Allies Pressured Bulgaria PM against Appointment of Economic Advisor

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 1, 2010, Monday // 13:20
Bulgaria: Allies Pressured Bulgaria PM against Appointment of Economic Advisor Kolio Paramov said he stepped down as economic advisor in order to make it easier for the PM. Photo by BGNES

Kolio Paramov, who resigned Monday after being appointed an economic adviser of Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov a week ago, declared his appointment faced fierce opposition by Borisov’s rightist allies.

“I am stepping down in order to make it easier for the Prime Minister. Apparently, in Bulgaria expert knowledge is not highly valued. There was severe opposition to my appointment from the Union of Democratic Forces and the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (i.e. the Blue Coalition). It would be no good if they started to obstruct the work of the Prime Minister,” Paramov told the BNR.

In his words, the Blue Coalition led by Ivan Kostov and Martin Dimitrov was concerned that he could threaten the stability of the currency peg. Similar allegations were raised recently with regard to the proposed appoint as Deputy PM of INSEAD Professor Ilian Mihov, who on Friday announced that his nomination was “frozen” temporarily.

“I have been one of the court economists. All those who are against my nomination – Georgi Angelov, Georgi Proharski, Georgi Ganev, Ivo Prokopiev – they look at the high levels but they don’t pay any attention to the social base, the regular people. And the situation there is really bad. There is high unemployment, rising debt,” Paramov said.

He criticized those opposed to his appointment as obstructing free debate on economic affairs which in his words is badly needed in a time of crisis.

Paramov’s appointment has also been criticized over his history as being an agent of the former State Security of the communist regime.

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Tags: Kolio Paramov, advisor, Georgi Angelov, Georgi Proharski, Ivo Prokopiev, Georgi Ganev, Ilian Mihov, currency peg
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