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Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
On 9 April, Bulgaria’s caretaker government was sworn in with Dimitar Glavchev as its head. Until recently, Glavchev had been the Chairman of the Chamber of Audit (SP) and the former Chairman of the National Assembly. For many years he was…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
On 19 December, the Bulgarian National Assembly adopted a package of changes to the Constitution aimed at finding a permanent solution to the country’s continuing political crisis (where parliamentary elections have been held five times in…
Analyses | | Ilona Gizińska, Łukasz Kobeszko
On 13 October 2023, a law came into effect in Bulgaria which introduces an additional transit fee (referred to as the ‘energy levy’) for the import and transit of natural gas from the Russian Federation. The new levy was introduced as part…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
On 6 June 2023, Bulgaria’s parliament passed a vote of confidence in the coalition government co-formed by two biggest parliamentary groups: GERB-Society of Democratic Forces (GERB-SDS) and Continuing Change-Democratic Bulgaria (PP-DB).…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
Early elections were held in Bulgaria on 2 April, and once again they failed to produce a clear outcome. The two strongest blocs, both led by former prime ministers – GERB-Society of Democratic Forces (GERB-SDS) under Boyko Borisov, and…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko, Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Adam Michalski
On 3 January 2023, an agreement was signed in Sofia between state companies Bulgargaz and BOTAŞ, in the presence of the Bulgarian and Turkish energy ministers Rosen Hristov and Fatih Dönmez. The gas contract, whose term is 13 years,…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
In recent weeks there has been an unexpected shift in Bulgaria’s policy with regard to the war in Ukraine. On 3 November the Bulgarian parliament, which was formed following the2 October elections, agreed to supply light weapons to Ukraine…
Analyses | | Łukasz Kobeszko
The early elections to Bulgaria’s 240-seat National Assembly, held on 2 October, were won by the centre-right GERB-SDS bloc of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. It won 25% of the vote and 67 seats. With 20% of the vote, the Continuing…
Analyses | | Mateusz Seroka
On 18 March Bulgaria’s counterintelligence arrested a group of six Bulgarians suspected of spying for Russia. According to the Prosecutor’s Office, five out of the six arrested are former or active servicemen, including officers of the…
Analyses | | Marta Szpala, Mateusz Seroka
Due to objections from Bulgaria, the EU Council did not adopt the conclusions on the enlargement policy, including the negotiating framework with North Macedonia and Albania proposed by the European Commission (EC) in December this year.…