Gas consumers to get help to offset bills
The parliamentary group of We Continue the Change (WCC) is set to propose a new compensatory mechanism for customers of natural gas. If approved in a vote it will come into force on January 1 and will be valid until the end of April. The compensation is similar to last year's and will likely cover a quarter of January's bills.
The party envisages that the draft decision will be voted on by the Parliament, thereby obliging the Council of Ministers to approve it. However, the proposal does not mention a time limit for it to be voted through.
No private companies at Andreevo
After a 10-year contract with a company called P.F.C, the state has resumed control over the disinfection of vehicles entering Bulgaria through the Captain Andreevo checkpoint (Turkey). This was announced today by the Minister of Agriculture, Yavor Gechev, who inspected the work at the station. The checkpoint, and especially the sanitisation issue, has been cited as one of the reasons for the fall of the Petkov government..
A state-owned company will be selected to operate the station. It will be managed by several institutions, as Gechev mentioned the Ministry of Transport, the NRA, the Ministry of Agriculture.
Lukoil transfers its financial operations to Bulgaria
Lukoil Bulgaria, based in Burgas and part of the European arm of Russian petroleum company Lukoil, has now moved its financial operations to Bulgaria. So Russian President Vladimir Putin's ban on exports to EU countries apparently does not cover Bulgaria, as the Burgas refinery is receiving supplies and is operating.
Therefore, there will be no shortage of fuel in Bulgaria in the coming months (Lukoil holds at least 70% of the market in the country).