Bulgaria to cut public administration by 15% next year, 30,000 jobs remaining – EURACTIV.com

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State administration in Bulgaria will be reduced by 15% by the end of 2022, Asen Vassilev, co-chair of the “Continue Change” coalition, announced on Sunday. This move could see around 30,000 people lose their jobs.

Vassilev will likely be elected deputy prime minister and finance minister in the new government, pending approval of the draft coalition deal on Tuesday.

The political formations of the ruling coalition are “Change Continues”, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, “There is such a people” and “Democratic Bulgaria”.

“From the outside it seemed easy to come to an agreement, but in fact it was not that easy. There were 20% differences (between the parties) which required concessions. No one wants a fourth election (in a year), so reasonable concessions have been made to understand the policies and structure of the Cabinet, ”Asen Vassilev told BTV.

He announced that the four parties of the future coalition have agreed that there should be a 15% reduction in state administration by the end of 2022.

Currently, 250,000 people, or 10% of the country’s total workforce, are employed in state administration. Thus, some 30,000 people will be made redundant. Retirees who continue to hold government posts will be the first to leave and are likely to be the source of most of the layoffs.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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