There are 592 villages in Bulgaria which are uninhabited or with just one to nine residents, according to data from the National Statistical Institute, quoted by BTA. As of the end of 2021, there are 5257 settlements in the country, of which 257 are cities, 4998 are villages, and two are monasteries with the status of settlement - Klisur and Rila.
Maritsa 3 TPP in Dimitrovgrad in temporary shutdown
"The moment is extremely critical," Environment Minister Rositsa Karamfilova said today, referring to air pollution recorded in Dimitrovgrad this Saturday when large excesses of sulfur dioxide norms were found.
The pollution comes from the Maritsa 3 TPP - associated with the energy businessman Hristo Kovachki. Hence Energy Minister Rossen Hristov announced today that the plant will be closed temporarily. If it continues to pollute, he explained, there is a danger that the three nearby large thermal power plants, whose capacity is over 3,000 megawatts and which make up more than 30% of the country's energy capacity, would have to shut down. Against their background, Maritsa 3 TPP is an "absolutely insignificant part" of the Bulgarian electricity system with its 65 megawatt capacity, Hristov explains.
Eight parties in the next Parliament: Gallup
GERB retains a narrow but significant lead in the run-up to elections on October 2, according to a survey by "Gallup International Balkan". Data shows that 25.9% of respondents would vote for GERB, and 19.2% for We Continue the Change. In third place is the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) with 11.5%, followed by Vazrazhdane (11.3%), BSP for Bulgaria (9.8%), and Democratic Bulgaria (7.6%). If Slavi Trifonov's party There Is Such a People (4.3%), and Stefan Yanev's Bulgaria Rise (4.2%) do succeed in passing the 4% threshold, then there will be eight parties in the next parliament.
New compensation for businesses over high natural gas prices
The government firmly supports the need for mechanisms to compensate businesses for high prices of natural gas, Caretaker Economy Minister Nikola Stoyanov said today. Therefore, the cabinet will prepare a compensatory scheme, which it will propose to the next parliament, he announced, quoted by BNR.