Scores of Unqualified State Servants Illegally Hired in Bulgaria
Hundreds of State servants have been appointed in recent years on high, mid and low level positions in the Bulgarian ministries without having the necessary skills.
"About 60 employees were appointed in blatant breaches of the law in the Ministry of Justice," Zinaida Zlatanova, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, said during a press conference after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, cited by the news agency "Focus."
The statement came in response to a question on whether a revision of the appointments in the last year is taking place.
"The caretaker Minister reported 86 cases since some of these State servants were appointed two or three times on different positions," Zlatanova said.
She stated that these people were appointed without meeting the relevant requirements. When asked whether such servants will be fired, Zlatanova responded positively.
She pointed out that she has announced job competitions that will be held absolutely transparently and according to the Civil Servants Law.
1 595 officials have been appointed in all the structures of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food in the last 4 years. 265 of them have been assigned to the Ministry itself and only one person has been appointed after a job competition.
Agriculture Minister Prof. Dimitar Grekov said that there were 677 labor contracts for over BGN 3 M and business trips for more than BGN 5 M.
"In the Ministry of Education many people were appointed without job competitions in breach of the law. There are also many people employed part-time as part-time jobs don't require competitions," Education Minister Aneliya Klisarova said.
There are no dismissed people from either of the two ministries yet.
Klisarova will focus on the "European Funds and European Projects" Department. Only 4 people were working there at the beginning and now, after 8 years of appointments, their number has reached 90.
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"Hundreds of State servants have been appointed in recent years on high, mid and low level positions in the Bulgarian ministries without having the necessary skills."
And your government is doing it better of course. The appointment of Peevski as DANS chief, a chalga singer and a mafia boss as deputy ministers, former communist spies as ambassadords, and an armed and dangerous nutcase as head of the anti-corruption commission give us a taste that at least for the high positions your government is finally appointing people "with the necessary skills".
Given the scale of the EU funds in the agriculture sector, surely its entirely necessary that there are now 90 people working to ensure they are properly absorbed? I'd be happier if there were 190 people there.
And all the business trips and additional recruitment is paid by the Rural Development Operational Programme (ie, by the EU).
The deputy prime minister needs to find the real corruption in the ministry - like how much Naidenov got paid to make sure that all the grants went to large commercial farmers and how GERB used EU funds to reward its own municipalities.