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Bulgaria govt appoints new District Governor of Haskovo

Bulgaria govt appoints new District Governor of Haskovo

3 September 2014 | 15:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian interim government dismissed Kadir Isov from the post of District Governor of Haskovo, the press office of the interim cabinet announced.
Isov will be replaced by Dobri Belivanov.
Belivanov has worked in the district administration of Haskovo as secretary general. Before that he used to be deputy mayor of Haskovo.
He graduated the Technical University in Varna and then obtained post-graduation specialisation at the University of National and World Economy.
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Bulgaria PM meets with district governors

Bulgaria PM meets with district governors

1 September 2014 | 13:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s interim Prime Minister, Professor Georgi Bliznashki, held a working meeting with the district governors in the country, which focused on the preparation for the forthcoming snap parliamentary elections due on October 5, 2014, the press service of the Bulgarian Government announced.
The members of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) also attended the sitting.
The district governors said all the regional electoral commissions were composed, there were normal conditions for their work and good cooperation between the district administrations, the regional electoral commissions, the municipalities and the law-enforcement institutions.
Mr Bliznashki called on the district governors to be impartial in their work.
”Hold meetings with all the political forces, they all need to have an equal starting position. Our task is to achieve such a final legitimate result which the public will accept,” the head of the cabinet remarked.
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Kaloyan Staikov, IME: If the regulator was doing its job without a problem at a high level of expertise, we would not need Energy Board

Kaloyan Staikov, IME: If the regulator was doing its job without a problem at a high level of expertise, we would not need Energy Board

27 August 2014 | 19:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “If the energy regulator was doing its job without a problem and at a high level of expertise, we would not need Energy Board,” economist at the Institute for Market Economics (IME), said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency .
"Given the work of the regulator in the sector over the last two years - such an Energy Board is absolutely necessary and mandatory now, as regulatory decisions are not only objective, but also directly contradict the Bulgarian and European legal systems, even to their own regulations," Staikov said.
According to him, such a body is necessary in view of the fact that the regulator has already lost its expert position and its decisions are not in the best interest of both the companies in the sector and consumers of electricity.
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Bulgaria’s interim government sets up ‘energy board’

Bulgaria’s interim government sets up ‘energy board’

27 August 2014 | 18:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria's interim government said it had set up an energy board to ensure that badly needed multi-billion energy projects in the poorest EU country are transparent, EurActive reported.
The board will assist the incumbent cabinet in an attempt to stabilise the energy sector of the Balkan country, which is deemed one of the most corrupt nations in the European Union.
"The energy board will analyse the state of the energy sector and will determine the reasons behind the instability of the energy system," the government said today.
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Bulgaria’s SEWRC made too many mistakes: premier

Bulgaria’s SEWRC made too many mistakes: premier

27 August 2014 | 14:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. It was announced on Wednesday the Bulgarian Government had demanded the resignation of Boyan Boev, chairperson of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC), and two of its members - Lilyana Mladenova and Elenko Bozhkov.
”The SEWRC owes [a lot] to the society, it made too many mistakes and all the issues will be debated at the [newly-established] Energy Board,” said Bulgarian interim Prime minister, Professor Georgi Bliznashki, speaking at a briefing after Wednesday’s sitting of the government, FOCUS News Agency reported.
According to him, the state of the energy sector is really hard.
”The debts of the National Electricity Company (NEK) amount to some BGN 3.8 billion,” the head of the Bulgarian Government stated, remarking urgent measures were needed.
The premier explained a new price model containing a gradual increase in the prices of the public supplier should be developed.
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Outlook 2020: Bulgaria and NATO in European Defence document withdrawn: prime minister

Outlook 2020: Bulgaria and NATO in European Defence document withdrawn: prime minister

27 August 2014 | 14:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Text of Outlook 2020: Bulgaria and NATO in European Defence [document] is too raw, initial and working version. This is the position of interim Bulgarian premier, Professor Georgi Bliznashki, on the project of Bulgaria for a stance at the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales, FOCUS News Agency reported.
”Today, at a sitting of the security council, it was withdrawn,” Mr Bliznashki said.
He explained some portions of it would remain in the final version but there was joint work with the Foreign Ministry on its preparation.
”I was strict, I warned texts that had not been coordinated with the premier could not be published,” the premier stated, adding there would be a new text by the beginning of the following week.
The Prime Minister informed there would be an extraordinary sitting of the security council, where a position as a basis for debates in Wales would be prepared.
Bliznashki commented further active work was being done on the new version and the main parties would have the chance to express their opinion of it.
He also commented they did not approve the ”brutal at time actions of the Russian leadership” and recommended the two sides in the conflict refrain from radical actions.
The ABV party strongly protested against the work of the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence on the Outlook 2020: Bulgaria and NATO in European Defence document, it was announced on Wednesday.


