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BULGARIA'S EX SOCIALIST PRESIDENT SEES 3 - WAY GOVERNMENT NEXT
(13/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's next government will be a three-party coalition, the country's former Socialist president has forecast, declining to disclose its members. "It is mission impossible for the currently ruling party GERB to garner enough votes and form a minority government," Georgi Parvanov said in an interview for Darik radio. According to Parvanov the new government, regardless of its line-up, will need strong support by the people to conduct the badly needed reforms, which were not...


BULGARIAN CHIEF PROSECUTOR: DOGAN'S ATTACKER MAY FACE FURTHER CHARGES
(21/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has said that Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who assaulted Ahmed Dogan, leader of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) on Saturday, may face more serious charges over the attack. The 25-year-old man, who pointed a gas pistol against the politician during the 8th national conference of DPS, has so far been charged with a death threat and hooliganism. In a Monday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Tsatsarov suggested...


BULGARIA INVESTIGATORS SEEK CLUES TO SUICIDE BOMBER'S IDENTITY
(20/07/2012)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria investigators seek clues to suicide bomber's identity Investigators in Bulgaria are working around the clock to identify the man suspected of killing five Israeli tourists and their bus driver in an airport suicide bombing, the country's interior minister told reporters Friday. Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said police were trying to piece together the movements of the suspect, who was carrying a fake Michigan driver's license. Investigators are also working...


GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ITALY AND GERMANY MAY INFLUENCE THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN BULGARIA
(12/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

General Elections in Italy and Germany May Influence the Political Situation in Bulgaria Yuriy Aslanov, sociologist Sofia, Jan 12) - Whether or not Bulgaria will have a coalition government after the general elections in July 2013 is very hard to predict, as it will depend on talks between the political formations and politicians alike. The social moods in the country are very dynamic. We can assume with quite a certainty that three political parties – Citizens for European...


PM BORISSOV AND PM SAMARAS TO DISCUSS CRISIS AND MACEDONIA
(12/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

PM Borissov and PM Samaras to Discuss Crisis and Macedonia (Sofia, Jan 5) - Greek PM Andonis Samaras will make an official visit to Bulgaria in February, the Standart learnt, though there is no fixed date for the visit yet. PM Samaras will be accompanied by some of his ministers. PM Borissov and PM Samaras will discuss the global crisis and the application of Macedonia for EU membership. Greece has already supported Bulgaria in its position that Macedonia should enter the EU if the...


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT DENIES EXISTENCE OF 'HEZBOLLAH' REPORT
(21/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian authorities do not possess any investigative report on Hezbollah's alleged involvement in last year's Burgas bus bombing, according to Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. The report that Bulgaria had blamed Hezbollah for the Burgas bus bombing was made by the Israeli TV Channel 2 in the aftermath of Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov's visit to Israel. It was claimed that Mladenov presented a report that confirmed Hezbollah's involvement in the terror attack. "I do...


BULGARIAN GAS PISTOL ATTACK WAS "STUNT"
(21/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

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RUSSIA STRIKES BACK AT BULGARIA OVER BELENE NPP PRICE, RWE QUITTING
(22/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      Renewable Energy

The proposed price for the construction of two 1000 MW units of what was supposed to become Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant, Belene, was EUR 6.3 B, not EUR 10 B, as Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov claims, Russian state company Rosatom stated on Tuesday. The reaction of the Russian firm, whose subsidiary Atomstroyexport was supposed to build the Belene NPP before the Borisov Cabinet terminated it almost a year ago, comes after on Monday the Bulgarian government revealed secret...


BULGARIA'S CHIEF COP BLASTS DOGAN'S ATTACKER THRASHING
(25/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, strongly condemned the actions of delegates of the ethnic Turkish party in thrashing the man who attacked their leader Ahmed Dogan with a gas pistol. Speaking in the Parliament Friday, Tsvetanov stated the beating stirred large public outcry and informed that all tapes from the event have been seized and the prosecutor's office is now going to decide how to proceed further. He called on everyone to act in a...


