Friday was slower on the news front although the caretaker government tried to compensate. Defense minister Dimitar Stoyanov issued an order expressly banning the use of "alcohol, drugs, their analogues or other intoxicating substances" during working hours at the ministry and all other defense structures.Simultaneously, members of the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) claimed that their party had become the victim of a "plot for political revenge", orchestrated by caretaker justice minister Krum Zarkov.
This statement was provoked by Zarkov's decision to provide the party's headquarters, which is state owned, for use by the European delegated prosecutors working in Sofia. The UDF, which was a major political force in the decade after the fall of Communism, has been housed in the building since the 90's.
State "Agriculture" Fund gets a management makeover
The wave of personnel changes, which the interim cabinet of Gulub Donev launched in early August, continued on Friday with a reshuffle of the leadership of the State "Agriculture" Fund. The new leadership is headed by Georgi Tahov with deputies Iva Ivanova, Vladislava Kazakova, Dimitar Gorov and Georgi Dinev.According to his biography published on the Fund's website, Tahov holds a PhD in Economics. He also holds a Master's degree in Accounting and Control from the Academy in Svishtov. In addition, he has a Law degree from the University of Veliko Tarnovo and in Strategic Leadership and Management of Security and Public Order from the Academy of the Ministry of Interior.
Under the Oresharski government (BSP and MRF), Tahov was appointed head of the NRA - Plovdiv. Previously, he worked as Director of NRA Pazardzhik, Deputy Director of NRA Plovdiv, and from June 2011 to 2013 he was Deputy Director of NRA Sofia.
Revival's electoral ticket stacked with male-dominated former MP's, lawyers and financiers
Former MPs, economists, financiers and lawyers will head the ticket of the radical Vazrazhdane (Revival) party in the upcoming parliamentary elections on October 2. Their names were announced at a press conference where party leader Kostadin Kostadinov said that their candidates "represent the whole gamut of Bulgarian society". Of all 31 electoral districts, however, only in three of these has leadership been entrusted to women. In addition, the civil quota has been removed from the lists, as Kostadinov announced a few days ago. Kostadinov himself will lead the party's tickets in Varna and in the 25th multi-mandate constituency (MIR) Sofia.
Innovation ministry launches audit at Fund responsible for distributing all EU funding
The Ministry of Innovation and Growth is launching an audit of the Fund of Funds, announced its head Alexander Pulev. The basis of the audit will be "no conflict of interest and no political orders in the Fund", he said, quoted by BTA. Until recently the Fund was subordinate to the Ministry of Finance, but was transferred under the Petkov cabinet. The Fund manages the resources which come through EU operational programs.
The Minister announced that all administrations have been contacted and the moment the result of the audit is available, it will be announced.