Constitutional reform gets bogged down on national holiday topic
The ruling WCC-DB coalition officially presented their constitutional changes proposal at the end of last week.
While they were focused mainly on judiciary reform and cutting the powers of the Prosecutor-General, the main topic for the media and other parties quickly became another point in the proposals: a new national holiday. WCC-DB foresees the date to be switched from March 3 - the Liberation Day, to May 24 - "Day of the Bulgarian language, education and culture, and Cyrillic alphabet". This will create difficulties in presenting the other changes.
The co-chairman of the DB Hristo Ivanov explained that the proposed changes are the result of long-term efforts and in recent months the texts have been discussed at various levels in the parliament with GERB and DPS.
Burgas (still) awaits tourism boom
The growth of flights at Burgas Airport will be between 20 and 40 percent for September and October compared to last year. This is what the latest data announced by the Mayor of Burgas Municipality Dimitar Nikolov shows.
"This year we have new destinations open from Burgas airport, Polish and British markets are performing very well. We also have flights to exotic destinations such as Kuwait and Spain. We can say that we are observing a shift in the layers of tourism. Together with our fellow mayors, we are committed to a successful completion of the second half of the season" said Nikolov.
So far many of the Black sea resorts have complained about the drop of local and foreign tourists.
Lukoil pays 0
The chairman of the parliamentary energy commission Delyan Dobrev announced thат oil refinery enterprise "Lukoil Bulgaria" has not paid a tax penny in the last six months.
MP's from the previous Parliament voted to impose an additional tax on Lukoil Neftohim, according to which the company must transfer to a fund every month 70% of the price difference between Brent crude oil and Russia's cheaper Urals oil. The idea was that the revenue from these contributions be used to compensate both households and businesses for expensive fuels.