President-Elect Rosen Plevneliev: Bulgaria's Goal Must Be Modern European State
President-Elect Rosen Plevneliev: Bulgaria's Goal Must Be Modern European StateAuthor: Ivan DikovRosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES
Interview of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) with Rosen Plevneliev, who is the President-Elect of the Republic of Bulgaria.
In the 2011 presidential elections. Plevneliev ran on behalf of Bulgaria's ruling center-right party GERB led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Plevneliev beat his Socialist competitor Ivaylo Kalfin in the run-off by receiving 55.3% of the votes, vs. 44.7% for Kalfin.
Rosen Plevneliev served as Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister in the Borisov Cabinet in 2009-2011, quitting in order to run for President. Before joining the government he was a renowned construction entrepreneur with background on large-scale projects in Germany and Bulgaria.
Bulgaria's demographic situation is worsening tremendously. It includes the question about the situation of the Roma, among other things. It threatens to hinder Bulgaria's economic growth in the future. What is your solution?
The demographic question is directly connected with the prosperity of the Bulgarian nation. We need to create a secure and "humane" environment for the development of the people, and a stable economy. This is the foundation and the most working mechanism in which to cope with the demographic crisis.
The integration of the Roma starts with education and professional training. We need to pay serious attention to the young people in this community, to provide them with ways in which to earn their living, to develop, and to become competitive.
I don't believe in the effect of one-time or individual measures – we need a stable and long-term policy about how to encourage education and professional training in these communities.
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