Prosecutor's collegium demands Geshev resignation
Six members of the prosecutor's collegium of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) proposed today the early release of the chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev due to a serious breach of official duties, according to a message of the collegium uploaded on the website of the council.
The proposal comes a day after GERB's candidate for prime minister, Mariya Gabriel, announced that if she takes office, she will ask the justice minister in her office to request Geshev's release immediately. This is the third request in a row for the early removal of Ivan Geshev, after in 2021 and 2022 it was requested consecutively by two acting ministers of justice.
Bulgaria restricts access of foreigners with Schengen visas
Bulgaria has restricted the access of Russians with Schengen visas to its territory. An explicit requirement is being introduced that visa holders should have used their visas once either in the country that issued them or in a country that fully implements the Schengen acquis, the government press service announced.
If a foreigner meets these conditions, he or she has the right to remain in Bulgaria for the duration of the visa's validity within up to 90 days out of a total of 180. The government's press service explains that "in this way, the so-called visa shopping will be prevented and abuses by citizens of third countries will be avoided".
Wage growth surpasses inflation
Consumer inflation has been outpacing wage growth recently, but in the first three months of this year the trend reversed. The average gross salary for the quarter grew at the highest rate for the last ten years, or by 17.3% compared to the same period in 2022, according to the data published by the National Statistical Institute.
At the same time, in March the growth of the consumer price index (CPI) shrank to 14% on an annual basis. In addition to the overheating labor market, the increase in the minimum wage also affects the data. From BGN 650 in March 2022, it grew to BGN 780 as of January this year, an increase of 20%.