Organisers of German Christmas Market in Sofia at war with Bulgarian authorities

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The organisers of the German Christmas Market in Sofia are having a big argument with the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency. Several wooden huts at the market were closed and sealed. Bulgarian-language media reported on November 23 tax and social security violations were the reason.

The organiser of the Christmas Market, Teodora Bremme, told The Sofia Globe that the National Revenue Agency was trying to make its mark by creating an international scandal.

She said that three of the huts at the market had been closed on Wednesday night because of minor issues. These had already been resolved, she said.

In one case, a document for an electronic cash register had been missing. Within two hours, the person responsible had provided the document to the authorities. In spite of this aspect, the authority had closed the hut. In the other two cases, tiny mistakes had been made, while many people had been working in the huts in question.

Teodora Bremme, who is the manager at DB Events, the company which has been organising the German Christmas Market for the past seven years, accused the Revenue Agency of blackmail. Everyone working at the German Christmas Market had paid all taxes and fees, she said.

Those working at the market are now nervous, according to Bremme. The Christmas atmosphere had vanished, she said. German ambassador to Bulgaria, Herbert Salber, had been informed. Salber officially opened the market last Saturday.

DB Events is hoping for a resolution of all issues by Friday.

The German Christmas Market is the main holiday season attraction in the Bulgarian capital. In the evenings, especially during weekends, hundreds of Sofia residents and many expatriates visit the event.





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