COURT DECLARES CRC CHAIRMAN'S DISMISSAL ILLEGAL
A three-member committee of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) declared void the Prime Minister's order to dismiss the Chairman of the Communications Regulation Commission (CRC), Georgi Alexandrov. The magistrates defined Alexandrov's dismissal as irregular. None of the requirements of the Telecommunications Act needed for termination of Alexandrov's five-year mandate has been met, they said. According to art. 22, paragraph 1 of the act, that can only be done through a written request; if inconsistency with the telecommunications act requirements has been established; when the person is sentenced to prison for committing deliberate crime; when he is unable to meet his duties for more than three months.The decision of the magistrates is subject to appeal before five members of the SAC within 14 days. Now it is the cabinet to decide whether to profit by this right, the government spokesman Dimitar Tsonev said. Georgi Alexandrov was dismissed when the Communications Regulation Commission delayed the issue of the GSM licence of the Bulgarian Telecommunication Company (BTC). The government replaced him with Gergana Surbova, then chief secretary of the Ministry of Transport. Twenty days later Mrs. Surbova delivered Bulgaria's third GSM licence to the manager of the still state-owned BTC, Boyko Dimitrachkov. The move facilitated the finalisation of BTC's sale to Viva Ventures.The new owners of BTC refused to comment on the decision of the magistrates. The licence remains active and regardless of the court decision we keep developing it, the press centre of the company explained.