Bulgaria. On New Year’s Day, Bulgaria joined the EU. “A dream came true today,” Prime Minister Sergei Stanisev said in a speech on New Year’s Day about the coveted membership. In March, an EU minister was appointed and in May the country’s first 18 EU parliamentarians were elected.
But at the same time, the EU continued to push for continued reform of the judiciary and efforts to combat corruption and organized crime. At the beginning of the year, a constitutional amendment was adopted in accordance with the recommendations of the European Commission, including: to strengthen the judiciary. That the problems continued to be big became clear when the country was shaken by a corruption scandal with ramifications all the way up in the government. First, two deputy ministers were forced to step down, and in June Finance and Energy Minister Rumen Ovtjarov left his post because of involvement in the mutiny. Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov also called for a dismissal. He referred to personal reasons, but also said that he had not received sufficient funding to carry out the necessary reforms of the justice system.
According to CountryAAH, Sofia is the capital city of Bulgaria. Police reported at the beginning of the year that more than 160 contract murders had been committed in Bulgaria since the turn of the millennium, with no one arrested. In May, the businessman and the owner of the Lokomotiv Plovdiv football club, Alexander Tasev, were found shot to death. The Bulgarian mafia was suspected of interference – just like in the murders of the two former owners of the big club.
The five Bulgarian nurses who, together with a Palestinian doctor, sat in Libya for eight years were released in July. The six had been sentenced to death accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV. The death sentences were rejected by international legal expertise and the release became possible after several years of diplomatic play between the EU and Libya.
This fall’s municipal elections marked a major breakthrough for a newly formed right-wing party, GERB (Citizens for European Development in Bulgaria). The Socialist Party, which dominates the government coalition, retained power in many rural municipalities, but GERB prevailed in most major cities and received a total of the most votes. GERB’s founder Bojko Borisov was re-elected as mayor of the capital Sofia.
Bulgaria weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 9 ° C and 21 ° C can be expected over the next three months. It gets warmest in May in Sofia, noticeably cooler in March in Varna. Temperatures in Sofia are between 10 and 21 ° C and in Varna between 9 and 20 ° C.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 5-14 ° C. So the weather is hardly suitable for swimming.
Rainfall is expected on about 6 days in March, 7 (Varna) to 9 days (Sofia) in April and 8 (Varna) to 11 days (Sofia) in May.
In the period from March to May , the sun shines on average between 4 and 7 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Sofia is in May, but with less sun you will have to get by in March.