Bulgaria undermines economic development

In Bulgaria rules are often strange but worse is that they are often an obstacle to business developments in the country. Good example of this are freelance contracts or that is the absence of them in the Tax Code. In most countries freelance contracts are like a contract with a company. The freelancer provides specific services to a company or an individual at a certain price and provides an invoice for it. The buyer of the service pays the invoice and that is end of their part in the financial aspect. The freelancer like a company then pays taxes and other mandatory fees to the state and/or municipality. In Bulgaria it does not work like this except for probably 5-6 professions. If a company in Bulgaria makes a freelance contract it has to deal with the payment similar as it would with a person on a labour contract such as withhold taxes and social security and then pay those to the tax authority. Basically freelance contract is not a freelance contract as much as a labour contract without fixed salary or fixed working hours.

Roma marginalisation most pressing problem in Bulgaria? Really?

In a new report of the US Department of State it is stated that marginalisation of the Roma community remains the most pressing problem in Bulgaria with regard to human rights. Are they serious? I could make a long list of more pressing issues. Bulgaria is a country with multitude …

Is E-government possible in Bulgaria?

At first we might think that the answer should be yes, after all nothing is impossible. After living and working in Bulgaria for close to 6 years I am not so sure. There have been several initiatives to set up e-government in Bulgaria but are not really successful. To me …

The holy labour contract

In Bulgaria things are strange in many ways. The public administration is ineffective guided by strange and contradictory rules which no one seems to object to or require to be changed. People complain to themselves but for most part that is the end of it. There is no protests for …

Outdated Foreign Service “business model”?

Usually countries set up an embassy in every country they have diplomatic relations to. For many countries such as the US, UK, France, Russia and China this is no problem. For many small countries this is however not a realistic option both due to the financial cost and lack of …

Out of touch with reality

Now Bulgaria is getting ready for the European Commission (EC) Monitoring Report on the progress – or lack thereof – of reforms in the judicial system and home affairs. Most of what is in the report is already known as it has been leaked to both foreign and national media. …

What do Bulgarians have against foreigners?

Maybe at first it might look like the answer would be “nothing”. In many ways foreigners – or at least some – get treated very well. Especially in the attitude of people for most part and in places like restaurants and shops. However if you look deeper then you can …

Democratisation of the Bulgarian Civil Service

I have talked about reforms in Bulgaria and democracy in one of my earlier posts. What does this mean? Does it really matter what is the mentality in the Civil Service in Bulgaria? Any civil service is formulated to serve the political system it works within. It is however not …