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.

Are the Borg aiming to take control of Bulgaria?

Anyone that has watched the Star Trek shows would probably have heard about the Borg.  A collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones of the Collective, or the hive. The famous message from any encounter included “We are the Borg. Your biological and technological …

Putting people in boxes

Throughout history people have had a great need to put people in boxes. Often they have been based on nationality, race, political opinions, gender, and profession. The premise is that all of certain group are the same which thankfully is not true. When I express my opinion on a certain …

Things that annoy me: Crying/complaining politicians

I have decided to start a new theme of posts focusing on things that annoy me and things I really like. I will start with one annoying thing. It really annoys me when even high level politicians complain and cry about being criticized for their statements, comment, activities and/or lack …

Bulgarian public schools keep Bulgarians down

Very often I hear about the teaching in public schools in Bulgaria and often the stories are not nice. You might think that the teachers and the management of the schools are either incompetent or perceive their role to be to break down the students. Recent examples I have come …

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 …