Here are some excerpts from the article:
What does the Bulgarian gets – Euro 1.65 / hour… In the EU the average level is Euro 20.65 / hour. That means that payment in the country is 8 % of the average European. One can only wonder how such small income has managed to raise the prices in Bulgaria to 44 % of the European prices. (Какво получава българинът – 1.65 евро на час… В ЕС средното равнище е 20.65 евро на час. Това означава, че заплащането у нас е 8% от средноевропейското. Човек да се чуди как такива немощни доходи са вдигнали цените до 44% от европейските.)
The problem with this kind of thinking (and with the other data, quoted by the newspaper), is that it does not take into account the fact that the prices in the country are not based on only payment of labor, but rather on a number of issues, almost all of them with foreign currency involved – prices of gas, oil, power, major food products, fertilizers, equipment, etc. Bulgaria has huge trade deficit, and it is due to the fact that the country still produces and exports less than it imports.
It is a different question why that same Bulgarian has productivity like the other west Europeans, when he is allowed to work in their enterprises – same qualification, same work desire. Obviously the low productivity is not because of the workers, but because of the employers, who do not understand modern labor organization, but manage to steal the work.
(Друг е въпросът защо същият българин има производителност като другите западноевропейци, когато бъде допуснат да работи в техни предприятия – не им отстъпва нито по квалификация, нито по усърдие. Явно ниската производителност се дължи не толкова на работещите, колкото на работодателите, които не разбират от модерна организация на труда, но се справят с ограбването на труда.)
Here the mistake is that the blame is thrown on the employers. Having been an employer in Bulgaria since 1993, I can guarantee that I would very much wanted to pay the same western salaries to everyone in my company, but the money we were making were not coming from west European clients, but from Bulgarians. And the Bulgarians didn’t (and in some cases couldn’t) want to pay more for Internet access than what they were paying. So, whatever organization of the labor we could have had in the company, the final result of the workers’ efforts would have been the same Bulgarian salaries. So, it is up to the productivity of all people, to make the living standard higher and better; and not only to the employers.
You can read more statistic data from Eurostat here.