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02.04.2015 15:58
Bulgarian Parliament Named New Energy and Water Regulatory Commission Members
Mr. Ivan Ivanov, backed by the Reformist Block (RB), was named chairman of the commission. Current chairperson Ms. Svetla Todorova, supported by the leading parliamentary party GERB, was named member with background in economics

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The Bulgarian Parliament voted to day the new members and chairperson of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), which has recently been stripped of the word “State” in its name in order to convey a spirit of independence. The recently approved voting by the parliament is also among the measures adopted to increase transparency in the energy and water watchdog. Even though nominations could theoretically come from civil and sector organisations, the shortlisted candidates were all endorsed by parliamentary parties. They were voted in two categories – power and water, plus one member with legal background, and one – in economics.

Mr. Ivan Ivanov, backed by the Reformist Block (RB), was named chairman of the commission. Current chairperson Ms. Svetla Todorova, supported by the leading parliamentary party GERB, was named member with background in economics. Mr. Remzi Osman, backed by the Rights and Freedoms Movement (ex-coalition partner of GERB until 2013, now in opposition), was selected as legal specialist member, despite certain critics about his lack of experience relative to energy. Ms. Evgenia Haritonova – longtime member and ex-chairperson, backed by GERB, received the widest approval from MPs (167 votes in favour) and was named among the four energy commisioners. Mr. Georgi Zlatev, ex-Bulgarian Energy Holding board member, backed by BSP, Mr. Alexander Yordanov and Mr. Vladko Vladimirov, which both were supported by the Patriotic Front, rounded up the energy committee.

Mr. Dimitar Kochkov, BSP MP, and Mr. Valentin Petkov (RB) who has been working in the structures of the regulator since 2006, were named commissioners for water.

One of the most urgent tasks of the new commission board will be creating new power trading rules to allow district heating utilities to sell electricity on the liberalized market. 

TAGS: Bulgaria | energy | regulation | Energy and Water Regulatory Commission | members | new members | power sector | electricity | gas | water | heting | power trading 

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