September 15 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Tuesday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- The cabinet will review on Wednesday a package of anti-crisis measures aimed at boosting budget revenue performance. The key proposals include speeding up the refund of value added tax to businesses, downsizing the public sector, and raising as of January 1, 2010 the minimum monthly contributory income for self-employed to 420 levs from the current 260 levs.
- The new government plans to have 65 kilometres of roads added to the national infrastructure in each of its four years in office, up from the current 11 kilometres that were being added per year, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said. He added the government will prepare infrastructure projects worth a combined 1.3 billion euro and will utilise at least 1.2 billion euro in EU funding for those projects during its mandate in a bid to counter the crisis and creates new jobs.
- The Sofia municipality has opened a tender to select a company that will transport the waste produced by the capital city at a distance of up to 500 kilometres. The bidding deadline is October 9. Due to the lack of a waste depot near the capital, waste is currently baled and transported to sites near the city of Plovdiv, some 150 kilometres south of Sofia, and to the city of Silistra some 500 kilometres northeast of the capital.
- Blue-chip paint producer Orgachim said it is in talks to sell to the Bulgarian unit of Italian construction chemicals maker Mapei some of its fixed assets: a building with the underlying land plot and technical equipment for production of dry construction mixes. Orgachim did not disclose the weight of those assets in terms of its total assets.
- Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Dyankov said the headcount at the National Revenue Agency will be cut by 8.0%, or 638 employees, as part of the restructuring of the agency. All the 29 existing territorial directorates of the agency will be closed down and replaced with five new ones.
- Forty out of Bulgaria’s 264 municipalities are under the threat of bankruptcy due to the economic crisis and flagging revenues, Detelina Nikolova, mayor of the northeastern town of Dobrich and member of the managing board of the National Association of Municipalities in Republic of Bulgaria, said.
- The government is considering implementing motorway construction projects through leasing schemes in an attempt to speed up the development of the country’s infrastructure, Regional Development Minister Rosen Plevneliev said.
(1 euro = 1.95583 Bulgarian levs)