GERB's nomination for PM fails to attract support
GERB's nominee for Prime Minister Nikolay Gabrovski received just 113 votes - with support from DPS and Bulgarian Rise as well as, of course, GERB. The votes "against" (125 in total) were more - from We Continue the Change, Vazrazhdane, BSP and Democratic Bulgaria.
With this, the procedure under the first mandate to form a regular government has been unsuccessfully concluded. According to the Constitution, President Rumen Radev must hand the second mandate for an attempt to form a regular cabinet to the next largest parliamentary group, We Continue the Change.
Inflation down for second month in a row
Annual inflation in November continued to decrease, down to 16.9% from 17.6% the previous month, but remained significantly higher compared to the same month last year. This is according to the data from the National Statistical Institute.
Among food products, the prices of cucumbers increased the most by 13.6%, followed by tomatoes - 12.0%, cottage cheese - 8.5%, eggs - 6.4%, whole and low-fat fresh milk - 4.8%, mushrooms - 4.1%, cheese - 3.8% , salt - 3.5%, and fruit juices - 3.4%.
Bulgarians ready to go digital
A total of 65% of Bulgarians are ready to use a smartphone to shop and pay online, and 18% are already taking advantage of this opportunity. This is shown by a survey conducted by Visa about the attitudes of Bulgarians from November. Consumers prefer mobile payments because they are fast, convenient and secure.
The same study shows that 85% search for products and services of interest to them, using their mobile devices for this purpose, and 76% order the selected goods through them.
In Southeast Europe as a whole, Romanians are most willing to pay by phone - 81%, followed by Bulgarians - 74%, Croatians and Slovaks - 72% each, and Poles - 71%.