Politics

22 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS DETAINED NEAR TURKISH BORDER

Border guard of Elhovo (Southern Bulgaria) have detained a group of 22 foreign nationals who attempted to cross the border from Turkey into Bulgaria illegally. The officers rounded up 4 Iraqis, 4 Moroccans, 12 Afghans, one Palestinian and one Tunisian who

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 322

MINOR ACCIDENT AT KOZLODUY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

An incident occurred at the Kozloduy nuclear power plant on Monday morning. A temporary retaining wall fell during repairs of a canal linking the plant and the Danube River at 4 am local time.

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 659

INTERIOR DEPUTY MINISTERS ANNOUNCED

Minister of Internal Affairs Georgi Petkanov presented Monday his three deputies and the head of his cabinet. Deputy Minister Tonio Zhelezchev will manage police proceedings and will control the trade companies within the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 483

PAID HIGHER EDUCATION RESTORED

The paid education in the higher schools will be restored because the budget for education is narrow, said Minister of Education Vladimir Atanassov for Standart Daily. On the money only the bills for electricity, heating and wages can be paid.

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 385

PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCED START OF RADICAL REFORMS

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg announced first measures of the government to start radical economic reform program. It was done in a dramatical statement to the Bulgarian people, broadcasted by the National radio and television last nigh

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 398

VRUSHKA CHOUKA CHECKPOINT REOPENED

The Serbian authorities reopened the Vrushka Chouka border crossing to two-way traffic at midnight Friday to Saturday. The unilateral ban on the passage of trucks, buses and vans via Vrushka Chouka as well as Oltomantsi and Strezimirovtsi lasted two days

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 323

SOCIALISTS WITH NO PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

`Socialists are not likely to have their own candidate at the upcoming presidential elections`, Socialist Party leader Georgi Purvanov stated before the regular meeting of the Executive Board of the Party`s Supreme Council. He also specified that the part

Politics | August 20, 2001, Monday // 00:00 | Viewed: 349

PRISONERS PROTEST ON THE ROOF IN SOFIA CENTRAL

24 prisoners from the Sofia Central Prison climbed on the roof of its building. They hang signs saying `This is not mutiny, this is a protest` and `We want the media`.

Politics | August 19, 2001, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 603

NEW CHECKPOINTS AT MACEDONIAN BORDER SOON

Iinvestments in the infrastructure can bring lasting peace in the Balkans, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy said ater meeting here with Macedonian Foreign Minister Ilinka Mitreva in Sofia. Passy added he hopes that `the political will expressed b

Politics | August 19, 2001, Sunday // 00:00 | Viewed: 428

BULGARIA TO BE CAREFUL PROVIDING AID TO MACEDONIA

Defence Minister Nikolay Svinarov told reporters that Bulgaria had not been asked to provide military aid to the Republic of Macedonia. He added that the Bulgarian government was prepared to discuss this issue during the 18 August visit of Macedonian Fore

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 447

24KG OF MARIJUANA SEIZED AT SOUTNERN CHECKPOINT

The customs officers at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing intercepted a shipment of 24 kg of marijuana. A sniffer dog discovered the drug in an incoming Mercedes car with Albanian registration bound for Turkey.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 435

NUCLEAR PLANT UNIT SWITCHED OFF FOR REPAIR

Unit 4 of the Kozloduy Nuclear plant will be switched off for a planned repair and refueling at 00:00hrs on August 19, the press office of the company said. The 440MW unit will be modernized and its operational safety will be upgraded.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 291

FINANCIAL AID FOR MUNICIPALITIES IN SEPTEMBER

Minister of Finance Milen Velchev approved a mechanism for extending financial aid to municipalities in 2001. The mechanism is based on the active legislation and the current capacity of the budget.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 373

SPANISH PM AZNAR TO VISIT BULGARIA IN A MONTH

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar will arrive on a visit to Bulgaria on September 17, 2001. This became clear after a meeting between Bulgarian Transport Minister Plamen Petrov and Spanish Ambassador to Bulgaria Jose Angel Lopez Jorrin.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 337

POLITICS IN BRIEF

The government approved Bulgaria`s participation in the Culture 2000 program of the European Union in the 2001-2004 period. The project is financed under the Phare program and the expenses on the program amount to BGN 220 000 a year.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 321

CUSTOMS DEPARTMENTS` CHIEFS SHIFT POSITIONS

Emil Dimitrov, Director of the Customs Agency, released some of the chiefs of the customs departments and reappointed others on different positions. Krassidar Bikov, head of Sofia Airport customs department, was appointed deputy director of `Passengers an

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 498

PRIME MINISTER TO CONTROL STATE TREASURY

Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg will control directly the money in the treasury. After the Deputy Prime Ministers, who had to watch the finances, didn`t reach an agreement, the Ministry of Finance came to be directly controlled by Simeon.

Politics | August 18, 2001, Saturday // 00:00 | Viewed: 323

GOVERNMENT WITH SPECIAL MEETING ON GOVERNORS

The cabinet meets on Tuesday on a called meeting to appoint the district governors, Minister Dimitar Kaltchev said. Before that the much-contested nominations should be ultimately specified.

Politics | August 17, 2001, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 325

MINISTERS AND DOGAN DENY PROBLEMS IN COALITION

There are no problems with the appointment of deputy government ministers and deputy district governors on the quota of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), Agriculture Minister Ahmed Dikme said Thursday answering a reporter`s question before the

Politics | August 17, 2001, Friday // 00:00 | Viewed: 448

SERBIA CLOSES BOARDER CROSSING AT VRUSHKA CHOUKA

`Serbia unilaterally closed the border crossing at Vrushka Chouka and Strezimirovtsi to trucks, buses and minibuses, the deputy chief of the Vidin Customs Administration as of midnight on August 15`, Ivan Ivanov, deputy director of the Vidin customs ann

Politics | August 16, 2001, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 510

CHIEF SECRETARY OF GOVERNMENT APPROVED

Sevdalin Mavrov, judge from the Sofia Court of Appeal, is the new chief secretary of the Council of Ministers. Mavrov was a regional judge and later on deputy chairman of the First Regional Court in Sofia, a judge and deputy chairman of the Sofia City Cou

Politics | August 16, 2001, Thursday // 00:00 | Viewed: 336
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