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Decision on Bulgaria state energy watchdog members’ resignations to be made on Thursday: official

Decision on Bulgaria state energy watchdog members’ resignations to be made on Thursday: official

27 August 2014 | 13:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. It was announced on Wednesday the Bulgarian Government had demanded the resignation of Boyan Boev, chairperson of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC), and two of its members - Lilyana Mladenova and Elenko Bozhkov.
Interim Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said a decision on the resignations would be made on Thursday.
”The unprecedented decisions of the SEWRC reached that point that a letter of the European Commission names [its] chairperson as an example of a bad political appointment,” Zaharieva stated, adding the regulating body made political statements, while it should make statements concerning the regulation of the market to ensure a balance.
”We violate the Third Energy Package if the regulator makes political statements,” Ms Zaharieva remarked.
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Resignation of Bulgaria’s SEWRC chair, 2 other members demanded: minister

Resignation of Bulgaria’s SEWRC chair, 2 other members demanded: minister

27 August 2014 | 13:42 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”The resignation of [chairperson of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC)] Boyan Boev and [SEWRC members] Lilyana Mladenova and Elenko Bozhkov has been asked for,” said Bulgaria’s interim Minister of Economy and Energy Vasil Shtonov, speaking at a briefing after Wednesday’s sitting of the cabinet, FOCUS News Agency reported.
”If this depended on me, I would demand more resignations. The decisions and proposals made by that Commission are not working at this stage,” the Minister commented.
In his words, the government tries to appoint experts in all sectors.
Vasil Shtonov stressed there were people in the energy sector that should be banned from returning to it for 10 years as he thinks they worsen the situation.
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Bulgaria caretaker govt demands resignation of 3 state energy watchdog members

Bulgaria caretaker govt demands resignation of 3 state energy watchdog members

27 August 2014 | 12:57 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Interim cabinet of Bulgaria has demanded the resignation of three members of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC), including its chairperson Boyan Boev. Vasil Shtonov, interim Minister of Economy and Energy, announced the news, speaking before journalists after Wednesday’s regular sitting of the cabinet, FOCUS News Agency reported.

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Bulgaria to defend Kristalina Georgieva’s nomination for EU foreign minister

Bulgaria to defend Kristalina Georgieva’s nomination for EU foreign minister

27 August 2014 | 12:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria will defend the nomination of Kristalina Georgieva, current European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, for the post of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the press service of the Bulgarian Government announced.
The cabinet also approved the stance Bulgaria will take at the upcoming European Council.
On Saturday, August 30, the state and governmental heads of the EU member states have to nominate candidates for a new composition of the European Commission, for the posts of President of the European Council and of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Bulgaria, which will be presented by President Rosen Plevneliev, will defend the nomination of Ms Georgieva for the post of top diplomat of the EU.
The European Council, acting by a qualified majority and with the agreement of the President of the European Commission, appoints the High Representative, the mandate of whom is for 5 years, like the rest of EU Commissioners.
The new college of the European Commission is to take office on November 1, 2014, while the new President of the European Council is due to take office on December 1, 2014.
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Bulgaria interim govt greenlights establishment of Energy Board

