Bulgarian aid for Turkey
Bulgarian institutions, voluntary organizations and citizens have launched campaigns to support victims in Turkey after yesterday's devastating earthquakes that claimed thousands of lives. So far at least 3,419 people have died in Turkey, and 1,600 in Syria following Monday's carnage.
Blankets, gloves, jackets, scarves, hats, and first aid kits are among items sought by campaign organizers. Manol Peykov, a well-known publisher, has started a campaign for money and equipment."Bulgaria is the first European country to respond to the disaster in Turkey," President Rumen Radev said yesterday. Two S-27J "Spartan" military transport planes have already been sent, packed with aid.
A total of 300 kitchen sets with tableware, 300 family tents, 300 radiators, 1,000 mattresses and 3,000 woolen blankets will be provided by the Bulgarian Red Cross and the Turkish Red Crescent. On Monday, 12 mountain rescuers and 5 rescue dogs also left Bulgaria for Turkey.
State tries to tackle high food prices
Prime Minister Galab Donev, speaking at the Council of Ministers, noted that food prices have a mark-up of up to 30% when passed from producers to traders and then to end consumers.
Many experts point out that market prices are largely due to speculation. The authorities aim to introduce a daily monitoring and control mechanism throughout the supply chain to tackle this, and reduce Bulgaria's annual inflation rate which currently stands at 17%.
Electricity prices continue to rise
In Bulgaria, the electricity price for tomorrow is 158 euro per megawatt hour according to market data. This means that the average monthly price for business continues to rise and is now just below 150 euros per megawatt hour.
The cold weather over the past week and the spike in the carbon price (ETS) on the European index have exacerbated the situation..
The cap for 2023, decided by the Parliament, is 200 leva per megawatt hour ( or 100 euro).