Cabinet list ready, rotational principle remains
WCC-DB and GERB are to form a coalition and have reached agreement about its composition. Initially, it was thought that many changes would be made compared to the original list but, in fact, many names remain. It is expected that the cabinet's proposed make-up will be voted through parliament as soon as possible.
The rotation principle, agreed in the first negotiations, still applies. For the first 9 months the prime minister will be Nikolay Denkov from WCC-DB while Mariya Gabriel from GERB will be Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Assen Vassilev will remain as Finance Minister. The Minister of Internal Affairs is expected to be Kalin Stoyanov while the defense ministry will be in the hands of pro-Nato Todor Tagarev.
ACF investigation sparks allegations of corruption of legal officials
Bribes of between 2 to 20,000 BGN were widely circulated among investigators, prosecutors, judges and policemen, according to Lyubena Pavlova, ex-wife of the now wanted former head of Sofia's prosecution office, Petyo Petrov. She made the allegations in the second part of her interview with the Anti-Corruption Fund, a Bulgarian watchdog.
In the first part of the interview, covered extensively by journalists and politicians, Pavlova also said that the current head of the National Investigation Services, Borislav Sarafov, had been close to ex-prosecutor Petyo Petrov who is considered one of the kingpins of corruption in the country's legal system.
Agropolychim expands its production
Bulgarian plant Agropolychim will double its production of nitrogen fertilizers after an investment of nearly half a billion leva (250 million euros) in a new nitric acid plant. The expansion is announced amid shrinking production in Europe following the natural gas price volatility last year and expectations that many plants have decided to slow their production. But current prices have returned to normal levels
The new technology allows for the generation of green energy and together with the planned use of blue ammonia (with captured carbon emissions). The company will be able to market products with almost zero carbon footprint, giving it a competitive advantage.