Bulgaria's Ex Customs Head: Fraudsters Are Appointed at Senior Posts

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Ex Customs Head: Fraudsters Are Appointed at Senior Posts Vanyo Tanov, former Customs Agency Director, photo by BGNES

Former Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov has accused Bulgaria's current government of appointing experienced fraudsters at the customs authority.

In a Sunday interview for Nova TV, Tanov claimed that the socialist-led coalition government felt free to appoint swindlers with solid track records because they did not know how long they would remain in office.

He claimed that a number of people anticipating appointments at senior posts of the Customs Agency were so well versed in the affairs that they ought to inspire fear.

Tanov, as cited by dnevnik.bg, insisted that he had never been pressured into approving political appointments during his term in office as Customs Agency head.

The former Director of Bulgaria's Customs Agency claimed that 2013 had been a year of failure for the customs authority due to the low revenues.

He insisted that the results for 2013 of one of the two revenue agencies had brought it back by a year due to several months of anarchy and mass dismissals of heads of customs units by the new government.

Tanov said that smuggling proceeded at full pace at the border crossing points of Kulata, Kalotina and Kapitan Andreevo.

He claimed that the directors of the border crossing points had been ordered to extort importers in order to fill the cash boxes of political parties or face dismissal.

Tanov was Director of the Customs Agency from August 6, 2009 until August 22, 2013.

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Fr Jack Hackett - 4 Feb 2014 // 18:20:38

The anti-corruption report delivered by the EU deals with exactly this sort of situation. What is Bulgaria going to do about it ........... indeed can Bulgaria do anything about it when it seems so firmly entrenched in the political, public and commercial life here, and there seem to be no signs of improvement on the horizon

Yeah puppy - 4 Feb 2014 // 17:42:13

I'm happy we agree the system is running again in Bulgaria.
Id didn't have the impression anything was running in Bulgaria the last years.

Except the ones who putted them selve on fire and those that hurried out of the country with big bags of money.

john doe - 4 Feb 2014 // 16:41:49

I am not a witness, I am a victim!
My imagination is daily surpassed by reality.
And morons like you keep the system running.

Yeah puppy - 4 Feb 2014 // 13:40:14

Wow a first class witness. You really have a lot of imagination and I'm sure the ones who pay you are very happy with your testimonials.

John Doe - 4 Feb 2014 // 12:02:29

I wonder, do you have any dealings with Bulgarian customs? Because what Mr. Tanov remarks on is the sad truth. Ever since we have this business oriented regime, sorry government, the service level is on decline and the corruption practices are on the rise. Lower personal is forced by their supper to extort as much cash on the side as possible. And they are not afraid to use blackmail. In their attempt to fill their pockets, they even try to force you to do unlawful procedures.
I am certainly not a supporter for GERB, I am no friend of hero worshipping, they made a lot of bad decisions. But I have to give it to them, I felt semi secure and had the feeling and prove that Bulgaria was on the right path.
Since Peevski, Stanichev and Dogan with the support of the neo-Nazis took over the country I AM AFRAID!

Yeah puppy - 3 Feb 2014 // 02:11:08

"Tanov was Director of the Customs Agency from August 6, 2009 until August 22, 2013."

Did/does he work for Bulgarian customs or for GERB?

August 6, 2009 - August 22, 2013 ...

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