Bulgartransgaz must collect 260 million levs
State-owned gas operator Bulgartransgaz must collect about 260 million levs from the 20 levs per MWh tariff on Russian gas transported via Bulgaria, announced Vladimir Malinov, the director of the company. Malinov is opposed to the tax that was imposed in October.
This month MP's changed the law so that the fee will be collected from the customs in the future, but for the previous period - from the entry into force of the law until its amendment, this obligation falls to the state-owned company. Bulgartransgaz must now either collect the tax from Gazprom or the country that received the gas.
Pazardzhik is bust
The newly elected mayor of Pazardzhik Petar Kulenski, from WCC-DB, has revealed that his municipality is in a state of financial collapse. For 16 years, the municipality was governed by GERB-backed Todor Popov, who is also known for his close relations with MRF.
Kulenski emphasized that the municipality's bank account was frozen by the National Revenue Agency. The mayor said that the previous leadership of the Pazardzhik municipality deliberately increased the expected revenues from local taxes and fees by over 10 million levs.
The total amount of the liabilities was not specified by Kulenski, but he indicated that 27 million levs are debts to local suppliers, while more than 15.5 million levs are loans to banks.
Gabriel shuts down talk of Stoyanov's resignation
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Maria Gabriel announced that the issue of the resignation of Interior Minister Kalin Stoyanov was not up for debate. She also said that there is no tension between WCC-DB and GERB in the cabinet over Stoyanov.
Stoyanov's resignation was demanded by WCC-DB last Friday, a day after police violence during the protest of thousands of people against the management of the Bulgarian Football Union. Gabriel's comments could both mean that the tension has been resolved or simply that GERB wants to continue working with Stoyanov.