Colliers International warns of limitations to GDP growth and a threat of recession if the labour force squeeze caused by low unemployment and high emigration continues.
In July, the CPC ruled that the highly controversial sale of CEZ's assets to local firm Inercom could not be completed as it would give the buyer excessive power on the photovoltaic electricity market.
The deal fits well with OTP's strategy to prioritise foreign expansion and grow in the Central and Southeast European markets where it is already present but has a small market share.
Czech utility CEZ is likely to have to seek a new buyer after its original deal to sell assets that include one-third of Bulgaria’s electricity distribution to a small local firm was blocked by regulators.
Sofia has already pledged to strengthen its banking sector and join the European banking union in order to secure its much desired membership of the Eurozone waiting room.