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21 April 2015, Issue 4210
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Bulgaria Launches Tenders for Oil, Gas Exploration Rights at Silistar, Teres Blocks
The tenders for oil and natural gas exploration rights for Block 1-14 Silistar and Block 1-22 Teres, two exploration blocks located in Bulgaria's Black Sea continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, are underway. read
Bulgaria GDP Growth 1.2% in 2015, 1.5% in 2016 - IMF
The Bulgarian economy is expected to grow moderately this and next year, according to projections of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).read
Bulgaria's Labor Min Tables Tough Measures to Boost Work Safety
Labor and Social Policy Minister Ivaylo Kalfin has proposed Criminal Code amendments targeting employers who do not sign contracts with workers.read
PRESIDENT PLEVNELIEV: BULGARIA CAN BECOME REGIONAL ‘ENGINE’ FOR ICT INDUSTRY IN EUROPE
Bulgaria has the potential to become an “engine” for positive change in Southeastern Europe as regards the plans of the European Commission for the Single Digital Market, according to President Rosen Plevneliev.
Plevneliev met with Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, on Monday in Sofia.
REPAIR WORKS BEGIN ON TWO BULGARIAN MOTORWAYS, LARGEST SOFIA BOULEVARD
Repair works began on Monday on two Bulgarian motorways – Hemus and Trakia and the largest boulevard in Sofia – Tsarigradsko Shose.
The repair works of the Tsarigradsko Shose began in the section between Sofia Ring Road and the crossover above Aleksandar Malinov Boulevard, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIA GDP GROWTH 1.2% IN 2015, 1.5% IN 2016 - IMF
The Bulgarian economy is expected to grow moderately this and next year, according to projections of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The table contains a footnote reading that "emerging" European countries include Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, though economic data for these is not included. read more
BULGARIA C-BANK 'WARNED GREEK-OWNED BANKS' OVER GREXIT SCENARIO
Bulgaria's central bank recommended Greek-owned banks to clean their portfolios of securities and deposits which "could incur losses" if Greece leaves the euro, media reports suggest.
BULGARIA LAUNCHES TENDERS FOR OIL, GAS EXPLORATION RIGHTS AT SILISTAR, TERES BLOCKS
The tenders for oil and natural gas exploration rights for Block 1-14 Silistar and Block 1-22 Teres, two exploration blocks located in Bulgaria's Black Sea continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, are underway.
The announcements were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on April 18. read more
MINISTER PREDICTS 50% INCREASE IN AIR TRAFFIC OVER BULGARIA AFTER LAUNCH OF ISTANBUL NEW AIRPORT
Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski has predicted an increase in air traffic over Bulgaria by around 50% as a result of the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, İstanbul Yeni Havalimanı.
Speaking Monday at the opening of the 54th Annual Conference of International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFATCA), Moskovski noted hat the Istanbul New Airport was expected to be one of the largest in the world and to service around 150 million passengers a year. read more
BULGARIAN PM BOYKO BORISOV 'TO VISIT EMIRATES' IN END-APRIL
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will be looking for UAE investors during his visit to Dubai later this month, government sources say.
BULGARIA'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR VISITING MACEDONIA
Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov and his deputy Borislav Sarafov are paying a visit to Macedonia on Monday and Tuesday, according to the prosecuting authority's website.
BULGARIA’S PROFIT FROM EU MEMBERSHIP IN 2007-2014 AT BGN 14.7 B
Bulgaria’s profit from the eight years of EU membership stands at BGN 14.7 B, according to Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov.
Goranov presented the data in a written response to a question of an MP from center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), according to reports of the BGNES news agency. read more
BULGARIAN PM BORISOV RECEIVES HIGH PUBLIC APPROVAL RATING
Bulgarians deem most successful the government policies connected to infrastructure (38%), culture (29%) and foreign policy (25%).
Meanwhile, the most unsuccessful areas have been the income policy (9%), followed by economics, social activities and education (each with 17% stated disapproval). read more
VILLAGE POPULATION IN BULGARIA MARKS DECREASE
Depopulated towns in Bulgaria are 164 as of December 2014, as reported by the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
The biggest number of locations with no inhabitants are in the municiplaities of Grabrovo, Veliko tarnovo and Kardzhali - respectively 61, 57 and 11. read more
BULGARIA'S LABOR MIN TABLES TOUGH MEASURES TO BOOST WORK SAFETY
Labor and Social Policy Minister Ivaylo Kalfin has proposed Criminal Code amendments targeting employers who do not sign contracts with workers.
Asked about speeding up the pension reform, Kalfin said the government would inevitably have to boost social contributions on paid by employers, a measure that would certainly meet the resistance of business representatives. read more
BULGARIAN STORMS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS WITH TEAPOTS
A man from Bulgaria's Ruse boasts a huge teapot collection and is even considering attempting to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.
Thirty-seven Anton Dimitrov who loves drinking tea in the winter, is currently working at a recyclables collecting unit in Ruse, Pressa Daily reported. It is exactly there that he has discovered the charm of the overused teapots and started collecting them. read more
STONES HURLED AT BULGARIAN SOCIALIST PARTY HEADQUARTERS
An unknown man has thrown paving stones at the main office of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) in downtown Sofia, party officials say.
