We have taken urgent action on the dams with the highest potential risk to ensure people’s safety
‘We managed to protect the national interest and to stop the inefficient way of managing the Plovdiv Fair.’ This was said by the Minister of Economy and Industry Bogdan Bogdanov at a briefing in the Council of Ministers on the current topics, set in the government’s management programme. He was adamant that action has been taken to stop the registration of the shares of Plovdiv Fair by the Municipality of Varna to Puldin Turinvest. According to Minister Bogdanov, there was a long period of inactivity in the management of the Fair, during which losses of over BGN 100 million were generated.
‘We will develop a clear recovery program to revive the company’s potential and to continue its operation as intended,’ Bogdan Bogdanov said. According to the Minister of Economy, the Plovdiv Fair has been the gateway for Bulgarian industry to the world for more than 100 years. That is why it is extremely important to preserve this structure, which over the years has brought together between 70 and 100 thousand people and hundreds of companies.
Regarding the dam repairs, the Minister of Economy said that urgent measures have been taken regarding the facilities with the highest potential risk so that the safety of the people is ensured. Bogdanov commented that the BGN 500 million allocated by the Council of Ministers for the repair of the dams has been spent and the current budget is exhausted, which means that additional funds will be sought.
‘We will analyse the dams and prioritise work on those that need urgent repairs,’ the Minister of Economy said. He added that all the construction activities carried out on the facilities were illegal and a mechanism would be proposed to regularise them. Minister Bogdanov also reminded about the problems with the inappropriate spending of funds allocated for the repairs of the dams, in particular for the water pipeline to Pernik, and about the purchased specialized drones, which have not arrived in Bulgaria four years after their payment without public procurement.