Another day saw further protest by the road construction companies. After their failed attempt to meet president Rumen Radev yesterday, they met him today and settled for a ministerial meeting on Friday. The protest is futile, as the Road Agency has no funds in the budget and the previous government spent a lot more than was available. Yet a decision over unpaid wages will be reached, claimed the companies.
Sofia secures 60 mln. Euro loan from EIB
The European Bank is loaning the money to the municipality to complete unfinished construction works. This includes infrastructure building - "Todor Kableshkov", "Kopenhagen" and "Rozhen" boulevards, as well as the East Tangent road. The 20-year loan has under 0.5% interest, understandable given that Sofia can't go bankrupt under Bulgarian legislation.
Prosecutors failed to charge Delyan Peevski many times
Not a single one of 14 investigations against the ex-deputy from 2001 concluded with a decision to file charges. This was revealed by the parliamentary committee devoted to the US "Magnitsky" sanctions, which targeted Peevski as an "agent of significant corruption". The impotence of Bulgaria's prosecution service towards the country's silent "power-brokers", laid bare by US sanctions, has been confirmed yet again by the parliamentary committee. The chairwoman of the committee - Nadezhda Yordanova, claimed that "Bulgarian authorities are still not critical of their own failings".
Qatar Airways resumes direct flights to Doha
Flights to the capital of Qatar had been stopped because of COVID but will now resume on 16 December. Trips can already be booked and will no longer require a stop in Romania. The first flight between Qatar and Bulgaria was exactly 10 years ago - in 2011, as part of the friendship initiative of the emirate.