BULGARIA'S TOP TENNIS PLAYERS RETAIN WTA, ATP RANKINGS
Bulgaria's top female and male tennis players Tsvetana Pironkova and Grigor Dimitrov retained their respective WTA and ATP rankings.
Pironkova, who was defeated in the qualifications of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, retained her 52nd position in the WTA ranking. read more
ATTACKER OF BULGARIAN POLITICIAN AHMED DOGAN CONCLUSIVELY SENTENCED TO 3 1/2 YEARS IN PRISON
Oktay Enimehmedov has been conclusively sentenced to three years and six months of imprisonment over the 2013 attack against Ahmed Dogan, honorary leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party.
The final verdict issued by the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS) concerns charges of hooliganism and a death threat against Dogan, according to the Legal World magazine, as cited by dnevnik.bg. read more
GENERAL ACCUSED OF MALFEASANCE, ORDERED SUBORDINATES TO RENOVATE DWELLING
The Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office charged Bulgarian Brigadier General Dimitar Shivikov with malfeasance in office for ordering his subordinates to renovate his dwelling.
Shivikov was accused of diverting four subordinates from their military duties in Karlovo and using their labour unlawfully for renovating his dwelling in Sofia, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIAN POLICE DETAINS 17 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS NEAR STARA ZAGORA
The Bulgarian police detained seventeen illegal immigrants in the district of Stara Zagora, which is the second case in the region in less than a month.
The immigrants were traveling in a vehicle, which was involved in a road accident on Trakia Motorway near the town of Chirpan, private bTV station reports. read more
BBC: IS BULGARIA EUROPE'S SILICON VALLEY?
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BOAT CARRYING 300 MIGRANTS ISSUES DISTRESS SIGNAL, 20 FEARED DEAD
The International Organization for Migration received a distress call from a sinking boat carrying 300 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
FOUR UNICEF OFFICERS MURDERED IN SOMALIA
Four UNICEF employees have been murdered during an attack in Somalia, as reported by the organization's local headquarters.
Their car has been attacked in the region of Garowe. Information on the incident is still incomplete, but accoridng to preliminary information, four other UNICEF emplopyees have been hurt and are in severe condition. read more
IS RELEASES VIDEO DEPICTING `KILLING` OF ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIANS
Islamic State (IS) released a new video, which purportedly shows the killing of up to thirty Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
The video depicts one group of men being beheaded on a beach and another group being shot in the head in a desert, the BBC reports. read more
BOMB TARGETS UN OFFICIALS IN SOMALIA, KILLS SEVEN PEOPLE
A bomb attack on a United Nations (UN) vehicle left seven people dead in the Puntland region of Somalia.
According to an eyewitness, the bomb was attached to a UN bus, while initial reports spoke of a suicide attack, the BBC reports. read more
EU MULLS DOUBLING OF TRITON FUNDS – GERMAN INTERIOR MINISTER
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has expressed support for a proposal to double funding for the EU naval operation in the Mediterranean.
De Maiziere, as cited by DPA, said that the European Commission had presented a 10-point plan to address the migration crisis during Monday’s meeting of EU foreign and interior ministers in Luxembourg. read more
AT LEAST THREE DIE IN LATEST MIGRANT INCIDENT OFF RHODES ISLAND
At least three people died in the latest incident involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea, which occurred on Monday off the Greek island of Rhodes.
According to local media reports, a boat carrying more than 200 migrants hit a reef at Zephyros beach in Rhodes, the Greek Reporter informs. read more
FINLAND'S JUHA SIPILä WINS GENERAL VOTE
Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has admitted defeat in parliamentary elections held in the country on Sunday, with his party coming second.
EU FOREIGN MINISTERS TO DISCUSS MED INCIDENT
Foreign ministers of EU member states are set to discuss Sunday's incident in Mediterranean in which hundreds are feared dead.
Italian PM Matteo Renzi also demanded on Sunday that a summit meeting be held. Italy is one of the hardest-hit countries by the refugee influx. The BBC quotes him as saying that Libya was the biggest problem, since some 90% of migrants setting off for Italy started there. read more
GREECE LAUNCHES TRIAL AGAINST NEO-NAZI GOLDEN DAWN PARTY
The trial proceeding against 89 members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn started Monday in Athens.
Party leaders have been accused of creating ''a criminal organization'', but they were not present in the court room as reported by AFP. Accusation to party members also included murder, racist violence and possession of weapons. read more
GREECE'S MONEY TO END IN JUNE - IMF EUROPE HEAD
Greece will likely run out of money in June and negotiations on reform have to be completed by that time, the IMF's European head has said.
EU, US HOLD NEW ROUND OF TALKS ON PROPOSED FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
The tenth consecutive round of negotiations between the EU and the US regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is set to start Monday in New York.
Talks continue as the proposal for an economic agreement was made more than two years ago. The idea behind it was for the biggest trade zone in the world to be created. read more
FRANCE STILL IN TALKS WITH RUSSIA OVER MISTRAL WARSHIPS
The two Mistral warships France was to deliver to Russia are still subject to discussion, French President Francois Hollande has said.
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