NUCLEAR REFERENDUM CRUCIAL FOR BULGARIA'S RULERS GERB - ANALYST
(25/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The referendum on the construction of a second nuclear power plant that Bulgaria is going to hold on January 27, Sunday, will be crucial in determining whether Bulgaria's ruling center-right party GERB will stay in power, according to Gallup sociologist Zhivko Georgiev. "The most important answer the nuclear referendum will provide is if that will be GERB's first loss in elections, or if the party will continue its series of victories that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov so much loves to...


BULGARIAN ETHNIC TURKISH MPS CHARGED WITH DOCUMENT FRAUD
(25/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Legal charges against Mithat Tabakov and Gyunay Sefer, MPs from ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, have been officially logged with the Sofia City Court Friday. The two are indicted with document fraud. On October 19, 2012, now-former Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev called for pre-trail proceedings against them and they gave up their immunity as MPs, thereby agreeing for criminal investigation procedures to be opened against them. Under Parliament's rules of...


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT EMBARKS ON VISIT TO FRANCE DIPLOMACY
(28/01/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to arrive in France for an official visit on Monday. Bulgarian media have noted that this will be Plevneliev's first foreign trip for 2013. The Bulgarian President will attend the opening ceremony of an exhibition dedicated to his country's historic rescue of 50 000 Jews from Nazi concentration camps 70 years ago. Plevneliev is also expected to meet with his French counterpart Francois Hollande. The two officials are to discuss the economic...


BULGARIA FM PLEDGES FOR W BALKANS EU INTEGRATION IN MUNICH
(02/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov has held a string of bilateral meetings at the sides of the 49th Munich Security Conference he is taking part in Saturday. In particular, Mladenov met his counterparts from Macedonia and Kosovo - Nikola Poposki and Enver Hoxhaj - as well as Montenegro's PM Milo Djukanovic. The Balkan leaders discussed the situation in the region, including the processes of EU integration of countries from the Western Balkans. Mladenov and...


BULGARIAN GERB MP FACES CONFLICT OF INTERESTS HEARING
(03/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The Member of the Parliament from Bulgaria's ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, Vyara Petrova, is facing a hearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Conflict of Interests. The news was reported Sunday by the Bulgarian Pressa (Press) daily. There are three tipoffs against her, combined in one – conflict of interests committed by her husband, by a company owned by her mother, and the last one is a request for a probe in her activities, submitted by...


BULGARIAN FINMIN QUITS IF BORISOV DOES NOT GET REELECTED
(03/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

budgets will always be accomplished as planned. Photo by BGNES Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, admitted he came back to the homeland from the US because of PM, Boyko Borisov. Speaking Sunday before TV7, Djankov stated that there were still plenty of unaccomplished tasks, but pledged he would quit his ministerial post in case Borisov does not get reelected in the summer of this year. He commented he has been personally invited by Borisov to...


BULGARIANS REACT WITH DISMAY TO BRITISH ANTI-IMMIGRATION CAMPAIGN
(01/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

From The Guardian By Helena Smith People in Bulgaria and Romania don't think British streets are paved in gold and would rather remain home, many say This week, a young woman known as Ralitsa Behar wrote a letter on behalf of her fellow Bulgarians. Barely a thousand words long, the missive has taken her country by storm, being reproduced in national newspapers, winding its way through the internet and igniting debate that even its recipient, Nigel Farage, may have found hard to...


BULGARIANS BRUSH OFF UK FEARS ON MIGRATION
(01/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

By Neil Buckley and Theodor Troev Ralitsa Behar from Sofia, Bulgaria, spent a happy four years studying at Edinburgh university. But when she graduated, Ms Behar chose to return to her home country. "I believe Bulgaria provides more opportunity for businesses," the 23-year-old wrote in an open letter to Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence party. Angered by "inaccurate and offensive" remarks by Mr Farage on the BBC, she invited him to see Bulgaria for himself as a guest of...


