Moite Planini Sat, 21 May 2022 12:04:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Moite Planini 32 32 How will Bulgarians pay and vote electronically in the future – Sat, 21 May 2022 12:04:41 +0000

How are Bulgarians to count and poll electronic? Minister of Electronic Government Bozhidar answered these and other questions Bokhanov on NovaTV.

The goal of the Ministry of e-government is to create a system for payment via personal mobile devices and mobile electronic identification.

minister Bokhanov explained the technology to use this type of service: “If we want to use a service, we enter the website of the respective institution. There we have to explain who we are. A QR code will appear that we scan and confirm who we are so that the system and we move forward.

Mobile identification application pre-registration includes ID card scanning, motion selfies, and PIN and biometric protection.

Nobody will be able to steal our phone and do it for us,” Bokhanov declares and assures that even after registration, our personal data cannot be used in case of theft of a mobile device.

The decision of the Council of Ministers should be implemented by the end of the year. I think we can start the pilot application a bit earlier ‘ said the e-government minister.

He explained that the purpose of the service in question is to reduce queues at the counters.

We want to reduce the documents that citizens have to declare. Instead of going through five different counters, the system has the information from the first 4, and citizens only need to show up on the fifth‘ the minister explained.

However, this automation will also lead to redundancies in administration. According to the minister, they will not exceed 10%.

This is based on the functional analysis. First the queues at the counters are dropped, and then the people at the counters. However, they can be useful elsewhere“, Bokhanov assured.

The same system ensures fewer queues in the traffic police building, as well as reception and deposit slips.

Public discussion of the bill has come to an end. This means that the blue coupon and sticker for liability insurance will no longer apply and the payment and delivery of receipts will be introduced electronic,” Bokhanov stated, adding that the draft law is expected to be tabled in the Council of Ministers in the next two weeks.

We will poll electronic in the 2023 local elections? Bokhanov states that they are working to build a system that will allow multiple test votes to be taken. If they are successful, there will be a real one pollagain with mobile identification.

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]]> Best cheap summer vacation in Europe from Prague to Rome by Discover Cars Fri, 20 May 2022 17:45:16 +0000 Are you dreaming of soaking up the sun on your summer vacation, but don’t want to break the bank? Discover Cars is here to help. has explored 11 top European cities and summer tourist hotspots and calculated the figures for short breaks to the top destinations in the same week of August.

Whether you want to see Europe on a budget or just can’t wait for the schools to close, we’ve got your back.

When comparing dates for a bargain between August 15 and 22, 2022, her team looked at a variety of factors.

What happens if you miss your flight due to airport delays?

They looked at the average cost of airfare from London Heathrow, the average cost of renting a car for a week, and the average cost of the top 15 hotels on Expedia.

What would a holiday be without ticking off the sights? So, Discover Cars also uncovered the cost of the most popular attraction the location offers on Tripadvisor.

They did this by recording the price of an adult or standard ticket.

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Eating out is also a popular holiday pastime, but it shouldn’t break the bank.

To help you, Discover Cars calculated the number of affordable restaurants using the Eat Cheap filter option on Tripadvisor.’s Aleksandrs Buraks said: “As many countries drop travel restrictions, we are sure this will inspire many people to plan their next big vacation.”

Mr Buraks continued: “So we wanted to do the hard work for you and list the best budget summer holiday destinations. This way you can book your next vacation knowing you are getting a great deal when visiting the many wonders the place has to offer.

“Not only did we want to show you some exciting places to visit for your next summer vacation, but we also wanted to show you that traveling doesn’t have to cost a small fortune and can be done on any budget!”

The best budget-friendly European destinations for summer 2022

1. Prague, Czech Republic

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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, tops the list of budget-friendly summer destinations.

It took first place with an impressive 53 out of 70 points.

The Czech city is full of attractions to explore, including Charles Bridge, Letná Park and the Rudolfinum Gallery.

According to Discover Cars, the average cost of a flight from Heathrow is £153.

Meanwhile, accommodation costs £1,173 for a week and there are 1,201 affordable restaurants to dine at and 442 budget hotels to choose from.

