Оn Tuesday, electricity and natural gas prices were even hotter topics than the political crisis and disturbing Covid-19 statistics - the share price of electricity is rising again. Also, state gas supplier Bulgargaz announced that it will ask for a new gas price increase of 16% from 1 October. This follows on from September's 20% increase. Hence business wants 840 mln levs from the state by way of compensation. Meanwhile, all political talk still centers on the new party "The Change Continues".
"The Change Continues" says post-election coalition with Left and Right parties possible
Former caretaker Economy Minister and current joint leader of the party "The Change Continues" Kiril Petkov said its formation has no plans to form a pre-election coalition with the Right-oriented "Democratic Bulgaria" and the Left "Stand Up! We are coming" before the elections. But he added that a post-election coalition with these parties could be feasible.
"We should not take part in the upcoming elections in the same lists because there are Right-oriented people who would not vote for "Stand Up! We are coming". Also, there are Left-oriented people who would not vote for a Right party," he said.
Business wants 840 mln levs in compensation for electricity price hike
This month every company in Bulgaria - from the smallest to the largest - received electricity bills that were double those of the same period last year. The ever-rising electricity prices have stirred business to demand compensation from the state worth 840 mln levs. The problem is the state doesn't have the money. However, according to the Association of Organizations of the Bulgarian Employers (AOBE), the state can collect more from electricity producers who are currently turning extra profits. One such example is the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant.
Sofia has more Covid cases
Sofia city and the Sofia City Province have entered the so-called dark red Covid-19 zone with infection levels between 250 and 500 people per 100 thousand population overall. This means that indoor events, and inviting guests to family gatherings, will be forbidden. On the other hand, a survey by Trend's agency showed nearly half of Bulgarians (45%) don't intend to get vaccinated. Currently, only 20% of Bulgarians have been vaccinated.