According to candidate Raicho Markov, Euroscepticism is growing in Bulgaria and the biggest culprit of such a movement is the EU itself. The founder of the Bulgaria Party of Labor and Reason told that Brussels’ failure to provide economic aid to member states at the start of the pandemic, as well as the slow rollout of vaccines in the bloc , showed Bulgarians that the EU “True Colors”.

He said: “The EU‘s management of vaccines has been a total failure and it has shown that once again for-profit healthcare is not working.

“You see these private companies, they couldn’t deliver when needed, so people saw it, of course.

“And the economic support provided by the European Union was nil.

“At the same time, in the United States, the federal government spent a total of almost $ 6 trillion and helped everyone start businesses.

“In Bulgaria there was nothing and the European Union relied on issuing another debt.

“And all of the so-called aid they want to provide has yet to be delivered.

“It will be repaid with interest on the private money markets.

“So no, Bulgarians are not satisfied.

“When this pandemic arrived, they saw the true colors of EU solidarity.

“Each country was left on its own and forced to think of itself and not of others.

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The interim government is considering offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Acting Prime Minister Stefan Yanev said on Sunday.

Bulgaria is one of the few countries where people can choose between four different Covid vaccines approved in the European Union.

Yet only 14.5% of Bulgarian adults are fully vaccinated, placing the country far behind its peers in the EU.

In addition to a general distrust of the authorities of the former communist country, Bulgarians often cite fear of new medical products as the reason for their refusal of vaccination.

Another reason is that around 400,000 people have already been infected and have developed resistance.

Mr Yanev said: “We are not planning to force anyone. But we are considering the possibility of offering vouchers to people who receive the second blow.”

Sofia has opened special vaccination units in parks to make it easier for busy people to get vaccinated and is planning campaigns in Roma neighborhoods to try to convince these communities of the benefits of vaccines.

Failure to increase the vaccination rate could force the country to destroy injections that are approaching their expiration date.

Mr Yanev said Bulgaria could face such a risk at the end of August and was working with Brussels to see how it could also donate some 150,000 photos to countries in the Western Balkans.

The interim government will remain in place until a new one is formed after Sunday’s election.

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