Bulgarian Ombudsman Criticizes the Parliament

The Bulgarian Ombudsman Maya Manolova gave an interview for bTv this morning where she expressed her concerns about the MPs passing laws and changes to laws without a proper debate. The latest shocking decision was to postpone the pension of over a hundred mine workers from Kyustendil with 10 years. "They sort of signed a Christmas card - not pensioning them when they were due to be pensioned," Manolova commented.

She was outraged that MPs would vote for something without debating or commenting on it. The miners already had their pension papers ready but they will now have to wait until they are 54 years old to be able to leave work. The idea of the decision was to save money from the national budget but the fact is that the National Social Security Institute has yet to analyze how much the state will save from this new change to the Social Security Act. 

"We live in a country where nobody is ever guilty. We are used to blaming others. It would be a pity if they end up blaming a clerk at the NSSI. Decisions are made by the Parliament.  We should remember that" Manolova reminded. Manolova has also been vocal about the way some employers treat their employees and is happy that new laws and amendments are in favor of employees that suffer mistreatment. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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