Bulgaria fires 25 customs officers

Bulgaria fires 25 customs officers

Sofia, April 28, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe

A total of 25 Bulgarian Customs Agency employees at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey are being fired, with 19 due to be handed formal dismissal notices on April 28.

The other six were handed their dismissal notices on April 27.

The reasons for the dismissals are yet to be announced. According to a report by Bulgarian National Radio, citing unofficial information, Customs Agency chief Vanyo Tanev met the leadership of the Customs Agency in Svilengrad on April 27.

News of the dismissals follows comments on April 26 that Prime Minister Boiko Borissov wants to see a significant increase in revenue from customs and excise duties, adding that this was the criterion according to which Tanev would keep his job. Borissov said that he wanted revenue increased to 1.6 billion leva a year.

Tanev was the head of the Customs Agency at the time of the previous Borissov government, which left office in 2013, and was returned to the post after the current Borissov cabinet in late 2014.

Separate reports on April 28 said that Tanev was being investigated by prosecutors in connection with allegations regarding his handling of a competition for managerial positions at the agency.

The investigation began on April 15, and prosecutors have requested all documentation related to the competition for the managerial posts.