President Radev tells parties to focus on pressing issues
President Rumen Radev has fired a broadside at the country's main political parties for quarreling about whether to invite Russian ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova to the first session of the new parliament. "Our political parties are competing to see who will put aside Bulgaria's problems faster," Radev said today.
After a meeting in the National Assembly on October 13, it was decided that, in addition to Mitrofanova, Nikita Leshukov, the temporary manager of the Belarusian embassy, will also not be invited to the opening of parliament. A few hours later, GERB offered Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the chance to make a video address.
Contracts of banks and telecoms probed for unfair clauses
The Commission for the Protection of Consumers (CPC) and the Commission for the Protection of Personal Data (PCPD) will examine the contracts of telecoms and credit institutions for potential unfair clauses towards customers. The two commissions will also scrutinize online trading platforms and news sites on how they collect and process personal data through cookies to check for possible unfair commercial practices.
In a statement, the two commissions add that they will check all general conditions and standardized contracts of telecoms and credit institutions with whom they work. The campaign aims to give consumers peace of mind when they sign contracts, a spokesperson for the CPC said.
Decline in Y/Y IT job postings
There were almost 49 000 job advertisements in Bulgaria in September, a growth of 4% compared to August, according to an analysis by JobTiger. Surprisingly, the IT sector saw a decline of 18% year-on-year, which equates to around 1,300 fewer listings.
JobTiger attributes this trend to the normalization of the demand for personnel in this sector after active "restocking" in the pandemic years 2020 and 2021. It also notes the announced temporary hiring freeze in the industry by a number of technology companies abroad. Compared to August, announcements for IT personnel in September increased by just 1%.