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BULGARIA DELAYS EURO ADOPTION BY TWO YEARS AT LEAST

BULGARIA DELAYS EURO ADOPTION BY TWO YEARS AT LEAST
(13/07/2012)

Topics: Economy      

Bulgaria's finance minister, who was initially targeting rapid accession to the euro zone, has confirmed the country is in no hurry to adopt the single currency. "We will not make any move toward the switchover in the next two years," Simeon Djankov told reporters in Vienna on Thursday. The statement is in line with the opinion of local analysts, who have tried to tone down the cabinet's enthusiasm for adopting rapidly the common European currency, saying it makes more sense for the...


BULGARIA'S CURRENCY BOARD IS SUPER STABLE
(12/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      

Bulgaria's Currency Board Is Super Stable (Sofia, Jan 12) - "The currency board functioning in Bulgaria is super-stable," the monthly analysis of Raiffeissen Bank Bulgaria reads. The experts have calculated that at the end of November 2012 the currency board's reserves amount to 15.1 billion euro, which is an increase by 2.2 million euro from a month ago. The board's reserves have increased by 1.9 billion euro (14.4%) year-on-year, which is a surplus of about 89% to the minimum...


EBRD IMPROVES BULGARIA ECONOMIC GROWTH FORECAST
(21/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has revised upwards its forecast for Bulgaria's economic growth in 2013 from 1.7% to 1.9%. The bank cut its forecast for economic growth in October last year from 2.5% in the previous report published in May to 1.7%, citing slumping exports. "Recovery is expected to continue to be modest in Bulgaria into 2012, due mainly to sluggish export demand. Growth in 2012 is likely to have ended up at around 1% only, with a modest forecast...


21.8% TURNOUT IN BULGARIA'S NUCLEAR REFERENDUM, 61% SAY 'YES' - POLLSTER
(27/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

A total of 21% of the eligible voters cast their votes in Bulgaria's nuclear energy referendum on Sunday, according to data from the 100% completed parallel vote count by polling agency Alpha Research. The agency said this meant about 1.4 million voters cast their votes in Bulgaria on Sunday; of those, 61% voted in favor of the construction of a second nuclear power plant, and 39% voted against. The Bulgarian citizens were supposed to answer "yes" or "no" to the following question:...


BULGARIA FINMIN: PES LEADER MUST RESIGN OVER REFERENDUM
(27/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

PES and Bulgarian Socialist Party chair Sergey Stanishev should resign over the outcome of Sunday's referendum on nuclear energy in Bulgaria, stated Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov. As results from exit polls come in, political leaders have engaged in a heated battle of interpretations on the outcome. Some 60% of ballots cast answered positively to the referendum question - whether Bulgaria needs a new NPP - the position supported by the Bulgarian Socialist Party. The turnout is...


BULGARIAN EX-EU COMMISSIONER PROPOSES MORATORIUM ON BELENE NPP
(02/10/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

The Bulgarian government should impose a moratorium on the Belene NPP project until an overall energy strategy is drafted, according to Meglena Kuneva, former EU Commissioner and leader of the Bulgaria for Citizens party. She says that the fact that the center-right ruling party GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) have reached consensus on the matter raises suspicion. Kuneva suggests that the actual goal of the referendum is to tie the next government down to a...


BULGARIAN RIGHT WING CHALLENGES BELENE NPP REFERENDUM
(05/10/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

The right-wing Blue Coalition has requested from Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, to ask the Constitutional Court to elaborate on the upcoming referendum on the fate of the Belene Nuclear Power Plant project. The Blues insist the Court must have a say in explaining the law before the Parliament passes the decision, the Bulgarian online news agency Dnevnik reports. According to the law, the Constitutional Court must act on the request of at least...


BULGARIAN RIGHT-WINGERS: N-PLANT REFERENDUM IS PROVOCATION
(12/10/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

The upcoming referendum on the fate of Bulgaria's Belene Nuclear Power project is a provocation made by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), according to the right-wing Blue Coalition. "In our opinion, the referendum is a deliberate provocation made by BSP," Blue Coalition co-chair Martin Dimitrov told reporters on Friday. According to Dimitrov, the left wingers are fully aware that the question they have posed for the referendum is anti-constitutional. As the Blue Coalition has pointed...


