Preparations begin for April 2 elections
Starting tomorrow and continuing until February 28, parties and coalitions registered to participate in the early parliamentary elections on April 2 will be able to submit their candidate lists to the Central Election Commission (CEC).
By the end of the week, the CEC will launch the platform via which Bulgarians living abroad will be able to submit online applications for the opening of polling stations. It will be necessary to collect a minimum of 40 applications to open a station, the deadline for which expires on March 7. The CEC will then start consultations with the political forces to appoint the composition of the sectional commissions abroad.
Household expenditure increases
Over the final quarter of 2022 compared to the same quarter of 2021, average spending per person per household changed as follows:
- Food and non-alcoholic beverages increased from BGN 552 to BGN 705 (up by 27.8%)
- Alcoholic beverages and cigarettes increased from BGN 78 to BGN 92 (up by 18.0%)
- Housing (water, electricity, heating, furnishing and maintenance of the home) increased from BGN 362 to BGN 400 (up by 10.6%)
- Transport and communications increased from BGN 213 to BGN 254 (up by 19.0%)
- Free time, cultural recreation and education increased from 56 to BGN 87 (up by 54.1%);
- Taxes and social insurance increased from BGN 238 to BGN 267 (up by 12.2%).
Bulgarian producers for Lidl reach sales worth BGN 101 million
Bulgarian companies exported goods worth BGN 101 million in 2022 in Lidl stores, the chain reports. This is a 56% increase in export turnover. According to the data, exports in 2020 reached BGN 48 million, and rose to BGN 65 million in 2021, an increase of 35%.
Usually, Bulgarian companies export to Lidl's European trade network via Lidl brand names, which are already known in other markets. "This way Bulgarian manufacturers get access to a well-developed market without having to invest in additional marketing costs to promote a brand of their own," the company states.