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13 February 2016, Issue 4463
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Bulgarian FM Has No Information on Turkey Banning Entry of DPS Founder, MP


The Bulgarian foreign ministry has no information on Turkey having imposed bans on two key figures of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) from entering the country. read
Free Map of Wine Routes Guides Tourists in Bulgaria's Melnik Region


A free map of wine routes in the Bulgarian region of Melnik is seeking to encourage the development of wine tourism in the area. read
Bulgarian GDP in Last Quarter of 2015 Increased by 3.1 % Y/Y


According to flash estimates of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) released on Friday, the Bulgarian GDP in the last quarter of 2015 increased by 3.read
 
 
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Two Bulgarians Get Jail Terms in Sweden for Running Begging Scheme

Bulgaria Urges EU to Help Normalize Traffic at Border with Greece

Bulgaria to Contribute EUR 50 000 to EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa

Strong South Winds Expected in Bulgaria Saturday

EU Gives Greece 3 Months to Improve Control of Migrant Influx

Tensions in Athens Escalate as Farmers, Police Clash

Greek Farmers’ Blockade Closes Bulgaria’s Kulata Border Crossing Friday

Blockade Remains at Two Bulgarian-Greek Border Checkpoints as Protests Continue

Bulgaria's Borovets Hosts European Cup Ladies' Giant Slalom

International Community Vows to Seek Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

IOM: Migrant Arrivals in Greece by Sea Drop in February Due to Bad Weather


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EU GIVES GREECE 3 MONTHS TO IMPROVE CONTROL OF MIGRANT INFLUX

EU member states on Friday gave Greece three months to remedy "serious deficiencies" in controlling the migrant influx or effectively face suspension from Europe’s Schengen zone of passport-free travel, AFP reported.

The decision was taken by the EU ministerial council over objections of Greece, which is the main gateway for the million of refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year. read more


FINANCE

BULGARIAN GDP IN LAST QUARTER OF 2015 INCREASED BY 3.1 % Y/Y

According to flash estimates of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) released on Friday, the Bulgarian GDP in the last quarter of 2015 increased by 3.1 % compared to the same quarter of the previous year.

The Bulgarian GDP in the last quarter of 2015 exceeded BGN 23.9 B, registering a growth of 0.8 % compared to the previous quarter of last year. read more


TOURISM

RUSSIA IS STRATEGIC PARTNER IN TOURISM FOR BULGARIA, ANGELKOVA TELLS TASS

Bulgaria’s Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said on Friday that Russia is a partner of strategic importance in the area of tourism for her country, TASS reported.

"An extremely frank dialogue has been established between our countries, which favors expanding and deepening of relations in the tourism sector," Angelkova said in an interview with the Russian news agency. read more


FREE MAP OF WINE ROUTES GUIDES TOURISTS IN BULGARIA'S MELNIK REGION

A free map of wine routes in the Bulgarian region of Melnik is seeking to encourage the development of wine tourism in the area.

The map was produced under the initiative of wine producers from the region and is available in both Bulgarian and English, Darik radio informs. read more


DIPLOMACY

BULGARIAN FM HAS NO INFORMATION ON TURKEY BANNING ENTRY OF DPS FOUNDER, MP

The Bulgarian foreign ministry has no information on Turkey having imposed bans on two key figures of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) from entering the country.

This was announced by Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Poryazov who appeared in parliament on Friday after one of the co-chairpersons of DPS had called for a hearing of Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov in order to clarify, confirm or deny the recent media reports. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

TWO BULGARIANS GET JAIL TERMS IN SWEDEN FOR RUNNING BEGGING SCHEME

A Swedish court has sentenced two Bulgarian brothers to jail terms for running a begging scheme that involved exploitation of disabled and illiterate people, AFP reported on Friday.

The two brothers, aged 39 and 42, were convicted for human trafficking and were sentenced to three and three-and-a-half years in prison, respectively. read more


BULGARIA URGES EU TO HELP NORMALIZE TRAFFIC AT BORDER WITH GREECE

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has asked the European Commission to help normalize traffic through Greece’s border with Bulgaria.

Greek farmers protesting at pension cuts and tax hikes planned by the government in Athens have been blocking crossings at the country’s border with Bulgaria for three weeks now. Bulgarian road transport companies, whose trucks have been stranded for days on both sides of the border  have estimated their losses from the blockade at minimum EUR 150 per truck per day.  read more


BULGARIA TO CONTRIBUTE EUR 50 000 TO EU EMERGENCY TRUST FUND FOR AFRICA

Bulgaria will contribute EUR 50 000 to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa after parliament ratified the agreement on the establishment of the fund on Friday.

The fund is aimed at achieving stability and tackling the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. read more


ENVIRONMENT

STRONG SOUTH WINDS EXPECTED IN BULGARIA SATURDAY

Bulgaria’s weather forecast service has warned that strong south-southwest winds are expected in eight regions of eastern and southeastern Bulgaria on Saturday, BGNES reported.

Wind gusts of up to 22 meter per second are expected in the afternoon hours in the regions of Kardzhali, Haskovo, Yambol, Sliven, Burgas, Shumen, Dobrich and Varna. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIA'S BOROVETS HOSTS EUROPEAN CUP LADIES' GIANT SLALOM

The Bulgarian resort of Borovets is hosting the ladies' giant slalom of the FIS European Cup on Friday and Saturday.

The official opening will take place at 17.45 o'clock on Friday with free mulled wine provided to all. read more


WORLD

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY VOWS TO SEEK CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA

Following talks of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in Munich on Thursday, the participants committed themselves to implementing a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria.

The implementation of the ceasefire is set to begin in a week, with the cessation not applying to the fight against jihadist groups such as Islamic State (IS) and the al-Nusra Front. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

IOM: MIGRANT ARRIVALS IN GREECE BY SEA DROP IN FEBRUARY DUE TO BAD WEATHER

An estimated 83,201 migrants and refugeehave arrived in Europe between 1 January and 11 February, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced on Friday.

Some 77,303 of those people, or 92% arrived on the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea from Turkey, IOM said in a news release. read more


GREEK FARMERS’ BLOCKADE CLOSES BULGARIA’S KULATA BORDER CROSSING FRIDAY

Truck traffic at Kulata border checkpoint on Bulgaria’s border with Greece has been blocked again at 5 p.m. on Friday by Greek farmers protesting on their side of the border against planned pеnsion cuts.

The blockade for trucks was lifted for about six hours on Friday as agreed by Bulgarian and Greek authorities earlier this week. read more


TENSIONS IN ATHENS ESCALATE AS FARMERS, POLICE CLASH

Tensions in the Greek capital escalated on Friday as protesting farmers and police clashed in central Athens.

The police fired tear gas to disperse the farmers who were throwing stones at the building of the agriculture ministry. read more


BLOCKADE REMAINS AT TWO BULGARIAN-GREEK BORDER CHECKPOINTS AS PROTESTS CONTINUE

The blockade at two checkpoints along the Bulgarian-Greek border remains as the protests of Greek farmers are continuing on Friday.

At present, the Kulata and Ilinden checkpoints remain closed to trucks, with the passage of cars, minibuses and buses not affected. read more



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