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The Municipalities have asked for Public-Private Partnerships Law

Friday, 18 June 2010
Автор: Admin

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"To set up a special law on public-private partnerships (PPP) as one of the most effective anti-crisis measures". About this item were united today in parliament the participants in the round table "Legislative initiatives to promote PPP in Bulgaria".
It is organized by the Association of Municipalities in the South-East region and MEP Iliana Ivanova and is an initiative of Burgas and Stara Zagora Municipalities.
A symbolic host of the meeting was the Mayor of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov, who opened the forum.
"The lack of law is one of the reasons for not using enough the potential of PPP. For two years Bourgas Municipality has succeded to produce three such projects, so our desire is by that meeting to unlock the potential and energy of this successful form", said Nikolov.
The forum was attended by Bulgarian MPs, Italian MEP Antonio Canchan, experts from the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Finance , governors and deputy governors, representatives of businesses, of the municipalities of Rousse, Sliven, Yambol, Burgas and Stara Zagora, the chairman of Municipal Council - Burgas Snejina Madzharova and others.
Moderator of the roundtable was the deputy governor of Burgas - Zlatina Dukova and co-moderators wre the main initiators of the forum - the Deputy Mayors of Burgas and Stara Zagora Atanaska Nikolova and Velizar Balabanov.
The forum participants agreed on the final document, in which except the creating a law for PPP have asked to have their representatives in the working group established to prepare it.
The participants motivated their common position with the responsibility that the local authorities carry to provide quality public services and building modern infrastructure, rising expectations of society and at the same time a public resource constraints.
The difficulties faced by Bulgarian municipalities in crisis and the need to integrate different tools to achieve local priorities and objectives are just a part of the reasons for their overall proposal for development of a law on PPPs.
The final document will be submitted to the Council of Ministers and the Association of Municipalities in Bulgaria.

Colleagues, we apply the final document of the Roundtable:

FINAL DOCUMENT
of the Round Table
"Legislative initiatives to promote PPP in Bulgaria"
18.06.2010, National Assembly of Bulgaria

We, the participants in the roundtable on "Legislative initiatives to promote PPP in Bulgaria"

Taken in account:
- The responsibility of local authorities to provide quality public services, building modern infrastructure and guarantee high quality of life of citizens;
- Growing needs and expectations of society and at the same time the public resource constraints;
- Difficulties faced by Bulgarian municipalities in terms of economic and financial crisis;
- The need to integrate different tools to achieve local priorities and objectives;
- The experience of municipalities in Bulgaria in the implementation of projects and initiatives in public interest through public - private partnerships;
- Pivotal role of local authorities in achieving the priorities of the Cohesion Policy of the European Union and achieving a balanced territorial development on the principle of partnership at all levels.

express our position in support of:

1. Creating promptly a specialized law on public - private partnerships to provide a favorable environment for the development of relations between public and private sectors, as one of the most effective and efficient anti-crisis measures.
2. In the future law to be fixed principles to ensure publicity, transparency, equality, competitive environment and protection of the public interest.
3. In the working group established to prepare the future law to include representatives of municipalities, which will ensure coverage of interest of local authorities as key participants in implementing public-private partnerships.
4. Working group to participate actively in the process of reviewing and changing of regulations regarding potential sectors for the realization of public - private partnerships (water sector, waste, energy efficiency) and that regulating the interaction between business and public authority (PPA Concessions Act , MPA, etc.).