“Democratic Bulgaria” enters the election campaign with the themes that arise from the values of the people it represents, and also with a clear awareness of how to solve the problems. This was stated by former Justice Minister Nadezhda Yordanova in the program “The Week” on Radio “Darik”.
In addition to the rule of law, new key topics for Bulgaria’s future are geopolitical orientation, energy independence, as well as the improvement of the economic environment and the creation of conditions for stronger private initiative and economic growth.
“We need to achieve more competition, more economic freedom, as well as more guarantees for business and people’s economic initiative. Our country should not be pushed to the east and towards more authoritarianism”, commented Yordanova, who heads two lists of “Democratic Bulgaria” – in the capital’s 23- MIR and in Ruse.
According to her, people and businesses should be calm and accept crises as opportunities, because “Democratic Bulgaria” has a very clear plan on how to help them. “There is a real need for support so that no person or business is left behind in this storm of crises. This is done through targeted and concrete support, not by handing out money on a helicopter basis,” she said.
As an example of a poorly implemented anti-crisis solution, she gave the assistance to private car owners due to high fuel prices. “The person who really can’t fill their tank and can’t afford to go and tend the garden, compared to the person with an expensive Western car, they get the same support. And this is not a good solution, because it fuels inflation and must be changed,” she commented.
Nadezhda Yordanova expressed regret that the parliamentary time was not reached in order to finish the work on the definition of energy poverty. “The next parliament should, along with measures to curb inflation, tackle this,” Yordanova said.
For her, there are two big groups of problems in the business environment. “On the one hand, the bureaucracy of the administration, which is expressed in heavy regulatory regimes, slow and non-transparent, which is a window to corruption or other bullying by the administration.” According to Yordanova, this is fighting more digitization and administration reform, because the processes must be fast, clear and transparent. “On the other side is the protection of property from malevolent influences. In addition, people should be able to resolve their commercial disputes more quickly, there should be a prosecutor’s office that cannot be used as a club against a given business,” she added.
According to Yordanova, the biggest threat to Bulgaria at the moment is corruption-ridden and unreformed institutions – both from the point of view of external and internal security. “That’s why we from Democratic Bulgaria are working for corruption-free and sustainably reformed institutions,” she said.
Nadezhda Yordanova stated that for reforms to be carried out and to be sustainable, political will is required, but also time. “Unreformed systems resist from within. Therefore, we must be ready for it and work to overcome this resistance without giving up and looking for even better solutions. And this must happen in all systems that are responsible for security and internal order,” she added.
The former Minister of Justice was adamant that an audit should be done to establish corruption schemes, but by the competent institutions and in a legal way. According to her, it is not the job of the National Assembly to dispense justice.
“In the next parliament we need to finish what we started and actually make effective legislation that gives sustainable institutions and good legislative tools for investigators. An analysis should be made as to which are the biggest corruption sores and if they are not covered by the statute of limitations, they should be held accountable. We should not limit ourselves to political mandates or any other artificial time frame,” she said.
She pointed out that during the short time that the last government had, “Democratic Bulgaria” achieved successes that will reflect in the future. More autonomy was given to the European delegated prosecutors so that they can do their job better, as Bulgarian citizens need justice for the millions stolen from European funds. Yordanova singled out the closure of specialized justice – that “distorted part of the judicial system that prevented the application of one law for all and created a club of power.” She also highlighted the new regulation on the requirements for obtaining a higher education in law, which is aimed at the future of the country.
Commenting on the chief prosecutor, Nadezhda Yordanova divided the problem into structural and personal. On the one hand, according to her, in Bulgaria it is impossible to practically revise the responsibility of the chief prosecutor as soon as he violates the law or when he undermines the prestige of the judiciary. She also recalled the procedure for his removal in the Supreme Court. “The procedure I had I think made that clear,” she added.
According to her, Ivan Geshev does not become the chief prosecutor. “He has neither the professional nor the moral qualities to stand at the top of this pyramid. Because at the moment, the Bulgarian prosecutor’s office is a pyramid, at the top of which stands the chief prosecutor. This cannot be so, and this is a problem that we have to solve,” commented Yordanova.
When asked how the lists of “Democratic Bulgaria” are structured for the upcoming elections, Nadezhda Yordanova said that they set themselves the goal of seeking maximum support for their priorities. It has also increased local representation on lists and the presence of women in politics because, they believe, wider representation of women leads to better debate, better and more sustainable solutions for people.
Yordanova called on the 18-year-olds to vote for “Democratic Bulgaria”, because that is how they will vote for their future, for a modern Bulgaria that is in the digital 21st century. “Eighteen-year-olds know what is good for our country and I am convinced that they will support a more modern, digital and corruption-free Bulgaria,” she added.