Boyko Borissov will not be GERB's nomination for prime minister in the new government, Borissov himself told journalists on Wednesday. In his words, the next candidate for the top job will have a very clear pro-European, pro-NATO orientation. Former Foreign Minister and current GERB MP Daniel Mitov would appear to match Borissov's description of the potential candidate. Shortly after Borissov's comment, 24 Chasa quoted sources saying that Mitov would be GERB's candidate.
Bulgaria moves ahead with new renewable energy capacities
Data in the annual report of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission shows that the solar and wind power installations connected to the electricity distribution networks of CEZ, EVN and Energo-Pro grew more productive in 2020. Meanwhile, power plants such as Maritza Iztok 2 were finding it increasingly difficult to place their electricity.
The most noticeable increase in installed capacity is at Energo-Pro. For example, in 2019 the wind farms were with a capacity of 128 MW, and by the end of 2020 they passed 293 MW. There is also a significant increase in solar systems - over 123 MW of installed capacity in 2020 compared to only 54 MW in 2019.
Bulgarian airlines want 50 million levs in state aid from the Sofia airport concession
The Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has accused four people of participating in an organized crime group that bought votes for a political party in the April 4 parliamentary elections. The group has been in operation since February 6. The organizer of the group is an owner of four commercial companies, a hotel complex, a methane station, and a cable TV station. The person in question apparently kept in touch with an informal leader of the party for which the votes were to be bought.
Journalists were briefed about the case by the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office but were not given a chance to ask questions, and no information was divulged about the party's name.
Inflation is back with a 0.6% increase in prices in March
After two months of deflation, consumer prices are rising again with an annualized increase of 0.6% in March. The shift is mostly due to higher fuel prices which have grown 5.2% in March compared to February. According to macroeconomic forecasts, the inflation rate will increase by the end of the year as energy and food prices increase, and some administrative prices (like natural gas) are raised.