Sister of MEP Hopeful Builds Guesthouse with EU Money

Dimitar Stoyanov

Elisaveta Assenova, a young entrepreneurial lady from the northwestern city of Vidin has received over BGN 240,000 under the European Union (EU) Rural Development Program (RDP) to carry out a guesthouse project. Her sister, Antoaneta Assenova, is a young member of the party largely representing the Bulgarian Muslim minority – Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS). She is ninth on the party’s ballot for the European Parliament elections and a member of the Bureau of the European Liberal Youth (LYMEC).

The company “Elisaveta Assenova 91” has built a beautiful white house in the village of Florentin near Vidin. The cost for the house is BGN 344,025, with BGN 240,817 being a subsidy from the RDP.

What kind of tourist activity would be developed in the region with this project is not clear. Since 2016, Vidin has become a symbol of misuse of European taxpayer’s money spent on building sports fields in the deserted villages of Ruzhintsi and Drenovets, for which over BGN 6 million has been wasted.

Antoaneta Assenova has apparently inherited her father’s ambitions – Ventsislav Assenov Stanev. Besides being a high school principal in Vidin, he is also a long-time municipal councilor in the Danube city. Although he ran on the ballot of the small left-wing party ABV, sources say that he is close to the DPS structures.

Most likely, the guesthouse in the village of Florentin is another coincidence when European money ends in the hands of relatives of DPS politicians. As Bivol already revealed, the children of the Mayor of Mineral Bani – Haskovo have built guesthouses, as have done relatives of DPS leader Mustafa Karadayi in his native village of Borino.


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