Bulgaria marked Holocaust Rememberence Day today, with leaders across the political spectrum sharing messages of solidarity with Jewish victims of the Nazi extermination campaign. "On this day we bow our heads for the millions of Jews and other innocent people who fell victim to Nazi genocide during World War II," Prime Minister Kiril Petkov wrote on the official Facebook page of the Council of Ministers, noting that Bulgaria managed to save nearly 50,000 Bulgarian Jews. In other news:
Telenor rebrands to Yettel in Bulgaria, Hungary and Serbia
The largest Bulgarian mobile operator and third largest telecom company, Telenor, will be called Yettel from 1 March. The rebranding was announced through a press release on Thursday by the owner company PFF Telecom Group and will also apply to its telecom operators in Hungary and Serbia. "Our business strategy focuses on three main objectives. First, we want to provide the best service experience for our customers. We also aim to operate state-of-the-art telecom networks and to achieve the highest levels of business efficiency and effectiveness. A strong brand is key to achieving our vision," said Marek Slacik, managing director for the region in the Czech corporation.
Parliament approves changes to Water and Energy Regulator despite controversy
The National Assembly approved the reduction of the number of commissioners of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) from nine to five after a heated debate on Thursday. From next week, the regulator will have one chairman, two energy experts and two specialists in the field of water supply and sanitation. Thus, only three of the current nine members of the organ will resume their positions after chairman Ivan Ivanov and the expert in the energy sector Evgenia Kharitonova get replaced due to their mandate having expired. The only candidates for the two positions are Deputy Minister of Energy Stanislav Todorov (nominated by WCC) and energy expert Blagoy Golubarev from TISP.
Kiril Petkov, Ivan Geshev visit Brussels for separate hearings by MEPs
The Prime Minister said that the main topics discussed with MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament were related to upcoming judicial reform, the cabinet's motives for dissolving the specialized prosecutor's office, reform of the anti-corruption commission CIAF, and changes to election rules for the members of the Supreme Judicial Council and the planned oversight mechanism for the Prosecutor General. Mr Geshev, on the other hand, called for greater EU monitoring of the Bulgarian judiciary - in contrast to his 2019 calls for the CVM process to end.