A check of the university books found that Ilieva had indeed enrolled but never earned a degree after failing to attend any lectures or take a single exam.
Ilieva headed the primary institution that distributed EU farming aid in Bulgaria in August 2009, aged just 28, and remained in the job for over a year.
At the time, Bulgaria was fighting to unfreeze millions in EU farming aid that had been blocked over suspected corruption, and Ilieva was put forward by the government as an extremely competent official, trusted by both the European Commission and the EU anti-fraud office OLAF.
Under Ilieva’s term in office the EU unblocked all aid to Bulgaria in November 2009.
Source : gulf-times