2. Rome, Italy

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With an incredible 50 out of 70 points, Italy’s capital took second place.

Located in the Lazio region, Rome is described by DiscoverCars as “a never-ending array of archaeological treasures”.

Admire breathtaking sights like the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum with new wonders around every corner.

The city’s most popular attraction is the Pantheon and the nearest airport is Rome Ciampino (CIA).

It also has 2,951 affordable restaurants, 797 budget hotels, and 5,920 attractions.

3. Istanbul, Turkey

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The Turkish city of Istanbul follows in third place.

Located on the Bosphorus Strait, it scored 46 out of 70 and it’s not hard to see why.

Istanbul has an average accommodation cost of £1,363 and the average cost of hiring a car is £219.

The city’s most popular attraction is Dolmabahce Palace and the average cost to visit is £6.43.

4. Ljubljana, Slovenia

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If you have never been to Ljubljana, you can put it on your to-do list here.

The largest and largest city in Slovenia scored a very respectable 38 out of 70 points.

You won’t be short of things to do, start by visiting popular attractions like Prešeren Square and the National Museum of Slovenia.

The nearest airport to the city is Ljubljana Airport (LJU) and the most popular attraction is Ljubljana Old Town.

Ljubljana also has 147 affordable restaurants, 31 budget hotels and 679 attractions, according to Discover Cars.

5. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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Rounding out the list in fifth place is the stunning city of Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

The country’s second largest city in the south scored 37 out of 70 points.

Top things to do here include visiting the Plovdiv Roman Stadium and the Regional Ethnographic Museum.

The most popular attraction in this city is the Old Town of Plovdiv, which is free to visit.

Discover Cars says the average cost of a flight is £188 and the average cost of accommodation for a week is £364.

Check out the full breakdown of cheap summer destinations in Europe on the website.

BSEC orders seize shares in PK Halder Fri, 20 May 2022 14:02:55 +0000

The Bangladesh Security and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has ordered the seizure of all market shares from Prashanta Kumar Halder, better known as the PK Halder companies.

The Central Depository Bangladesh Limited was ordered on Thursday to seize the shares after the court froze all of Halder’s assets following a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

On May 14, PK Halder, who is wanted for embezzling thousands of millions of taka in Bangladesh, was arrested by law enforcement in India.

Halder primarily took control of four Bangladeshi companies – Bangladesh Industrial Finance Company (BIFC), International Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (ILFSL), FAS Finance and Investments Limited and Peoples Leasing and Financial Services – by buying shares anonymously.

Halder, the former chief executive of NRB Global Bank and Reliance Finance Limited, is said to have fled to Canada after the ACC launched an investigation into his illegal activities related to the casino business in 2019.

Also read – The government is likely to set up a body to extradite PK Halder

He was arrested during ED raids in 10 areas of West Bengal.

PK Halder and his associates raised Tk2,000 crore in loans from FAS Finance and ILFSL against non-existent companies.

However, the amount was transferred directly to various financial institutions created by Halder.

He used layering techniques to disguise the origin of the money through a series of transactions and accounting tricks.

According to the ACC report, Halder took out a loan of Tk 45 crore on behalf of Konica Enterprise, but Tk 11.32 crore of the amount was paid by three Bangladesh Bank checks to settle the debts of the non-existent companies Sandeep Corporations, SA Enterprise, Repay , Arabi Enterprise, Drinan Apparels Ltd, Varna, Amexo and P&L International Ltd.

Halder borrowed the remainder of the amount under the name of MTB Marine Ltd – another FAS Finance and Investment Ltd borrower – using customer checks from One Bank Ltd, Mercantile Bank Ltd and Bank Asia Ltd.

Similarly, Tk35 crore was issued in the name of Moon Enterprises, Tk38 crore for Messrs. Bernarbi Enterprise and Tk40 crore for Anan Chemical Industries Ltd.

Also, Tk 174 crore was spent on behalf of Newtech Enterprise Ltd, Nature Enterprise Ltd, Deya Shipping Ltd and MTB Marine Ltd. The four non-existent organizations also later took out another Tk 60 crore in loans.

