Bulgarian Cabinet cancels identification documents tender

Bulgarian Cabinet cancels identification documents tender

Sofia, February 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Bulgaria’s government decided on February 17 to cancel a tender, called last month and estimated to be worth 484 million leva over a period of 11 years, to pick a new contractor to print Bulgarian identification documents.

Earlier this month, the Interior Ministry announced plans to set up a new company that would print the ID cards and passports, but those plans now appear to have changed. Speaking after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said that government would spin off part of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) printing house, with the new entity then transferred under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry.