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Fishery Agency Chief Resigns

BULGARIA - The executive director of Bulgarias Fisheries and Aquaculture Agency, Yavor Nedev, has handed in his resignation, the agency announced.

In a statement commenting on his resignation, Mr Nedev said: “On 20 December 2010 I launched Fisheries OP, having received a positive compliance assessment from the EC.

“The funds absorbed under the programme climbed up from 3.58 per cent to 20.15 per cent in five months.

“While I was holding the post for 14 months, the agency’s control duties increased 17 times in comparison with previous years.

“I think I returned law, order and respect to this sector. I have made no violations; I have always stood behind fishermen and the sector in general and I think the agency’s prestige has changed for the better.

“It is up to an employer to determine their team and even if only one person from the sector was dissatisfied with my performance over the past months, I claim professional and political responsibility and I leave the Fisheries and Aquaculture Agency,” he concluded.

Later the Ministry of Agriculture and Food announced that Minister Miroslav Naydenov had accepted Yavor Nedev’s resignation, having coordinated the move with Prime Minister (PM) Boyko Borisov.

“The reason for the change is not failure to cope with duties,” said the minister, and he thanked Yavor Nedev for his work done so far.

Nedev’s deputy Ivaylo Berov will be acting agency chief.

On Sunday, PM Boyko Borisov announced he would dismiss the director of the agency’s branch in the coastal municipality of Varna, Prodan Prodanov, for irregularities.

the Fish Site Editor

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