Basic salaries of Bulgaria’s President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament, cabinet ministers and MPs have been increased, on the basis of a rule that links them to official calculations by the National Statistical Institute of average salaries in the public sector.
The pay of the President, PM, cabinet ministers and MPs have been increased with effect from the start of 2015 after NSI figures showed an increase of 4.7 per cent in average pay in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the previous quarter.
The NSI calculated the average public sector salary in Bulgaria in Q4 2014 as 847 leva (about 433 euro).
The basis salary of a member of Parliament has risen to 2886 leva, an increase of 186 leva. MPs’ basic pay is the sum of three average salaries in the public sector in the previous quarter.
Bulgaria’s unicameral Parliament, the National Assembly, has 240 members.
President Rossen Plevneliev got a pay rise of 372 leva to make his monthly salary 5772 leva.
Prime Minister Boiko Borissov and Speaker of the National Assembly Tsetska Tsacheva each get a monthly salary now of 4473 leva, an increase of 288 leva.
The basic pay for a cabinet minister rises by 242 leva to 3752 leva a month.
The current Bulgarian cabinet has, apart from the Prime Minister, four deputy prime ministers and 16 ministers.