"Economic Policy Review" Bulletin ISSN 1313 - 0544

The week through the eyes of a citizen

Svetla Kostadinova / 09.07.2008
Setting a side the most discussed topics in Bulgaria during the last two months – inflation, corruption and the European funds, several interesting things happened.

Greater transparency is required when managing public projects

Adriana Mladenova / 09.07.2008
This month the Word Bank presented its EU 10 Regular Economic Report on the new member states of EU. A special focus of the report is the public investments in infrastructure as a factor for economic growth and convergence of the 10 new countries to the average levels of incomes in the EU.

Efforts for lower unemployed

Zornitza Manolova / 09.07.2008
At the end of last month the Parliament passed some modifications in the Bill for social assistance. The change will be to reduce of the limiting 18 months period for continuously getting social assistance for the unemployed. The changes foresee that the period will become one year and would come into force from 1st of July this year.


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VAT and Social Security in Bulgaria

Peter Ganev / 09.07.2008
...It is apparent that the Government is redistributing a very large portion of our wealth (over 40%) and the fact that we generate record breaking budget surpluses speaks for itself. It comes out that regardless of how easy the Government is spending our money it could not spend everything that has been taken from us. This is leading us to the main question: Well, obviously the taxes should be lower, but where do we stat?

Some Results from the Germany’s Program for Better Regulation

Metodi V. Metodiev / 09.07.2008
“Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) is an information-based analytical approach to assess probable costs, consequences, and side effects of planned policy instruments (laws, regulations, etc.). It can also be used to evaluate the real costs and consequences of policy instruments after they have been implemented”...

GDP during the first quarter of this year

The National Statistics Institute announced the preliminary data about the gross domestic product (GDP) during the first quarter of 2008. The GDP is estimated at 13 483.5 million levs, while the gross added value (GAV) is 10 946.8 million levs. The real growth of the GDP is 7% and the GAV – 7.6%.