Good afternoon on 1 November, the Day of the leaders of the Bulgaria Revival - a holiday dedicated to educators and scholars. While politicians and other public figures have been extolling the virtues of science and learning, however, a Eurobarometer survey revealed waning interest in science and technology:
A third of Bulgarians "not at all interested" in scientific discoveries: EurobarometerAccording to a survey carried out by the European Commission across the EU under the name of "European citizens' knowledge and attitudes towards science and technology," most Bulgarians express little interest in, or knowledge of, topics linked to science. Most notably, 33 percent of Bulgarians say they are not at all interested in new scientific discoveries and tech developments, while only 11 percent claim to be very interested in such matters, the survey found.
By comparison, the average results for EU citizens as a whole are 18 percent and 33 percent, respectively. The majority of Bulgarians say that they never, or hardly ever, follow any media linked to science (55 percent, compared to 40 percent for the EU as a whole) or talk about science with their peers (65 percent compared to 45 percent for the EU). The entire survey is available on the Eurobarometer website.
Bulgarian National Bank issues 500,000 new 5-year T-bonds on 8 November
On 8 November, the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) will hold an auction for the sale of 500,000 interest-bearing treasury bonds with a nominal value of 250 million euro (500 million BGN) at 0.00% annual interest rate. The bonds come with a fixed-rate issue maturing on 24 February 2026, the central bank said. This is the ninth auction of the Ministry of Finance this year, with the finance institution re-issuing for the third time the same issue that it offered on March 22 and September 7. The securities it offered on the previous two occasions amounted to BGN 300 million and BGN 200 million respectively.
Bulgartransgaz lowers expected gas price spike for November to 27 percent
The state-owned gas transit company Bulgartransgaz proposed a price hike of 27 percent (119.87 BGN per MWh) for November instead of the anticipated 31 percent increase, according to the offer submitted by the company in the Energy Regulatory Commission (KEVR) on Monday. The proposal is still pending the approval of KEVR.
At the same time, on Monday, Bulgartransgaz announced that the gas supply to Serbia and Hungary was halted after an accident in the Bulgarian section of TurkStream. Read the whole story from today here if you missed it.