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT CALLS BELENE NPP CONSULTATIONS
(12/10/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is holding Friday political consultations for the upcoming referendum on the fate of the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in the Danube town of Belene. Plevneliev is convinced that the referendum is a test for democracy and must be held. The consultations will include parliamentary represented political parties in an attempt to reach consensus on the wording of the question to be asked. They will be held in the Presidential building,...


BULGARIAN RULERS: REFERENDUM TO PROVE N-PLANT'S FUTILITY
(19/10/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

The upcoming referendum on the fate of Bulgaria's Belene nuclear power plant will prove that the project is pointless, according to Interior Minister Tsvetan Tstevatov. On Friday, Tsvetanov reiterated that the former socialist-led three-way coalition would have fulfilled the project if it was favorable for Bulgaria. "They had the executive power, they had the legislative power, they had the presidential power...but they knew what the dangers were," he told reporters, referring to the...


BULGARIAN REFERENDUM TO BE ORGANIZED AS GENERAL ELECTION
(04/11/2012)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

The vote in the January 27, 2013, national referendum on development of atomic energy in Bulgaria will be organized in the same manner as any election. The spokesperson of the Central Electoral Commission, CEC, Bisser Troyanov, explained at a press conference that the referendum will be held in adherence to the Election Code since the Act for Direct Participation of Citizens in the Rule of the State and in Local Rule was too "scarce" without any detailed regulations. The voters will...


BULGARIA GOING FOR 7TH KOZLODUY NPP REACTOR, ECONMIN SAYS AFTER REFERENDUM
(27/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Bulgaria will "logically" go for building a seventh reactor at its existing NPP in Kozloduy, Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev commented Sunday on the results of the nation's referendum on the construction of a second nuclear plant. Bulgaria's referendum, which had a voter turnout of only 22%, with 61% voting in favor of the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Bulgaria, while 39% voted against, implicitly referred to the project for the construction of the 2000-MW Belene...


CEO OF BULGARIA'S KOZLODUY NPP: UNIT 7 MAY BE FUNCTIONAL BY 2020-2022
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the Kozloduy NPP, has said that a seventh unit at the plant could be functional by 2020 or 2022. In a Monday interview for Nova TV, he suggested that the project for building a seventh unit at the nuclear power plant in Kozloduy had already attracted serious investor interest but he did not disclose details. He suggested that there was already investor interest in the project but did not disclose details. "In 20 years' time, when the exploitation deadline of...


BULGARIA'S EDUCATION MINISTER RESIGNS
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Bulgaria's Education Minister, Sergey Ignatov, has resigned from the post. Ignatov has submitted his resignation on the request of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, the Cabinet's press office informs Monday. The news broke just hours after the resignation of the manager of Bulgaria's embattled and scandal-ridden Scientific Research Fund, Hristo Petrov. Petrov's resignation was also immediately accepted by Borisov. The manager deposited his resignation after it emerged that a probe of...


BULGARIA CHIEF PROSECUTOR EMBARKS ON 1ST VISIT TO BRUSSELS
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Bulgaria's new Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov will make his first visit to Brussels accompanied by Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva. Tsatsarov will meet with EC Secretary-General Catherine Day and OLAF Director General Giovanni Kessler on January 29, according to the press office of Bulgaria's prosecuting authority. Meanwhile, Tsvetanov will take part in a high-level international conference on countering violent extremism organized by Home...


BULGARIAN PM SACKS HEAD OF ENERGY WATCHDOG
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is proposing to the Cabinet to dismiss from the post the Chairman of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR, Angel Semerdzhiev. The proposal is connected with the delay and lack of a number of administrative acts from the Electricity and Gas Directives, requested by the European Commission. It was reported last Thursday that EC is referring Bulgaria, Estonia and the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union...


