COMPROMISE IS NOT SHAMEFUL, IT'S SOMETHING WISE
Prof. Dr. Anelia Mingova, Chairperson of NMSII Parliamentary Group, to the BANKER WeeklyProf. Dr. Anelia Mingova was born on December 21, 1957 in Pleven. She got her secondary education in the Maths School in her birthplace. In 1980 she graduated in Law from the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University. Ms. Mingova specialized in the Max Plank institute in Germany. She was MP in the 39th National Assembly, Chairperson of the Legal Commission and member of the Agriculture and Forestry Commission. After the Parliamentary elections on June 25, 2005 she became a deputy in the 40th National Assembly from the NMSII ticket for the 15th multimandate region - Pleven. At a meeting of the Political Council and of the NMSII parliamentary group in the 40th National Assembly on July 8, 2005 she was nominated by majority the group's Chairperson.Ms. Mingova, why has NMSII eventually decided to participate in a coalition with BSP?- During the recent parliamentary election NMSII won people's confidence and became the second largest political force in the 40th National Assembly. The trust of Bulgarian citizens who expect from us calm ruling obliged us to enter a broader coalition which became a reality with the signing of a political agreement with BSP and MRF. For us participation in power has never been an end in itself and we have proven it during the consultations with the other political forces. NMSII will continue its efforts for achieving Bulgaria's strategic aim for membership in the European Union (EU) as of January 1, 2007.What compromises had NMSII to make according to you? Will its electorate approve of them?- My belief is that politics is an art of compromise. I think our biggest compromise was that we agreed that NMSII's leader Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha would not be the PM. Has anything remained suppressed concerning the decision not to take part in the realization of the first mandate?- During the negotiations NMSII was vindicating the position of being a partner on an equal footing, which we ultimately achieved. Making managerial decision by a consensus gives an opportunity for equality when bearing the responsibility. I'd like to underline that I do not mean a consensus when making operative decisions, because that would be an impediment for the executive power. I mean the basis political issues. All the time while the negotiations were in progress NMSII was clearly and explicitly formulating its standpoint, which became known to the public as well. There is nothing curious or secret on our part in that respect. Are the accusations that NMSII was to blame for the delay in forming the Government reasonable?- The people have probably expected that the Cabinet would be formed quicker than it actually was. But having so many political forces in Parliament and no clear majority, that could not be done fast. I'll reiterate that NMSII is the second largest political force and could not accept whatever political haughtiness. Over the last four years the party has demonstrated its ability to rule in a coalition and has imposed a dialogic style and a consensual political culture. The reason for NMSII's denial in the beginning of the negotiations was the lack of possibilities and guarantees to realize our policy. There was also accumulated offence from the unrealized first mandate. Therefore, I don not accept the accusations that NMSII is alone to blame for delaying the formation of the Government. What does NMSII expect from its ministers?- The ministers from NMSII are persons of proven qualities. They are indisputable figures whose work has been in front of the public's eye over the last few years. We do not have doubts that they will cope with their tasks in the best possible way in order to achieve continuity in the government and a successful realization of its strategic targets. NMSII's ministries are difficult from the point of view of reforms which are of significance for Bulgaria's integration in the EU. I'll stress again that Deputy Premier Daniel Vulchev and minister Meglena Kouneva, Prof. Georgi Petkanov, Assoc. Prof. Vesselin Bliznakov, and Nikolay Vassilev, are personalities and professionals of proven capabilities. And what does NMSII expect from its coalition partners?- NMSII will be a tolerant partner in the government. I expect we'll quickly manage to get rid of the emotions and that common sense will get the upper hand. People are sick and tires of talks and are no expecting from us, politicians, the opposition included, to fulfil the given promises. Will the Government be stable enough? Will it get the necessary parliamentary support to implement its programme?- The Cabinet has a stable parliamentary support because it's a broad coalition. I hope the opposition will support (as it was stated from the parliamentary tribune) the legal acts which are important to our country. I hope as well the MPs from the opposition are dutiful people who will disregard narrow party interests and will be thinking about Bulgaria's future. Is it possible that the Constitutional Court expends a ruling against the second nomination of Sergey Stanishev as a Premier? What will be the eventual consequences of such a decision?- As a lawyer I believe that argument is preposterous. The Constitution does not set any requirements as to a secondary candidacy of the nominated premier in various mandates. That means that any group that accepts the mandate may nominate as a candidate PM a figure whose mandate has not been realized or as been unsuccessful.Why does NMSII insist that some decisions in the Governments should be made by a consensus?- This is a Cabinet of a broad coalition. It means that not a single political force might be regarded on a non-equal footing. Bulgaria faces decisive months till January 1, 2007. Bulgarian citizens have endured much difficulties on their road to EU integration and the important legal acts and decisions cannot be made without the agreement of all three political subject which have undertaken the country's ruling. We believe this is our greatest merit in signing the political agreement by the leaders of NMSII, BSP and MRF. Which are the priorities for NMSII's parliamentary group in the work of the 40th National Assembly?- The laws directly connected with Bulgaria's accession to the EU are doubtlessly among the priorities. Of course, a priority for NMSII will be also all new or amended acts that would improve our country's legislation and are connected with guaranteeing economic growth and improvement of people's living standards. Will NMSII nominate its candidates for mayors of towns where local elections are to be held, and in Sofia specifically? Does NMSII consider its own candidature for the presidential elections?- NMSII has already proven it has a huge potential to rule. Nominating candidates in the towns where local elections for mayors are to be held will be considered and decided by NMSII's Political Council. The presidential elections are also ahead and the decisions are imminent. But instead of making guesses, it's more important now for all of us to do our jobs.