Former caretaker Economy and Finance Ministers, Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev, officially launched their political project on Sunday. It is now certain that their formation "The change continues" will take part in this autumn's elections with the party committing to work with every "well-intentioned" politician who shares their views.
So on Monday the news stream focused on the new political personalities. Also, the caretaker cabinet approved the budget estimate for preparing and staging the November 14 presidential and parliamentary elections. The cost is expected to be 123.8 mln leva, including a possible second round of presidential elections.
"The change continues" with "Volt"
''We realized that it doesn't matter if you are Left or Right; the important thing is whether you are honest. This is a huge priority and we are here to start working with honest people,'' said Petkov during Sunday's press conference. So the formation is open to work with other politicians with the pre-condition only that everyone who participates in their party commits to a contract containing a statement of integrity.
One of these parties probably will be "Volt". Today its leader Nastimir Ananiev announced Volt is "about to sign an agreement with 'The Change Continues' in order to help the new formation take part as a coalition in the upcoming votes. This comes as Petkov and Vassilev search for already registered parties to form a coalition. Significantly, in previous elections, Volt was part of another coalition - "Stand up! We are coming". Now it seems like it has a new ally.
Half of Bulgarians use smart devices
A survey shows that 43% of Bulgarians use devices with smart functions such as smartphones, TVs and home appliances, with 37% saying they don't. Also, 17% of Bulgarians don't even know the meaning of "smart functions", according to Trend's agency research. The survey also determines the most important factors for consumers when choosing a new electrical device in the long term. For most of them (74%) the most important thing is the price and the guarantee for the product, followed by the additional cost to use the new device (64%).
Bulgaria's gov't to buy 10 000 doses of Sanofi's vaccine
Caretaker government said that it will buy 10 thousand doses of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sanofi Pasteur, which is the business unit of French drugmaker Sanofi. The Sanofi vaccine is a single-dose antigen vaccine, which is not expected to be used for primary immunization. "It is an alternative to vaccination in people with contraindications to other types of vaccines," said the government in a statement. The new vaccines are expected in the first half of 2022.