Some 100 laws will be amended in order to ease administrative burden
All sectors are priority with the government. This was indicated in comments made by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov during the Business and Government on One Team conference organised by the International Business Leaders Forum. He still singled out education as the most important factor, as results from it can be expected to show up in 10-12 years. Borisov reminded that this year 10,000 more kids were enrolled in school. “They would have stayed illiterate and become reliant on the social system in time,” the premier noted. Borisov also revealed that some 100 laws will be amended in order for the administrative burden to be eased. He reminded that when two years ago his party GERB took over, the contraband cigarettes accounted for 34% of the market share, while the public budget was BGN 2bn lower. Today, that smuggling rate has fallen to 6-7%.
The shadowy clique is in panic mode over revelations made by the lawmaker's media group
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Lawmaker and our publisher Delyan Peevski is not only constantly in the headlines of the fake news factory but has apparently become a main character in the hallucinations of the oligarchy and its political puppets, who are now irrationally paranoid about him as if he is a nightmare monster come to life – a state that is worthy of a psychiatric evaluation. That the media outlets in the Capital group and their satellite websites attack the public opinion with manipulations regarding our publisher on a daily basis is no news.
Members of parliament from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) Delyan Peevski and Yordan Tsonev are preparing law amendments that would help expose the secondary looting of CorpBank assets and take measures towards their return to the insolvency mass of the failed bank.
Nikola Filchev: Corruption was at its highest under Kostov's tenure
Corruption was at its highest rate during the government of former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov. This assessment comes from former Prosecutor General Prof. Nikola Filchev in an interview with the online media outlet Blitz. According to Filchev, $30bn-worth of state assets were privatised for the combined price of only $3bn under the tenure of Kostov (1997-2001).
In Brief
Anti-corruption bill to enter parliament within a week
Within a week, the new anti-corruption bill will enter the National Assembly for debate, according to Tsvetan Tsvetanov, leader of the parliamentary group of GERB, following a meeting of the Consultative Council for National Security that went on for four hours on 17 October. Despite extensive discussions, the country’s leadership failed to reach a consensus neither on the future anti-corruption body’s functions and role nor who will make the appointments. President Rumen Radev supports an investigative mandate for the new body and a chairperson appointed by the head of state. GERB, as the party representing the ruling coalition, suggests that the appointments should be the parliament’s prerogative. 

Development banks from 13 countries present projects
Until the end of October, the City Garden in Sofia will offer its visitors fascinating images of large-scale infrastructure projects such as the city of innovations in the Chinese province of Hubei and the largest offshore wind farm located in the North Sea. Stoyan Mavrodiev (pictured), chairperson of the Managing Board and executive director of the Bulgarian Development Bank, and Marcel Roy, chair of the European Association of Public Banks, opened the photo exhibition on 17 October. The collection presents a total of 31 projects by 16 financial institutions, including the German KfW, the China Development Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the Swedish Kommuninvest, the Norwegian KBN, etc.