Three new commissioners are stepping in the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) after the MPs adopted a decision to elect new commissioners. The MPs had to elect 2 commissioners in the Electricity sector, one in the Water and sewerage sector and one economist.
Three new members of the EWRC were elected by separate votes – Vladko Vladimirov / in the “Energy” /, Dimitar Kochkov / in the “Water and Sewerage” / and Georgi Dobrev / member of the Commission – Economist /. Two of them – Vladko Vladimirov and Dimitar Kochkov were members of the current personnel of the Commission. The three newly elected members of the regulator will have a five-year mandate. In fact, seven candidates competed for 4 vacancies in the EWRC – Evgenia Haritonova, Georgi Dobrev and Valentin Terziiski (nominated by GERB), Lyubomir Denchev and Dimitar Kochkov (BSP), Vladko Vladimirov (United Patriots) and Kremen Georgiev (Volya).
After the voting in the plenary session, fourth member of the EWRC was not elected, as none of the other candidates received a sufficient number of votes. A new procedure for the election of a commissioner for Energy is due to be announced during the autumn plenary session.
Regarding the repeated procedure for election of a new chairman of the EWRC, there was none due to lack of proposals from the MPs. It is worth noting that in the first procedure the only candidate for the position – Plamen Mladenovski, surprisingly withdrew. In this situation, the current chairman of the energy regulator Ivan Ivanov will continue to be chairman, although his mandate expired in April.