... showing the night stands - were confirmed by the PM as authentic. Regardless, the Prosecutor’s Office has not investigated the matter: neither as an attack against the PM – assuming the photos are fake – nor as evidence, and also as a severe security breach – if they are authentic.
... not have a way to vote. President Roumen Radev called for lawmakers to adopt amendments to the Elections Act to allow for mail voting as well as for video surveillance of counting and processing the votes, in addition to other similar measures, like mobile election booths for people in quarantine.
... in person. Gyms, casinos, and event spaces will also be closed. Sport competitions may be held but without any audience, and only if the competitors are not underage. Pools will remain open following strict sanitary protocols. Theaters will also be able to hold performance but only at 30% audience capacity.
... them for lack of Covid-19 designated beds. She concluded the emergency care in Sofia is at capacity and “we must employ all available resourced to get through this pandemic,” referring to a recent idea for taxis, police cars and private ambulances to help the Emergency Care Center is transporting patients.
... weekends. Seven people with the virus have died in the last day, bringing the number of deaths to 1084. The total number of coronavirus infections since the outbreak reached 37562 today, 18232 of those are currently active. Almost 2000 people with COVID-19 are receiving hospital care, 138 are in ICUs.
... personnel and patients from non-COVID-19 wards in the hospital do not take as many precautions to protect against contracting the virus, as he would like. “I’m sorry to say the rest of my collegues, who work in the other wards have developed a relaxed approach [in the past two months].”
... attempting to isolate journalists’ corner far away from MPs, and helping PM Boyko Borissov skip important hearings. BSP leader Korneliya Ninova pointed out Borissov has been absent from all weekly parliamentary control sittings for a year. He has not attended a number of key debates and votes either, Ninova said.
... are receiving treatment in hospital, 65 of them are in ICUs. Although daily cases, and especially death and hospitalization rates have been steadily rising in Bulgaria since the end of summer, the Ministry of Healthcare denied the need for measures to slow the rate of spread of the novel coronavirus.
... include a section, which calls for ending the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism. On the contrary, the final version of the draft recognizes some progress has been made due to the CVN and calls for the Commission to continue monitoring the judicial reform and corruption in Bulgaria under the mechanism.
... improvements are needed” but firm on the point that “ordinary March elections will decide.” Good talk with on Bulgaria today. rule of law assessment was fair, showing improvements are needed. However, government has advanced on many topics helping it towards . Protesters are respected but ordinary March elections will decide.
... is consistent with the trend in the rest of Europe. Still, Health Minister Kostadin Angelov assured, the situation is not bad. “Our only chance to remain healthy until a vaccine is discovered, is for us to wear masks”, said the head of the Crisis Coronavirus Response Team Dr. Ventsislav Mutafchiyski.
... ruthless executors of the powers of the office of the Prosecutor General. “…perception surveys […] show a very low level of public trust in the anticorruption institutions. Lack of results in the fight against corruption is one of the key aspects raised throughout the summer 2020 protests,” the report reads.
... the past 24 hours, 290 have come back negative, which marks also a significant rise in the share of positive tests: 6%. For comparison, the new daily cases since early-mid August varied between 70 and 160; the percent of positive tests over the past week, for example, averaged at 4,2%.
... caused the deadline to be moved to end-of-year 2020. PM Boyko Borissov used the opportunity to attack President Roumen Radev verbally, calling on him “to come on over and see what the failed state is doing.” The two regularly feud via the media; Radev is openly critical against this government.
... of registered infections in the country since the first cases were discovered in early March, reached 18390. 4410 of those are currently active cases. 744 people with COVID-19 are treated in hospitals, 43 are in ICUs. Since the outbreak, 739 people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Bulgaria.
... the job to their superiors [..]. Our phones were smashed […]. This is a disgrace! It’s a Disgrace, [Speaker Tsveta] Karayancheva! Disgrace.” – former National Ombudsman Maya Manolova, who joined the women in the building, said. The protesters said they were not permitted to use the bathroom in the building.
... and in Opposition?” – the MEPs have asked Geshev. The group also covers subjects such as the so-called BarcelonaGate scandal, and the controversial tapes and photos of a night stand full stacks of 500-Euro billsand gold bars, both of which are allegedly Borissov’s. The PM maintains the photos are manipulated.
