The day in 3 news: GERB plays for time, Sofia airport is now private, no absolute statute of limitations for old debts

Meridiam will run Sofia airport for the next 35 years

The day in 3 news: GERB plays for time, Sofia airport is now private, no absolute statute of limitations for old debts

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Meridiam will run Sofia airport for the next 35 years

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Russia strikes back: after last month's expulsion of two diplomats from its Sofia embassy, Moscow today announced that two Bulgarian diplomats are persona non grata. The tit for tat was expected and will probably not affect the work of the Bulgarian embassy which still has another 12 staff. The Czech embassy will fare much worse, however; it is left with just 4 working staff in Moscow after the recent diplomatic war.

Borissov announces his proposed cabinet from hospital

After GERB leader Boyko Borissov was hospitalized unexpectedly last night for a meniscus operation (and hence dodged questioning in Parliament), he gathered his people around his hospital bed and announced his proposed cabinet. It would be headed by ex-foreign minister Daniel Mitov and contains lots of names of former ministers with some new additions. The catch: this is a lame duck proposal anyway, as GERB doesn't have a majority and will not get support from anyone to form a government.

Sofia airport is now private

From today the largest airport in the country is run by the "Meridiam" fund in cooperation with Munich Airport. The concessionaire paid 660 million leva - 330 million euro - for the next 35 years of concession. Also today the concessionaire announced the new personnel in the oversight board of the airport - the ex deputy-prime minister and Junker-fund official Iliana Tsanova, and ex-Minister of the interior Filip Gounev.

No absolute statute of limitations for already existing debts

The Constitutional Court decided a law cannot have retroactive force and suspended the texts adopted by the last Parliament. The text granted absolute statute of limitations to any 10-year debt occurring even before the adoption of the law. According to the court, this gives unreasonable advantage to the debtors and endangers the rights of the creditors. The 10-year absolute statute of limitations remains in force for any debt, occurring after 2 June 2020.

Russia strikes back: after last month's expulsion of two diplomats from its Sofia embassy, Moscow today announced that two Bulgarian diplomats are persona non grata. The tit for tat was expected and will probably not affect the work of the Bulgarian embassy which still has another 12 staff. The Czech embassy will fare much worse, however; it is left with just 4 working staff in Moscow after the recent diplomatic war.

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