The Academy’s management has tackled the inherited severe financial situation and starts off 2013 without debt, Slaveykov said. The resources come from savings at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the stringent financial discipline at the Academy over the last six months. Scientific unit heads are to come up with plans for their priorities by the end of June outlining ways to streamline expenses and boost revenue. Thus it will be clear how and for what purposes money will be spent as well as the objectives and the results to be achieved.
Getting the Academy back on its feet requires altering the Act on the Agricultural Academy this year. Slaveykov dismissed the idea of making changes at the expense of laying off scientific staff or closing off units. He does not support the idea of splitting the state-run enterprises from the institutes. However, it is necessary that the financing allocated to long-term projects at the institutes be allowed to roll over to the following year, at the model of the institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Science. Under the current legislation, the financing goes back to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, which sends it back to the state budget. The request has been turned down twice to place the Academy’s budget under a separate heading in the agriculture ministry’s budget.