Alexander Georgiev, who previously acted as Deputy Director of the National Tax Agency, is now head of the State Commission on Gambling (GCC). The information was announced by the Ministry of Finance and the appointment was signed by the Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov.
The position of the head of gambling commission was vacant after its former head, Maria Filipova, was appointed deputy chairman of the Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) and is now in charge of the Investment Activity Supervision Division.
It is worth mentioning, that in the beginning of 2018 Vladislav Goranov dismissed the chairman of the SCC, without specifying any specific motives. According to unofficial information, however, the dismissal of Ohnemir Mitev was due to media publications, which accused the commission of inaction against the aggressive advertising of gambling on national televisions. Shortly thereafter, the Ministry of Finance published a report according to which the gambling commission performs ineffective control over gambling industry. In February 2019, changes were made to the SCG rules.