Protests in Sofia for mayor's resignation
Bulgarian grassroot NGO "Spasi Sofia" is organizing a protest today demanding the resignation of Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova and calling "for an honorable and competent governance of Sofia". Independent municipal councilor Boris Bonev, who is likely to be one of the top candidates for the position of mayor in next years' local elections, invites citizens who believe the existing administration is morally and ideologically bankrupt in front of the building of the Metropolitan Municipality at 33 "Moskovska" street after 6 p.m. "After 13 years in power, it is time to demand the resignation of Fandakova as mayor of the capital," he said in a statement earlier today. The next regular local elections are due to be held in October 2023.
Bulgarian exports increased by 41.6% from January to August 2022
From January to August 2022 Bulgarian exports increased by 41.6%, and imports - by 45.3% compared to the same period last year, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) announced.
In the first eight months of the year, goods with a total value of 62.165 billion leva were exported from the country.
In the period January - July 2022, the export of goods from Bulgaria to the EU increased by 44.4% compared to the same period in 2021 and amounted to 36.5 billion leva. Bulgaria's main markets are Germany, Romania, Italy, Greece, France and Spain. By the end of July, the import of goods into Bulgaria from the EU increased by 32.9% to 33.9 billion leva. The largest volume of imports came from Germany, Romania, Italy, Greece and the Netherlands. The last month the NSI reported a drop in exports and imports was January 2021.
Border checkpoint "Captain Andreevo" to become an 'object of national security'
Parts of the Bulgaria-Greece-Turkey border checkpoint "Captain Andreevo" will receive the status of "strategic sites of importance for national security". This was announced by acting Prime Minister Galab Donev today. The checkpoint, one of the largest in the EU, came into the focus of public attention during the "Petkov" cabinet, which removed the private company "Eurolab 2011", that had simultaneously been carrying out loading and unloading activities, performed the functions of cargo operator and examined the food supplies entering Bulgaria. Back then the cabinet said the state lost "five thousand leva per hour" from the scheme.
"We will not allow a border that is external to the EU to be used for internal politics," Donev said, emphasizing: "Bulgaria's place is in the Schengen area." He did not mention what parts of the border crossing will be subjected to status change.