ISRAEL OFFERS STIPEND TO CHILD OF BULGARIAN DRIVER KILLED IN BURGAS BOMBING
(01/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Israel is offering a stipend to the daughter of Mustafa Kyosev, the Bulgarian bus driver killed in the terror act in Burgas. Salihe, 11, will receive assistance until she reaches majority, bTV informed Friday. The bus bombing at the Burgas Sarafovo airport on July 18, 2012 killed a total of seven, including 5 Israeli tourists, their Bulgarian bus driver, and the perpetrator of the attack. bTV aired a report where people close to the family of the late driver say his wife has not left...


BULGARIA S ETHNIC TURKS DEMAND EUROPEAN MINORITY STATUS
(04/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Ethnic minorities in Balkan countries should be granted a "European minority status" to integrate them better into society, the new leader of Bulgaria's Turkish party has demanded. This designation should be highlighted throughout Europe as a brand new concept for the integration of minorities, the new leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Lyutvi Mestan, said in an interview for Today's Zaman. The idea of giving religious and ethnic...


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT SAYS CABINET RESIGNATION WAS IRRESPONSIBLE
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has criticized Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for his unexpected decision to resign on Wednesday. Plevneliev admitted that he was surprised by the move. "The politically responsible option was for the Cabinet to finish its term," the President told reporters. Plevneliev also said that he will hand down on Monday the mandate for forming a new government to the biggest party in parliament – Borisov's center-right GERB, as the Constitution...


BULGARIA PRESIDENT TO GIVE MANDATE TO GERB PARTY ON MONDAY
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev said he will hand down on Monday the mandate for forming a new government to the biggest party in parliament – center-right GERB. His statement came shortly after parliament accepted Thursday the resignation handed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his cabinet. "I will start talks with all parliamentary groups together as early as Friday. Why together? So that there isn't even a shadow of doubt that some behind-the-curtain coalitions have been...


7,000 GATHER IN SOFIA TO SUPPORT RESIGNED BULGARIAN PM -
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The pro-Putin-style ralliers who assembled in front of Parliament to support PM Boyko Borisov as it the house voted on his resignation have reached 7,000, according to police data. News agencies give much lower but still significant estimates, quoting numbers in the 2,000-3,000 range. After the resignation was passed almost unanimously by Parliament, Borisov and his cabinet ministers walked out to be greeted by their supporters. The resigned PM addressed the multitude, thanking them...


BULGARIA OUTGOING PM: ETHNIC TURKS LEADER DOGAN ORDERED MY ASSASSINATION
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's outgoing prime minister, who resigned shockingly on Wednsday, accused the ethnic Turkish party leader of plotting an assassination attempt on his life. Speaking from the parliamentary rostrum just minutes after parliament accepted with overwhelming majority the resignation of his government, Boyko Borisov said Ahmed Dogan wanted him dead, citing a document from the intelligence of a foreign country. “The intelligence agency of a partner country has provided documents, which...


BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT ACCEPTS GOVT RESIGNATION
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's Parliament accepted Thursday the resignation handed by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Cabinet. A total of 209 lawmakers voted in favor of the proposed resignation, while 5 were against and 1 abstained from voting. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made the shocking announcement Wednesday that his cabinet is to resign en masse around noon. The move follows a tumultuous week of public anger over rising electricity prices, corruption and austerity measures that ignited...


BULGARIAN GOVT RESIGNATION SPARKS SCHENGEN FEARS IN ROMANIA
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The political instability in Bulgaria may affect Romania's bid to enter the Schengen agreement, according to Romanian PM Victor Ponta. Ponta has reminded that the two Balkan countries are set to join Europe's border-free zone together, adding that his country's accession to Schengen "will be seriously influenced by the political instability of Bulgaria", according to ACTmedia. However, Ireland's Ambassador to Romania Oliver Grogan has refuted Ponta's statement, saying that the resignation...


BULGARIAN PM TOO BUSY TO ATTEND VOTE ON HIS RESIGNATION
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is unable to attend the parliamentary vote on his and his Cabinet's resignation because he is too busy, Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov has told reporters. According to Naydenov, Borisov is currently working in the Council of Ministers building in Sofia. Earlier on Thursday, opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party MP Petar Kurumbashev filed a proposal for Parliament to summon Borisov and Djankov to the sitting. The proposal was however voted...


