Two months ago, a reporter’s inspection of Dir.bg established that the “disinfection” of vehicles on our border with Turkey is carried out with a pool cleaner. Despite the requirement of the law that such processing should be done only in the case of an order for an epizootic situation in a third country, we did not find an order.
Even then we reported that, unlike the Bulgarian agency, the Turkish agency announced on its website that there are regions in Bulgaria where outbreaks of various animal diseases have been established, and the only measure on their part is the ban on the import of live animals and birds from these regions.
A detailed examination of the tariff for fees and services collected by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency /BABH/ revealed that despite the transfer of border disinfection activities to a private company, the agency continues to collect a significant portion of the fees for this activity from border with Turkey.
Last year, a total of EUR 6,594,715 and BGN 2,656,154 were received from the washing of cars, minibuses, buses and cargo trucks at BABH, and for the first half of this year, the amount was EUR 3,580,755 and BGN 1,914,842 from the three points with Turkey – “Kapitan Andreevo”, “Lesovo” and “Malko Tarnovo”, with the largest share being the one from our main point with the southern neighbor, near Svilengrad.
How is this obtained – the formation of the fee in the mentioned tariff is of two components: an administrative part and a direct part for the materials and consumables for the service. To the price made in this way is added one leva each for cars and buses and two leva each for buses and trucks, which the private company, which has signed a contract with BABH, also collects for its activity.
The fee formed in this way violates the requirements of the Law on Limitation of Administrative Regulation and Administrative Control over Business Activity. According to what is written in it, it cannot exceed 20 percent of the formed expenditure, and for the specified fee for a bus, van and car, it is from 50 to 30 percent of the entire amount of the fee.
The requirement of the law cited above – that the collected fees be used to increase the quality of the provided service, and the revenues cannot be used for additional material stimulation of the employees of the administrative bodies, on whose accounts they have entered, also raises more questions. So far, there is no visible change in the quality of the service, nor in the preparation, which should be more gentle on car paints. This can be seen by every traveler when crossing from Turkey to Bulgaria.
The detailed review of the tariff indicates that for one car that is washed with the pool cleaner, the administrative costs determined by the agency are BGN 2.72, and they include the costs of employment time for this service from the director of the directorate to the junior specialist who performed it before it transferred to the private company.
The part with the cost of the specified technical means and preparations with which the service is performed is BGN 1.37. With the collected fee for washing at the border, it turns out that each driver pays two people for the service – one at the point, the other somewhere in the agency, since both costs are included in it. The situation is the same for minibuses and buses, for trucks the fee is only according to the formal requirements of the law.
Although until now the fee for washing with pool detergent when entering Bulgaria from Turkey has been the subject of inspections by the National Revenue Agency, the Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office, KPCONPI, none of them have buried themselves in the formed price of the service. The only thing that caused the inspections was that the tax authorities collected for days from the disinfection points the money to secure the cash availability declared by the company. The fee has not been adjusted downwards by removing BFSA’s costs, which it does not incur. Thus, only about BGN 3 per car can be left to pay the “golden gol”, which is the cost for materials and consumables and for personnel of the private company.
Following the decision of the Turkish president in July to abolish passports for entry into Turkey, revenue from this service is expected to increase. There is an additional increase from the diverted cargo traffic through Bulgaria due to the war in Ukraine, and from this the money for BABH will increase without performing any activity for this service.