Unlike preceding days, this Friday was relatively free of political news. But still, there were some interesting events: The Foreign Affairs Ministry said it has invited international observers to monitor the Parliament and President elections on 14 November. Also, former ruling party GERB warned they will launch an investigation against caretaker foreign minister Boyko Rashkov if he continues to make accusations against the party without evidence.
Poll: Next Parliament even more fragmented
If elections were held now, GERB is likely to be the clear winner with 22.5% of the vote. Five other parties are trailing but likely to win between 10 and 15%, according to the latest opinion poll by Market Links polling agency. Four of these parties: There is Such a People, the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Democratic Bulgaria, and The Change Continues, have the potential to emerge as the second-biggest formation in the new Parliament. The survey also shows the new formation Change Continues led by two former caretaker ministers - Assen Vassilev and Kiril Petkov, will win 11% of the vote.
Total revenues of 25 traders of agricultural machines fall by 9% in 2020
The total revenues of the companies in the top 25 trading in agricultural machinery fell by 9% in the pandemic 2020 - their total sales exceeded 738.9 mln levs compared to 807.4 mln levs reported in 2019. Still, no company in the top 25 registered a loss last year. Moreover, nine companies reported higher profits compared to 2019. In addition, 12 agricultural traders in the top 25 employed more workers compared to 2019.
New trend: fewer Bulgarians want to study abroad
Fewer Bulgarians are leaving to study abroad, announced the Education Ministry today, after counting certified diplomas for those who want to study at a university in another country. This year the validated diplomas number 1,536, whereas in 2020 they were 2,210 and 2,823 in 2019. The Ministry cited Brexit and the pandemic as possible reasons.