The ACC investigative panel also found that Purnima Rani Haldar, the wife of PK Halder’s partner Swapan Kumar Mistry, had taken out a loan of Tk60 crore as working capital for MTB Marine Ltd, but the amount was held in multiple bank accounts and fictitious institutions was referred by relatives and associates of PK Halder, including former director of Mercantile Bank Ltd, AKM Shaheed Reza.

Also read – ACC is suing PK Halder and 11 others for 44C embezzlement

Atish Mridha, Chairman of Kolasin Ltd., and his brother Uttam Kumar Mistri borrowed Tk 79.70 crore while Songkho Bepari, owner of Moon Enterprise, borrowed 83.34 crore.

Later, Halder’s cousin Amitav Adhikari transferred these funds to various accounts at Sigma Capital Management Ltd, Hal International, Paramount Spinning Ltd, NRB Global Ltd and Bank Asia’s Dhanmondi branch.

Arthscope Ltd Chairman Mira Deuri and MD Prashant Deuri took Tk75 crore while Neutral Ltd owners Swapan Kumar Mistry and Kazi Mumrez Mahmud took Tk80 crore loans from ILFSL.

Amitabh Adhikari owner of Anan Chemical, Purnima Rani Haldar, Rajiv Som, Ratan Kumar Biswas and Omar Sharif took Tk71 crore from ILFSL as well as FAS Finance.

The amounts were later transferred to another account set up by PK Halder, the ACC said in its report.

The Central Bank’s Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) said about Tk 2,200 crore from FAS Finance and Investment Ltd, Tk 2,500 crore from Reliance Finance Ltd and about Tk 3,000 crore from People’s Leasing and Financial Services Ltd were embezzled and using the names washed by non-existent institutions.

The BFIU said the loans are not mortgaged, meaning there is no way they can be recovered.

With the help of the BFIU, the government has so far frozen over Tk2,700 crore of Halder’s money, of which around Tk1,400 crore was in various bank accounts.

Bulgaria is among seven countries with growth in car sales in quarter 2022 – Wed, 18 May 2022 15:30:02 +0000

Bulgaria is among the seven EU countries that reported growth in sales of new cars in the period January to April, according to the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers (ACEA). The 9031 new cars sold form the growth of 13.1%, which is the third highest after Romania (35.6%) and Slovakia (13.9%). Other countries with higher sales In the first four months of the year, Cyprus (3.7%), Ireland (+4.7%), Latvia and Portugal are on par with those in the same period of 2021 growth – 2.9%) .

In general, the decline in applies to all EU countries sales of new cars for the period from January to April was 14.4%. The reasons are obvious – the still insurmountable shortage of microchips and the interrupted supply chain due to the war in Ukraine. From the big markets sales they fell the most in Italy (-26.5%), France (-18.6%) and Spain (-11.8%).

As for the data for April, they show a slump in 23 of the 27 EU member states. There are only exceptions in Romania (+ 23.4%), Ireland (+ 10%), Croatia (+ 2.7%) and Sweden (+ 0.3%). In Bulgaria, sales were down 1.8%, with 2,357 new cars sold last month. On average across EU countries, transactions fell by 20.6%.

Recently, research firm S&P Global Mobility forecast that 1.7 million fewer cars will be sold in Europe due to the factors already mentioned. The German Center for Automotive Research expects transactions across Europe (including Eastern Europe and Russia) to decline by 10.1% to 16 million.

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Foreign direct investments in Bulgaria in the first quarter of 2022 amounted to 1.06 billion euros Wed, 18 May 2022 09:28:30 +0000

Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to 1.06 billion euros in the first three months of the year, equivalent to 1.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on May 18.

In the same period of 2021, FDI was 244.1 million euros, but BNB initially reported an outflow of 27.8 million euros, which was later revised upwards.

Investments in equities, including in the real estate sector, amounted to 104.1 million euros (compared to an outflow of 175.8 million euros in the first quarter of 2021) and BNB figures showed 805.6 million euros in reinvested earnings (in compared to 638.5 million euros). for the first three months of last year.)

Net income from real estate investments by foreign companies amounted to an outflow of 2.3 million euros, compared to an outflow of 0.3 million euros in January-March 2021.