POTENTIAL NOMINEES FOR BULGARIA'S CARETAKER PRIME MINISTER
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Following the collective resignation of the center-right GERB government, the big question in Bulgaria is who will be appointed caretaker Prime Minister. The caretaker Prime Minister, who is to be appointed by President Rosen Plevneliev, will be a decisive figure over the next two months because the person will be in charge of holding fair and peaceful elections. After announcing the collective resignation of the Cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov made clear that...


CNN: BULGARIAN ASSEMBLY OKS GOVERNMENT RESIGNATION
(21/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's National Assembly voted Thursday to accept the government's resignation, assembly press official Maria Missova said. Out of 240 assembly deputies, 215 were present, 209 voted yes, 5 no, and 1 abstained, she said. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov tendered his government's resignation Wednesday after eight days of nationwide protests over high energy bills, his office said. Protests against soaring electricity bills have morphed into wider discontent over austerity and the way the...


EPP PRESIDENT VOICES SUPPORT FOR OUTGOING BULGARIAN PM
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The European People's Party (EPP) has voiced support for outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his center-right party GERB. "I personally, as well as the EPP, have always stood firmly behind Boyko Borisov and GERB and will continue to do so," EPP President Wilfried Martens said in a telephone conversation with Borisov, according to the press office of GERB. Martens is quoted as saying that GERB and its Chair have the full support of the EPP for the forthcoming parliamentary...


BULGARIA CHIEF MUFTI CONGRATULATES NEW BULGARIAN PATRIARCH
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's Chief Mufti, Mustafa Hadzhi, has extended congratulations to Bulgaria's new Orthodox Patriarch Neofit. "It is an exceptional honor to me to offer the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations on behalf of all Bulgarian citizens practicing Islam and me, on the occasion of your enthronization as Bulgarian Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan," Mustafa Hadzhi's letter to Bulgaria's new Patriarch says. Bulgaria's Chief Mufti wishes good health and prosperity to Neofit during his term...


BORISOV CALLS ON BULGARIAN OPPOSITION TO FORM INTERIM GOVT
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, called on the two main opposition parties to turn politically responsible and form an interim government. Speaking from the Presidential Office Monday, where he arrived to officially turn down the mandate his center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, received for the formation of an interim government, Borisov accused the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS,...


BULGARIA'S GERB TO SELECT BY LOT 20 MPS SUPPORTING INTERIM GOVT
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Iskra Fidosova, Chair of the parliamentary legal affairs committee, and MP of center-right GERB party, has suggested that GERB would resort to a lot to select the 20 MPs that would back an interim government headed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) or the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party (DPS). In a Monday statement, Fidosova explained that the 20 MPs of GERB that would be tasked with supporting an interim government of BSP/DPS would have to be selected through a...


BULGARIA'S NEW PATRIARCH TO PRAY FOR PEACE IN BULGARIANS' SOULS
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Neofit, the newly elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, vowed to pray for peace in the hearts of the Bulgarian people, minutes after he was officially enthroned. On his way to the Holy Synod, the new patriarch declined to make any comments to the reporters and his only words were: "The first task of the church is to be united and work together. May all Bulgarians be happy and work for the good of Bulgaria." The new Patriarch, bishops, priests, President Rosen Plevneliev,...


RUSE METROPOLITAN NEOFIT ELECTED BULGARIAN PATRIARCH
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Ruse Metropolitan Neofit has been elected Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church by the Holy Synod's national church council. Neofit prevailed over two other candidates at runoff. The three who were were chosen after prolonged debates and stalemates last weekend were: Neofit, the Stara Zagora metropolitan Galaktion, and Lovech's Gavriil. The news about Neofit's election was announced Sunday by interim Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan, Kiril. Neofit collected 90 votes at runoff...


