President Radev today urged Bulgarians to vote on Sunday as a way to counter apathy and drift. "The more Bulgarians vote, the more efficient our institutions will be and the weaker the mafia. The mafia relies on society's apathy," he said in an address. Earlier today, caretaker Minister of Interior Boyko Rashkov said there was no evidence that the additional voting machines discovered in warehouses were intended for electoral manipulations. Three days before the elections, "We Continue the Change '' has named its candidate for prime minister.
Ex caretaker minister of economy Kiril Petkov runs for prime minister
Kiril Petkov will be the candidate for the post of prime minister from the "We Continue the Change" party, revealed former caretaker finance minister Assen Vassilev today to Nova television. Vassilev added that he is ready to be a finance minister in the new parliament.
Vassilev and Petkov, who were in President Radev's caretaker cabinet, founded the new party nearly two months ago and now "We Continue the Change" is vying for second place, according to various polls. Vassilev added that his party would consider post-election dialogue with "Democratic Bulgaria" and "Stand up BG! We are coming!".
EC: Bulgaria failed to protect and manage its Natura 2000 sites
The European Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria to the Court of Justice of the European Union for not respecting its obligations under the Habitats Directive. The reason: Bulgaria has not yet designated 194 out of 229 Sites of Community Importance as Special Areas of Conservation within the required time limit (6 years) and has failed to set site-specific conservation objectives and measures for these sites. These are key requirements to protect biodiversity across the EU, says the EC.
Exports to EU grow by 23% for Jan-August y-y: NSI
For the first eight months of 2021 the exports of goods from Bulgaria to the EU increased by 23.5% compared to the same period of 2020, and amounted to 28.7 billion levs. Meanwhile, the imports of goods to Bulgaria from the EU grew by 25% and reached 29 billion levs, according to preliminary data from the National Statistic Institute. In August 2021 exports to the EU increased by 26.6% compared to the same month in 2020 and amounted to 3.5 billion levs while imports grew by 23.0%, up to 3.4 billion levs.