Bulgarian Finance Minister Envisages BGN 710 Min. Salary and BGN 3,400 Max. Insurance Income

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Asen Vassilev defined the draft financial framework as a "budget for economic growth". It envisages economic growth of 4.8%. It will enter into force on April 1, when the minimum wage will increase from 650 to 710 BGN.

Romania: Russia's Request for the Withdrawal of NATO Troops is Unacceptable

Romania has called "unacceptable" Russia's demand that NATO forces stationed on the alliance's eastern flank be withdrawn as part of security guarantees to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, AFP reported.

Russia's Foreign Ministry: NATO forces Must be Withdrawn from Bulgaria and Romania

Bulgarian PM: Bulgaria is a Sovereign State. Russia should De-Escalate

"Bulgaria is a sovereign state and we have long since made our choice by becoming a member of NATO." This was stated by Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov from the parliamentary rostrum in a special statement outside the parliamentary agenda.

Here is the full speech of the Prime Minister:

Bulgaria: Deputies and Experts discussed the Draft Law on Protection from Domestic Violence

Key issues raised during the public consultation on the draft law on amendments to the Domestic Violence Protection Act (DVPA) were discussed at the Ministry of Justice.

Representatives of all parties represented in parliament were invited to the working meeting in order to get acquainted with the outlined discussion issues on the bill, the Ministry of Justice announced.

Bulgaria: Payment of BGN 75 Supplement to Vaccinated Pensioners Starts on February 1

The National Social Security Institute (NSSI) is starting the payment of the one-time supplement of BGN 75 to the pensions of Bulgarian pensioners who have met the requirements for completed vaccination course or have a booster vaccine dose. This was announced by the National Social Security Institute.