Bulgaria implicated in Crimean bridge explosion
Bulgaria has been implicated in Saturday's explosion on the Kerch Strait Bridge linking Russia with the annexed Crimean peninsula. Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia's investigative commission, said that the explosion was caused by a truck that had previously traveled from Bulgaria by ferry to Georgia, then to Armenia, back to Georgia, then to North Ossetia and Russia's Krasnodar region.
Ironically, on September 29, Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed a decree prohibiting the transport of goods through Russia by companies registered in hostile countries, in which Bulgaria has been included. President Radev is yet to respond to claims of Bulgarian involvement.
President Rumen Radev will convene Parliament on October 19
President Radev will convene the 48th National Assembly on October 19 (Wednesday). The leaders of the principal parties are expected to announce their main priorities and actions. GERB, the largest post-election political force, is to propose the name of the new chairman. Consultations with the parliamentary groups will follow. The president will then hand the first mandate to form a government to a candidate for the position of prime minister, who will be named by GERB. The deadline for its implementation is seven days. GERB is not expected to be able to form a government and will have to return the mandate.
The 100 largest companies in Sofia Province recorded revenue of 14.7 billion leva in 2021
The 100 largest companies in Sofia Province recorded revenue of 14.7 billion leva in 2021, an increase of over 2 billion leva over 2020. The processing industry was the leading sector that year, with over 10 billion leva in revenue. The second largest sector is the mining industry, highly developed in municipalities such as Chelopech and Pirdop, with more than 1.4 billion leva in revenue and more than 500 million leva in profit. Trade, which is usually quite strong in other provinces of the country, came third here with a turnover of 3.8 billion leva in 2021.
The largest company in the province is also the largest one in Bulgaria in general. Aurubis Bulgaria, daughter company of the German Aurubis is based in Pirdop, registered an impressive revenue of over 7.39 billion leva in 2021. The company's turnover has grown by 19% compared to 2020.