Bulgaria New PM Borisov Sacks 4 Ministries, Adds 2 in GERB Cabinet
Bulgaria's incoming Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who formally presented Thursday the Ministers in his new cabinet, has changed the structure of the Bulgarian government.
Borisov has removed four of the Ministries in the Stanishev government of the three-way coalition.
In his new cabinet does not include a Ministry of State Administration (headed by Nikolay Vasilev in the Stanishev government), and a Ministry of Emergency Situations (formerly headed by Emel Etem).
Borisov has also sacked the positions of Ministers in charge of EU Affairs (formerly headed by Gergana Passy), and of the Deputy Minister in charge of the absorption of EU funds (headed by the special Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva in the Stanishev government. 1
However, the GERB leader and new PM, Boyko Borisov, has created a brand-new Ministry of Sports out of the State Youth and Sports Agency, which will be headed by Svilen Neykov, a long-time Bulgarian rowing champion and coach, and husband of Bulgaria's 2008 Beijing Olympics golds medalist Rumyana Neykova.
Borisov has also created the position of a Minister without a portfolio to be occupied by the Director of the Bulgarian National History Museum Bozhidar Dimitrov; Dimitrov is going to be responsible for the Bulgarians abroad.
In addition, Borisov has restructured the former Ministry of Economy and Energy to include the former State Tourism Agency.
Thus, the new structure is the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism. It will be headed by Traicho Traikov, who is the big surprise in the list of Ministers announced by Borisov on Thursday.
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