Bulgarian MPs have given the nation’s energy and water regulatory commission the last say on deals, following a row over the proposed offer of the energy organization CEZ to a little family gathering,

Bulgaria’s parliament, as of late, altered energy enactment to give the nation’s Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, KEVR, the last say on the offers of at least 20 for every penny of any gas or electrical circulation organization working in the nation.

The corrections were proposed by the United Patriots alliance, the lesser accomplice of the decision GERB gathering of PM Boyko Borissov. They were additionally sponsored by the resistance Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP.

In February, the administration was not able stop a disliked arrangement that would have exchanged the dominant part stake of the biggest energy conveyance organization in Bulgaria, CEZ, into the hands of the little family-claimed organization, Inercom Group.


The seat of parliament’s energy council, GERB agent Delyan Dobrev, told parliament on Wednesday that the progressions did not give any new rights to KEVR, but rather just cleared up the commission’s job in favoring energy deals.

Practically speaking, as of not long ago, KEVR could just square an arrangement in the event that it unmistakably kept energy appropriation organizations from meeting the terms of their working licenses.

Presently it will have the last say in any arrangement in which a considerable stake of an energy business is exchanged.

CEZ representative Alice Horakova called the choice is “aggravating”, blaming MPs for “looking to impact the course of an officially closed exchange”.

On the specific energy website 3e-news on Monday, she said CEZ had just recorded an authoritative case against the Bulgarian rivalry commission, CPC, over its July choice to boycott the offer of the organization to the family-possessed business of Ginka Varbakova.

The CPC guaranteed Varbakova would increase intemperate power available in the event that she was permitted to purchase CEZ’s benefits.

Horakova called the thinking of the watchdog “deficient”. Both CEZ and Inercom Group have spoke to the Supreme Administrative Court over the choice.

Varbakova reported on 21 September that her firm had sold its photovoltaic business so as to address the worries of the opposition expert, which has hindered the securing.

Horakova additionally told 3e-news that CEZ is investigating whether “these activities by the Bulgarian state… don’t abuse the standards of venture insurance that can be implemented by discretion.”

The organization is thinking about recording a protestation with the European Commission, she included.

This would be the second assertion case among CEZ and the Bulgarian state.

In 2016, following quite a while of risky relations with Bulgaria, CEZ Group recorded a Request for Arbitration against the Bulgarian state with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, ICSID, refering to “Bulgaria’s inability to watch the speculation assurance arrangements of the Energy Charter Treaty”.

It acted in this way after the Bulgarian specialists’ directions of energy estimating swung out to not have not been “in accordance with the desires at the season of the privatization procedure”, the organization declared.

As per the Czech firm, this had caused a decrease in its benefits, or losses, and the low liquidity of its Bulgarian business.


Petros Stathis