Bulgarian agriculture minister accused of lobbyism over food price freeze.

By bne IntelliNews August 6, 2012
After three food retailers in the country responded to the request of agriculture minister Miroslav Naydenov last week to freeze the prices of a basket of 10 food products, the minister was accused of lobbyism and competition violation, BTA reported. Rightist DSB warned that the agreement is in effect a permission to form a cartel and violates competition on the market. The party called for Naydenov's resignation over lobbyism. So far three food retailers in the country, Kaufland, Metro and Bila, have agreed to freeze the prices of 10 products for a period of three months in an effort to support households' budgets amid rising electricity and food prices. The products include primary food items such as bread, meat, cheese, milk, produced domestically.

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