations, we propose a deferral of the debt amassed until December 31, 2018 instead of amnesty, GERB’s group chair in Parliament Tsvetan Tsvetanov told a briefing, Focus News Agency reports. He denied that his party was in a deal with MRF to annul the Grand Mufti’s debt to the state and said that all denominations had debt as of December 31, 2018.
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Yavor Bozhankov, BSP: It is poor legislation on important matters such as the law on religious denominations that creates tension

Yavor Bozhankov, BSP: It is poor legislation on important matters such as the law on religious denominations that creates tension

12 March 2019 | 15:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Poor legislation on important matters such as the law on religious denominations is a source of tension, BSP MP Yavor Bozhankov told a party press conference, Focus News Agency reports. Thus he rejected accusations from the majority that the opposition party was stirring tension. The bill was proposed without prior impact assessment and there was little information at the beginning, which led to speculations, he stressed. “For days Bulgarian journalists searched for information from unknown sources. All sorts of speculation, interpretation, different figures were published in the media. This confused Bulgarian citizens and alone created unnecessary tension,” Bozhankov said. His fellow MP Filip Popov accused GERB of using religious communities for their narrow partisan political goals with MRF. They called on United Patriots not to register for the parliament sitting were they sincerely against the bill.
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Valeri Simeonov, NFSB party: Mufti debt deal is between Borissov and Dogan, it was not discussed with UP

Valeri Simeonov, NFSB party: Mufti debt deal is between Borissov and Dogan, it was not discussed with UP

12 March 2019 | 11:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The deal about the Mufti’s Office’s debt is between Borissov and Dogan, and contrary to elementary coalition ethics it was not coordinated with coalition partner United Patriots, NFSB leader Valeri Simeonov said about the law on religious denominations in an interview with BNT this morning. “It was not even discussed because it is clear that we will not accept it,” Simeonov said. “It brings about a vicious practice, encouraging the law violator not to pay taxes by cancelling [the debt from unpaid taxes]. The national security mantra and those cliché chants about preventing ethnic tension, which has nothing to do with religious denominations, led to a decision that was taken the wrong way and was passed on first reading,” Simeonov commented. He expects the bill to be passed on second reading as well, backed by GERB, MRF and Volya. He said the decision had been taken under pressure at the expense of the state.
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Grand Mufti Mustafa Hadzhi: Revenues from property are not enough to cover debt to state

Grand Mufti Mustafa Hadzhi: Revenues from property are not enough to cover debt to state

11 March 2019 | 12:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The proceeds from property of the Grand Mufti’s Office are not enough to repay the debt to the state, Grand Mufti Mustafa Hadzhi said after a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte, Focus News Agency reports. He said the debt had accumulated since 2005. “These are old liabilities plus interests,” he added, declining to comment in detail.
Asked about property proceeds, he said the income was insufficient, as most of their property had been nationalised during the communist regime, and the majority had not been returned.
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