The municipal administration in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Silistra has had to give up on the convenience of state-issued cell phones.

Silistra’s Mayor, Yulian Naydenov, has collected the cell phones used by the public employees in a bid to cut costs at the debt-ridden municipality.

Naydenov told journalists that Sliven’s municipal administration had already run up a bill of BGN 4000-5000 for the current month, which he said were costs that needed trimming.