State-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) has fired Ivan Genov as executive director of the nuclear power plant at Kozloduy, reports in Bulgarian media said on September 19.
BEH is the umbrella corporate set up to manage state assets in the energy holding and thus the parent company of the Kozloduy plant. Genov’s sacking was, ostensibly, part of a management restructuring meant to reduce the Kozloduy board of directors from five members to three, the reports said.
Genov confirmed the reports and told Bulgarian National Radio that his sacking was politically-motivated. Genov had held the position of executive director at Kozloduy under the socialist-led government of Sergey Stanishev and was one of the first key executives in the energy sector replaced by the centre-right government of Boiko Borissov after taking office in 2009.
Similarly, Genov was part of the initial wave of appointments by the now-departed Plamen Oresharski cabinet last year – governing on the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and with Oresharski himself having served as finance minister in the Stanishev government.
Genov’s replacement is also a familiar face, Dimitar Angelov, who also replaced Genov following the latter’s sacking in 2009.
(Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant at Kozloduy. Photo: uvioc/flickr.com)