As of 4 PM today, and with 99.95% of ballots counted, the difference between the two leading parties has increased but not by much - TISP leads with 24.1%, followed closely by GERB with 23.5%. However, that's enough for TISP to receive 65 mandates whereas GERB will receive 63. The day was marked by criticism of Slavi Trifonov's party for turning its back on the other "protest parties" and proposing its own cabinet. In other, non-election news:
EIB gives 40 million euro loan for Sofia Airport modernization
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and SOF Connect have signed an agreement for a loan worth 40 million euro for the modernization of Sofia Airport. The financing is supported by the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). The money is meant for infrastructure modernization and the upgrade of regulatory, safety, and security components.
State hospitals got 47.2 million levs in donations to fight Covid-19
State hospitals and sanatoriums received a total of 47.2 million levs in donations from citizens, NGOs, and firms to prepare for the pandemic. There are still no public records, however, of how much money each hospital received and how the funds were spent. Moreover, the state committed to funding the treatment of Covid-19 with over 600 million levs through the health insurance fund, EU funds, and the state budget.
EU approves recovery plans of 12 member states
The EU's finance ministers have approved the national post-pandemic recovery plans of 12 member states. The countries in question - including Austria, Italy, Portugal, and Slovakia, will begin to receive relevant funding amounting to billions of euros in coming weeks. Bulgaria is not among them - it seems that Sofia will not get the 'go-ahead' until the fall at the earliest.