Bulgaria’s caretaker Cabinet said on March 28 that it would spend about 41 million leva in state aid to “the most vulnerable social groups”. The money would be paid using employment and household payment schemes.
The exact details would be ironed out next week, during the scheduled meeting of the tripartite consultation council that brings together representatives of the Government, trade unions and employer associations, caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Labour Minister Deyana Kostadinova told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
It was not immediately clear how many people would be able to benefit from the government aid, nor whether the moneys would be paid out over a period of time or as one-off payments.
The funds came from cutting some of the spending from Government ministries, caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov said.
“The decision was not an easy one and was not passed in consensus – there were Cabinet ministers that voted against it,” he said. Nevertheless, the cuts were made in the name of a good cause and were meant as “a message for solidarity,” Raykov said.
(Bulgarian Council of Ministers building in Sofia. Photo: Nenko Lazarov)