Bulgaria sends in pensioners to retake beaches

September 2, 2008

bulgaria-bathers.jpgFive thousand Bulgarian pensioners are in line for a free holiday.

Could it be a vote catcher ahead of elections next year in the European Union’s poorest member state? The government’s standing in the polls has suffered because of poor living standards and corruption.

Socialist Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev says he wants to give elderly Bulgarians a ‘calm’ life. He also has another motive:

“To me it has always been offensive when I see in Bulgarian resorts…mainly elderly people from western European countries,” he told a news conference.

Between 3,000 and 5,000 pensioners can take advantage of the free holidays on the Black Sea coast or in mountain resorts in the next three months. The government will also cover transport costs.

Pensioners account for nearly a third of the Balkan country’s population of 7.6 million. The average monthly pension is about 80 euros.

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As a new resident of Bulgaria and business owner doing business in Sunny Beach and Bourgas I think it should be a concern of this government to ensure the inferstrucure of this country and allow the progress of its younger population. Any person in thier teens seems to have one dream and that is to leave this country for better opportunities. If they do not stop to think about that there will be no pensioners left to go on a free holiday. And if the pensioners leave for the beach in the next 3 months they should consider bringing hats and gloves and expect all the shops and eateries to be gone home for the winter.

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