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT PLEDGES CARETAKER GOVT BY MARCH 8
(25/02/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria's President, Rosen Plevneliev, pledged the country will have a caretaker government by the end of next week, adding he already had a recovery plan for the political crisis. Plevneliev spoke after outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, turned down the presidential mandate given to his party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria to form an interim Cabinet. Plevneliev noted the Consultative Council on National Security was convening Tuesday to guarantee safety and stability...


BULGARIA'S OUTGOING INTERIOR MINISTER EXPLAINS SCHENGEN POSTPONEMENT WITH POLITICAL SITUATION
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Outgoing Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has suggested that the current political situation in the Bulgaria increased negative attitudes towards the country's accession to Schengen. Bulgaria's center-right GERB government resigned on February 20 amid mass nationwide protests over high electricity and heating prices and low incomes. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has set May 12 as the date for early elections. Speaking after a Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting,...


DEBATE ON BULGARIA, ROMANIA SCHENGEN BIDS POSTPONED FOR END-2013
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The debate on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen was postponed for end-2013 during Thursday's sitting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA). During the JHA sitting, most of the member states admitted that Bulgaria and Romania had fulfilled the criteria for Schengen membership and the decision for the accession of the two countries to the passport-free area had to be taken faster, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). Bulgaria's efforts and...


SOFIA MAYOR REITERATES SHE WON'T BECOME BULGARIAN CARETAKER PM
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Bulgaria's capital Sofia, has reiterated that she will not become the country's caretaker Prime Minister. Fandakova noted that she had work to do in Sofia and that she could not betray the voters who elected her by joining the caretaker Cabinet. She also told Btv that measures will be taken regarding Sofia's heating utility that has been the target of much criticism on behalf of citizens. Bulgaria's center-right GERB government resigned last month amidst...


BULGARIAN EU COMMISSIONER RULED OUT AS INTERIM PM
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva would not be appointed Prime Minister of Bulgaria's caretaker government. The statement was made by Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, who is in charge of forming a caretaker Cabinet. Speaking from Brussels Wednesday evening, the President said Georgieva must continue with her commitments and duties at the European Commission as the latter were also very important for Bulgaria. This way yet another rumored candidate was ruled out....


EU: NO CONSENSUS ON LETTING BULGARIA, ROMANIA INTO SCHENGEN
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The European Union has dashed the hopes of Bulgaria and Romania to join passport-free zone, saying there is no consensus on letting them in. "There will be no vote, and no decision" at talks on their bid to join due to be held Thursday in Brussels, a source in the EU's current Irish presidency said, as cited by AFP. The talks will gather the bloc's 27 interior ministers and those of four non-EU nations also in the so-called Schengen zone -- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and...


PRESIDENT VOWS BULGARIA WILL KEEP UP FISCAL STABILITY
(07/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

Bulgaria will preserve its fiscal stability in the next two years even after street protests brought down the Borisov Cabinet, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev stated on Wednesday. "In the next 1-2 years Bulgaria will not deviate in any way from its fiscal deficit. Nor will there be any attempts to threaten the very low budget deficit it has achieved," Plevneliev told Bulgarian reporters in Brussels Wednesday night where he arrived for a commemoration of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from...


EXPATS REMAIN BULGARIA'S BIGGEST 'FOREIGN INVESTOR'
(17/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

In January 2013, Bulgarians abroad have wired to their homeland twice more funds than the foreign direct investments, according to flash estimates released by the Bulgarian Central Bank, BNB. In January 2013, Bulgarian emigrants have sent to relatives and friends EUR 59 M, compared to EUR 31.4 M (0.1% of GDP) from foreign direct investments. The above amount is strikingly down (by EUR 295.1 M, a difference close to 90%), compared to the increase of EUR 326.5 M (0.8% of the Gross Domestic...


BULGARIAN SOCIALISTS PROPOSE 100-DAY RESCUE PLAN
(17/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has presented a 'rescue plan' to wrestle the country from the economic and political crisis following early elections in May. The plan is to be implemented over 100 days, should the socialists come out winning the vote. "At the present moment there is no bread for labor in Bulgaria, there is no free air for businesses, there is no justice for people," stated Bulgarian Socialist Party and Party of European Socialists chair Sergey Stanishev, who unveiled the...