Central bank data showed 146.1 million euros in investment inflows as debt securities, recorded as a change in Bulgarian companies’ net liabilities to their foreign investor holders, compared to an outflow of 218.6 million euros in the first quarter of 2021. Such financial flows include financial loans, trade credit and debt securities said BNB.

By country, the largest direct investments in Bulgaria in the first three months of the year came from the Netherlands (EUR 469.4 million), Belgium (EUR 159.4 million) and Austria (EUR 115.3 million). Notable net outflows were recorded to Germany (-63.7 million euros) and Greece (-21.4 million euros).

According to preliminary figures, Bulgarian foreign investments increased by 54.9 million euros in the first quarter, compared to 42.2 million euros in the same period last year, BNB said.

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Yungblud announces details of new self-titled album Tue, 17 May 2022 17:09:24 +0000

After revealing two new songs earlier this year, Yungblud has confirmed his third studio album is on the way, with the self-titled set expected to be released on September 2nd via Locomotion/Geffen Records.

To add to the excitement, a countdown clock began this morning via the musician’s website, leading to a live stream where Yungblud made the official announcement for the album. During the show, the musician got a tattoo on his chest area to commemorate the experience.

“Everything up until that moment was a complete blast of uncensored speech where I was just telling the truth and singing about what I was feeling at that precise moment,” says the singer. “The difference here is that I thought and felt this record so deeply. I went to a part of me that I didn’t know was there. I’ve studied him, bathed in emotion, tried to solve the equation and emerged with an answer (for now at least) of love to pain, adoration to devotion, laughter to betrayal.”

He continues: “My message is the same, it always will be; I will continue to be nothing but myself and encourage others to do the same. There is simply no other option. This journey gives answers about herself, but also questions and challenges, but most of all I hope that she fills them with love. You have given me an antidote for the emptiness and loneliness I have felt in the past. you gave me a vote So here’s my story Why did I name it? YUNGBLUD? Because nothing in my life has ever made more sense.”

The album announcement comes while Yungblud is currently going through the hot phase of two singles that were released back in 2022. He teamed up with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in the video for The Funeral, which was released in March and was followed shortly thereafter by Memories, with a guest appearance by Willow.

The new album may not be out until September, but that hasn’t stopped Yungblud from promoting it as he’s currently rocking Europe on his sold-out ‘Life on Mars’ tour. Keep an eye out for the singer, who returns to the US this fall with select dates including festival appearances at the Austin City Limits Festival, Louder Than Life, Riot Fest and the Firefly Music Festival. You can keep up to date with all of his tours and get ticket information here.

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Albania signs gassing MoU with Bulgaria – Exit Mon, 16 May 2022 17:42:56 +0000

A memorandum of understanding to gas Albania was signed between three companies today in the presence of Prime Minister Edi Rama and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The agreement was signed between Overgas, Linden Energy and Albgaz, with the former expressing an interest in sourcing gas from the previously non-functioning terminal in Vlora.

Energy Minister Belinda Balluku, who was also present, said that a big step is being taken and that other countries in the region have also expressed interest.

“We are taking a big step by making it from a local project to a regional project. After announcing our efforts with our American partners in recent weeks, we have expressed a desire to work with North Macedonia and Kosovo to become part of this project,” she said, adding that it is one of the most important projects for the entire region.

Rama wrote on Facebook that the signing of the agreement is another important step towards fulfilling the vision “Albania2030 net energy exporter”.

Overgas is Bulgaria‘s largest private gas company and is managed by Sasho Dontchev. The company manages more than 2,400 km of gas pipelines and supplies gas to over a quarter of a million Bulgarian homes and 60,000 factories.

Albgaz is 100% owned by the Albanian State.

Albania currently generates almost 100% of its electricity from hydroelectric power plants. This energy cannot be stored, so it is sold to other countries in spring and summer when production is higher. But then, when winter comes, demand means the state has to buy fossil fuels from neighboring countries to meet demand.

Despite repeated warnings over the years to reduce reliance on hydropower, the government has continued to issue permits for dams and plants across the country, often against the wishes of local residents.