CEO OF BULGARIA'S KOZLODUY NPP: UNIT 7 MAY BE FUNCTIONAL BY 2020-2022
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the Kozloduy NPP, has said that a seventh unit at the plant could be functional by 2020 or 2022. In a Monday interview for Nova TV, he suggested that the project for building a seventh unit at the nuclear power plant in Kozloduy had already attracted serious investor interest but he did not disclose details. He suggested that there was already investor interest in the project but did not disclose details. "In 20 years' time, when the exploitation deadline of...


BBC: BULGARIA NUCLEAR VOTE 'INVALIDATED BY LOW TURNOUT'
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

A controversial referendum on whether to build a new nuclear power plant in Bulgaria appears to have been invalidated by low turnout. An exit poll put turnout at around 20% - far below the 60% required for the poll, which was called on the basis of an opposition petition. The opposition Socialists want the centre-right government to reverse its decision not to build the plant. The poll has been seen as a barometer for elections later this year. It was also important as a measure of...


BULGARIA'S FINANCE MINISTER RECOMMENDS REFERENDUM ON MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL TOPIC
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

Bulgaria's next referendum should be on an important environmental topic, according to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov. In a Monday interview for Nova TV, he suggested that the next referendum could involve the statute of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Djankov informed that he had abstained from voting at the January 27 nuclear referendum because the issue required expert knowledge and could not be sold through a plebiscite. He claimed that the only good thing about Sunday's referendum...


AMENDMENTS TO BULGARIA'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY ACT PASS FIRST READING
(03/02/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

Bulgaria's Parliament has adopted at first reading amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act. The amendments initiated by the government were passed Friday with 79 votes in favor, 3 against, and 14 abstainees, according to reports of the Focus news agency. The amendments envisage drafting a national plan for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings and the introduction of energy performance certificates of buildings and building components. During the discussion of the bill,...


BULGARIA SUCCUMBS TO EURO DEFLATION CURSE
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

Another euro-pegged government defending an overvalued exchange rate bites the dust, a reminder that the underlying economic and social disaster across the Europe's Arc of Depression is still getting worse. Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov resigned Wednesday morning after days of mass protests against austerity across the country. "I will not participate in a government under which police are beating people. Every drop of blood is a shame for us," he said. "Our power was handed to...


PROTESTERS CALL ON BULGARIAN PRESIDENT TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTION IN JUDICIARY
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

Around 500 members of the Anti-mafia civic association are protesting in front of the President's Office in Sofia, prior to the anticipated official statement of Rosen Plevneliev on the situation in the country in the aftermath of the collective resignation of the government. According to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the people are voicing their discontent with the judiciary, saying that the head of state is currently the only guarantor of statehood in the...


EU AGRICULTURE MINISTERS SEEK TO DEAL WITH HORSEMEAT CRISIS
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

The European Union's Agriculture Ministers have gathered in Brussels for talks that are focused on the growing horsemeat scandal in Europe. Authorities across Europe have started doing random DNA checks after traces of horse meat recently turned up in frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna. The scandal erupted last month when horsemeat was found in some beef meals and burgers in the UK and Ireland. Since then, supermarkets across Europe have had to withdraw affected...


BULGARIAN MPS RUSH TO DECIDE FATE OF BELENE NPP
(23/02/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

The Bulgarian Parliament will hold an emergency sitting Tuesday to decide on the fate of the project to build a second Nuclear Power Plant in the Danube town of Belene. The reason for the above are the results of the January 27 referendum on the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria through the construction of a new nuclear power plant, which showed that the issue would be conclusively decided by Bulgaria's Parliament. Under the law, the recent referendum results impose for the Belene...


VARNA PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE
(17/03/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

Clashes with the police marked Sunday the protest rally in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna. Bulgarians across the country staged once again demonstrations against high utility bills, monopolies, poverty, economic stagnation, corruption, and the political model of ruling the country after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989. The rallies, however, did not bring together as many people as previous weekend marches. The largest one was once again held in Varna where 2 000 (compared...


