Thursday marked the last plenary session of the current government, and so the last day of the 44th National Assembly in Bulgaria before elections on April 4. GERB party chairperson Daniela Daritkova said that the next parliament will have more opportunities to achieve consensus. BSP's head Kornelia Ninova accused GERB of turning the National Assembly into an institution serving one person only and promised more government, and better education and healthcare if they're elected. MRF did not comment. It's possible that they did not attend at all as cameras didn't spot any party representatives.
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Large stores opened up again but only for several hours
Earlier today, at the height of the third wave of the pandemic, the government decided to loosen restrictions. Large non-food stores with retail space of over 300 square meters were allowed to resume operations with limited capacity. The order was announced by the Minister of Economy Lachezar Borisov. Several hours later, following strong backlash from restaurants, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called it off. In practice, this all means little to the stores themselves, as some large stores already found a loophole - by partitioning their space to fit the 300-square-meter restriction in the initial ban.
Consulting firm Avison Young to enter Bulgaria's real estate market
Avison Young, which is among the top ten most recognizable global brands in corporate real estate consultants, according to The Lipsey Company's ranking for 2021, is entering the Bulgarian market through a partnership. Based in Toronto, the global real estate services firm will operate through a local company - Slavchev Consulting, according to the press releases of the two firms.
One of two expelled Russian diplomats leaves the country
One of two Russian diplomats declared persona non grata on Monday following the arrest of six Bulgarians suspected of Russian espionage, has already left the country, TASS reported, citing the Russian embassy in Sofia. "The second diplomat, who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, will do so immediately after recovering and passing PCR tests," said the Russian diplomatic mission.