But the government recently announced plans to gas the country. The Industrial Activities Commission (KVP) said a total of six projects needed to be implemented in the country to achieve efficient distribution of natural gas.

This includes in particular the expansion of the Ionian-Adriatic pipeline and the development of the Vlora thermal power plant.

The Vlora power plant is located on one of the most pristine beaches in the region. Since its construction and completion in 2005, it has not produced a single watt of power and has been plagued by problems with its cooling system.

In February 2022, the US-Italian consortium Excelerate Energy-Renco announced it would manage the plant. Renco is active in consulting, engineering and construction in the energy sector, while Excelerate Energy has several floating LNG terminals.

Several floating gas terminals are being set up to work with the existing power plant in a project that stakeholders say will make Albania a major gas player in the wider region.

Excelerate CEO Steve Kobos said he hopes to use the Vlora LNG project to expand to other countries.

“It is a good energy project for Albania,” Kobos said of the floating power plant trade Bloomberg. “We hope this will lead to the ability to supply and sell natural gas to Europe via this route.”

But the use of gas, particularly in countries that aren’t currently dependent on it, has raised concerns among environmental stakeholders.

One example is a recent letter from civil society and environmental organizations to the European Commission, urging them to stop funding gas projects in the region and instead focus on sustainable energy solutions.

The coalition of 36 organizations sent a letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, demanding an end to gas dependency.

“We therefore demand that the European Commission refrain from promoting new gas infrastructure in the Western Balkans, whether in public statements or in their investments such as those under the Economic and Investment Plan. Instead, we call on the Commission to redouble its efforts to encourage truly transformative investments that have received insufficient attention in the Western Balkans,” the letter reads.

He notes that the signing of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda in November 2020 commits to decarbonization by 2050, which requires moving away from fossil fuels. While the Balkans are not yet highly dependent on gas, governments plan to significantly expand its use and have been “actively encouraged by the European Commission”.

They fear money will be wasted on expensive, time-consuming projects that are unsustainable and tie the region to gas as the rest of Europe looks to switch to renewable energy.

Albania does not currently use gas for energy, either in the public or private sector.

Milko Lazarov • President, Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Mon, 16 May 2022 14:46:52 +0000 “We give prominence to the film professionals who normally remain in the shadows”

– After three years in office, the head of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers gives us his opinion on the importance of the Union’s annual awards and their importance for the local industry

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Cineuropa: What made you decide to revive the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers awards?
Milko Lazarov: It was high time to reestablish these traditional awards, which were established in 1975. They suffered from instability during the post-communist upheaval, which was very difficult for Bulgarian cinema. Then they existed for a while during the last decade, and now I hope that with their return, they will once again play an important role in our national film environment, this time forever. As President of the Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers, I see its reintroduction as my personal responsibility. Established in 1936, our union has weathered various regimes and political turmoil with the core mission of highlighting and supporting artistic achievement in cinema. This is our primary focus as we are not a professional organization or syndicate; We are an artistic association. The awards are in the foreground.

They were celebrated together with the national festival “Vasil Gendov”. from Bulgarian Cinema, but there are also those Film Festival Golden Rose for feature films and Golden Ryton for documentaries and animations. Isn’t that enough for such a small film industry?
First, Golden Rose will be held in Varna and Golden Rhyton in Plovdiv (except for the last edition, which was celebrated in Sofia due to the pandemic); Therefore, their programs do not reach audiences in Sofia. So we saw the awards as an excuse to invite the audience to the capital – which is after all the most populous city in Bulgaria – to see an almost exhaustive list of recent Bulgarian film production, which now totals more than 60 films. Secondly, the awards of these festivals highlight artistic achievements only in the basic categories, while the Association of Bulgarian Filmmakers invariably awards all professional guilds, including technical guilds, along the lines of academy awards around the world. We put the spotlight on those film professionals who typically remain in the shadows.