... the prosecutors’ case, Mareshki and Koleva threatened the pizza restaurant owner that unless he pays the amount they asked, they would destroy his business. After Milanov refused to pay the 10’000-monthly fee, asked by Mareshki and Koleva, the two retaliated through administrative pressure: inquires, checks, power cuts and the like.
... is the apparent symbiosis between the executive branch, the Prosecutor’s office, several "anti-corruption" agencies, On the one hand, and In certain protected elites. Another popular theme among protesters has been the apparent unwillingness of the EU to take a side Or speak out on the Democratic crisis in the country.
... through Euro funds for escalator renovations, and such companies would be able to win public contracts for their execution. This was one of the more detailed cases, but many other instances of Peevski or proxies undertaking similar acquisitions have also been reported on, leaving little wonder as to Mirchev’s claims.
... eggs, tomatoes, plastic bottles and hay at police and the building. Some demonstrators continued to try and break the police cordons but ultimately the latter prevailed. The head of the Sofia Police Department Georgi Hadzhiev gave an emergency briefing during which he declared the “police have decided to use force”.
... will ultimately die before its actual introduction to Parliament. The prop-constitution did serve at least partially its purpose. It took away some of the public and media focus from the resignation demands. Now, a day before Parliament’s first day after summer break, Borissov will have to contemplate his next move.
... legal professionals for mistakes, inaccuracies as well as for further expanding the powers of the already overly powerful Prosecutor General. Borissov decided to put forward the idea for a new constitution during the second month of daily nation-wide antigovernment protests, demanding his, his Cabinet’s, and Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev’s resignations.
... in 2016. The first stage – which is the portion of the line that is now operational – was scheduled to be completed in August of last year. Several delays followed: the date was first pushed to October, 2019, then to February 2020. Finally, the third line was opened today.
... Meanwhile, the police demolished part of the tent protests in Plovdiv in the middle of the night, at 4: A.M. One of Plovdiv’s bridges was occupied by protesters this Thursday. Protesters blocked traffic with tires, tents, trash containers and the like. The police raided the site and removed the blockades.
... to learn from home. Dr. Kounchev also informed that the import of flu vaccines will be late this year due to the higher global demand. The country expects about 180’000 doses to be distributed for free among senior citizens and the same amount – to be available on the market.
... the EU. For protesters, the Prosecutor General – together with this PM – are at the very base of the deep-rooted corruption in the country, against which the protests are happening. The demands for both their stepping down is seen as the only possible first step towards achieving any change.
... total number of coronavirus positive cases in Bulgaria to date are 14500. 135 have been confirmed in the last 24 hours. 4546 are the currently active cases, which 9442 people with the infection have recovered since the beginning of the outbreak. 512 people with coronavirus have died, 14 since yesterday.
... elections for a Grand Assembly. He listed a number of changes his party will propose as constitutional amendments. The tricky part of Borissov’s plan, however, is that almost all of these amendments do not require a Grand Assembly to be convened at all. So why is Borissov aiming at one?
... the National Protection Service but that was appointed by members of the executive branch. Radev personally was against, he announced. The next day the presidency building was raided by special forces under orders of Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev and two of Radev’s staff were arrested. This ignited the protest further.
... To date, there has been no institutional response regarding the assault. This attack comes after a smear campaign provoked by the publication by the Prosecutor General @IvanGeshevPG's press office of a declaration accusing @RFERL reporter Boris Mitov of manipulations and questioning his professionalism. An abuse of power that @RSF_inter condemns.
... ICU beds for the more severe cases. A large chunk of the ICU beds - about a third – of those are in the capital, Sofia: 430. As for the beds allocated for the treatment of cases, which do not require ventilation, 1137 are in Sofia, or about a sixth.
... measures include increase in healthcare budgets, hospital subsidies, 30% higher budgets for personnel costs for publicly financed positions, directly dealing with the pandemic, as well as a 30% increase of unemployment benefits. 8 million leva will be spent to give out tourism vouchers of 210 leva to 38’000 medical workers.
... just held talks. The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to date in Bulgaria is 10123. 4534 of those are active, 669 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, 28 are in ICUs. 337 with the infection have died since the first cases were discovered in the country back on March 8.
... Oresharski and GERB’s parliamentary opposition, the Bulgarian Socialist Party. Seven years ago, thousands protested against Oresharski’s government for more than a year before it finally stepped down. The event, which ignited the protests back in 2013 was the appointment of Peevski as head of the State Agency for National Security.
