EP investigates local abuses totaling nearly BGN 1 billion
The European Prosecutor's Office (EP) is investigating 143 possible frauds involving European funds or VAT in Bulgaria worth 495.3 million euros (over BGN 968 million) overall. In total, 101 investigations were launched last year, three of which involved VAT fraud worth EUR 2.6 million.
This ranks Bulgaria second among the 22 countries in terms of the number of investigations initiated into crimes affecting the financial interests of the EU. Italy tops the list with 285 pending investigations, the annual report of the European Public Prosecutor's Office for 2022 shows.
Bulgaria enters nuclear energy alliance with 10 European states
Eleven European countries pledged on Tuesday to "cooperate more closely" across the nuclear supply chain and promote "joint industrial projects" in new production facilities as well as new technologies such as small reactors, EURACTIV reported. The signatories to the Stockholm Declaration aim to strengthen European cooperation in the field of nuclear energy.
"Nuclear energy is one of many tools to achieve our climate goals, to generate baseload electricity and to ensure security of supply," said the declaration, which was signed at a meeting of EU energy ministers organized by Sweden, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU.
BGN 6.5 million for video surveillance in upcoming elections
The Cabinet has allocated BGN 6,444,735 for the technical provision of video recording and video surveillance, to be used during ballot counting after the end of the parliamentary elections on April 2. The Central Electoral Commission is yet to come up with methodical instructions on how exactly the video surveillance and broadcasting should be carried out.
On February 3, the caretaker government approved a budget of BGN 87.7 million for the upcoming elections - BGN 20 million more than for the October 2021 snap elections.