Goranov: Let Kostov share his concerns about privatisation
1 December, 2017
If Ivan Kostov has any concerns regarding the privatisation process during his time in office, let him share them. The call to the former prime minister came from Minister of Finance Vladislav Goranov in an appearance on bTV.
“This is not a crackdown on the privatisation process itself but on the crimes connected to it,” commented Minister Goranov in relation to the planned amendments to the Constitution intended to scrap the time restrictions for launching court proceedings over offences committed in privatisation deals. He continued that no deals are at risk of being dissolved. Accountability will be sought from people in the state agencies that at the time of the privatisation made decisions on behalf of the government, he explained. Goranov was adamant that the envisioned changes “target the criminal privatisation”, which is why he did not fail to mention Kostov, who was at the helm of the country from 1997 until 2001. Goranov firmly rejected the accusations levelled by the oligarchy’s master puppeteer that the proposed amendments are a campaign against private enterprises. In reality, the target is the people who oversaw the privatisation deals. “If Kostov has any concerns, let him share them,” said the finance minister, adding: “If he is so pleased with the privatisation process, however, Mr Kostov has nothing to worry about.”
“It is not fair to say that laws are being made to serve a particular political party. Legislation must be created with the goal of protecting the national interest. Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but people who were directly involved in the privatisation process should not comment on this,” said the leader of the GERB parliamentary group Tsvetan Tsvetanov regarding Kostov’s attempt to deflect attention from the money he stole.