Bulgaria Nominee for Deputy Agri Minister Named

Domestic | May 3, 2010, Monday // 13:20|  views

Bulgaria's Agricultural Minister, Miroslav Naidenov, said new nominee for deputy minister of argiculture, Svetlana Boyanova, is a highly acclaimed professional. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Agricultural Minister, Miroslav Naidenov, announced Monday the bid for a new Bulgarian deputy agricultural minister in charge of European financing.

The current head of the Bulgarian Association of Producers (BAAP) Svetlana Boaynova is said to replace Preslav Borisov as Bulgaria's deputy agricultural minister, following Borisov's resignation last Friday.

Borsiov was appointed personally by the PM at the end of July before even the official cabinet, including Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, were announced. The PM now says he did not like his nominee’s work and there were also personal reasons for the resignation.

„Svetlana Boyanova is a recognized professional, she is a highly acclaimed lawyer who has taken part in Bulgaria's pre EU accession negotiations,“ said Monday Minister Naidenov upon announcing Boyanova's nomination, adding that Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has already agreed to her appointment.

Perslav Borisov, who was forced to resign Friday from the post, is charged with alleged corruption.

The information about improprieties is based on anonymous email sent to most media outlets in Bulgaria on Thursday. According to the email, the Deputy Minister, Preslav Borisov, is the son of one of the country’s biggest grain producers, grain storage and land owners from the Dobrudzha area and brother of another large-scale farmer in the Vratsa Region. Borisov, allegedly, had prepared lobbyist bills banning the construction of wind farms in Dobrudzha with the goal to maintain low prices in the area and provide opportunities to his father to continue purchasing lands and banning grain trade for people who do not own grain storage facilities to, again, limit the above trade to the family business.

Rumors connect Preslav Borisov to attempts to use the sale and rent of State lands to farmers, declared an anti-crisis measure by the cabinet of which the Deputy Minister was in charge, for family profits and lobbying for some particular businesses to obtain EU financing.

Others claim Borisov has been ousted over conflicts with Minister Naydenov.

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