Southern Black Sea coast disaster
A state of emergency has been declared in the municipality of Tsarevo by Mayor Georgi Lapchev after floods and torrential downpours.
Roads are closed, cars are under water, and homes have been flooded. Sirens are warning local residents and vacationers to stay in their homes and hotels. Heavy rain has fallen since around 6 a.m., with only short interruptions, and more is expected until the end of the day.
Minister Ivanka Shalapatova promised support from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy to everyone affected. Once the rain stops, teams will inspect damaged properties and assess people's needs for social, financial, psychological and health support, as well as advise them on possible help from other institutions.
Court places Bozhkov under house arrest
The Sofia Court of Appeal (SAC) has changed Vasil Bozhkov's remand order from arrest to house arrest. He will serve his sentence at the address of one of his companies and will be monitored with an electronic wristband.
Bozhkov might not be released under house arrest, as the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has requested permanent detention. He now faces a total of 9 charges. According to the judicial panel, some of the charges brought up now are unconstitutional (not a crime) or have not been sufficiently proven, but the charge is still active.
Bozhkov has been in custody since he landed at Sofia Airport on August 25 after returning from a flight from Dubai. Prosecutors claim that he led an organized criminal group.
MoC to replace funds for Bulgarian literature translations
Cuts to the budget of the Translations program prompted Minister of Culture Krastyo Krastev to convene an extraordinary meeting of the management board of the National Culture Fund today. The program exists to support foreign publishing houses in the translation, publication and distribution of Bulgarian fiction abroad.
Krastev submitted a proposal to redistribute unspent funds under other programs to supplement the budget of the program so that it at least reaches last year's amount of funding of BGN 300,000.