The National Institute of Meteorology and hydrology ceased its protest, and weather media forecasts have been reinstated, BNT reported.
The director of the institute, Professor Hristomir Branzov, explained that the reason was that their protest was starting to become politicized.
Bulgarian Meteorology Institute with a protest today: No Weather Forecasts
Earlier today, MPs nearly moved the NIMH from the Ministry of Education and Science to the Ministry of Environment and Water.
Meanwhile, in protest yesterday, NIMH announced that they would stop publishing weather forecasts on their website, and today the director of the institute, Professor Hristomir Branzov, announced that he would stop giving forecasts to the media. The reason is the planned changes, which he says will transform the NIMH from a scientific institution to a departmental institute. According to him, they will not have the independence to spend their budget and choose their own leader.
At the end of January, it became clear that the budget for 2022 contemplated the transfer of the Institute from the Ministry of Education and Science to the Ministry of Environment and Water.
“Who lied to the media?”- asked the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology on the initiative of its transfer.
When this became public, Minister of Education Nikolay Denkov explained that Acting Minister of Environment Asen Lichev requested the relocation on July 16, 2021 and defended it with the words that “the systematic place of the National Institute of Meteorology and hydrology (NIMH) is where his expertise is used. This is primarily, but not exclusively, the Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW).
On the same day, January 24, Lichev told Mediapool something else – than the idea of moving the NIMH came from Denkov, who requested him as acting minister of education.
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