Bulgarian Forestry Agency chief resigns over Romanian border fence ‘conflict of interest’

Bulgaria’s Agriculture Ministry made much of the fence put up at the land border with Romania to try to prevent African Swine Flu entering the country – boasting how rapidly it was completed, in just four weeks. But now the fence has led to the resignation of the Forestry Agency chief.

The resignation of Grigor Gogov as head of the Forestry Agency was announced by the Agriculture Ministry on September 14, following allegations that members of his family had been involved in a public procurement contract to supply stakes for the fence.

The ministry said that its inspectorate had looked into the matter and found no irregularities, but complaints also had been made to the recently-founded anti-corruption commission.

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