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3 December 2016, Issue 4712
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Bulgaria PM Returns Govt Mandate to President


Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has returned the mandate to form a government on Friday after receiving it from President Rosen Plevneliev. read
Bulgaria's Chief of Defense Steps Down over President-Elect


Chief of Defense Gen Constantin Popov is resigning, Focus News Agency reports.Popov, in office since February, has cited the need to give President-elect Rumen Radev an opportunity to name the military officer who will take the post senior position in the Bulgarian Armed Forces.read
Bulgaria PM Leaves EU Commissioner Choice to Interim Govt


"It is up to the interim government to propose an EU Commissioner," Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.read
 
 
NOVINITE INSIDER
Are Bulgarian Politicians Mainstreaming Anti-Migrant Sentiment?

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Harmanli Riots: Scabies Found among Some Migrants

Damage after Harmanli Riots Reaches BGN 0.1 M



Europol Warns of New IS Terror Tactics in Europe

France's Hollande Not to Seek 2nd Term

Nationalist Head Warns of 'External Pressure' on Bulgaria amid Effort to Form Govt


UPS & DOWNS
Bulgaria's Minimum Wage Goes Up Next Year

Bulgaria Still Waiting for Its Auto Manufacturing Plant
QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I promise that, when I become Prime Minister again, I will order a Lada Niva from Russia that will be armored and will always use it.
I will speak to President Putin, he will not refuse to me."

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov explaining to reporters the use of armored SUVs by him and his security details

Eearlier, a TV report revealed the vehicles had been owned by state agencies but dispatched to the National Service for Protection (NSO which provides guard to state officials) for different purposes and were used by the Prime Minister and visiting state leaders.

However, the armored SUVs are now necessary for the agencies, and Borisov instructed NSO head Angel Antonov to give them back.

Lada Niva and other Lada models were particularly popular among Eastern Bloc countries during the Cold War.

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BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT WILLING TO GIVE REFORMIST BLOC MANDATE TO FORM GOVT

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has said he has a strong preference for giving the Reformist Bloc coalition a mandate to form a government.

Plevneliev, in an interview with the public broadcaster's Panorama, has put an end to speculation that he intends on giving the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition a chance to form a government later in December. read more


DEFENSE

BULGARIA'S CHIEF OF DEFENSE STEPS DOWN OVER PRESIDENT-ELECT

Chief of Defense Gen Constantin Popov is resigning, Focus News Agency reports.

Popov, in office since February, has cited the need to give President-elect Rumen Radev an opportunity to name the military officer who will take the post senior position in the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

The incumbent Chief of Defense (a position previously known as Chief of Staff of the Bulgarian military) has also described his decision as a "moral act", with Radev having been his direct subordinate for years.

Bulgaria's President-elect was, between 2014 and 2016, Commander of the Bulgarian Air Force, the only superior position to him being that of the Chief of Defense.  

Taking over the Presidency in January 2017, however, he will also become Commander-in-Chief of the Bulgarian Armed Forces.

Popov was nominated by President Rosen Plevneliev before the term of his predecessor had expired. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

BULGARIA PM LEAVES EU COMMISSIONER CHOICE TO INTERIM GOVT

"It is up to the interim government to propose an EU Commissioner," Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said.

Speaking to reporters after meeting President Rosen Plevneliev, Borisov has said his party, GERB, will not engage in the choice of the next Bulgarian commissioner who will take over from Kristalina Georgieva in January.

"I implore Mr Rumen Radev [the President-elect], given the current budget, to sit with President Rosen Plevneliev, to create an interim government that should do the transition, to choose a date for early election so that the state calms down," Borisov has made it clear.

"If Mr Radev is kind enough to assume responsibility together with the current President, who has a month and a half more of his term, [he should] make an [interim] government and it should nominate an EU Commissioner."

Bulgarian President Plevneliev is still engaged in a constitutional effort to create a new government after Borisov stepped down. On Friday, Borisov declined to seek another government within the current Parliament.

Radev, for his part, has said he will leave the composition of an interim cabinet to the incumbent head of state. Technically, he is able to appoint a new interim government after assuming office in January. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA PM RETURNS GOVT MANDATE TO PRESIDENT

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has returned the mandate to form a government on Friday after receiving it from President Rosen Plevneliev.

