Parliament accepts mechanism to investigate chief prosecutor
A mechanism for the effective investigation of the chief prosecutor and his deputies has ben adopted by MPs. Two suggestions for changes to the Criminal Procedure Code were proposed by the Council of Ministers and presented by the Acting Minister of Justice Krum Zarkov and by Vazrazhdane party. The changes were voted on the first reading in the plenary hall on Friday.
The draft law submitted by the Council of Ministers received 191 votes in favor with none against. Only Vazrazhdane's 33 deputies abstained.
Borissov: Budget impossible without a government
The state budget will not be passed unless a regular government is installed, said GERB's leader Boyko Borissov to journalists in Parliament. He emphasized that between June 10 and 14, the state would not even be able to pay salaries and pensions.
However, Minister of Economy Nikola Stoyanov said that the apocalyptic scenario described by Borissov would only arise if deputies do not take any action. "The extension law on the budget expires on June 10. On June 11, the state must stop paying. By then, deputies must either adopt a new budget, or there should be a new extension of the extension law," he said.
Unemployment in Bulgaria was 4.4% in the first quarter
Unemployment stood at 4.4% in the first quarter of 2023, which is down 0.4% on the first quarter of 2022, according to data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
The total number of jobless stood at 134.9 thousand, of which 72.8 thousand (54%) are men and 62.1 thousand (46%) - women. Compared to the first quarter of 2022, the number decreased by 8.7 thousand, or by 6.1%.
The unemployment rate in the first quarter of pre-pandemic 2019 was 5%, or 0.7% lower year-on-year compared to Q1 of 2023.