"We will be taking an active part in the political life of the country and we will enter the upcoming votes". These were the most long-awaited words uttered in Bulgaria for some time. They came from the already former caretaker Economy Minister Kiril Petkov, who revealed his political ambitions while handing over to new caretaker Economy Minister Daniela Vezieva. All this came as Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced the composition of the new caretaker government on Thursday.
New caretaker government and new political formation
The new gov't members are almost the same, except for Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev, who headed the Economy and Finance ministries respectively, and Georgi Todorov, who was caretaker Transport minister. Petkov's replacement is Vezieva, Vassilev's replacement is Valery Belchev who is another Harvard graduate, and the new Transport Minister is Hristo Aleksiev.
The most interesting part is that the two former caretaker ministers - Petkov and Vassilev, will take part in a new formation that will enter the upcoming "2 in 1" Presidential and Parliamentary vote on 14 November. Their entrance and the unique double election is likely to shake up Bulgarian politics profoundly before the end of the year.
BTL industries with a new energy-efficient factory for 10 mln euro
The new factory which the manufacturer of electronic medical equipment BTL Industries is building will include different energy solutions. There will be solar panels installed on the roof of the production area, which is expected to cover a large part of its electricity consumption. Also, the company will use the installed water tanks for fires as heat accumulators. The project includes fully autonomous and automated outdoor lighting as well as special systems for fresh air supply. The company has invested 10 mln. euro on the new factory that is located in Plovdiv. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2023.
A new instrument for citizen control over EU funds
A new website financed by the European Commission was unveiled today in Sofia by the AntiCorruption Fund. The site - www.eumoney.bg aims to give citizens control and a feedback channel regarding all EU-funded projects in Bulgaria. Users can browse through a database of all the projects (in English and Bulgarian) and leave comments or anonymous tip-offs about corruption practices. Those would later be examined by the Fund and sent to the Bulgarian and European prosecution services. Kapital Insights has to disclose a relationship with the initiative: our very own Ognyan Georgiev came up with the idea for it and helped AKF create it!