Bulgarian Minister's Husband Enjoys Public Procurement Contract

Business | October 16, 2012, Tuesday // 19:47| Views: | Comments: 4
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Minister's Husband Enjoys Public Procurement Contract Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova, a lawyer, entered politics in 2009 as part of the GERB party. Photo by BGNES

Krasimir Atanasov, the husband of Bulgarian Health Minister Desislava Atanasova from the ruling center-right party GERB, has won a BGN 1 M public procurement contract, according to a press report.

Atanasov, 42, recently got a BGN 1 M contract with the Bulgarian government for the construction of two foster care homes in two quarters in the northwestern city of Vratsa by his firm, Dekra Stroy, the Presa daily reported Tuesday.

The report further says that the Health Minister's husband, who is a native of the Danube city of Ruse, registered a Sofia office of his firm in September 2012 with garbage collection and garbage disposal as its designated business activity.

The financial results of Dekra Stroy EOOD indicate that the firm's revenues grew with each that Atanasov's wife was part of the GERB government, the BGNES news agency reports. Thus, in 2008, Dekra Stroy's revenues amounted to BGN 433 000, in 2009 – to BGN 719 000, and in 2011 – to more than BGN 1 M.

"Does this matter?" Krasimir Atanasov is quoted as responding when asked if his wife helped him win the tenders for the construction of the two buildings in Vratsa worth BGN 1 M.

He added he won the tenders because his was the only firm that bade in them, further explaining his fast success with the quality of his firm's construction work.

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Richie - 17 Oct 2012 // 16:41:34

Just like Bulgarians are generally far too negative about their quality of life (see here http://www.economist.com/node/17722557 ), I am convinced they are also far too negative about the level of corruption here. This negativism is a main obstruction to the development of the country. I think anyone deserves to have a fair chance to do an honest business, even if he is the husband of a minister.

Anthonius - 17 Oct 2012 // 08:36:03

Dear Richie
This is not the UK.
For sure it's a big benefit if your wife have a such position. The corruption in BG in the sector of healthcare is one of the biggest in Bulgaria.

For entrepeteurs who want to start a business they are strugling to receive a loan, or with paying a certain amount under the table they can start a bussines.

This man who start a care home (even two!) have skills in an other branch and sudden he is be able to start this bussines with a whopping 1 M.

Open your eyes Richie

Richie - 16 Oct 2012 // 22:13:25

In a fair and democratic society, one is innocent until proven guilty. He might have won the tender in an honest way.

donell - 16 Oct 2012 // 19:59:45

"Does this matter?" Krasimir Atanasov is quoted as responding when asked if his wife helped him win the tenders for the construction of the two buildings in Vratsa worth BGN 1 M.

Of course it matters because it means that he had an unfair advantage in what is supposed to be a fair and democratic process. Bulgaria still doesn't understand this!

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