The NAMRB has been awarded the Honorary Sign of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria

13.12.2021

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Financial decentralization must be enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria is the position of the Head of State Rumen Radev. Changes in our basic law, prepared by the presidential institution, provide for proposals in this regard so as to reduce the dependence of the local government on Council of Ministers’ Acts and the State Budget, said President Rumen Radev, who was an official guest at the ceremony, which marked 25th years since the NAMRB establishment. President Radev wished the mayors to continue to offer innovative ideas in the interest of the local government and to be constructive partners for the necessary regulatory changes in order to have independent and prosperous municipalities.

The Head of State pointed out that increasing the operational and financial autonomy of municipalities are prerequisites for a strong state and a prosperous society, and experience in Europe is an evidence for these. Rumen Radev stated that in Bulgaria in practice the local government is almost entirely dependent on the executive power, which leads to low pay of municipal staff, constantly growing obligations of local authorities, combined with their limited powers. Direct link between company profits and revenues in municipal budgets will lead to accelerated social and economic growth, added the Head of State. Decentralisation and enhancing the powers of municipalities are the way to lead effective local policies, to a more active role for municipal authorities and civil society.

Decentralisation and enhancing the powers of municipalities are the way to lead effective local policies, to a more active role of municipal authorities and civil society. During the ceremony, President Radev awarded the NAMRB an Honorary Sign of the Head of State on the 25th anniversary. "In a quarter of a century, the organization has overcome the trials of time and has become а factor in public life that cannot be bypassed. The efforts, enthusiasm and knowledge of the mayors, Chairs of Municipal Councils and the experts made NAMRB a trusted and respected partner", pointed out President Radev.