On Monday the co-chairs of We Continue the Change, Kiril Petkov and Asen Vassilev, once again confirmed that their party will not support a cabinet proposed by GERB. This happened during consultations with President Rumen Radev, who last Wednesday also held such talks with MPs from Boyko Borissov's party. Meanwhile, the rift between former coalition partners Democratic Bulgaria and BSP is also widening. According to DB leader Ivo Mirchev, besides being at odds about the return of paper ballots and the provision of military aid to Ukraine, the two parties now have a disagreement about adopting the euro from the beginning of 2024.
Ukrainian refugees expected to relocate to govt properties, yet again
Ukrainian refugees in Bulgaria who are currently accommodated in hotels are likely to be redirected to state-owned vacation properties. According to Dnevnik news outlet, the caretaker government will announce this decision by the end of the day. Today, the official program under which those fleeing Russia's war in Ukraine can be housed in hotels, expires.
Caretaker cabinet discusses extending current budget
During its session today, the caretaker government went over the draft of a so-called budget extension law. According to the draft, until there is a financial plan adopted for the next year, the state will impute expenditures corresponding to those made in the like month of 2022, plus the new obligations voted. That is, the state will continue to function and to pay out the increase in pensions and some salaries in the public sector adopted earlier this year. The texts also foresee the continuation of aid to businesses due to high electricity prices.
Value of exports jumps 30% in the first half of the year
Bulgaria exported nearly 700% more natural gas and over 400% more electricity in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to an analysis by the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA). The total value of exports for the first two quarters approaches $25.8 billion, which is up 30.6% from a year earlier. However, the large increase in monetary terms is due more to high prices rather than to larger quantities.