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The week: Is Bulgaria the limp pig of EU regulation, coal is (still) here, minimum wage surpasses Montenegro

The week: Is Bulgaria the limp pig of EU regulation, coal is (still) here, minimum wage surpasses Montenegro

Also: New Parliament is up, as well as the new 12 bn. Leva Plan



The new owners of Sofia Airport: We have a 100 days plan to change the service

The new owners of Sofia Airport: We have a 100 days plan to change the service

Meridiam fund talks about the fees, the low-cost plans and what will happen with the airport in 10 years time




The brief 5G war

The brief 5G war

Bidding for frequencies in the 3.6 GHz range was quick and with no surprises




Bulgaria approves "start-up visa", yet questions remain

Bulgaria approves "start-up visa", yet questions remain

The new instrument for luring talent still has to be detailed by the Ministry of Economy



How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

Entrenchment in independent watchdogs and state companies could ensure GERB and MRF remain in power even if they lose the upcoming vote


5G: learning to walk in Bulgaria

5G: learning to walk in Bulgaria

Bulgarian Telecomunications Company, operating under the Vivacom brand, has rolled out the first version of its 5G network - with limitations in both coverage and capacity


The last strong year

The last strong year

The revenues and profits of the largest companies in Bulgaria increased rapidly last year but the Covid-19 crisis has put an end to a decade of growth


Economic growth slips

Economic growth slips

Bulgaria’s economic growth slows to six-year low of 2.4% in the first quarter of 2020. Timid signs of recovery can already be seen but it is still too early for optimism


Kapital Quarterly Corruption Watch

Kapital Quarterly Corruption Watch

The quarterly index of bad practices


The real estate market in Sofia shows first signs of recession

The real estate market in Sofia shows first signs of recession

Sales increased in 2019 but, on average, prices stagnated


Taxing Trouble

Taxing Trouble

The taxation Ordinance N-18 that affects almost every company in Bulgaria has introduced an extremely complex, unclear and expensive regulation, and will repel foreign investors


The gambling war

The gambling war

The attack on gambling tycoon Vasil Bozhkov is yet another example of how politics and business in Bulgaria are intertwined


Economic outlook for Bulgaria remains (relatively) rosy

Economic outlook for Bulgaria remains (relatively) rosy

The chances of an impending recession are slim, the country’s forecast looks good compared to rising pessimism in Europe