site.btaPavel Tonev Reinstated as Customs Agency Chief, Tasked with Boosting Revenues
Pavel Tonev was reinstated as head of the Customs Agency on Wednesday with the task, together with the National Revenue Agency, to make up for a delay in collecting over BGN 1 billion in public revenues, the Finance Ministry said in a press release Wednesday. Tonev had been removed from the post by the caretaker government in August 2022 after the fall of prime minister Kiril Petkov's regular government.
Tonev has many years of experience in customs and excise duty practices, both as an employee and leader in the customs administration and as a private legal consultant. Between 1991 and 2002, he successively held various expert and leadership positions, including as customs office chief. Between 2002 and 2009, he served as director of the Plovdiv Regional Customs Directorate in Southern Bulgaria. From August 2014 to May 2015 and from May 2021 to August 2022, he was director of the Customs Agency.
Tonev studied accounting and control at Sofia's University of National and World Economy and law at the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Northern Bulgaria.