... mogul Delyan Peevski and the honorary leader of DPS are seen as the architects of the vicious model, governing the country for over a decade. The protests first sparked at the attempt by the co-leader of the non-parliamentary liberal opposition Democratic Bulgaria, Hristo Ivanov to land on the beach where
... mogul and Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) MP, who is seen as the base of the above triangle, and the highest executive in this lock. GERB called for the three resignations to “refute the notion that GERB and these ministers are in direct dependency to DPS and Delyan Peevski.”
... Today, as well as yesterday, the most cases came from Sofia – 140. With the newly registered 330, the total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to date rose to 6672. Of those 3181 are currently active. 525 are hospitalized, 28 are in ICUs. 262 people with the infection have died.
... is arguably one of the most powerful people in Bulgaria and the self-described “allocator of the portions in the country,” as he once said publicly, meaning he had the final word on where public contracts end up. Media mogul and DPS MP Delyan Peevski is seen as his highest executive.
... observing the process closely. If it escalates, we are ready to take the necessary measures at any time.” The minister clarified that while there is no clear definition for what constitutes an “escalation”, for him, passing the 200-threshold would be “a serious signal that the measures must be brought back.”
... to the site to personally take a look and also said an assessment must determine whether the project is lawful, and if the project should be stopped altogether due to the violations regarding diggers in the area. It remained unclear how these activities apparently went on unnoticed by the authorities.
... did not explain how understanding and diligence correlate with the tendency for viruses to spread more rapidly in crowds. Yesterday pulmonologist and former chief medical expert to the committee for coronavirus to the government, Dr. Kosta Kostov, described the decision as a provocation against the efforts of all medical professionals.
... The case made international headlines for its apparent lack of real case of evidence of any crime. As Ivo Prokopiev is the co-publisher of Capital Weekly and Dnevnik.bg – news outlets critical of those in power – it seemed obvious the trial is retaliatory and has no real legal merit.
... known as Petyo Evroto (the Euro), who has since become a lawyer. Petrov was head of the Specialized Investigation Office back in 2016. He was going to be dismissed on disciplinary grounds, but then-Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov prevented this and directed the Supreme Judicial Committee to vote his resignation instead.
... without masks, violating the rule, which came into force at midnight. They, along with the bishop accompanying them will also be fined 300 leva for the violation. Open air sport events will be held only at 50% spectator capacity, while football matches will allow only 1000 people per spectator area.
... the Prosecutor General, his predecessor and high-ranking members of the executive branch as foes. Prokopiev is accused of aiding the alleged price lowering of the EVN shares on the market. The charge rests on a statement Prokopiev made during one of the meetings of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation.
... first four cases were confirmed – this time the government and the PM have decided to opt for verbal guidelines. People should abide by the Three D’s, the PM urged – discipline, distance, disinfection. He argued reintroducing measures now would create panic and will have devastating effects on the economy.
... PM and the possibility that the tapes are authentic and he did say what he did – is not up to the PM. The Prosecutor’s Office caught up to this fact as well, although almost a full week later and an investigation of some kind is looking into the tapes.
... still in a basic stage, but the work definitely has passed its midpoint. The National Construction Control Agency opened an inquiry into the project but quickly closed the case, having found no violations. It effectively said the structure was not a building designed to house people but a retaining wall.
... one wanted to capitalize FIB, and stepped in at the last minute. Still, FIB had to find the other 60 million leva – or about 30% of the 200 million – from private investors. Officials assure the shares are ordered, but the buyer – or buyers – is still unknown.
... to the epidemic state of emergency, which was due to end June 14. The Council of Ministers decided today to grant the request and extend the state of epidemic emergency till the end of the month. “If it comes to it, we will expand it again,” PM Boyko Borissov said.
... people with the infection have died. The number of confirmed active cases of a coronavirus infection at the time is 1059. The total number of cases overall since the beginning of the outbreak is 2810. 1587 have recovered. 167 is the number of people with the infection, who have died.
... and the Bulgarian National Television, where he rejected the claims entirely. He said he has not taken a penny from the 60 million Bozhkov refers to. In a rather dramatic answer, he swore on his life, later – on the life of his grandchildren. But, he made a curious distinction:
... virus have died. There was no mass testing in Bulgaria, however, except in Bansko, were a full lockdown was imposed, and in certain neighborhoods. Otherwise, only people with symptoms and contact persons of confirmed cases were tested. The positive cases during the mass testing in Bansko averaged at about 5,5%.
