Acting Culture Minister reappointed to Bulgaria

SOFIA: Velislav Minekov, professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts, was reappointed acting Minister of Culture in Bulgaria. After holding the same position from May to December 2021, he was again invited by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev to his new caretaker cabinet, which will lead the country until the next parliamentary elections on October 2, 2022.

During a press conference on August 12, 2022, Velislav Minekov said that he fears that a large part of the ministry’s budget will not be spent by the end of the year. However, its main objective will be an increase in the ministry’s budget by 0.2% of GDP. “I come with good intentions and what I propose must be done. I certainly won’t get there in two months, but this time I will make sure that everyone who comes to the ministry after me does not act alone,” Minekov said.

Rumen Radev’s fourth caretaker cabinet was formed after Prime Minister Kiril Petkov’s coalition lost a majority on June 22, 2022. According to an official statement by President Rumen Radev, “in the midst of a deep crisis, ministers in power must govern without the support of a functioning parliament”.

Professor Minekov teaches sculpture, metal design, metal art, stone art and restoration. He has taught students in Bulgaria, Germany, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
His monumental and cavalier works at home and abroad, and his numerous awards have earned him international recognition. He is also an active supporter of the preservation of cultural heritage and an advocate for copyright.

Velislav Minekov was reappointed as acting culture minister on August 2, 2022.

Helen D. Jessen