Beware when you travel: road construction companies keep their protest going, so some roads might be blocked. The companies demand that the caretaker regional development ministry paid them for repair works done, yet the ministry claims all the money was overspent by the previous GERB-led government and there are no funds left in the budget. Speaking of the previous cabinet:
GERB receives, then hands back mandate
The former ruling party, the second biggest force in parliament after the July 11 election, today received a mandate to form Bulgaria's next government and immediately handed it back to President Rumen Radev. As GERB leader Boyko Borissov has said, they didn't delay the returning of the mandate, since none of the remaining five parties in the fragmented parliament was willing to negotiate with them about forming a government. Now starts the trickiest part: the president has to find a third party to hand a mandate to.
He can choose a party within a 7-day period, yet the party itself has no time limit to form a coalition that would provide support to the future government. The parliament can work in the meantime to pass a revision to the 2021 budget, as well as choose a date for presidential elections in the autumn.
The biggest party protests health measures aimed at keeping Covid infection rates low
There Is Such a People party wrote a declaration which calls the new measures introduced by the Health Ministry 'discrimination". The measures aim to allow restaurants and hotels to work at full capacity, if 100% of their employees are vaccinated and receive only vaccinated customers. According to TISP, this will prompt mass resignations in the sectors and will lead to them being permanently low on workers. The party warns the caretaker government to "count on the wisdom of people, not to force them" to get vaccinated. Bulgaria is on the lowest vaccination level in the EU, far behind every other member state.
Ruse-Veliko Tarnovo highway will be finished in 2027 at the earliest
This is what the caretaker regional development minister told Parliament. The end-section of Hemus highway, which is supposed to lead to the Romanian border, is still at design level. No public procurement procedures have been launched yet which will put at risk the expected start of construction works in 2022.