The social partners of the Tripartite Cooperation Council have not agreed on the program for next year budget at their meeting today. The proposed financial framework includes the State budget and the State Social Insurance (SSI) and Health Fund budgets.
The government received the support only of the employers’ organizations, according to which it is too risky at the moment for the State to remain without budget. However, the unions did not approve the framework, demanding an increase in the minimum wage, which is currently BGN 710 (EUR 362).
“The government will introduce a bill for the continuation of the State Act budget for 2022, the SSI and the Health Fund for 2022, or the so-called extension law for budget“said Rositsa Velkova, acting finance minister, after the meeting.
The Acting Minister for Social Policy assured that there will be no reduction in social payments with the extension of the current budget.
“The trade unions, and in particular the Podkrepa CT, do not support the proposed project budget for 2023 – this budget is one of the worst options that have been presented“, said engineer Ioannis Parteniotis of Podkrepa CT.
“All employers’ organizations represented at national level supported in principle the proposal to extend the budget provisions for this year“, said Dobri Mitrev of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce.
Comments were heard from both sides that there must be political will, that Parliament requires pass the 2023 bill which is part of the current macroeconomic framework.
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