BULGARIA TO HOLD INTERNATIONAL AUDIT OF ENERGY SECTOR
(17/03/2013)

Topics: Economy      General

The Bulgarian government will within 10 days appoint an international auditor to review the country's energy sector, stated caretaker Minister of Regional Development Ekaterina Zaharieva. "We need a full financial analysis of everyone in the energy sector. We will work in full cooperation with the European Commissions, so that no doubts be thrown on the final report," said Zaharieva. The minister added that this would bring full transparency in the sector, something requested by numerous...




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BULGARIA FORECASTS 10% GROWTH IN FOREIGN TOURISTS' NUMBER

BULGARIA FORECASTS 10% GROWTH IN FOREIGN TOURISTS' NUMBER
Source: novinite.com - (03/06/2010)

Topics: Economy      Tourism

The increase of the number of foreign holidaymakers during the summer season is expected to be about 10%, the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Traicho Traikov, told journalists Saturday. Traikov says this number is on the rise each year, adding the highest growth so far is expected in 2011. Russian tourists would contribute the most to the increase with 30% more compared to previous seasons. The positive trend is to include both mass and alternative forms of tourism – culture,...


EUROMAX STARTS DIAMOND DRILLING PROGRAM IN BULGARIA

EUROMAX STARTS DIAMOND DRILLING PROGRAM IN BULGARIA
Source: novinite.com - (27/05/2010)

Topics: Economy      

Canada-based mining company has started a diamond drilling program at its Breznik Gold Project in Bulgaria. The program which will total seven holes and approximately 1,000 metres is designed to test the continuation of the currently identified mineral resource. If successful, the drilling will double the strike length of mineralization at the EurOmax project in Breznik to the west of Sofia, the company announced adding that once the drilling is completed it intends to apply for a...


CARLSBERG BECOMES NUMBER 2 ON BULGARIA'S BEER MARKET

CARLSBERG BECOMES NUMBER 2 ON BULGARIA'S BEER MARKET
Source: Novinite.com - (17/05/2010)

Topics: Economy      Food and Beverage

The company Carlsberg Bulgaria currently ranks second on the Bulgarian beer market, after Zagorka AD, and ahead of Kamenitza AD. The results were reported Monday by the company's CEO, Aleksander Grancharov. Carlsberg Bulgaria with two breweries, in the cities of Shumen and Blagevgrad, now has 30% of beer market in the country. The 3 companies together have a 91% share of the market. In the first quarter of 2010, the leading brand of Carlsberg Bulgaria – Shumensko had reached a 19%...


IN BULGARIA, HOUSEHOLD DEPOSIT RATES FALL FASTER THAN CONSUMER LOANS

IN BULGARIA, HOUSEHOLD DEPOSIT RATES FALL FASTER THAN CONSUMER LOANS
Source: Sofia Echo - (12/03/2010)

Topics: Economy      

The annual decrease in Bulgaria’s local-currency household deposits was nearly thrice that on consumer loans in July, according to the latest Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) data. Interest rates have been decreasing for about a year now but on loans they have been decreasing at a lower ate, with only minor changes recorded on monthly bases. Furthermore, July brought a reduction month-on-month on the interest rates on new lev-denominated and euro-denominated business loans. At the same time,...


GREECE'S TOBACCO PLANT OPEN DOORS IN BULGARIA'S SANDANSKI

GREECE'S TOBACCO PLANT OPEN DOORS IN BULGARIA'S SANDANSKI
Source: Greece's Tobacco Plant Open Doors in Bulgaria's Sandanski - (29/01/2010)

Topics: Economy      Agriculture

Bulgaria’s Economy Minister Ttaicho Traikov and Greece’s Deputy Prime Minister Theodoros Pangalos opened Saturday a new tobacco processing plant in the Bulgarian town of Sandanski. About EUR 9,5 M have been invested in the new plant of the Greek Leaf Tobacco company and it will provide jobs for 600 people. The new facility will be connected to the central production hall of the company in Policastro, Greece. The plant in Sandanski, which has a production capacity of 4 to 6 tons per...



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