Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 

Georgi Kostov was born on April 11th 1959.

He graduated from the University of Forestry in Sofia as an engineer, master in Forestry. In 1988 he took a PhD degree in Silviculture and since 1997 he has been an associate professor and head of the Silviculture Department of the University of Forestry.

From 2009 to 2011 he was a Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food.

In the 2011-2012 period he was a Chairman of the Agricultural Academy.

He specialized in Forest Resources and Air Pollution at IIASA, Austria; Forest Resources and Climate Change at the Forestry College in Sweden; and Multifunctional Forest Planning at ETH, Switzerland. In 2010 he specialized in Forest Policy at the Oregon University (Corvallis, USA) and in 2011 in National Forest Management in Wisconsin, USA.

He has over 50 scientific publications.

He speaks English, Russian and Spanish. 


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food


Vassil Groudev was born on May 5, 1980 in Plovdiv.

He graduated the French Language School in Plovdiv and has master’s degree in law  from the  Law Faculty of the University "Franche-Comté" in Besançon, France.

From April 2006 to August 2013 Vassil Groudev occupied different positions in the State Fund Agriculture. From April 2006 to December 2008 he was an expert in Direct Payments Department. In December 2008, he became a chief expert in the same department. In the period 2009-2011 he was head of the Technical Inspectorate Department. From August 2011 to August 2013 he was Deputy Executive Director of State Fund Agriculture and from September 2013 to November 2013 appointed as Executive Director of the Fund.

From 6 August 2014 to November 6, 2014  Groudev acted as Interim  Minister of Agriculture and Food.

He has specialized European Cooperation at the Wageningen Business School, Netherlands.

Speaks English and French.

Married with one child.




Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 


Mr.Dmitrov was born on December 2, 1957 in Sofia. He graduated from Trakiya University in the town of Stara Zagora, specializing in zoo-engineering. He graduated a full time research post-graduate course in 1987 at the Ukrainian Agricultural Academy with a qualification Doctor of Agricultural Sciences.

Mr Dimitrov has a lot of experience in agriculture. He worked as a science worker, head of section at the Institute of Stock-breeding Sciences, the town of Kostinbrod at the Agricultural Academy from 1987- 1995.

From February 2003 till August 2006 he was Director of Stock-Breeding Directorate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest and from September 2006 to July 2008 he was Director of the Agricultural Development Directorate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Supply.

He was an executive director of the Industrial Pig-Breeding Association in Bulgaria 2008- 2009.

He specialized in France, England, Israel, USA and the Netherlands.

He speaks Russian, French and English. He is married and has one child.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food 

Svilen Kostov was born on December 11 1978 in Sofia.
Mr. Kostov holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Forest Management from the University of Forestry in Sofia.  He has a postgraduate qualification in "Management of Land and Property" at the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy of Sofia.
He began his professional career at the State Fund Agriculture in 2004, holding different positions: From June 2004 to December 2006 he served as an expert in the "Financial Management" unit. In December 2006 he became chief expert in “Direct payments per area” unit ". In the period 2009-2011 Mr. Kostov acted as head of the in “Direct payments per area” unit ". From December 2009 to October 2010 he was head of Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) unit. Between 2011 and 2013 Kostov served as deputy executive director of the State Fund Agriculture. Since 2014 he has been adviser to Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva.
Fluent in English.