Bulgarian Refugee Agency Head Sacked on Phone
The head of the Bulgarian State Agency for Refugees, Nikola Kazakov, has been terminated on the phone, he claims.
In an interview for Darik radio, Kazakov stated he received a phone call notifying him that he has been dismissed and no grounds for the decision have been mentioned.
He explained he was currently on a business trip abroad and was surprised when the Chief Secretary of the Council of Ministries called him to tell him the news.
The surprise, according to him, was related to very positive assessments about his job performance, coming from Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Tsvetlin Yovchev.
Kazkov insists he has alarmed as early as June about the looming refugee crisis, but no one from the government paid attention and reacted to his information.
He explained only 14 staff were processing the asylum applications, which made the process slow even in normal situations.
"The procedures for reviewing and issuing refugee statuses are unsatisfactory, which contributes to the overloading of accommodation facilities. Also, the organizational work at the centers for temporary reception has been conducted poorly", Yovchev explained earlier.
A third motive behind the decision was the State Agency's weak communication and cooperation with European organizations, which could help with the refugee crisis in Bulgaria.
The new head of the agency will be Nikolay Chirpanliev, who has experience working in the Ministry of Defense.
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