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NAVIBULGAR TO BUILD 6 SHIPS IN BULGARIA'S VARNA

NAVIBULGAR TO BUILD 6 SHIPS IN BULGARIA'S VARNA
(09/08/2010)

Topics: Business      

The Navigation Maritime Bulgare company (NAVIBULGAR) is planning to construct at least 6 ships in the ship building yard of MTG-Dolphin PLC in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna. According to the Bulgarian daily ôPozvaneteö, two of the vessels have to be ready by the end of the year. They are part of the six vessels that the company is planning to acquire in 2010. ôIt all depends on whether we will manage to find financing or not. For two of them, we are sure we can get credit...


WORLD BANK PRESIDENT HEAPS HIGH PRAISE ON BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT HEAPS HIGH PRAISE ON BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT
(09/08/2010)

Topics: Economy      

President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick praised the Bulgarian government for successfully tackling the global economic crisis on his official visit to the country Monday. ôI came hear to learn and listen,ö said Zoellick, adding that in the situation of heavy economic crisis Bulgaria is doing ônot worse than mostö and that achieved results are manifest for all to see. The World Bank president stated that his visit comes at a crucial time for the relations between the institution and...


BULGARIAN REAL ESTATE EXPERTS EXPECT STANDSTILL OF PRICES

BULGARIAN REAL ESTATE EXPERTS EXPECT STANDSTILL OF PRICES
(05/08/2010)

Topics:       

The prices of real estate in Bulgaria will probably remain at their current level in the next few months, the head of the National Real Estate Association has announced. At the moment, the average prices for residential properties range between EUR 550 and EUR 1100 per sq.m. ôIn the second trimester, the prices for residential properties in Sofia increased by 4-5%, while in Varna and Plovdiv the prices dropped by 2,5-7% in comparison to the first trimester,ö said Lachezar Iskrov, head of...


BULGARIA SELLS STATE BONDS BIG

BULGARIA SELLS STATE BONDS BIG
(03/08/2010)

Topics: Financial      

The Bulgarian National Bank announced a major sale of EUR 61.5 M worth of state bonds, exceeding more than four times the initially planned amount. The average profitability of the bonds sold is 3.15%. Last week the National Bank also scored a BGN 90 M sale, with an initially offered amount of BGN 45 M. Thus the total amount of state bonds sold for just two weeks is over BGN 200 M. The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance plans to auction more issued state...


BULGARIA TO RECEIVE GREEN ENERGY FUNDING FROM NORWAY

BULGARIA TO RECEIVE GREEN ENERGY FUNDING FROM NORWAY
(02/08/2010)

Topics: Economy      Renewable Energy

Norway will give Bulgaria financial support for projects focused mostly on environment and energy efficiency issues. Bulgaria will receive the EUR 126,6 M in the next four years. The Norwegian help for Bulgaria is part of a new agreement between the EU and the countries from the so-called European Economic Area (EEA), which include Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The goal is to decrease the social and economic differences in Europe. In the fall, the Bulgarian government will sign...


BULGARIAN ECONOMISTS FORECAST SMALLER GDP GROWTH FOR 2011

BULGARIAN ECONOMISTS FORECAST SMALLER GDP GROWTH FOR 2011
(02/08/2010)

Topics: Macroeconomic Data      

The Center for Economic Development has announced its forecast that Bulgaria will overcome the economic crisis at the end of 2010 or at the beginning of 2011 the earliest. According to the experts' report, announced Monday, the economy of the country has shrunk by 1% in the second trimester, in comparison to the first trimester, when the compression has been 3,6%. The Center has criticized the macro framework of the state budget, according to which Bulgaria's GDP will grow by 3,6% in the...


BULGARIA C-BANK INTEREST RATE BACK TO RECORD LOW

BULGARIA C-BANK INTEREST RATE BACK TO RECORD LOW
(01/08/2010)

Topics: Financial      

The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) has set the basic interest rate back to its lowest levels since the index was recorded for the first time in 1991. From August 1 2010, the basic interest rate has been set at the record low of 0,17%, which is down by 0,01 percentage points compared to the previous month. The interest rate decrease is part of a continued trend that started at the beginning of last year from levels at 5,17%. The downward movement was reversed in May only for the growth to...


