Welcome to another day of heat: outside and in the political field. The heatwave has also created real-life problems for industry in Bulgaria. Read more:
That is the battle cry of the leading energy expert of the biggest party There is such a people - Ivan Hinovski, regarding the crisis affecting the energy market over the past few days. With the peak energy demand after the heatwave, and the growing export to Greece and Turkey, who have been hit by fires, the Bulgarian market suddenly faced shortages and prices of up to 160 euro per Mhw. This is way above the European average and the industry in Bulgaria has threatened strikes and forced stoppages in protest. They claim that the state-owned Maritza-Iztok 2 plant is not operating at full capacity, even though it will bring prices down and will be profitable for it.
Don't travel to Greece, Cyprus or Turkey
That's the advice of The Health ministry to Bulgarians. The ministry quotes the "difficult epidemic situation" in the countries cited with case numbers rapidly increasing. Bulgaria is still in the "green zone", but numbers will probably go up, with plenty of Bulgarians abroad during the summer. The vaccinated here still account for under 20% of the population.
Talks for government progress
TISP party announced it has reached a consensus with the other smaller parties on six main areas, ranging from justice and healthcare to agriculture and education. This seems like a step forward towards securing sufficient votes for its proposed cabinet which was unveiled yesterday. It is still not clear, however, whether the other protest parties - Democratic Bulgaria and Stand Up! will vote for the cabinet.