If taxes are not collected and prices are high, there is no point in the derogation. This was stated by Nikola Stoyanov – former Minister of Economy in “The Day Begins”.
“There is a derogation that was given to Bulgaria also for technical reasons – more difficult access purely logistically through the Black Sea, but mostly for the benefit of Bulgarian citizens and the Bulgarian state. With such a derogation, two things must be achieved – low prices of fuels and at the same time to tax the excess profits of Lukoil. Through negotiations, we defended the interests of Bulgaria during the caretaker governments and the refinery paid its taxes. If the taxes are not collected and the prices are high, there is no point in the derogation,” emphasized Stoyanov.
“I bring you two tables. During the regular governments, you see when the military operations in Ukraine start, the fuel prices are sharply detached from the prices of crude oil, in the case of Urals, which we use. That is, the raw material becomes cheaper sharply, with us the prices rise sharply all the time. We saw an average price of around BGN 3.5/l when the caretaker governments stepped in. With us, the price was falling and we managed to bring the price down to BGN 2.3/l. Again, when Denkov’s regular cabinet comes, the average price of fuels in our country, which is certainly one of the serious pro-inflationary measures,” said the former economy minister.
He commented on the “Affordable for you” initiative of the Ministry of Economy and Industry.
“It seems to me that the Ministry advertises the promotions in the chains. There is no guarantee whether quality products are included in this campaign. I do not see control over the chains, nor legislative initiatives.”
Inflation in our country is entirely brought in from outside, believes Stoyanov.
Watch the entire conversation in the video