Interview: Bulgaria's finance minister

Interview: Bulgaria's finance minister

Bulgaria's financial markets have seen highs and lows recently – often within days of each other. In late June the sovereign raised €1.5bn (US$2bn) in a eurobond issuance that attracted about €3.7bn in orders. At the same time runs on two big banks led to emergency negotiations with the European Commission to tap BGN3.3bn (US$2.2bn) in aid.

EMEA Finance contacted the ministry of finance to discuss these issues for a report in our forthcoming edition. Between that request and our call with finance minister Petar Chobanov on Friday July 25, prime minister Plamen Oresharski and his Socialist government resigned. The government had faced criticism following poor results in May's European elections. With a snap election already agreed for October, a caretaker government will now take over.

Here, ahead of our August-September edition's country report, we bring you our Q&A with minister Chobanov.

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