Violina Nakova: There is a misunderstanding of the depth and seriousness of the problem, especially with regard to micro, small and medium enterprises
Today’s National Protest against the drastic increase in the price of electricity came out with general demands for measures to deal with the price shock.
During the protest, the leaders of the nationally representative employers ‘and trade unions’ organizations submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Galab Donev, the Minister of Energy Mr. Andrey Zhivkov and the representatives of the interested institutions their demands for compensation of at least 75% of the difference between the estimated price. of EWRC (BGN 119 per megawatt-hour) and the real price for non-domestic consumers, which today reached BGN 480 per megawatt-hour. They demanded that the compensation of the business start in August 2021 and continue until the market normalizes.
The President of the Union for Private Economic Enterprise, Mrs. Violina Nakova, insisted to the government that the support come quickly and be sufficient. According to her, there is a misunderstanding of the depth and seriousness of the problem, especially with regard to micro, small and medium enterprises.
According to Mrs. Maria Petrova, Secretary General of the organization, the place of employers ‘and trade unions’ organizations is not on the square, but on the table for policy negotiations, minimum wage and mechanism for determining it, on corporate social responsibility. But they are here and united because micro, small and medium enterprises in Bulgaria want to be heard and because they are the backbone of the Bulgarian economy, providing employment to over 70% of the working population.
Mr. Ivan Vlaev, Chairman of the National Chamber of Crafts and Vice-Chairman of the Union for Private Economic Enterprise, also spoke about the difficulties in the work of micro, small and medium enterprises and the craft class.
As a result of negotiations held by the leaders of the nationally representative employers ‘and trade unions’ organizations with government representatives, it was agreed to propose a mechanism to compensate all non-household electricity consumers, with compensation to be reflected in October electricity bills in early November. An option was discussed for the Energy System Security Fund to take a loan of BGN 1 billion by a decision of the Council of Ministers, and for this loan to be serviced by BEH’s over-profit.
The Union for Private Economic Enteprise thanks all its members who responded and attended the protest!