1.37 billion euros of EU funds en route to Bulgaria
The European Commission approved the payment of 1.37 billion euros (2.7 billion leva) to Bulgaria as part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. This marks the first installment.
The news comes almost 10 weeks after Bulgaria's government requested the money, reporting that the conditions for it had been met, and exactly seven weeks after the European Commission gave the plan the green light. According to EU representatives, Bulgaria has met the first 22 conditions and therefore is eligible to receive the money.
"I am delighted to congratulate Bulgaria," EC President Ursula von der Leyen said.
Russian hackers attack intelligence services
Russian hacker group Kilnet attacked the website of the State Intelligence Agency on Sunday afternoon using the widely used denial-of-service (DDoS) method that hackers use.
Cabinet spokesman Anton Kutev said that there was no data leak resulting from the attack. Killnet has specified that the action is aimed at the intelligence services of several countries - Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Poland and Moldova.
NPP is back to full capacity
The sixth unit of the Kozloduy NPP is finally switched on and the plant is now working again at full capacity.
The unit was shut down on October 29 after a technical problem occurred in the cooling system of the generator - the non-nuclear part of the unit. After eliminating the reasons that led to the shutdown, the teams of the nuclear plant carried out the necessary tests and trials according to the requirements for safe operations. The other power unit of the Kozloduy NPP - the fifth - continues to operate according to schedule.