From the beginning of May, entering Bulgaria will not demand quarantine for vaccinated people and those who have already had COVID 19. This is the new regulation, and it will be proved either by a vaccine certificate, by a PCR or an antigen test.
GERB returns the mandate
After failing to acquire any other votes for its proposed cabinet, the largest party in the parliament decided to return the mandate. This was announced in the usual way: via Livestream on FB by the leader of the party Boyko Borissov and his PM nominee - Daniel Mitov. Mitov blamed the other parties for being arrogant and not wanting to speak about the future of the country. No party even agreed to meet Mitov; all of them returned written rejections to the letter of invitation to negotiate.
A huge overhaul of the electoral law
A large coalition of parties supported sweeping changes to the way elections are organized. Unanimously approved was the bill entered by the second largest party - Slavi Trifonov's TISP (its parliamentary chief Toshko Yordanov is pictured above), which provides for only machine voting, video surveillance of the count, postal voting outside the country and dropping the cap for voting sections abroad. Also voted through was the decision to have a new Central Electoral Commission, picked by the parties but signed in by the President. All of those changes have to make it through a second round of voting though, and it is not certain if this broad coalition will hold.
BTC telecom can acquire two local internet and TV providers
The Competition Commission allowed the telecom (under its brand Vivacom) to finalize the deal to buy Net 1 and KomNet. The deal was announced in February and will allow the new owner of BTC - UnitedGroup, to consolidate its market position. United also bought Nova TV group, together with the media properties of power-broker Delyan Peevski. The new deal is expected to amount to 33 million euro.