First gas tenders inconclusive
Bulgargaz has organized the year's first liquified natural gas (LNG) tender but the results were not publicly announced, implying that there were no concrete results.
The tender seeking gas for November had October 3rd as a deadline. Bulgargaz had expected offers to be made for roughly 142 million cubic meters, which is about 40% of the consumption for that month.
The news reignited questions about the 7 LNG cargoes, which Kiril Petkov's office had previously agreed with American company Cheniere, but which the caretaker cabinet declined last month. Petkov's cabinet had brokered a deal for the cargoes, running monthly from October to April.
Newly appointed caretaker minister Rossen Hristov and the new head of Bulgargaz Deniza Zlateva argued that the price was too high. The new caretaker cabinet has not yet secured another LNG deal.
Radev starts consultations towards 'consensus'
President Rumen Radev will announce next week the date on which he will convene the first session of the 48th National Assembly. He declared that he would first consult all the parties represented in the future parliament and consider their views.
The final tally of seats in the new parliament is as follows: 67(GERB), 53 (WCC), 36 (DPS), 27 (Vazrazhdane), 25 (BSP), 20 (Democratic Bulgaria) and 12 (Bulgarian Rise).
"It is important that they find a common language. I will provide all the conditions according to the constitution, so that there is sufficient time for dialogue, to seek consensus, to form a governing majority," Radev said. He called for "dialogue and finding common solutions" because "Bulgaria needs a functioning parliament and a stable government".
Vazrazhdane leader Kostadinov censured over journalist's ejection
An attempt to eject a Dnevnik news reporter from a press conference held by pro-Kremlin party Vazrazhdane on Wednesday has been strongly condemned by the Association of European Journalists, three political forces and the Electronic Media Council.
The actions of party leader Kostadin Kostadinov were criticized by the leader of Bulgarian Rise, Stefan Yanev, and then by by Democratic Bulgaria and WCC.