Delyan Dobrev Becomes Bulgaria's Energy, Economy Minister

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 16, 2012, Friday // 09:12
Delyan Dobrev Becomes Bulgaria's Energy, Economy Minister: Delyan Dobrev Becomes Bulgaria's Energy, Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev, 33, formerly in charge of the energy sector at the ministry, will be Bulgaria's new Economy and Energy Minister. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Delyan Dobrev, Deputy Minister in charge of energy policies and projects, will become Bulgaria's new Energy and Economy Minister.

The news was announced by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, speaking Friday morning in an interview for the State TV BNT.

Borisov comments came in the aftermath of resignations of Economy and Energy Minister, Traicho Traikov, and of Health Minister, Stefan Konstantinov, submitted late Thursday evening and approved by the Executive Committee of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB.

According to the PM, Traikov had been sacked because since the beginning of the term of GERB's cabinet nothing has changed in the Bulgarian energy sector.

"If we must compare energy during the term of the previous cabinet and ours, we will not notice any differences. Nothing became more independent from Russia, for example, and we have been delayed in inter-connectors ground breaking," Borisov said.

He explained that the "icing on the cake," prompting Traikov's dismissal, had been the fiasco with the Bulgarian business forum in Qatar. The forum began with a false start without even one Qatari businessman showing up before the anticipating representatives of over 100 Bulgarian companies.

Borisov said that it had been "extremely stupid" to open the forum in the morning which clashed with the "Arab tradition" and praised the Foreign Ministry for having a brilliant organization.

"I was heading to my meeting with the ruling Emir of Qatar, when I saw Traikov basking in the sun on the beach while Foreign Minister Mladenov was going crazy what to do. How would Arabs come to a forum at 10 am when their big boss is not there?" said the PM

He dismissed as non-sense reports that Traikov is leaving because he had been against the project to build with Russian financing a second Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, in the Danube town of Belene, stressing he had sent Traikov and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov to Moscow to "tell the Russians that Bulgaria is giving up on the project."

Borisov was adamant Dobrev would be a much better Minister than Traikov, despite being only 33-year-old, over his excellent track record so far.

Regarding Konstantinov's sacking, the Head of State explained that it was difficult for him to accept his resignation, because he was "an honest person, but managed to get into fights with everyone and Borisov ended up being his last fan." He informed that Konstantinov had deposited his resignation as early as March 13.

Borisov further announced he is considering two possible replacements for the now-former Health Minister – the Chair of the Parliamentary Budget Committee, Menda Stoyanova, and of the Health Committee, Desislava Atanasova, both from GERB.

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