Hence the program “Vasil Gendov”.me includes the feature film selection from Golden Rose and the documentary and animation selection from Golden Rhyton, Correctly?
I agree. We’ve also now recorded titles from the last 18 months. As per the regulations we are taking into account the last 12 months but have made an exception due to the pandemic situation. Many films were cut during the lockdown without being released, resulting in a rich film production, while our festival presented a fairly comprehensive picture of the latest Bulgarian productions: 11 feature films, 23 feature-length documentaries, nine animation films and more than 20 shorts. It’s a real exuberance that we won’t enjoy anytime soon. Our biggest success was the packed cinema halls, especially in the evening slots. We also target young audiences and students, and our goal is to have an educational function as well. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting that many viewers, so I was pleasantly surprised.

You named the festival after the pioneer of Bulgarian cinema, Vasil Gendov. How important is he to them? today’s Bulgarian film industry?
While we cannot fully comprehend his filmography today, as only excerpts of his seminal films survive, his work has had a significant impact on the entire history of our industry, which resonates to this day. Apart from making films with his wife, Zhana Gendova, he developed and engaged in educational activities and also toured the country as a film distributor. In this sense, Gendov marked the beginning of many branches of the Bulgarian film industry; It is therefore logical for me to name the festival and the awards of the professional guilds after him.

How did you decide to invite Krzysztof Zanussi to present the main prize for? a fictional movie?
Many Bulgarian film professionals have studied in Poland, e.g. director Ivan Nichev and my filmmaking teacher, Professor Vladislav Ikonomov. So in that sense there is a big film connection between Bulgaria and Poland. The Association of Bulgarian Filmmakers shares the views of Polish professionals, while Zanussi is also closely associated with the educational aspect of cinema, which is important to us. It’s a real honor to have him as a special guest at the festival.

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Bulgaria starts resettling Ukrainians who fled the war Mon, 16 May 2022 10:36:41 +0000

Two weeks before the end of the Bulgarian government’s current program to subsidize hotel accommodation for Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s war in their country, Bulgaria‘s operation to relocate them from hotels to state and municipal facilities will begin, according to a Bulgarian report dated June 16. May National Radio.

However, the government task force is still trying to fill a shortage of such accommodation and today intends to put online a platform to determine how many Ukrainians want accommodation in Bulgaria.

The resettlement of the Ukrainians is to be carried out primarily by train, it was said last week. The operation is expected to move several thousand people.

Bulgarian national radio said Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova, who heads the task force, wrote to municipalities giving them a deadline of May 13 to indicate what shelters are available to them.

According to the letter, the government is looking for halls, even gymnasiums, and holiday shelters for possible accommodation of groups of more than 100 refugees. The requirements include that there should be at least four cubic meters per person.

BNR said many municipalities had said beforehand that they would not be able to accommodate many people.

The hotel accommodation program previously involved the state paying hotels 40 leva per person per day, while Mariana Tosheva, the head of the state agency for refugees, said in an interview with bTV on May 16 that there would be an offer after May 31 could give, category hotels, to pay them 15 leva per day per person to continue to take in Ukrainians or to take in new refugees.

Bulgarian media said that some hotels in the country’s Black Sea resorts are trying to make the most of the remaining time by posting offers to Ukrainians to stay between today and May 31 on social media.

Tosheva told bTV that 63,127 Ukrainians are currently staying in hotels participating in the 40 leva day scheme.

The digital platform, set to launch “by the end of the day,” would require them to register to see who’s headed where.

One possibility is government holiday facilities, and as of Thursday last week the number of places available there has increased slightly to 35,000 confirmed and verified places.

Data shows that in recent days more Ukrainians are leaving Bulgaria than arriving.

Tosheva said that as of May 14, a total of 2,441 Ukrainians entered Bulgaria and 2,792 left. She said this has been the trend for the past week.

There are options for three-month rental subsidies for those going to private accommodation and a backup plan to open dormitories and sports facilities, with necessary equipment brought to Bulgaria from Turkey, she said.

On May 16, Bulgarian National Radio announced that the employment agency had launched an information campaign entitled “Working in BG”.

It was primarily aimed at Ukrainian citizens, but was not limited to them, the report said.

Labor Office teams are based in 90 locations across the country to provide information and guidance to job seekers. The vacancies are mainly found in the Bulgarian tourism industry.

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