... Minister Vladislav Gouranov has appointed to Bozhkov will reveal that “after paying all my taxes I withdrew large sums in cash from my personal account”. Bozhkov claims all his other expenses are paid through bank transfers and ends with a rhetorical “These funds are not on hand. Where are they?”
... regarding Bozhkov’s lotteries, seeing as these reports reflect the amount of fees and the method used to calculate them. A method, which– this January – the commission discovered was false. Accounting for the difference and adding interest the commission calculated Bozhkov’s lotteries have an outstanding payment of 700 million leva.
... which led to the discovery of waste sites in Pleven and Bourgas. Investigators today raided the regional offices of the inspectorate of environment of Plovdiv, offices of the Bobkov brothers in Rousse and Sofia, at Zhivkov’s homes in Pravets and Botevgrad, and at the building of the Ministry of Environment.
... to renovate or build private luxury holiday homes. On paper, the funds were used for guest houses. The ApartmentGate and two other stories, which arguably marked 2019 in Bulgaria ended Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s and a few others’ political careers at GERB but formal action by official authorities proved underwhelming at best.
... ruling party tabled a bill to make lotteries a national monopoly. The bill would wipe one of the principal businesses of Bozhkov’s – his lottery games. The bill was passed in almost record time, especially considering its impact and scope – and enacted into law in January of this year.
... the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions do not apply depending on the reason for travel: for example, medical professionals may enter the country regardless of citizenship, as well as certain type of workers, freight drivers, pharmaceutical and medical equipment suppliers, state and other official, international travel drivers, pilots, etc.
... compared to last year. The overall medical treatment with cardiac problems have all fallen by about a third, between 18% and 35%. Hospitals have also treated 21% less cases of strokes compared to 2019. Doctors have administered emergency medical treatment in cases of thrombotic stokes 10% less than last year.
... crisis. PM Boyko Borissov officially supported the idea while his own Finance Minister Vladislav Gouranov spoke sharply against it. The PM dismissed the minister’s criticism, pointing out that he, Borissov, was Gouranov’s boss and not the other way around. And concluding “whoever does not agree – should up and leave.”
... constitution, the Health Act and the Convention for Human Rights. Not only did the order mandate treatment and hospitalization for particular groups in the population (people 60 and over; having any underlying conditions; serious clinical presentation; impossibility to self-isolate), it applied to any confirmed positive coronavirus infection, including asymptomatic patients.
... Pirohov Hospital, Alexandrovska Hospital, Infectious Disease Hospital, St. Anna Hospital, Second City Hospital, and the Lung Hospital. These medical facilities are large enough not only to accommodate all patients, but to ensure coronavirus patients, medical and other staff caring for them are securely isolated from the rest of the hospital.
... buy an existing company. Currently the gas retail is owned almost exclusively by large chains, with Lukoil leading the rest by a significant margin. The prices, however, are under regular supervision by the Commission for Protection of Competition. The commission has not found any violations, cartels of non-market price formation.
... of the coronavirus response team Dr. Angel Kunchev told bTV that a decision for kindergartens may be expected at the end of next week. Cinemas and restaurants have also been allowed to partially open, while performance arts – theater, concerts, dance, etc. - may be held on open air stages.
... the Health Minister but the Council of Ministers will be the body to make the decision, which can be initiated on the formal recommendation by the minister. If such a state is decreed, the Minister of Health could issue orders to deal with controlling the epidemic, reason for the emergency.
... will rely on the ELISA methodology to build its data. This type of assay is one of the most commonly used to quantify the infection spread. The ELISA tests for antibodies in the system of a subject to determine whether he or she has had the SARS-Cov-2 in their body.
... closed spaces poses too great a risk at this point, so those will only be allowed outside for now. Museums and galleries can also open from tomorrow. There is no mention of controlling the number of people allowed in indoor museums and galleries, only to assure distance and sanitary measures.
... measure whereby the state covers 60% of employees’ salary for businesses, which can prove the COVID-19 crisis has had a direct negative impact on their business and would otherwise have to lay off said employees, will also continue. The employer, however, must secure the other 40% of the employees’ salaries.