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Venice Commission: Bulgaria’s Decision on Prosecutor General Supervision Is “Strange”

The first-reading approval of the figure of a prosecutor entitled to investigate the Prosecutor General in Bulgaria has come as a surprise for the European Commission for Democracy through Law (aka Venice Commission).

The Venice Commission announced this at today's monitoring group meeting in the European Parliament, Radio Horizont learnt from its sources.

Journalist: Bulgaria Still Has Chance for Early Election

In Brussels, they will look at Bulgaria and its government system in a different way now. The way democracy works in our country will be seen in a different light. We have lined up along those countries where democracy is not functioning well,journalist Svetla Petrova said before "Studio Actualno" talk show.

Greece among top six in 2020 for EU fund absorption

Greece came sixth among the European Union's 28 member-states in the absorption of community funding, the Development Ministry said on Thursday.

Citing European Commission data, the ministry said Greece's absorption rate in 2020 reached 62%, with total expenditures of 11.6 billion euros. Greece also activated 6.5 billion euros to finance its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

FinMin Nazare: Investment promotion stays a priority, use of European funds particularly important

Investment promotion remains a priority for Romania, and particular importance will be attached to using European funds, Finance Minister Alexandru Nazare stated during a discussion held today with European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, the Finance Ministry said in a release.

Public agency looking into suitability of rapid antigen tests

Ljubljana – The Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices has decided to carry out an extraordinary inspection of the suitability of the rapid antigen tests the Health Ministry purchased in December from the company Majbert Pharm. The decision comes after suspicion has been raised in the public about the reliability of these tests.

Bulgaria: Blood Plasma Costs BGN 5,000 on Black Market

Against the background of growing fears in people - the Nova TV team set out to track down a scheme for selling blood plasma on the black market. Pandemic has changed the illegal market and blood brokers are already selling plasma, said to be an effective remedy for Covid-19. Its price may reach BGN 5,000.

Nursing home gets 'best New Year's present' as vaccinations begin

Greece started vaccinating elderly care home residents against Covid-19 on Monday in the next phase of its inoculation campaign that begun nine days ago.

Officials want around 100,000 health care workers, care home residents and other vulnerable people to be inoculated against the coronavirus by Jan. 20, before rolling out the vaccine to the wider population.