Bulgarian government survives no-confidence vote

Bulgaria's Socialist-led government survived a no-confidence vote on Wednesday after the the opposition accused it of losing millions of euros in European Union funding due to widespread graft.

Bulgarian government survives no-confidence vote
Bulgaria's Socialist-led government survived a no-confidence vote on Wednesday after the the opposition accused it of losing millions of euros in European Union funding due to widespread graft.

The three-party coalition, which has a clear majority in the 240-seat chamber, defeated the motion -- the sixth since it came to power in 2005 -- by 150 votes to 84.

The rightist opposition criticised the government for failing to ensure transparent management of EU-backed projects and depriving the bloc's poorest member of much-needed funds to improve its dilapidated infrastructure and outdated agriculture.

The European Commission suspended more than 500 million euros ($780 million) in aid to the Balkan country and barred two payment agencies from receiving EU funds, demanding action against corruption and crime in a scathing report on July 23.

Reuters
Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2008, 17:12
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