Borisov has only kept the mandate for less than a minute. read more


HARMANLI RIOTS: SCABIES FOUND AMONG SOME MIGRANTS

A sixth of migrants examined in the center of Harmanli, southern Bulgaria, have got scabies, authorities say.

As many as 81 are infected, out of 500 who went through examinations, news website Dnevnik.bg quotes medical officials in the region of Haskovo (where Harmanli lies) and the Bulgarian News Agency as saying.

There are seventeen other cases of skin diseases, while two others have lice. Cases of chicken pox, bronchitis and others have also been detected. Some of the migrants have been hospitalized, children included.

Riots broke out last week after more than 3000 migrants were locked up in the center following rumours among locals that some of them may have skin diseases.

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NATIONALIST HEAD WARNS OF 'EXTERNAL PRESSURE' ON BULGARIA AMID EFFORT TO FORM GOVT

External pressure is probably being applied on Bulgaria to avoid the formation of a nationalist-led cabinet, Patriotic Front co-leader Krasimir Karakachanov has said.

In an interview with private bTV broadcaster, he has pointed to the PF's desire to change relations with the EU as the main reason for non-Bulgarian actors to work against a possible cabinet composed by his coalition.

The Patriotic Front is a nationalist alliance which backed Boyko Borisov's outgoing government but had no ministers in it. Borisov earlier this week stated he may back a PF-led cabinet if the coalition is handed a mandate by the President, but his party GERB backtracked on the day after.

The head of state, Rosen Plevneliev, is yet to decide whether to hand over a mandate to the PF.

Karakachanov's coalition has sought a more independent and assertive foreign policy of Bulgaria within the EU and NATO. read more


SOCIETY

DAMAGE AFTER HARMANLI RIOTS REACHES BGN 0.1 M

The damages incurred by the riots in the Harmanli reception center last week amount to some BGN 100 000, public broadcaster BNR says, citing local officials.

Windows and furniture were smashed as clashes broke out in the migrant center last week.

Two of the buildings within the Harmanli center will be turned into facilities of restricted movement, access into and out of them being barred to residents.

The transformation will cost around 322 000, the BNR says.

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ENVIRONMENT

BULGARIA'S WEATHER SERVICE WARNS OF STRONG WINDS IN ALL REGIONS

A Code Yellow alert has been issued across Bulgaria for Friday, with heavy winds expected in all of the country's 28 regions.

Gale-force winds with stormy gusts reaching a speed of 25-25 m/s will blow from the west, with possible damages to property.

Bulgarian weather authorities are advising citizens against unjustified risks, especially with weather dependent activities.

Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 6-11 degrees Celsius, marking an increase compared to the past few days. read more


SMILES

THE DEAFENING DISCO

A mother tells her son when he comes home in the morning:

"If you keep going to the disco every night you'll be deaf in a year." read more


EU

EUROPOL WARNS OF NEW IS TERROR TACTICS IN EUROPE

The pattern of recent Islamic State (IS) terror attacks in Europe suggests the group has adopted new tactics to attack the West while losing ground in the Middle East, Europol has  said.

„In addition to France and Belgium, all other EU Member States that are part of the US-led coalition against IS may be targeted by terrorists led or inspired by IS,“ it notes n a statement sent to the media introducing its new report, titled Changes in Modus Operandi of IS Revisited and released by Europol's European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) on Friday. read more


FRANCE'S HOLLANDE NOT TO SEEK 2ND TERM

French President François Hollande announced on Thursday he would not look for another term of office.

Amid historically low approval ratings, the Socialist leader said in a televised address he would "not be a candidate" in the vote next year.

Hollande thus became the first President not to seek reelection since the Fifth Republic was established in 1958.

Terror attacks, inability to get the economy back on track, and controversial developments in his private life made the head of state's rating plummet.

The election is due in April. A recent poll projected his support at just seven percent in the first round if he won.

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NOVINITE INSIDER

ARE BULGARIAN POLITICIANS MAINSTREAMING ANTI-MIGRANT SENTIMENT?

In October and November, protests were held in the village of Boyanovo and the nearby town of Yambol, with locals venting their anger over the construction of a migrant camp for three thousand people.

In reality, the accommodation facility was supposed to fit in just a few hundred people on a temporary basis. read more



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