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Bargain-Hunting Bulgarians Fuel Boom in Turkish Thrace

"Sixty or seventy per cent of our customers are now Bulgarians," says Yilmaz Sanis, president of the Association of the Historic Ali Pasa Bazaar in Edirne, Thrace, and owner of a shoe shop in the bazaar.

"They contribute to the market a lot," he told BIRN. "It is a great advantage for Thrace at a time when our jobs are suffering from economic conditions, and the pandemic."

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 90 New Cases in 2754 PCR Tests

The new registered cases of COVID-19 in Bulgaria in the last 24 hours are 90, according to the data of the Unified Information Portal, BGNES reported. This is 84 people less than the previous day.

For the last 24 hours, 2754 PCR tests were performed, 55 of the newly infected were hospitalized, 47 were cured and 3 people died.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 174 Newly Registered Cases, 14243 Total

There are 174 new cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria for the last 24 hours based on 5,934 tests performed. This is 2 cases less than yesterday. Thus, the total number of infected in the country reached 14,243 people. 9,114 were cured, of which 213 in the last 24 hours.

811 people were admitted to hospital for treatment, 58 of them in intensive care units.

Turkey in touch with 92 countries to restart flights, says minister

Turkey has completed discussions with 92 countries for resumption of flights, the country's transportation and infrastructure minister said on Aug. 14.  

Turkey continues to operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights with 48 countries as of Aug. 13, Adil Karaismailoğlu said in a press release.

Breaking News: Bulgaria's PM Borissov Calls for Convening Grand National Assembly and Changes to the Constitution, Plans to Resign Afterwards

GERB proposes a new structure of the judiciary and a reduction in the number of deputies

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov proposes convening a Grand National Assembly and amending the Constitution. This is stated in his official statement.

Here is the full wording of the statement:

I appeal to all Bulgarian citizens.

Crisis Staff reached a decision: Who needs a negative PCR test to enter Serbia

The decision applies to Northern Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, epidemiologist Darija Kisic Tepavcevic told RTS.
It was also decided to stop the restrictions that applied to the citizens of Montenegro. All measures take effect from tomorrow.
The PCR test is not required for Serbian citizens coming from these countries.

Mergermarket: New Sale of Telenor Bulgaria Contemplated

The Bulgarian telecom operator Telenor may change ownership again, just two years after the Czech group PPF owned by Petr Kellner purchased the company. This was featured in Mergermarket, a specialized merger and acquisition information platform, citing anonymous industry directors as sources, as reported by Capital.

COVID-19 in Bulgaria: 176 Newly Registered Cases in 5877 PCR Tests

There are 176 new cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria. They were found in 5,877 PCR tests performed yesterday. This is shown by the data of the Unified Information Portal.

The total number of infected in the country reached 14,069. The active cases are 4,684. 824 people are treated in hospital. 63 of them are in intensive care units.

Turkey sends EU leaders letters on East Mediterranean

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu sent letters on Aug. 13 to European Union foreign ministers and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell about recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and Turkey's approach on the issue.  

The letters came ahead of a EU Foreign Relations Council meeting on Aug. 14 at Greece's request.

Ministry of Finance Offering Tax Relief for Home Renovation in Bulgaria

In order to help bring the sector of renovation services out of the grey economy, in which no income is declared, the Ministry of Finance offers a discount on taxes when repairing a home, Club Z reports. The discount can reach up to BGN 200, according to a bill published by the Ministry.