Bulgaria’s Security Agency Conducts Inspection at State Fund Agriculture

Business | April 7, 2016, Thursday // 10:15
Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Security Agency Conducts Inspection at State Fund Agriculture Rumen Porozhanov, executive director of Bulgaria’s State Fund Agriculture, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s State Agency for National Security (DANS) and the specialized prosecutor’s office conducted an inspection at the State Fund Agriculture on Wednesday.

The executive director of the fund, Rumen Porozhanov, revealed that the authorities requested documents concerning contracts under the Rural Development programme.

In an interview for private bTV station on Thursday, Porozhanov said that all requested documents have been provided, but he refused to comment on the exact nature of the inspection.

He pointed that the state fund is subject of frequent inspections, adding that it is good to inspect all signals of irregularities.

Porozhanov did not comment whether the inspection had anything to do with the dismissal of the state fund’s official Yanko Chervenyakov on Monday.

In the words of the executive director, the dismissal of Chervenyakov was his personal decision, with the motives outlined in the statement released to media.

According to the statement, Chervenyakov was dismissed after an investigation established that he had not declared his property as required by civil servants.

Porozhanov expressed readiness to submit his resignation if he is asked to step down by those who had appointed him.

The executive director revealed that due to irregularities in the past months, payments have not been made on a series of projects which have applied for EU funding.

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