Bulgaria interim govt greenlights establishment of Energy Board

27 August 2014 | 12:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Government has made a decision in favour of the establishment of an Energy Board, which will be a consultative body with the Council of Ministers to provide aid concerning the decisions on important to the public matters in the energy sector.
The Board is established in compliance with the interim government’s priorities as regards the continuation of the work on the reforms in the energy sector, the press service of the cabinet announced.
The body will aim at increasing the transparency, dialogue and market efficiency with a view to overcoming the obstacles before the Bulgarian energy sector.
The Energy Board will analyse the state of the energy sector and indentify the reasons for the instability within the energy system.
It will also set the principles and directions for a stable way of managing the sector.
The Board will also discuss and propose measures to solve ascertained problems and stabilise the energy system as well as present its stance on the actions and measures taken by state institutions and organisations in the energy filed.
The consultative body will also be able to make proposals for amendments and supplements to the existing regulations, discuss and present its position on proposals for strategies in the energy sector.
The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic Policy will chair the Energy Board, while the Minister of Economy and Energy will be its Deputy Chairperson.
The Deputy Ministers of Economy and Energy, the Deputy Ministers of Labour and Social Policy, the chairperson of the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (SEWRC) and representatives of a number of organisations and companies in the sector will be members of the Board.
The Energy Board could hold its sittings with the participation of representatives of other state institutions, international organisations, companies in the energy sector and experts in the field.
Regulations concerning the organisation of the activity of the Energy Board were also adopted through the government’s decree.
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Bulgaria interim cabinet appoints consul general in Milan

Bulgaria interim cabinet appoints consul general in Milan

27 August 2014 | 11:59 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Government has confirmed the appointment of Rosen Rufev to the post of Bulgarian Consul General in Milan, Italy, the press centre of the cabinet announced.
His candidature was approved at the end of the previous government’s mandate but the decision concerning his appointment was not inked, which required the matter to be considered for a second time.
Rufev is a diplomat with rich experience.
He has worked at the Bulgarian Embassies in London and Rome as well as at Bulgaria’s Consulate General in Milan.
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Bulgaria govt dismisses Sliven District governor

Bulgaria govt dismisses Sliven District governor

27 August 2014 | 11:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Government has dismissed Korneliy Zhelyazkov from the post of governor of Sliven District and appointed Valya Radeva to the same post, the press service of the cabinet announced.
Valya Radeva began work at the district administration in Sliven in 2004 after graduating from the Burgas Free University and earning a law degree.
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Bulgaria Council of Ministers to hold regular sitting

Bulgaria Council of Ministers to hold regular sitting

27 August 2014 | 07:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Council of Ministers is to hold its regular sitting on Wednesday, at which it will discuss a draft decision on the dismissal and appointment of a governor of Sliven District. The project was tabled by interim Prime Minister, Professor Georgi Bliznashki.
The Minister of Defence is to table a report on coordination of the activity regarding providing military and humanitarian aid to the government of Iraq, while the Interior Minister is due to present a draft decree on amendments and supplements to the regulations concerning the establishment and organisation of the work of volunteer formations to prevent disasters, fires and emergency situations and to tackle their consequences.
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Bulgaria interim govt replaces three more district governors (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria interim govt replaces three more district governors (ROUNDUP)

21 August 2014 | 06:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian interim cabinet dismissed Zhivka Aldzhova, Ivan Velikov and Mihail Mihaylov as District Governors of Stara Zagora, Varna and Pernik, respectively.
Dimitrinka Petrunova is the new District Governor of Stara Zagora; Stoyan Pasev is the new District Governor of Varna; while Boyka Petrova is the new District Governor of Pernik.
“Dimitrinka Petrunova is the new District Governor of Stara Zagora; Stoyan Pasev is the new District Governor of Varna; while Boyka Petrova is the new District Governor of Pernik. We selected district governors, who have not been involved in political activities in the past,” Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Professor Georgi Bliznashki commented on the news speaking with journalists after the sitting of the Council of Ministers today
“There will be a series of replacements of district governors but we will not go too far. We will keep many of them but I repeat that there will be changes,” the interim PM said further.
“We cannot keep the district governor of Razgrad, for instance, who became leader of the election ticket of one of the biggest parties.
We need to seek some calmness and balance. The institutions should observe the public opinion,” Professor Bliznashki added.
Last week, the cabinet officially decided to dismiss Musa Palev, Ventsislav Kaymakanov, Ventsislav Kalchev, Nikolay Penchev and Iliyan Yonchev as District Governors of Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Ruse, Montana and Pleven, respectively,.
Economist Dimitar Dimitrov is the new District Governor of Blagoevgrad. Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Municipality Rozalin Petkov is the new District Governor of Plovdiv. Chief Secretary of the District Administration-Ruse Simeon Ivanov is the new District Governor of Ruse. Nina Petkova, who has a master’s degree in economy and is former deputy district governor of Montana, is appointed District Governor of Montana. Chief architect of the Municipality of Pleven Boyko Baltakov is appointed District Governor of Pleven.
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Bulgaria interim PM: More district governors to be replaced

