The government wants to redistribute 1.2 bln levs
It will suggest that the money, which represents the budget surplus, be spent on pensioners and energy subsidies. This means the minimum pension would be 430 levs (215 euro) and businesses will keep getting help to offset high energy prices. There will be no new budget approved for next year before the end of the year but it will probably be one of the first laws on the table in January.
PM claims no decision taken on NATO troops
Kiril Petkov said that the topic has not been discussed in the Council or with Bulgaria's partners but that the country wants to be an active member of EU and NATO. "This is not something to be decided on the basis of personal opinion," said Petkov, regarding the FB post of the ex-PM and current Defense Minister Stefan Yanev yesterday, in which Yanev said he saw no reason for new troops.
Revocation of Bulgarian golden passports key to US visa waivers
In a new EC report, the Commission claims Washington wants "golden passport" schemes in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania to be dropped, before the three countries receive a visa waiver. Bulgaria has already discussed such a measure, but nothing has been decided. Support for the golden passport scheme comes mainly from the small Turkish minority party MRF but will probably be dropped in the coming months.