Action plan in MoAF shall pay 278 million EUR by the year-end. Another 117 million EUR will be provided to the Bulgarian local governments
“We are striving not to lose hold of even one lev from the funds under the closing Programme and for this purpose we have developed an action plan with the new management, under which we will pay 278 million EUR by the year-end”, minister Grekov informed. He explained that this amount was continuously decreasing because they were making new payments every day to the farmers. For the speedy processing of the documents, another 70 persons from the regional structures of the Fund were commissioned.
Minister Grekov said emphatically that the problems brought up by the European Commission started back in 2012 with the publications in the Bulgarian media concerning irregularities in the media projects contracted during the former management of the Ministry. As result of the media publications, the European Commission considered the issue on its own and started a long correspondence with MoAF and SFA to clarify the cases. In the course of one and a half year, the Ministry and the Fund did not give exhaustive information about the signed contracts to EC, due to which we received the latest letter, requesting for full and detailed information about the contracts.“For this reason, we instructed complete internal audit in MoAF and SFA, and requested from the Prosecutor’s Office information concerning the media projects”, said minister Grekov. He explained that it was an extremely embarrassing fact, i.e. the failure of the former SFA managements to submit the complete correspondence maintained by Mr. Porozhanov with the Commission, on account of which personal changes in the Fund management had to be made.