The Minister of Finance Admits Bulgaria is Against the Rule-of-Law Principle Suggest by the European Commission

Vladislav Goranov, the Bulgarian Minister of Finance, had to answer a rather difficult question. He was asked whether or not Bulgaria supports the proposal of the European Commission that European funds for the next economic time-frame (2021-2027) should be distributed according to the degree of rule of law in the respective EU member states. 

Goranov responded that it is not normal for the European cohesion funds to be determined by the rule of law in different countries. According to the Minister, this could be used as a tool for political intrusion as well as a tool for unequal treatment of member states. Goranov reminded that equality is among the founding principles of the EU. Surprisingly, during a meeting with the media yesterday Atanas Atanasov - the leader of DSB said that the Bulgarian government likes European money but does not like the European rules

However, the Bulgarian government will not be addressing its disagreement on the issue on European forums while its holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU. As a President-state Bulgaria will have to work towards a consensus on the matter. While most of the big donors of the EU are in support of this measure, countries like Poland and Hungary are against it. 

Despite that, Goranov and the Vice PM Tomislav Donchev noted that now that Britain is leaving the EU, money will be redistributed in a more efficient way among the remaining 27 countries. 

Photo: Raul Mee (EU2017EE)

Vasil Manev

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

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