Bulgarian Economy Minister pledges reduction of red tape burden on business

Bozhidar Lukarski, Economy Minister in the Bulgarian cabinet that took office two weeks ago, says that the governnent in working to improve the country’s investment climate and to return confidence in its institutions.

Speaking on November 20, Lukarski said, “our efforts are aimed at reducing the administrative burden and ensure a favourable and predictable business environment.”

Taking part in the opening of a modernised factory of Verila Lubricants, part of the Prista group, Lukarski – an appointee to the cabinet from the centre-right Reformist Bloc – said that his ministry’s main priorities included the promotion of investment in high-tech industries “that are the engine of any economy”.

Legislative changes to the Public Procurement Act were absolutely necessary in order to conduct a transparent policy, Lukarski said: “This framework involves the development of the Bulgarian economy and the spending of EU funds.”

The main reforms in the amendments were connected to conducting public procurement online and to unification of documents. A further measure to ensure greater efficiency of the system will be to strengthen the role of the Public Procurement Agency, he said.

A day earlier, speaking at the opening ceremony at a 6.3 million euro rain water treatment plant at the industrial site of Aurubis Bulgaria in the town of Pirdop, Lukarski said that his ministry was “really committed” to further improving the business environment in Bulgaria.

“You can count on our active co-operation and support,” he said.

“We will work hard in order to implement the economic priorities of the government – to simplify and facilitate the administrative services, to maintain and improve a favourable business climate, to foster investment and innovation and to improve the access to finance,” Lukarski said.



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