BULGARIA'S PM TO OPEN CONSTRUCTION OF LOT 3 OF TRAKIYA HIGHWAY

BULGARIA'S PM TO OPEN CONSTRUCTION OF LOT 3 OF TRAKIYA HIGHWAY
(01/08/2010)

Topics: Infrastructure      Construction

Bulgaria's PM Boyko Borisov and the Minister for Regional Development, Rosen Plevneliev, will make the first groundbreaking of Lot 3 of the Trakiya Highway on Monday. The whole length of Lot 3, connecting the Bulgarian town of Nova Zagora and the city of Yambol, is 34,3 km. It will include two lanes in each direction. The executing company is the Greek ôAktorö, which has proposed BGN 133 973 907 for the construction. "Aktor" has also stated that they will not use subcontractors and will...


AES PLANS TO CONSTRUCT USD 400 M SOLAR POWER PLANT IN BULGARIA

AES PLANS TO CONSTRUCT USD 400 M SOLAR POWER PLANT IN BULGARIA
(28/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      Renewable Energy

AES Corp., the U.S. power producer with operations in more than two dozen countries, is keen on constructing in Bulgaria a USD 400 M solar power plant with a capacity of 80 megawatts, the American ambassador in Sofia announced. ôAES has been waiting for six months to go ahead with its investment, which costs nothing to the Bulgarian government,ö US Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Warlick, said a joint press conference with representatives of AES Solar Energy. The ambassador pointed out that...


LUFTHANSA TECHNIK EXPANDS IN BULGARIA

LUFTHANSA TECHNIK EXPANDS IN BULGARIA
(28/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      

Lufthansa Technik Sofia, a joint venture between Germanyĺs Lufthansa Technik and the Bulgarian Aviation Group, announced it will invest in the construction of new facilities for aircraft overhaul and maintenance near Sofia Airport. The company, which has served so far 40 planes of more than 20 airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa, said it has been flooded by orders and will accept no more by the end of 2011. Another 35 aircraft will be serviced over the next 17...


CZECH POWER UTILITY TO INVEST BGN 2 M IN RENOVATION

CZECH POWER UTILITY TO INVEST BGN 2 M IN RENOVATION
(27/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      

The Czech-owned electric power utility CEZ will invest BGN 1 936 000 M in a renovation of the ôMetroösubfeeder, which provides electricity to the northwestern region of the Bulgaria's capital. According to the company, the renovation will increase the safety level and will provide power for the development of new residential and business projects in the area. It will also decrease the number of breakdowns and will cut the repair time by 15 minutes. ôCEZ has always tried to invest in the...


BNB: EU STRESS TEST PROVES STABILITY OF BULGARIAN BANKS

BNB: EU STRESS TEST PROVES STABILITY OF BULGARIAN BANKS
(25/07/2010)

Topics: Financial      

The European bank groups represented in Bulgaria, which took part part in the pan-European bank stress tests demonstrated stability and high capital adequacy, the Bulgarian National Bank declared in a statement. The European banking system stress tests were organized according to a decision of ECOFIN and were coordinated by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) in cooperation with the European Central Bank, the European Commission, and the consolidating national...


BULGARIA'S DEFENSE INDUSTRY INVESTS UP TO BGN 6 M ANNUALLY IN R&D

BULGARIA'S DEFENSE INDUSTRY INVESTS UP TO BGN 6 M ANNUALLY IN R&D
(25/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      

The Bulgarian military-industrial complex invests between 10% and 30% of its combined profit annually in research and development activities. According to the latest report of the Bulgarian Defense Industry Association made public during its recent annual meeting this makes between BGN 2 M and BGN 6 M. The total turnover of the Bulgarian military plants in 2009 was a little over BGN 200 M. The major topic discussed during the annual meeting of the Bulgarian Defense Industry Association...


BULGARIA SEES GROWTH OF HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS, NON-PERFORMING LOANS

BULGARIA SEES GROWTH OF HOUSEHOLD SAVINGS, NON-PERFORMING LOANS
(23/07/2010)

Topics: Economy      

The savings of the Bulgarian households reached BGN 25.5 B in June 2010, which is a year-on-year increase of 13.4%. According to latest data of the Bulgarian National Bank, the household deposits grew by BGN 218 M in June compared with the previous month. Experts have attributed the increase of the savings to the fact that most Bulgarians are still afraid to spend, and are restricting their consumption. The company deposits in Bulgaria dropped by 1.3% in June year-on-year, down to BGN...


