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Deputy Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev: Six officials of Agriculture State Fund detained for 24 hours

Deputy Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev: Six officials of Agriculture State Fund detained for 24 hours

16 July 2019 | 15:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Six officials of the Agriculture State Fund have been detained for up to 24 hours, Deputy Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev said at a press briefing about the investigation of Agriculture State Fund (ASF), Focus News Agency reported.
"The Special Prosecutor’s Office is supervising an operation at the Agriculture State Fund as part of the pre-trial proceedings against the group led by Minyu Staykov. In the course of these proceedings, charges have been brought against eight persons," said Geshev. The group leader, Minyu Staykov, has been in custody since last September. The groupe is accused of misappropriation of EU funds, they received BGN 8 million and attempted to receive another 5 million, with authorised limits under two programmes at about BGN 5 million, the prosecutor said. "In order for this to happen, [Minyu Staykov] was assisted by ASF officials, who failed to perform their duties,” Geshev said, adding that there is evidence of official misconduct. "As a result of this analysis, the [law enforcement officers] are searching home addresses and offices of six SFA officials, including the deputy executive director, directors of directorates and others", Geshev added. He further said that these six persons were detained for 24 hours and within that period the investigators of the Special Prosecutor’s Office and the supervising prosecutors will decide how many of them will be charged and what their measures will be.
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Special Prosecutor's Office investigating Agriculture State Fund over case of misuse of EU funds against Minyu Staykov

Special Prosecutor's Office investigating Agriculture State Fund over case of misuse of EU funds against Minyu Staykov

16 July 2019 | 09:23 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Special Prosecutor's Office is investigating the Agriculture State Fund over the case of misuse of EU funds against Minyu Staykov, the Appellate Prosecutor's Office said in a press release. The Special Prosecutor's Office, together with the Directorate-General for Combating Organised Crime and with the assistance of the anti-corruption commission, is conducting an investigation into the Agriculture State Fund related to the pre-trial proceedings against Minyu Staykov. Law enforcement officers are searching offices and home addresses of the fund officials. They are sezineg documents related to the implementation of the Rural Development Programme and the National Programme for Support of Viticulture and the Wine Sector.
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Parliament relieves Rumen Porodzanov of his post and elects Desislava Taneva as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Parliament relieves Rumen Porodzanov of his post and elects Desislava Taneva as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

15 May 2019 | 10:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Parliament has acceppted with 121 votes in favour and 5 against the resignation of Minister Rumen Porodzanov as Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and elected Desislava Taneva in his place, a GERB MP and chair of the parliamentary agricultural committee, Focus News Agency reports. Rumen Porodzanov handed in his resignation yesterday amid an ongoing investigation into misuse of European funds by the Agriculture State Fund in the period when the institution was headed by him. Motivating his decision Porodzanov said he would not want the attacks on him to affect the government. Yesterday, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov nominated Desislava Taneva as Porodzanov’s successor. She was minister of agriculture and food from 7 November 2014 to 27 January 2017 in the second Borissov cabinet.
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Bulgarian agriculture minister resigns

Bulgarian agriculture minister resigns

14 May 2019 | 09:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porodzanov has handed in his resignation, the government press office said. As reasons motivating his decision Minister Porodzanov points out he would not want the attack on him to affect the work of the government. His resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
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