Political drama over protest deepens
Deputy Prime Minister Mariya Gabriel today claimed that every single minister in the current government had been approved by herself and current Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov.
Her statement came after WCC co-chairman Kiril Petkov publicly announced that the Minister of Internal Affairs Kalin Stoyanov had been nominated only by GERB and MRF.
Stoyanov has faced repeated calls for his resignation in the wake of police violence during a protest against the Bulgarian Football Federation on November 16. On Monday, Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov said that Stoyanov must either condemn the violence or resign.
Bulgargaz faces reversal of fortune
Public gas supplier Bulgargaz reported a loss of 83.7 million levs for the nine months of 2023 as against a profit of 11.9 million levs for the same period last year, according to the company's interim report.
The financial turnaround is mainly because the company recorded a loss from the impairment of natural gas injected and available in the Chiren storage at the end of the six months, as well as from the accrued credit losses from impairments of trade receivables.
Inland trips decrease
A total of 1.8 million Bulgarian citizens over the age of 15 made tourist trips between July and September 2023, 4.2% more than in the summer of 2022, the National Statistical Institute announced.
Those traveling within Bulgaria decreased (by 50,000 or 3.7%), compared to the same period last year, despite their higher relative share (72.5%). The number journeying abroad increased by 32%), to 377,000, and their total share was 20.7%. Nearly 7% of tourists traveled both in Bulgaria and abroad, data revealed.