Bulgaria interim PM: More district governors to be replaced

20 August 2014 | 14:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. District Governors of Stara Zagora, Varna and Pernik have been dismissed from the posts they occupied. Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Professor Georgi Bliznashki commented on the news speaking with journalists after the sitting of the Council of Ministers today, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“Dimitrinka Petrunova is the new District Governor of Stara Zagora; Stoyan Pasev is the new District Governor of Varna; while Boyka Petrova is the new District Governor of Pernik.
We selected district governors, who have not been involved in political activities in the past,” Professor Bliznashki remarked.
“There will be a series of replacements of district governors but we will not go too far. We will keep many of them but I repeat that there will be changes,” the interim PM said further.
“We cannot keep the district governor of Razgrad, for instance, who became leader of the election ticket of one of the biggest parties.
We need to seek some calmness and balance. The institutions should observe the public opinion,” Professor Bliznashki added.
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Bulgaria cabinet appoints 3 new District Governors

Bulgaria cabinet appoints 3 new District Governors

20 August 2014 | 12:37 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian interim cabinet dismissed Zhivka Aldzhova, Ivan Velikov and Mihail Mihaylov as District Governors of Stara Zagora, Varna and Pernik, respectively, the press centre of the Bulgarian Government announced.
Dimitrinka Petrunova is the new District Governor of Stara Zagora; Stoyan Pasev is the new District Governor of Varna; while Boyka Petrova is the new District Governor of Pernik.
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Bulgaria PM: New District Governors to bring better level of work

Bulgaria PM: New District Governors to bring better level of work

13 August 2014 | 12:24 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “I believe that the new District Governors will bring some better level of work,” Bulgarian interim Prime Minister Professor Georgi Bliznashki said speaking with journalists at the Council of Ministers commenting on interim government’s decision to replace five District Governors, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“We have a series of new appointments of District Governors. The cabinet dismissed Musa Palev, Ventsislav Kaymakanov, Ventsislav Kalchev, Nikolay Penchev and Iliyan Yonchev from the posts of District Governors of Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Ruse, Montana and Pleven. They are replaced by Dimitar Dimitrov, Rozalin Petkov, Simeon Ivanov, Nina Petkova and Boyko Baltakov,” Professor Bliznashki remarked.
In his words, every new government may take such measures and changes.
“There are cases that need to be paid special attention to. We will not take extreme measures but there are places in which there is a need to interfere,” the interim Prime Minister said.
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Bulgaria interim cabinet appoints new District Governors

Bulgaria interim cabinet appoints new District Governors

13 August 2014 | 11:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian interim government officially decided to dismiss Musa Palev, Ventsislav Kaymakanov, Ventsislav Kalchev, Nikolay Penchev and Iliyan Yonchev as District Governors of Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Ruse, Montana and Pleven, respectively, the press office of the Bulgarian government announced.
Economist Dimitar Dimitrov is the new District Governor of Blagoevgrad.
Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv Municipality Rozalin Petkov is the new District Governor of Plovdiv.
Chief Secretary of the District Administration-Ruse Simeon Ivanov is the new District Governor of Ruse.
Nina Petkova, who has a master’s degree in economy and is former deputy district governor of Montana, is appointed District Governor of Montana.
Chief architect of the Municipality of Pleven Boyko Baltakov is appointed District Governor of Pleven.
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Bulgaria govt to appoint 5 new district governors

Bulgaria govt to appoint 5 new district governors

13 August 2014 | 07:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian interim government is to discuss a decision on the appointment of new District Governors of the districts of Blagoevgrad, Plovdiv, Ruse, Montana and Pleven.
The future District Governors are Dimitar Dimitrov, Rozalin Petkov, Simeon Ivanov, Nona Petkova, and Boyko Baltakov.
All nominees are people with experience in the field of administrative government and management and some of them have already worked as deputy district governors, the press office of the Bulgarian government announced.
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