BULGARIA TO OPEN 2 NEW VISA CENTERS IN RUSSIA
(17/03/2013)

Topics: Politics      General

The Bulgarian government will open two new visa application centers in Russia, in Omsk and Murmansk, announced the director of Bulgaria's Moscow consulate Angel Georgiev. The move is motivated by the large interest of Russian tourists in travelling to Bulgaria, and will make the number of Bulgarian visa centers in Russia grow to 18. Starting 2013, Bulgaria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be issuing 6-month multiple-entry visas to Russian citizens applying for the first...




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SKOREA, BULGARIA TO WORK TOGHETHER ON INFRASTRUCTURE

SKOREA, BULGARIA TO WORK TOGHETHER ON INFRASTRUCTURE
Source: www.novinite.com - (15/05/2015)

Topics: Politics      Construction

South Korea and Bulgaria have agreed to boost cooperation in infrastructure development, Yonhap News Agency has said. According to Yonhap's report, this paves the way "for South Korea to make inroads into the East European country's infrastructure projects". During Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev's three-day visit to South Korea (May 12-13), he also witnessed alongside counterpart Park Geun-hye the signing of 3 memorandums on understanding urging cooperation in defense, science and...


ACCESSION TO THE SCHENGEN AREA IS A PRIORITY FOR BULGARIA AND CROATIA

ACCESSION TO THE SCHENGEN AREA IS A PRIORITY FOR BULGARIA AND CROATIA
Source: focus-fen.net - (14/04/2015)

Topics: Politics      

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic thanked for Bulgaria of support for Croatia's membership in the EU and NATO. This became clear at a meeting between Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev who is paying an official visit to Croatia and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the press secretariat of the head of state announced. Accession to the Schengen area is a priority for Bulgaria and Croatia, the two countries will join efforts to achieve this goal. President Plevneliev said that in 2010 the...


VELIZAR ENCHEV, FOUNDER OF “BULGARIAN SPRING” MOVEMENT: IT IS TIME FOR RADICAL BREAK WITH NEOLIBERAL POLICIES

VELIZAR ENCHEV, FOUNDER OF “BULGARIAN SPRING” MOVEMENT: IT IS TIME FOR RADICAL BREAK WITH NEOLIBERAL POLICIES
Source: novinite.com - (14/04/2015)

Topics: Politics      

Velizar Enchev has a degree in journalism from the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski.” He was a correspondent of the Bulgarian National Television in former Yugoslavia in the period 1987 – 1993. He was Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Croatia in the period 1997 – 2002. After that Enchev was TV host of a broadcast of SKAT TV. He entered the 43rd National Assembly as MP from the Patriotic Front. After a scandal with one of the leaders of the coalition, Valeri Simeonov, Enchev left the parliamentary...


BULGARIA PROSECUTOR GENERAL MEETS WITH PM (ROUNDUP)

BULGARIA PROSECUTOR GENERAL MEETS WITH PM (ROUNDUP)
Source: focus-fen.net - (07/04/2015)

Topics: Politics      

Sotir Tsatsarov, Prosecutor General of the Republic of Bulgaria, met Monday with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Both officials discussed the amendments to the Civil Code of Procedure, the press centre of the Prosecutor’s Office said. Mr Tsatsarov introduced Mr Borisov to his stance on the draft bill: The motives to the tabled draft bill say its aim is the establishment of a common approach of principle in determining the Prosecutor’s Office participation in civil court proceedings as well as...


SALARY OF MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT
Source: tv SKAT - (23/01/2012)

Topics: Politics      Software and Information Technology

Members of the Parlament receive at least 18 000 lv ( 9 000 euro) salary per month...


RUSSIA MOVES TO SUE BULGARIA OVER BELENE NPP

RUSSIA MOVES TO SUE BULGARIA OVER BELENE NPP
Source: novinite.com - (22/07/2011)

Topics: Politics      

A lawsuit has been filed by Russia's Atomstroyexport, a Rosatom subsidiary, demanding that Bulgaria's National Electric Company (NEK) pay EUR 58 M in arrears for works on the construction of the Belene nuclear power plant. "As the Bulgarian company is facing hard times, at its request we granted it a delay in payment and agreed to a repayment schedule," an anonymous Atomstroyexport official told RIA Novosti. He pointed out that the legal action at the International Court of Arbitration in...


