Bulgarian Right Wing Alarms of Looming EU Funds Freeze

Bulgarian Right Wing Alarms of Looming EU Funds Freeze

The EU anti-fraud office OLAF is carrying out new probes at Bulgaria's State Fund Agriculture over conflict of interests, the right-wing Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) informs.

In a Tuesday press conference the party distributed information about family and friendly ties in the Fund that could lead to a new freezing of EU funding, and asked for the dismissal of Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov. Another reason stated is the fact people close to the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) are still part of the institution's top management.

UDF revealed that Deputy Agriculture Minister Svetlana Boyanova's husband is the Head of the Fund's Legal Department while she is also a former Director of the Farmers' Association and consultant for part of the projects that have applied for EU financing.

Boyanova's predecessor at the post, Preslav Borisov, resigned earlier precisely over conflict of interests after it was announced his father is one of the top grain growers in Bulgaria.

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