A priority for us is the rehabilitation and development of state-owned companies in the system of the Ministry of Economy and Industry. This was said by Minister Nikola Stojanov in the “The Day Begins” programme on BNT 1. According to him, a loss of more than 100 million was allowed only in VMZ for 2 months. An analysis of the real state of the companies continues and will be presented to the public shortly. In cooperation with the trade unions, the best solutions for rehabilitation and modernisation will be sought.
“We launched a survey among businesses to find out how many of the Bulgarian enterprises use gas, what their alternatives are and how quickly they could adapt in the event of a supply issue,” Minister Stojanov said. He emphasised that the ministry he heads will be the voice of business in the Crisis Staff for Energy at the Ministry of the Interior.
Continuity and calmness of the administration are key to achieving sustainable results, the economic minister was categorical about that. “I’m in this position to build bridges. I have worked in the administration in the past and I know how harmful it is to start from scratch every time,” he added.
In a response to a question, he explained that official data on the staffing of the Ministry and companies in the institution’s system were provided the previous day. They show that since the beginning of the year, an average of 10 people have been dismissed every month by the previous minister, and changes have been made to management and supervisory bodies in public enterprises in the system of the Ministry of Economy and Industry. “Unfortunately, changes were made without a competition, in violation of the requirements of the law. However, I will approach each case individually and where there is expertise, it will be preserved,” Minister Stojanov said.
The list of public enterprises, which became the occasion for an absentee dispute, has already been published on the website of the Ministry of Economy and Industry, together with explanations of the date of each staff change and whether the requirement of the law for conducting a competition has been complied with. This information is public and can also be found in the commercial register.