Bulgarian EconMin Keeps Post despite 'Insubordination'
Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister, Traicho Traikov, is going to keep his post, despite receiving two "yellow cards" by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and remaining resolute regarding the Belene NPP scandal.
The information was reported by Borisov himself, in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television, BNT, saying the Head of the National Electric Company, NEK, Krasimir Parvanov, will have to go after all.
The PM reported he will ask Parvanov to submit his resignation even though the latter has "no guilt whatsoever," but because it had become clear he can no longer have a productive work relationship with Traikov.
The scandal broke Tuesday of last week, after it was revealed that the NEK Director had signed an agreement with Russia's Rosatom's subsidiary Atomstroyexport, called by Traikov a breach of national security because it potentially binds Bulgaria to build its second Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, in the Danube town of Belene with Russian participation.
Traikov slammed Parvanov and announced he is going to be fired, but the dismissal was later overturned by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
Borisov harshly criticized the Energy Minister's hasty and emotional reaction and threatened him with being kicked out of office.
It turned out that Parvanov has coordinated his actions with Deputy Prime Minister, Simeon Djankov, who oversees finance and economy.
On Friday, Traikov told the Members of the Parliament he "stood firm behind his words and actions" after "firing" Parvanov for signing the notorious annex 12 to the agreement with the Russian side on the country's NPP.
In the interview, Borisov explained the Minister's actions with his youth saying "there is some advantage in being young such as quick thinking and ambitions." He rejected rumors Traikov will be dismissed or let be in charge only of the economy sector and not the energy one.
"His argument with Djankov is not fundamental, but technical. There will be one last, short, but constructive talk between the two, and after it, the one who violates the rules of subordination can be mad only at himself," the PM declared.
Djankov's return from an official visit to the US was expected Saturday during the day, but his press center informed the Minister had missed his flight. He arrived later in the evening.
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