BULGARIAN EX INTERIOR MINISTER DENIES LUKOIL INVOLVEMENT IN SMUGGLING SCHEMES

BULGARIAN EX INTERIOR MINISTER DENIES LUKOIL INVOLVEMENT IN SMUGGLING SCHEMES
Source: novinite.com - (17/07/2011)

Topics: Politics      

Bulgarian left-wing MP Rumen Petkov has rejected allegations that Lukoil participates in smuggling schemes. In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), the socialist MP and former Interior Minister in the Socialist-led three-way coalition government in 2005-2008, opposed claims of Customs Agency head Vanyo Tanov that inspectors would set foot in Lukoil for the first time, adding that Tanov had "a habit of lying". Petkov said accusations that Lukoil was the main source of...


BULGARIA TO SAVE BGN 8 M FROM COMBINING LOCAL, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

BULGARIA TO SAVE BGN 8 M FROM COMBINING LOCAL, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Source: novinite.com - (01/07/2011)

Topics: Politics      

Bulgaria is going to save about BGN 8 M by opting to hold the upcoming presidential and local elections together, according to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov. Speaking in Parliament Friday, Djankov explained that BGN 26 M have been slated under the 2011 State Budget Act for the holding of the double vote in the fall of 2011. Individual elections (i.e. only presidential or only local) in the past have cost about BGN 16-18 M, said the Finance Minister and Deputy PM, who has been assigned...


EURO ZONE EXIT OF MEMBER STATE INEVITABLE - SOROS

EURO ZONE EXIT OF MEMBER STATE INEVITABLE - SOROS
Source: novinite.com - (27/06/2011)

Topics: Politics      

The eventual exit of a member state from the euro zone is probably inevitable, billionaire investor George Soros has said, but declined to name the country. "There was no arrangement for any country leaving the euro, which in the current circumstances is probably inevitable," he was quoted as saying at a panel discussion in Vienna. Soros pointed out that the euro had a basic flaw from the start in that the currency was not backed by political union or a joint treasury. "The euro had no...


BULGARIAN NUCLEAR PLANT STRESS-TEST TO COST BGN 12 M

BULGARIAN NUCLEAR PLANT STRESS-TEST TO COST BGN 12 M
Source: novinite.com - (31/05/2011)

Topics: Politics      

The stress-test of the Bulgarian Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant, NPP, required by the European Union, will cost anywhere between BGN 10 and 12 M. The information was reported by the company's CEO, Kostadin Dimitrov, during a public debate on electric power prices, held Monday at the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR). According to the CEO, DKEVR failed to acknowledge some of the important expenses of the NPP when determining the new prices of electricity, effective...


UN CHIEF FASCINATED WITH BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV OLD TOWN

UN CHIEF FASCINATED WITH BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV OLD TOWN
Source: novinite.com - (06/05/2011)

Topics: Politics      Tourism

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has completed his two-day Bulgarian visit in the southern city of Plovdiv where he was amazed at the history and architecture of the Old Town. Ban was the guest of a formal lunch given by Plovdiv District Governor Ivan Totev in his honor on behalf of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The UN head was fascinated with the cultural heritage of Plovdiv from Antiquity to modernity such as the amphitheater, the churches, and a number of the 19th century Bulgarian...


BURGAS MAYOR: WE DON'T WANT TURKISH NPP NEAR BORDER

BURGAS MAYOR: WE DON'T WANT TURKISH NPP NEAR BORDER
Source: novinite.com - (15/04/2011)

Topics: Politics      

The mayor of Bulgarian city of Burgas Dimitar Nikolov has spoken out against Turkish possible plans to build a NPP nearby the Bulgarian border on the Black Sea. Turkey is currently researching the appropriate site to build its first NPP, with the third best site currently considered being nearby the town of Igneada, some 5 km of the Bulgarian border and the village of Rezovo on the Black Sea. "We will be seaking all diplomatic means possible to dissuade our neighbors from building the NPP...


