GERB widens lead over WCC-DB
Nearly a third of Bulgarians believe that parliamentary elections are necessary soon. Distrust in the cabinet is growing, while GERB's lead over WCC-DB is growing according to a survey by sociological agency Trend that was conducted among 1,002 respondents between September 2-8.
Compared to Trend's last survey in July. there is a 6 percent rise in the number of people who want early elections. This now totals 31 percent. Those wishing to avoid a new vote fell from 52% to 47%.
MPs vote to reimport Ukrainian grain
A draft decision submitted by MP's re-allowing grain imports from Ukraine has been voted through in parliament. The bill was submitted by deputies Kiril Petkov (WCC), Delyan Peevski (DPS), Atanas Atanasov (DB), Hamid Hamid (DPS), Rumen Hristov (SDS), and Alexander Ivanov (GERB).
124 MP's voted in support of the proposal. Among them were GERB, WCC-DB and DPS. Representatives from other parties, notably BSP and Vazrazhdane, voted "against".
BSP leader Kornelia Ninova, whose party opposes imports, criticized the decasion and said it was not true that prices would come down, and she said that Ukrainian produce might be compromised.
EU funding for companies
The Bulgarian government is looking for companies that can receive a total of BGN 84 million under the Recovery and Sustainability Plan (RSP). Part of the funding could end up at certain companies (numbering 19) that already have the Seal of Excellence stamp.
This is awarded by the European Commission (EC) to companies that have applied under "Horizon 2020" or "Horizon Europe" programs, but whose lack of money has hindered their financing. Another option is for Bulgarian companies to apply now, to receive a stamp, but wait for funding in the next round.
At the end of August, the Ministry of Innovation and Growth (MIR) announced the names of 12 companies that received a total of BGN 34 million, raising suspicions of political corruption, due to some of them having an indirect relation to the parties in the cabinet.