It's still summer and it's Friday and Bulgarians travel a lot, even during a pandemic. So be careful at the roads this weekend. One place Bulgaria will not travel to though - to the UN summit devoted to Durban conference (an anti-racism initiative that turned rather antisemitic at the time). Bulgarian MFA expressed concern the process might lead to more "antisemitic propaganda". Israel expressed gratitude for the position.
The Bulgarian Socialist Party will try to form a government
The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) is the third-largest parliamentary group in the 46th National Assembly and will try to form a government, said the leader of BSP Kornelia Ninova. BSP was the third choice of President Rumen Radev, after the previous two mandates he handed to other parties failed. According to the leader of the Socialists, there will be no preconditions or preliminary candidacies for prime-minister and ministers. The negotiations with the other parties except for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and former ruling party GERB will begin this Sunday.
Half of the Bulgarians traveled to Turkey or Greece in July
In July, 612.8 thousand Bulgarians traveled abroad. 40.4% of them were on a vacation, according to data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI). Half of them went to Greece and Turkey, data shows. The two neighboring countries share something in common: easier travel conditions and superb beaches.
Sofia Airport concessionaire to invest 78 mln euros less than its initial offer
At the beginning of the year, the Bulgarian government deferred the payment of the agreed annual Sofia Airport concession fee of at least 24.5 million euro until the last decade of its 35-year contract. Now there are even more benefits for the private concessionaire SofConnect. The state has allowed nearly 78 million euro less in investments in the first 10 years of the concession. They will be invested at a later date.