BULGARIAN RIGHT WING: BELENE NUCLEAR PLANT IS NATIONAL TREASON

BULGARIAN RIGHT WING: BELENE NUCLEAR PLANT IS NATIONAL TREASON
Source: novinite.com - (21/03/2011)

Topics: Politics      

To make a decision to go ahead with the construction of a second Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria's Danube town of Belene is national treason, according to right-wing leader, Ivan Kostov. The head of the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) party commented Monday the position of Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who stated in a TV interview a day ago that Belene is going to be built for sure. Kostov says even if Bulgaria does not pay the full price for the project, the "Russians will use the...


BULGARIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW TO DETERMINE FATE OF MAJOR AES INVESTMENT

BULGARIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW TO DETERMINE FATE OF MAJOR AES INVESTMENT
Source: novinite.com - (26/11/2010)

Topics: Politics      Renewable Energy

American energy giant AES is expecting the adoption of Bulgaria's law on renewable energy in order to go ahead with its planned major solar park investment, AES Country Manager for Bulgaria Peter Lithgow told Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency). In an interview for the Bulgaria-US Survey of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) Lithgow implied that AES could still select another country for its USD 400 M photovoltaic park investment if the long-anticipated Bulgarian legislation on renewable energy...


BULGARIA'S TOP DIPLOMAT: MIDDLE EAST IS KEY POTENTIAL PARTNER

BULGARIA'S TOP DIPLOMAT: MIDDLE EAST IS KEY POTENTIAL PARTNER
Source: novinite.com - (16/11/2010)

Topics: Politics      

Bulgaria's cabinet has firm intentions to work on reopening traditional markets such as the Middle East, whose potential is now lost, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, says. Mladenov spoke Tuesday, during the fifth annual business-government meeting in Bulgaria organized by Confederation of Employers and Industrialists and the Capital weekly newspaper, pointing out during the last year trade between Bulgaria and the Middle East went up 40%. According to the Minister, three...


BULGARIAN RIGHTISTS: PM BORISOV SHOULD NOT SUCCUMB TO RUSSIA

BULGARIAN RIGHTISTS: PM BORISOV SHOULD NOT SUCCUMB TO RUSSIA
Source: novinite.com - (13/11/2010)

Topics: Politics      

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov should not capitulate under Russian pressure, the Bulgarian rightist party DSB (Democrats for Strong Bulgaria) stated in a special declaration. "We are deeply concerned over the ruling GERB party's retreat with regard to Russia's intention to carry out the Belene Nuclear Power Plant ant the South Stream gas pipeline project.," the declaration says. According to DSB, the Bulgarian Prime Minister's recent retreat under Russian pressure is a sign of...


BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VOWS ACCESS TO SCHENGEN 2011

BULGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER VOWS ACCESS TO SCHENGEN 2011
Source: novinite.com - (12/11/2010)

Topics: Politics      

Bulgaria works hard to cover the Schengen Agreement criteria and join the zone March 2011, Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov stated. Thus, he answered France's Minister for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche who recently announced that France will make sure that the EU decision on the Bulgarian and Romanian entry in the Schengen Agreement is not made before the summer. "The expansion of the Schengen Zone should not be an automatic result from the process of technical evaluation...


WORLD BANK PRESIDENT ROBERT ZOELLICK PRAISES BULGARIA TO BRUSSELS

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT ROBERT ZOELLICK PRAISES BULGARIA TO BRUSSELS
Source: klassa.bg - (30/08/2010)

Topics: Politics      

"I was really impressed by the speed at which Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Government are implementing reforms. The Prime Minister of Bulgaria is trying to improve the effectiveness of the judiciary and his team is focused on achieving real and tangible results of the economic reform in the country." This is stated in a special letter of World Bank President, Robert Zoellick, to the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, reports Focus News. In the letter, the Head...


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