Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth last Thursday, the British Embassy in Sofia will open a condolence book to the public, the Embassy announced on Friday. The book will be available at the British Residence. On Saturday, Prime Minister Galab Donev sent a letter of condolences to his British counterpart Liz Truss to mark the Queen's passing.
Ministry of Internal Affairs punishes 40 employees over Semerdziev
More than 40 employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs will be punished and dismissed for previous violations concerning the criminal history of Georgi Semerdzhiev, whose reckless driving killed two young women on July 5, Chief Secretary of the Ministry Petar Todorov said today. He added that the inspectorate's review would be completed within days, but that he was already familiar with the findings.
It was also confirmed that one policewoman - Simona Radeva, who assisted Semerdziev, will be fired. Semerdziev, who was driving under the influence of methamphetamine, is now in custody and facing five charges.
Sofia Heating Company will receive natural gas in 2023
This emerged following the signing of a new contract between the company and Bulgargaz, announced the chairman of the Sofia Municipal Council, Georgi Georgiev, and caretaker Energy Minister Rossen Hristov.
The municipal company had accumulated a debt of 1.35 billion levs to the state supplier of natural gas and to Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), Georgiev pointed out. Now it is agreed that the state will give 680 million levs to Toplofikatsia because of the difference between the higher market price of gas compared to the regulated value of heat energy paid by subscribers. This is a step towards the likely impending nationalization of the municipal company under the "debt-for-property" scheme. However, it would not be privatized.
Hotel revenue reached 386.6 million levs in July
Revenues from overnight stays in July 2022 are up 46.7% compared to July 2021 and reached 386.6 million leva, according to data from the National Statistical Institute reported, quoted by BTA.
Total accommodation bed occupancy in July 2022 was 53.4%, which is an increase of 4.3% on July 2021. The occupancy of beds in 4- and 5-star establishments was the highest - 68.3%, followed by 3-star hotels - 48%, and those of 1 and 2 stars - 33.2%.