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Bulgarian agriculture minister resigns amid corruption investigation into possible misuse of EU development aid

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Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Rumen Porozhanov has resigned from office amid a corruption investigation into the possible misuse of EU development aid.

Euronews reports that senior Bulgarian officials have been found to be buying luxury real estate far below market prices, and a recent investigation was launched into the possible fraudulent use of development aid from the EU.

Porozhanov’s resignation came just a fortnight after the fraud investigation was launched, but he has denied any wrongdoing.

Porozhanov said that he resigned because he did not want the attacks on him to affect the work of the government, according to the statement.

“I think I have made every effort to work successfully in one of the largest ministries,” Porozhanov said. “There are a lot of problems in the sector and certainly not all of them are solved, but everyone has been trying to find a balanced and fair solution.”

He said that the results in the development of the agricultural sector “clearly show an upward trend”.

Via Euronews/ Sofia Globe

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