Bulgaria woke up to snow cover on this last day of the week and a vengeful returning cold spell. Nothing much happened on this frosty Friday so attention fell on items like the registration of "Stand Up, Out with the thugs" coalition for the upcoming elections. After days of deliberations about whether to allow the coalition, the Central Electoral Committee finally agreed.
Average salary goes up by 9.4% in the fourth quarter of 2020
In December, it was 1468 leva (780 euro), shows preliminary data from National Statistical Institute. The biggest growth was in real estate (22%), the health sector and state administration (18.5%). The number of people employed under labor contracts fell in 2020, unsurprisingly. On an annualized basis, in December 2020, the number of employed fell by 60.3 thousand people or 2.6%.
Unpaid leave will count as work experience
Parliament amended the Emergency Situation Law, giving the right to those taking unpaid leave to count that time towards their work tenurе. The rule applies for unpaid leave of up to 90 days taken in 2021. Workers, however, would have to pay their own health insurance in order not to lose rights. This will ease the pressure on many people who were forced by the pandemic-related measures into unpaid leave, because it will allow them to retain retirement or unemployment benefits.
Power will be off next week
Well, not everywhere technically, but in many places and for a long time. CEZ, which is the distribution network operator for NorthWest and SouthWest Bulgaria, has announced timelines for power outages in the period 15-19 February. They can be found on their website. The reason, CEZ says, is a large investment program. This is unlikely to be well-received given the forecast for very low temperatures in the coming week.