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BDB gave about 1.5 billion euros to 20 persons according to unclear criteria

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Within two weeks, the Bulgarian Development Bank will have a new management, the caretaker Minister of Economy Kiril Petkov has told BNR. The reason he pointed out was the sum of nearly half a billion euros distributed to eight clients and another 900 million to another twelve under unknown conditions.

"This is absolutely inappropriate use of state funds aimed to support small and medium-sized businesses," the minister said, adding that "there is a terrible delay and lack of information." He also said that he introduced a limit of BGN 5 million (about 2.5 million euros) for loans, which would be used primarily by export-oriented small and medium-sized companies.

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