A coalition agreement for the future parliament should be finalized by Monday, Kiril Petkov announced today. So we will have to wait a few more days to know the names of the future ministers. Some details, however, were announced today: caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev confirmed that he had received an invitation to be Minister of Defense in the future cabinet. But current caretaker Interior Minister Boyko Rashkov told reporters that he had not been asked to remain in his post.
EC has questions about Bulgaria's Recovery plan
Bulgaria has received feedback from the European Commission on its Resilience and Recovery plan, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of EU Funds Atanas Pekanov. Тwo major recommendations from the EC refer to energy projects and the rule of law.
Pekanov confirmed that 43 questions had been received from the commission, but only these two were significant ones. "There are 57 projects and 46 reforms in the Recovery and Sustainability Plan. We have received feedback, which includes two major issues and separate technical issues about some of the reforms. Technical issues will be clarified; they do not bother us and do not surprise us," he added.
Price of natural gas exceeds 100 euros per MWh
Gas prices mark a new serious growth of the spot segment. They are measured through the Dutch TTF index, with which the Bulgarian gas market is connected. Quotes on Thursday are up 8% and reached 103,213 euros per MWh. This is the highest percentage increase in recent weeks. Rising prices put the focus again on the continent's deepening energy crisis.
Gallup: More Bulgarians want settlement of N. Macedonia and Bulgaria's relations
71.1% of Bulgarians believe that the resolution of tensions between North Macedonia and Bulgaria is of great importance, although they don't attribute much importance to N. Macedonia's EU accession, according to a survey by "Gallup International Balkan". Only 7.5% of respondents think that N. Macedonia's membership of the EU is important.
By comparison, in 2020, the percentage of those who thought that a good bilateral relationship was important was lower - just 57.9%, according to Gallup's survey.