The Greek prime minister became the first foreign leader to meet the new Bulgarian government in Sofia. Kiriakos Mitsotakis came to visit Prime Minister Kiril Petkov and President Rumen Radev. They discussed the interconnection between the gas networks of Bulgaria and Greece, which should have been ready this year. Turns out, there will still be a delay - probably 6 months or more.
Prosecution claims it is not the reason for RRP delayIn an unusual press conference, four high-level prosecutors announced that the caretaker government has used the prosecution to manipulate public opinion about the Recovery and Resilience Plan. According to them, there was no requirement to insert clauses in the plan about removing the Prosecutor-General and reforms to the service.
This is a strange statement, given the new impetus of the EC on Rule of Law and the visible connection between reforming the ineffective prosecution service and the accountability for the received EU funds.
Subsidies for the energy-affected businesses enacted soonThe new minister for economy and industry Kornelia Ninova announced several companies that need urgent support - the electricity-distribution networks and the water delivering companies, for example.
This is a necessary first step, said Ninova. There will also be further compensations for the industry that buys its energy on the free market - there was a mechanism for October and November, but it expired.
More NATO troops could be based in Romania and Bulgaria
This is a claim made by the German magazine Spiegel, quoting a top-level NATO general. According to the publication, gen. Tod Wolters - the Supreme allied commander, suggested such a move to counteract Russia's presence on the Ukraine border. The new Defence Minister and ex-PM Stefan Yanev confirmed there had been discussions on the matter, but didn't commit to anything concrete for the moment.