Milka Gecheva Heads Bulgarian Construction Control Agency

Properties | October 20, 2010, Wednesday // 17:04|  views

The gate of a house in the so-called "Customs Agents Village" on the shore of the Ivaylovgrad dam in southern Bulgaria. The sign says: "Ministry of Fun." Photo by DarikNews.

Milka Gecheva is the new Head of the State Agency for National Construction Control, according to a cabinet report published Wednesday.

The appointment came on the heels of the dismissal of Ivan Simidchiev from the post upon the disclosure of pictures made by employees of the National Revenue Agency who flew in a helicopter over 45 properties, constructed illegally on State lands on the shore of the Ivaylovgrad dam in southern Bulgaria.

"Gecheva has a 6 months deadline. Note this time slot and tell her to do the same," Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov told Regional Minister, Rosen Plevneliev, according to the report.

Borisov is further quoted saying Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, also has six months to collect all unpaid taxes on luxury properties filmed by helicopter in recent weeks and present a balance sheet showing the total results from the operation.

Last week, together with Simidchiev's dismissal, the PM also demanded the ousting of the Director of the Customs in the Southern city of Svilengrad, Stefan Marashev. While Simidchiev resigned the very next day, Marashev refused to comply prompting the Customs Agency to start proceedings against him.

Gecheva was, until now, Simidchiev's deputy; prior to that she worked as Director of the "Construction" Department of the Agency – the office responsible for the issuing of the so-called Act 16 allowing the use of a particular building.

In addition to Gencheva's promotion, the other Deputy, Georgi Darakchiev, is keeping his post.

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