Prime Minister Boyko Borisov negotiated with the head of BAS Julian Revalski and the NIMH bosses 10 days ago. Yesterday, NIMH did not take part in the meeting.
Separation from NIMH seems to be the most likely outcome
The distribution of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in two parts is the most likely outcome of the crisis at the Academy. This became clear on Wednesday after the next meeting between Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Minister of Education Krassimir Valchev and the President of BAS Julian Revalski.
A month ago, NIMH requested that they be removed from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and made subordinate to the government because of problems with allocating sufficient resources from the academy to meteorologists.
NIMH to gain wider autonomy and the Institute's budget not to be voted by the General Assembly of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, but to be adopted by the Council of Ministers, Acad Revalski has proposed to the Prime Minister on Wednesday. However, it still has to be clear
how it will be
of the Institute with broad autonomy – either by the General Assembly of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences or by the Minister.
Meteorologists, however, insist that they have to be removed from the academy and have to go all the way to the government, Minister Krassimir Valchev explained.
"In this situation the possible compromise would be to remove the operational work of the institute – such as the weather forecast – to a meteorological service outside the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and to keep the scientific activity on the climate in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences," he said.
NIMH scientists should decide on which structure to go. The remaining academic activity at the academy is a requirement of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, became clear from the words of Revalski.
Next week negotiations on the fate of the institute will be continued, including Valchev, the leadership of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the leaders of the NIMH. The minister hoped, however, to reach a common solution, good for all three parties in the dispute.
Removal of the institute from the structure of the Academy
can not happen
only with legal changes, because many problems are opened with employment contracts that are at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The academy is also a party to projects under the NIMH, "warned Julian Revalski.