One selfie can exact a high price. This is a lesson learnt by one of the new members of parliament, Vladislav Panev from the Green Movement. Panev asked another politician - businessman, MRF MP and Magnitsky-sanctioned Delyan Peevski, to take a selfie with him.
It was intended as a joke because Panev and the "Democratic Bulgaria" formation of which he and the Green Movement are a part, have long since declared themselves enemies of corruption, personified, in their view, by Peevski. But it turned out many Bulgarians were offended and criticized Panev. So yesterday he apologized and today resigned as deputy chairman of the parliamentary group of Democratic Bulgaria. "Never forget politics is a dirty job", some people warned on social media.
New cabinet to be voted this Monday
The regular government structure should be voted through on Monday, said Daniel Lorer from "We Continue The Change'. The presidency has not yet announced when the mandate will be handed over to prime minister nominee Kiril Petkov, but, according to unofficial information, everybody is waiting for the Bulgarian Socialist party to approve the coalition agreement. As this must happen today, the mandate could be handed over on Saturday.
EC extends the deadline for Bulgaria's Recovery Plan
The European Commission has approved a second two-month extension of the evaluation period for Bulgaria's Recovery and Resilience Plan, according to EC spokesman Arianna Podestà, who answered a question from a correspondent of the Bulgarian National Radio in Brussels. Podestà said that Bulgaria initially asked for 1 month, but an agreement for 2 months was reached.
Yesterday, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of EU Funds Atanas Pekanov said the EC has two major recommendations that refer to energy projects and the rule of law.
83% of Bulgarians have Internet at home
A total of 83.5 percent of Bulgarian households have Internet in their homes in 2021, 4.6% more than a year earlier. 75 percent of households have mobile connection and 62.7 percent - fixed cable connection, according to data by the National Statistical Institute (NSI). Also, 96.1 percent of non-financial enterprises with ten or more employees have access to the Internet and this year 51.9 percent of companies have their own website. 85.7 percent of businesses have fixed Internet connection and for 39.8 percent the maximum download speed is higher than 100 Mbps, according to data.