06-08-2014

New Minister of Culture Appointed in Bulgaria

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Martin Ivanov Martin Ivanov

SOFIA: Martin Ivanov has been named as the new Minister of Culture in the caretaker government just appointed by the country’s President Rosen Plevneliev.

He succeeds Petar Stoyanovich who headed the Ministry of Culture for over a year.

Martin Ivanov will serve in the caretaker government of law professor Georgi Bliznashki until 5 October 2014, when early parliamentary elections will take place.

Since October 2013, Ivanov has been working as Presidential secretary of culture, education and national identity. From 2011-2013 he headed the Bulgarian State Archives Agency.

He has a doctoral degree in history from the Bulgarian Academy of Science and master’s degrees in history and law. He also teaches economic history at the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and has written numerous scientific publications on various economics and social policies in Bulgaria.

“The Caretaker government is not supposed to make any budget or constitutional changes. It must provide an especially good administration, which has to remain responsive, both to the needs of society and to the citizens," Prime Minister Bliznashki declared.

There was no official announcement on the future vice-minister of culture, who will be responsible for film during the next two months.