Ivailo Kalfin has slammed Brussels for its huge spending of taxpayers' money
Ivailo Kalfin, who was Bulgaria’s deputy prime minister until May and is still a member of a high-level EU budgetary group, said non-Eurozone nations like Bulgaria and Poland has lost an "important ally” when Britain vote to leave the EU last year.
“The departure of Britain means certain reform for the EU. Other countries have similar ideas – we cannot just blame Britain. If the European Union doesn't change, it will be very difficult to hold it together,” he said.
Crucially, he said Brussels would have to be far more transparent about its budgets, adding: “I am still very involved with the European budget as part of a high level EU working group chaired by (former EU Commissioner) Mario Monti. “There must be much more transparently about what taxpayers are paying and what they are getting in return.
"There isn't a single person in Brussels who can explain how the budget is formed and who is paying for what and why.”
Eurocrats are also recognising the desire by members states for less interference in every day policies, he said.
“There are very strong moods all across Europe for stronger policies. Brussels is realising that this it must change or it will collapse.
The former Bulgarian deputy prime minister argued that the EU shouldn't blame Britain
The departure of Britain means certain reform for the EU
Ivailo Kalfin, Eurocrat
“When we speak about migration, common security and the single market, these are policies that are better made at European rather than national level.
“I really expect the European Union to step up these policies and ramp down they type of domestic interference we have seen in the past.”
He said this much-needed and overdue reform has only been discussed since the May 23 Brexit referendum, and has been ramped up in recent days following Theresa May’s Lancaster Hose speech, in which she confirmed that Britain would not be seeking to join the single market and would be pursuing “hard Brexit”.
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Mr Kalfin considers Britain an extremely important ally to Bulgaria
“From Bulgaria’s point of view, Britain’s decision to leave the EU is unfortunate," he aid. "We are not a eurozone member and in may occasion we held similar positions to Britain. The UK also promoted the enlargement of the European. Union. Losing the UK means losing an important ally.
“It’s a shame that it has taken the loss of a dear and important ally for Brussels to finally realise that what happens in the bubble is not the same thing as what is happening in member states.”