RESTORATION OF EUROPEAN PAYMENTS WILL BE A PRIORITY TASK FOR EKATERINA ZAHARIEVA
RESERVES IN THE BUDGET WILL BE SOUGHT IN ORDER TO KEEP THE WORK GOING IN THE ACTIVE CONSTRUCTION SEASON
Restoration of suspended payments under the program "Regional Development" (OPRD) and providing a relaxed environment for the administration have been set as key priorities for the official Regional Development Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.
She takes over the post for the second time, after that in last spring she was a part of the cabinet of Marin Raykov with the same competences - Minister of Regional Development and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs.
Along with this she will manage the Ministry of Investment Planning, which after the division of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works in two parts, was headed by Ivan Danov. Minister Zeharieva described it as a sign of the position of the President Rosen Plevneliev, that the two ministries should be together. A grouping now would mean that the ministries have to be shut down for at least three months, like it was the case during their division, said the official minister.
According to Ekaterina Zaharieva restoration of the suspended payments on two axis OPRD - for urban development and tourism is essential in order not to lose money for project implementation. Reserves in the budget will be sought in order to keep the work going in the active construction season.
"Construction Chamber and municipalities are worried about their suspended EU funds", said Zaharieva.
The new minister has pledged to work actively in the field of housing and energy efficiency that she defined as her passion, as well as accelerating the issuance of building permits for large construction projects. She set herself as a task to catch up with some of the projects financed under the Operational Program "Transport ". As a focus in her work as a Deputy Prime Minister for economic policy Zaharieva pointed out the improvement of the business environment. She stated that this will happen through the improvement of the secondary legislation, because during the term of the interim government legislative changes couldn`t be adopted.