Volunteers helping Ukrainian refugees get fined
Volunteers from Varna, helping Ukrainian refugees with serious illnesses (oncological, heart attack and stroke), have been fined BGN 12,000, Nova TV reported.
The fine, levied by the Labor Inspectorate, was over faulty employment contracts of six Ukrainian medical specialists. The volunteers who had recruited the specialists, had apparently failed to comply with the legal deadline for notifying the Labor Inspectorate..
Vanya Dobreva, chairman of the Pituitary Association, which appointed the six medical specialists from Ukraine, commented that since the beginning of the war, they have been trying to provide refugees with medical care. She claimed that the employees were duly appointed and received funding from the Refugee Agency. "The one thing we did not do on time is that we did not submit a notification under Article 10, Paragraph 1 of the Labor Migration and Labor Mobility Act. This notification absolutely duplicates the information we have already submitted to the National Revenue Agency", she said.
Hoteliers' traffic jumps by 70% in February
February saw tourists, more overnight stays, mainly in hotels of a higher category, and a significant increase in hoteliers' income, according to the National Statistical Institute.
The total number of overnight stays in all accommodation facilities during the month was 1.2 million, with 50.6% more compared to the same month of 2022. The number of customers increased by 48.7% compared to a year earlier and reached 470.2 thousand. The sector's total income from overnight stays in February 2023 reached BGN 92.4 million, a 70.6% increase on February 2022.
Bee Smart Technologies expands into Romania
Bulgarian Bee Smart Technologies, which offers technologies for remote hive monitoring and a platform for trading bee products, has launched services in Romania. Last year, the company raised BGN 1.2 million on the Bulgarian BEAM stock market to support its growth abroad.
In Bulgaria, Bee Smart operates a platform (pollenity.com) that connects over 30 beekeepers across the country with consumers. In addition, through the Adopt Hive service, it enables individuals and companies to adopt hives of their choice to visit and receive honey from.
The same model will be implemented in Romania. "We do not offer Bulgarian honey to Romanian consumers, instead we've created the same system for them," explained the companies' founders.