President Rumen Radev announced that he will handle the second mandate to GERB this Thursday. Boyko Borissov's party immediately said that it will return it as soon as they receive it. Hence the only chance for forming a government will be the third mandate.
Price ceiling on fuels under consideration
Some of the parliamentary parties are considering introducing a price ceiling on fuel prices. The proposal is for a limit of 2.70 levs per liter. The parties have also started arguing about who first floated the proposal which is deemed controversial by experts. GERB stated that they are ready to submit it for consideration in the National Assembly already this or next week. MRF said that the idea originated from them. BSP replied that they had made a proposal for a price ceiling this spring, but it had not been heard. TISP's Lubomir Karimanski also thinks the proposal is good but some details have to be ironed out. We Continue the Change and Democratic Bulgaria are against the plan.
New charge against Semerdziev
A new charge has been brought against Georgi Semerdziev - this time over drug possession. Last week, Semerdziev was responsible for a horrific crash that killed two young women in the capital. According to NOVA TV, amphetamines were found in his vehicle. So far, he has also been charged with the following crimes: causing a traffic accident that resulted in two fatalities, numerous violations of the Road Traffic Act, driving under the influence of drugs, and using a false driving license.
EC credits Bulgaria with progress on rule of law
The European Commission has presented the second annual report on the rule of law in the EU, with recommendations to individual countries. For Bulgaria, the document notes that the government has promised to introduce additional accountability and criminal liability for the chief prosecutor and his deputies, as well as legislative changes to oversee refusals to initiate investigations, as part of reforms related to the implementation of the Recovery Plan.