BULGARIA'S PM: NEW HYDROPOWER STATION PROJECT TO START 2012

BULGARIA'S PM: NEW HYDROPOWER STATION PROJECT TO START 2012
(19/07/2010)

Topics: Construction      Renewable Energy

The Gorna Arda hydropower plant project is extremely important for the development of the region of south-eastern Bulgaria, said Bulgarian PM upon the joining of Austrian energy giant EVN in the venture Monday evening in Vienna. The Bulgarian National Electrical Company (NEK) and Austrian energy giant EVN stroke a deal earlier Monday over the construction and exploitation of the hydropower station during Borisov's official visit to Austria Commenting upon the event, Borisov said that...


2 AMERICAN COMPANIES APPLY TO SEARCH FOR SHALE GAS IN BULGARIA

2 AMERICAN COMPANIES APPLY TO SEARCH FOR SHALE GAS IN BULGARIA
(15/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      

Two US companies have expressed interest in drilling for shale gas in Bulgaria, the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism announced. The Ministry has received a total of seven requests for exploration permits by two companies ľ Chervon Bulgaria Holding BV stationed in the Netherlands, and the Texas-based Integrity Tower Inc. Chevron has expressed interest in exploring two sites, while Integrity Tower has asked for five permits for exploration in Northeast Bulgaria. The possibility of...


BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT MOVES TO LURE HI-TECH INVESTORS WITH STATE AID

BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT MOVES TO LURE HI-TECH INVESTORS WITH STATE AID
(14/07/2010)

Topics: FDI in Bulgaria      Software and Information Technology

Bulgariaĺs Cabinet has approved legislative measures providing for state aid and other incentives for foreign investments in projects entailing hi-tech industries, and research and development. The Borisov government has adopted amendments to the Regulations for the Application of the Investment Encouragement Act. The changes provide for a state aid to foreign investors reimbursing them with up to 50% for their spending on educational and research and development activities, and a subsidy...


BULGARIA RECORDS THIRD BIGGEST DROP IN COMMERCIAL RENT PRICES

BULGARIA RECORDS THIRD BIGGEST DROP IN COMMERCIAL RENT PRICES
(13/07/2010)

Topics: Economy      Real Estate

Bulgaria's capital Sofia ranks third in the EU for drop of rent prices for outlets on commercial streets for the past three years, a research shows. The research by the consultant company CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) showed that in the past three years the rents in Sofia have gone down by 38,46%. In the last year the drop has increased to 27,27% with a drop of 11,11% only for the past three months. According to another consultant company, Colliers International, the opening of new shopping...


US AMBASSADOR PRESENTS MAJOR GAS ALTERNATIVE FOR BULGARIA

US AMBASSADOR PRESENTS MAJOR GAS ALTERNATIVE FOR BULGARIA
(13/07/2010)

Topics: Investments      

The US ambassador to Bulgaria James Warlick gave an official presentation Tuesday of American company Chevron, which has expressed interest in drilling for shale gas in the country. Chevron representatives, headed by company vice-president Ian MacDonald, are in Sofia for talks with PM Boyko Borisov and other high-ranking officials in order to present their offers. ôBulgaria has the opportunity to diversify its energy sources. I hope that a prospecting license will swiftly be granted to...


GLASS RECYCLING PLANT TO OPEN NEAR SOFIA

GLASS RECYCLING PLANT TO OPEN NEAR SOFIA
(09/07/2010)

Topics: Economy      Waste Management

Bulgaria's Environment Minister Nona Karadzhova has broken the ground for the construction of a glass recycling plant in the village of Ravno Pole near the capital Sofia. The Ecopack, a joint stock company that does not distribute its profit formed in 2004 by 18 Bulgarian and foreign firms, is going to invest BGN 3.8 M in the glass recycling facility. The plant is going to use empty bottles from around Bulgaria; the recycled glass material will be provided to two glass producing...



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