With more hospitals warning they are at bursting point, Bulgaria's health authorities have still not announced if they will reintroduce a partial lockdown at national level - or leave the decision to the municipal crisis committees. According to Health Minister Kostadin Angelov, his institution is not postponing imposing anti-pandemic restrictions, but is awaiting "the right moment to implement them".
In a Facebook Live interview for the Bulgarian branch of Radio Free Europe he said that "when measures that society does not believe in are taken, we cannot attain the medical result we aim for". Against that background, members of the Restaurant association asked for a complete lockdown of all businesses and administration, and not exclusively their sector.
Bulgaria calls for a per capita mechanism to redistribute vaccines in the EU
Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, alongside his counterparts from Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Latvia and Austria, have requested a correction mechanism that would see available vaccine shots redistributed on a per capita basis within the EU, his cabinet announced on Wednesday.
Mr Borissov raised the question during a video call with the President of the Council of the EU Charles Michelle. This came a day after he and other Eastern European Prime Ministers met in Austria with the country's Chancellor to form what Politico - Brussels called "Kurz's Pressure Group" of leaders "who recently realized they should have ordered more vaccine doses when they had the chance".
Pharmaceutical company Biovet to open a new 200 million euro plant in Razgrad
Biovet, manufacturer and marketer of medicated and nutritional feed additives based in Peshtera, was awarded a Class A investor certificate by Economy Minister Latchezar Borissov on Wednesday after announcing it will launch a new production facility in Razgrad, Northeastern Bulgaria. The investment is valued at 200 million euro and will create 350 new workplaces in the city, the Ministry of Economy announced.
Bulgarian natural gas transmission and storage operator to invest 1,2 billion euro in facilities over the next two years
Bulgartransgas, the national gas transmission and storage company, is planning to spend 1,2 billion euro on the development of new facilities of its national distribution network in 2021 and 2022. This information comes from the investment program of the company, part of its Ten year development plan published on the portal for public consultations on Wednesday.
According to the plan, the most important projects to be funded over the next two years include the expansion of the national gas grid, completing the gas interconnectors with Greece and Serbia, the expansion of the Chiren gas storage facility and for the development of the Alexandroupolis LNG terminal in Greece, where Sofia holds 20 percent share. The plan also includes the potential creation of 175 km infrastructure that would link the Thermal Power Plants in the Maritza basin with the gas grid in order to facilitate their transition from coal to liquefied gas.