Bulgaria’s national Ombudswoman Maya Manolova has sent a letter to the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly requesting assistance in connection with the

Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers

Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers

Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers

Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers

Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers
Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers
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Bulgaria’s national Ombudswoman Maya Manolova has sent a letter to the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly requesting assistance in connection with the controversial legislative amendments to the Mobility Package 1, also known as the Macron plan, which are considered as detrimental to Bulgarian road hauliers, the press office of the Ombudsman said on 11th of January, reports BNT. 

The ombudsman also addressed letters to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani asking for the amendments not to be voted on by the current European Parliament in view of its expiring mandate.

In the three letters, Manolova states that "the adoption of the proposed amendments seriously affects the fundamental rights of road hauliers from all eastern European countries, while grossly disturbing the functioning of the common market, competitiveness, right of access and free movement of people."

According to her, the new requirements of the drivers' obligation to return home every four months, the ban on sleeping in the cabins of the trucks, in the absence of guarded parking lots and motels and the new payment rules, will be a heavy blow for the Bulgarian hauliers and will affect more than 150,000 drivers and their families.

"Following the problem of the double standard of foods from the same brands, the unequal and discriminatory treatment of business organisations and Bulgarian citizens is another manifestation of the "two-speed Europe" policy or, as it has recently turned out," two-standards Europe" says Manolova.

The Ombudswoman supports the idea of introducing rules, but believes that "this restrictive and protectionist approach does not comply with EU principles and the common market and leads to unequal treatment of some of the EU's subjects."

She calls for a firm stance on the European Ombudsman against the adoption of the amendments to the Mobility 1 package, which violate fundamental rights and principles of the functioning of the EU common market.

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Bulgaria’s Ombudswoman Asks the European Ombudsman to Defend Bulgarian Hauliers

Today the Cloudiness will be Variable without Precipitation, the Maximal Temperatures will be between -1 ° and 4 °

Today cloudiness will be variable, more significant until noon, mainly over Southeastern Bulgaria, without precipitation. In the morning there will be fogs in the valleys. After noon most of the country will be more sunny. Atmospheric pressure is slightly lower than the average for the month and will fall slightly during the day. Ит will continue to blow a weak, in Northern Bulgaria - moderate west-northwestern wind. The maximal temperatures will be between minus 1 ° and 4 °, in Sofia around minus 1 °. Hristo Hristov, meteorologist at the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH), told FOCUS News Agency.
Over the Black Sea the cloudiness will be variable, without precipitation. More clouds there will be in the afternoon above the southern regions, and more sun is expected in the afternoon. It will blow weak, along the Northern Black Sea coast - to a moderate west-northwestern wind. The maximal temperatures will be between 1 ° and 4 °, the sea water temperature is about 5 °. The waves of the sea will be 1-2 bales.
Above the mountains it will be mostly sunny, with more clouds before noon over the Rhodopes and Strandja-Sakar. It will blow moderate wind. The maximal temperature at 1200 meters will be about minus 1 °, at 2000 meters - about minus 6 °.

Eurostat: Bulgarians Spend more Money on Culture

Bulgarians spent significantly more money on cultural recreation, leisure and entertainment in 2017, reported Eurostat's analysis of household spending in the EU for recreation and culture during the period in question. According to the analysis, the Bulgarians spent about 8 per cent of their total income for cultural entertainment expenses in 2017, registering 7.5 per cent in 2007.
 
The average household spending in the EU for culture in 2017 was 8.5 percent of their total spending, according to European statistics. According to NSI data, the average household consumption in 2017 for recreation, culture and entertainment was BGN 528, compared to BGN 282 in 2007.

The cost of one person's enrichment in culture was also increased, the statistics for the population were registered - BGN 230 in 2017 at BGN 114 in 2007. Again according to NSI in 2017, nearly 3.8 million Bulgarians visited different cultural events such as theaters, concerts , opera, ballet, cinema, etc.
 
Almost 4 million of our compatriots have visited cultural venues in the country during the year. Nearly 2 million Bulgarians have devoted their free time to reading books, half of them have read from 1 to 5 books, about 30, per cent have read 10 books in 12 months, and about 20 percent of our compatriots have read more than 10 books for the 12 months of 2017

About 4 million are Bulgarians who read newspapers, of which 42 percent or 1.7 million say they read newspapers almost every day.

 
In 2017, EU citizens spend an average of 8.5 per cent of their total income on entertainment and other cultural activities, which in real terms amounts to about 710 billion euros and equals 4.6 of the EU's GDP. The largest share of recreational and cultural resources in the EU is shared by Danish residents - 11.5 per cent, Sweden - 11 per cent, Finland, the Netherlands and Austria - 10 per cent and others. At the opposite end of the scale, the least amount of culture is earmarked by the inhabitants of Greece - only 4.6%, Romania - 5.8%, Cyprus - 6% and others.

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