On Wednesday the Environmental Ministry announced it will create an emergency committee to deal with the Turkish-owned Vera SU cargo ship stranded in the northern part of the Bulgarian Black Sea. The vessel, which got stuck in the shallows on 22 September, had drifted for four hours in a straight line without the crew or the maritime administration intervening. It carries nitrogen pesticides which might cause an eco-catastrophe if spilled into water. The rescue operation was stalled yesterday due to poor weather conditions, which will likely worsen in coming days.
"We continue the change" party set for second place in upcoming election: Gallup
The party of the popular former caretaker ministers of Economy and Finance Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev is set to win 15.2 percent of the vote according to a Gallup international - Balkan telephone survey published on Wednesday. This would put the party in second place in the upcoming 14 November parliamentary vote, second only to the former ruling GERB party (21.4 percent) and ahead of BSP (13.4 percent). The party of showman Slavi Trifonov (TISP), which won the previous election by a whisker, is poised to fall to fourth place with 12.3 percent of the vote. A total of seven parties are expected to enter parliament, with the anti-EU Vazrazhdane ("Revival") party falling short for the time being.
Business climate worsens in September: NSI
According to the monthly review of the National Statistics Institute (NSI), the business climate in the country continues its downward trend for the third consecutive month, marking a 2.4 percent drop in September compared to the previous month. Worsened results of the industrial, construction and commerce indicators drive the negative trend, NSI says. The main issues for business remain the uncertain pandemic environment, lack of personnel and insufficient domestic demand.
Kozloduy's Unit 6 nuclear reactor suspends operation for planned repairs
One of the two operational atomic reactors of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) will cease operation by November for planned repair works, the management of the NPP said. The reactor would be refuelled with fresh nuclear fuel and maintenance works would be carried out. The coal-powered plants in the Martiza East basin will take over energy production in the meantime - currently, they produce about 60 percent of all the country's electric energy. The maintenance works come at a time of record high energy prices in Bulgaria and may impact these even more if a cold spell strikes.