Bulgaria’s new cabinet gets pay rise

Bulgaria’s new cabinet gets pay rise

 

Members of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s new cabinet, members of Parliament and other top state office-bearers are to get pay increases, with Borissov set for a monthly salary of 4185 leva (about 2140 euro).

This is because of new National Statistical Institute figures, announced on November 10, showing increased average salaries. Calculations of the pay of politicians in government and Parliament are based on these statistics.

The basic salary of members of Parliament is to become 2700 leva (about 1380 euro), an increase of 114 leva.

MPs are paid three times the average salary in the public sector over the previous three months of the quarter. In September, this figure was 900 leva, 38 leva higher than in June.

Wage growth in the public sector also increases the salaries of the new ministers, who took office on November 7 after Borissov’s cabinet was voted in by Parliament. Cabinet ministers are paid a sum equal to 130 per cent of an MP’s pay. For ministers, this means a basic salary of 3510 leva – an increase of 148.20 leva.