Bulgaria

Romania and Latvia's car ownership rates among lowest in Europe

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2021

The lowest motorisation rates were found in Romania (357 cars per thousand people), Latvia (381 cars) and Hungary (390 cars).

bneGREEN: Greenwashing: regulators flex muscles as the market remains in flux

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 22, 2021

Defining a green investment is crucial to boosting the expansion of renewable energy and preventing the mis-selling of investments by so-called greenwashing, whereby the environmental impact of a product is misrepresented.

French Sendinblue acquires Bulgaria's Metrilo

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As more companies move online in response to the pandemic, Sendinblue bought up companies in Bulgaria, India and the US to expand its offering.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Romania’s anti-corruption struggle still inspiring its neighbours

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 19, 2021

With relatively few true success stories in the fight against corruption in emerging Europe, the efforts of the Romanian DNA to bring corrupt officials to book remain one of the few shining lights of the anti-corruption struggle in the region.

World Bank drops Doing Business report after alleged pressure from Bulgaria-born IMF chief to favour China

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 18, 2021

Investigation says Kristalina Georgieva, then a high-ranking World Bank official, and former former Bulgarian finance minister Simeon Dyankov pressured officials to improve China’s position. Georgieva denies the accusations.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s Harvard-educated saviours-in-waiting

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

The interim government’s success in rooting out corruption turned its ministers into national heroes. Now two of the top technocrats are running for parliament.

Bulgaria’s popular caretaker PM Yanev to head next interim cabinet

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Yanev will remain in the PM position until the November general election after his ministers’ efforts to root out high-level corruption made it the most popular cabinet in decades.

bneGREEN: Global coal plans collapse by 76%

By Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 16, 2021

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight, new research by green think-tank E3G finds.

bneGreen: Finland’s Betolar develops green cement as construction races to decarbonise

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 15, 2021

Finland’s Betolar is pioneering the production of low-carbon cement by using alternative industrial waste products in a process that could reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

Bulgaria’s president to schedule snap general election for November 14

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 12, 2021

Shakeout in the polls ahead of Bulgaria’s third general election of 2021 sees ITN’s support slump, while Democratic Bulgaria’s popularity rises.

GLOBSEC: No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries

Ivan Šramko and Sona Muzikarova September 10, 2021

Targeted EU fiscal rule reform is desirable but should consider the inherent risks for smaller member states.

Hacker attacks delay online start of Bulgaria’s 2021 census

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Hackers have targeted the website of the 2021 census since it was launched, and the National Statistics Office said it was prepared for the attacks on the first day of census taking.

Lightning strike kills Bulgarian football coach during match

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 30, 2021

Ivan Ranchev, 41, was killed on the spot by a bolt of lightning shortly after a friendly match against the team from a nearby village started.

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