The ruling GERB party in coalition with UDF is likely to get the most votes in the April 4 elections - 24.5%, according to recent poll data from Market Links. GERB is followed by BSP with 18.9%, showman Slavi Trifonov's party There Is Such a People with 13% and MRF with 8.5%. However, the most trusted political leader is not Prime Minister Boyko Borissov but Trifonov with a confidence rating of 32%, according to the survey. Borissov and Maya Manolova occupy second place, with a rating of 25%.
Meanwhile, the president did not veto parliament's decision to extend the term of office of members of the Commission for the Protection of Competition (CPC), despite opposition demands to do so. Now, current members of the CPC will stay for 2 more years after the elections - one of the ways the government plans to keep power even if it loses office.
Producer prices rise in January
Prices in industry are up by 1.8% on a monthly basis in January, and for the first time in a year, inflation is visible on an annualized basis as well - by 0.7% compared to January 2020, according to data from the National Statistical Institute. In mining and quarrying, inflation is 11.5% on an annualized basis because of rising copper prices. In manufacturing and energy, prices are up 0.1% and 1.3%, respectively, compared to January 2020.
RPA.bg raised 1 million levs in external financing
The Bulgarian company developing software robots RPA.bg has raised over 1 million levs in external financing. Half of the amount came from Innovation Capital - a fund manager at the state Fund of Funds, and the rest - from Digital Solution Partners, a Bulgarian investment company with a focus on high-tech enterprises. Founded in 2016, RPA.bg develops software robots whose goal is to automate processes through artificial intelligence and machine learning. According to the company, a robot can take over the mechanical computer work of 10 - 12 people.
Foreigners will receive Bulgarian citizenship for investments in the country
Foreigners and their family members will secure the right to Bulgarian citizenship if they make an investment topping 1 million levs in Bulgaria, authorities decided on Friday. They also have to have received a residence permit not less than a year ago. The proposals were raised by MRF MP Yordan Tsonev and supported by GERB. The smaller coalition partner United Patriots voted against it.