Bulgarian PM on Cabinet Reshuffle: Pragmatic In, Pretentious Out

Domestic | May 18, 2011, Wednesday // 19:22|  views

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov (middle) takes a photo with students from Plovdiv University just as his Cabinet appeared to be undergoing a reshuffle. Photo by Darik News

The Bulgarian Cabinet changes announced Wednesday, including the resignation of one minister, are based on "principled rules," Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared.

While on a visit to Plovdiv, Borisov commented on the resignation of Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov, the resignation of Deputy Economy Minister in charge of energy Mariy Kosev, as well as the dismissal of National Social Security Institute head Hristina Mitreva.

"I need working people who are pragmatic and think for the future, not philosophers with pretentious language," Borisov said, as cited by BGNES, even though it is unclear who exactly he saw as "pretentious philosophers."

"The rationale for the removal of the Minister of Transport is that I want to optimize further our work with Brussels, and especially the absorption of EU funds," Borisov said after paying a visit to Plovdiv University "Paisiy Hilendarski", confirming that Tsvetkov's deputy Ivaylo Moskovski will take over his job.

He revealed that he and the two deputy PMs – Simeon Djankov and Tsvetan Tsvetanov – had a conversation with Tsvetkov two weeks ago demanding from the Transport Ministry a certain speed of work. He further said that whenever he is dissatisfied with a minister's work, he discusses the matter with his deputies, the GERB party, and the GERB MPs.

He has thus not commented on reports that the real reason behind Tsvetkov's dismissal is that he is under investigation over lobbyist interests by the State National Security Agency DANS.

Borisov further praised the new Deputy Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev, who will replace Mariy Kosev.

"He is very young, very sensible, very smart and ambitious to prove himself, and he made a very good impression on me from his work in Parliamentary Committee on energy during the adoption of the Renewable Energy Act," the PM explained.

Borisov expressed his resentment at the complaints of the ousted head of the Social Security Institute Hristina Mitreva that she had been pressured by the ruling party GERB to make certain appointments.

He even said that it was his bad that he had not removed all senior officials appointed by the former government as he was relying on their professionalism.

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Tags: Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister, cabinet reshuffle, Alexander Tsvetkov, Transport Minister, Ivaylo Moskovski, Mariy Kosev, Delyan Dobrev, deputy ministers, Hristina Mitreva, NOI, National Social Security Institute


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