Internal restructuring
Severna Bulgaria; Severen tsentralen; Pleven
Location of affected unit(s)
Pleven, Sliven, Shoumen, Vratsa
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 June 2012
Employment effect (start)
1 July 2012
Foreseen end date
31 December 2012


In a statement from 19 June the Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced a headcount reduction affecting 2,400 military employees and 300 civilians. The job cuts will concern the divisions of Pleven, Sliven, Shoumen and Vratsa. There will also be 1,800 new jobs created in the divisions in Yambol, Kazanluk, Stara Zagora and Karlovo. All soldiers who wish to continue their service in the army can apply for these vacancies.

The restructuring plan is to be carried out starting from 1 July 2012.

So far most of the cuts performed have been limited to open vacancies rather than actual dismissals. The upcoming cuts are the largest under the current government. The general plan for the development of the Bulgarian army for 2014 involves the reduction of 7,000 jobs, affecting 5,700 military and 1,300 civilian employees.



  • 20 June 2012: standartnews
  • 19 June 2012: Ataka


Eurofound (2012), Bulgarian army, Internal restructuring in Bulgaria, factsheet number 73808, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73808.