Another migrant attack triggers Interior Ministry resignations
The Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Chief Commissioner Petar Todorov, and his deputy, Stanimir Stanev, have resigned following another attack on Bulgarian policemen by a bus containing migrants.
The incident in question, in which 10 migrants were believed to be hiding in a small bus driven by a Bulgarian national in Sofia, ended with a police officer sustaining severe injuries.
"It is crucial for MPs to make legislative changes that will protect our colleagues," Todorov said after the resignations were tendered.
Todorov noted that although police do their best to stop the migrants influx, parliament needs to take further action to support his officers. He also pointed out that current legislation is not working well. Although there have been 4000 pre-trial proceedings in 2 years and more than 2000 convictions, there have been only 158 sentences.
Democratic Bulgaria and Radev argue over Ukraine
Democratic Bulgaria co-chairman Hristo Ivanov has continued a war of words with President Radev after the latter criticized his party yesterday during consultations over the first mandate. "I think that President Rumen Radev is nervous because Bulgaria is about to give 9 fighter jets and trucks to Ukraine," Ivanov said.
Ivanov has accused the president of trying to steer Bulgaria away from its EU and NATO path. Radev has consistently opposed sending military help to Ukraine.
The president, for his part, has criticized Democratic Bulgaria for its refusal to deal with GERB and agree on common areas with other parties.
Bulgaria is a regional startup leader
Bulgaria is the most developed start-up country in South-Eastern Europe, according to a study from the Bulgarian Equity and Venture Investment Association (BVCA). Bulgaria has the largest number of local investment funds, with more than 10 active funds that are supporting startups, followed by Greece and Romania with 6 each. The study found that only Croatia beat Bulgaria in terms of the overall assessment of the quality of its startups.
More funds have been generated than ever over the last 18 months in Bulgaria. In 2022, total investments in Bulgarian startups will amount to 251 million dollars.