Two expected pieces of news from today: President Rumen Radev announced the composition of his caretaker government and also confirmed 2 October as the date of next elections. The 47th National Assembly will be dissolved tomorrow. Radev has now had to appoint his fourth caretaker cabinet since 2017.
New PM is Radev confidant
The caretaker Prime Minister will be Galab Donev, Mr. Radev's Secretary for Social Policies and Health. He is considered one of Mr. Radev's closest allies since they studied together at the Air Force School in Dolna Mitropolia in the late 1980s.
Ex-Deputy PM Atanas Pekanov (famous for the Recovery Plan's many drafts) will once again be PM of the euro funds. Significantly, Krum Zarkov (MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party) will be the Minister of Justice. (You can read Kinsights' article tomorrow for full information on the new cabinet.)
Fire in one of Emko's warehouses
An explosion occurred in a warehouse for obsolete ammunition near Karnobat on Sunday, the BBC reported. A fire subsequently broke out but fortunately there were no victims or injuries reported. The warehouses of the company "Emko" are on the territory of the former military divisions in an area covering nearly 220 acres.
Today the owner of Emko - Emilian Gebrev, said that the explosion in the ammunition warehouse was caused deliberately. "There are reasonable suggestions of such an intent," he said, calling on investigators to probe the incident carefully.
National Customs Agency's revenues total 6.3 bln levs in first six months
The National Customs Agency has collected 1.5 billion levs more in revenues compared to the same period of 2021. This is an increase of 32.4% on an annual basis, the revenue agency reports.
Revenue totaled 6.3 billion levs in revenue from excise taxes, import VAT, duties, and fines administered by the agency. For the first half of the year, the revenues from VAT on imports, excise duties and customs duties totaled 42.3% of the tax revenues in the state budget.