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31 March 2015, Issue 4193
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BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM
 
Bulgaria Objects to ‘Discriminatory’ Change to Greece’s Income Tax Code


Bulgaria, which has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the EU, has objected to the introduction of a 26% withholding tax on all transactions originating from sources in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Ireland by Greece. read
Shootout Outside US NSA Building Appears ‘Local Criminal Matter’


Monday’s shootout outside the headquarters of the US National Security Agency appears to be a 'local criminal matter' and not a terrorist attack, according to a senior US official, NBC News reported. read
Sofia Airport Launches More Flights Prior to Summer Season


Sofia Airport is now operating at its summer schedule starting March 29. There are now 50 direct flights to European and Middle Eastern destinations available, Pressa Daily reported. read
 
 
MORE TOP NEWS
Dairy Producers in Bulgaria Predict Wave of Bankruptcies

Construction of Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria May Start in March 2016

Bulgaria's PM Not Invited to Victory Day Celebrations in Moscow

Bulgaria Cuts Monthly Payment of BGN 65 to Refugees

Bulgargaz CEO Anticipates 13% Gas Price Decrease from April, 10% Decrease from July

Bulgarian Declared Best Libero as Zenit Wins Volleyball Champions League

Bulgaria’s Port Varna to Invest BGN 6.5 M in New Equipment, Facilities

Bulgaria Looks into Options to Attract More Tourists from China

Bulgarian Military Arms with New Unmanned Planes

Bulgaria Had Lowest Hourly Labor Costs in EU in 2014, at EUR 3.8

Delicacies to be Served in Bulgarian Government Planes

Another Six Pelicans Die at Bulgaria's Srebarna Nature Reserve

One Shot Dead, One Injured in Gate-Crashing Attack at US’ NSA HQ

Two Injured at US’ National Security Agency HQ Gates, Shots Fired - Reports   

Identity of Child Found Murdered in Suitcase Now Established

Germanwings Pilot's Last Words: ''Open the damn door!''

British Parliament Dissolved as Election Campaign Begins

Romanian President Appoints New Finance Minister

Greece Said to Be Seeking Gas Price Cut, Lifting of Food Ban from Russia

Former Israeli PM Convicted in Corruption Retrial

Massive Win for Sarkozy's Conservative Party in France Local Elections

Iran Nuclear Program Talks in Switzerland Intensify

Mass Breastfeeding to Take Place in Mall Following Public Scandal

Speaker of Croatian Parliament Arrives in Bulgaria on 1-Day Visit

Bulgarian National TV Begins Preparations for Hosting Junior Eurovision

Today's Quote: Czech President Miloš Zeman


UPS & DOWNS
Sofia Airport, Varna Airport Voted among Top 10 Airports in Eastern Europe

Bulgarian PM, President Express Condolences to Families of Air Crash Victims
QUOTE OF THE DAY

''I am not going there for the military parade. I am going to express my gratitude and to honor the 150,000 soldiers who died. Thanks to them we are not obliged to talk in German and to greet each other by ''Heil, Hitler, heil Himler, heil Göring!'', said the Czech President Miloš Zeman Monday in an interview for local radio station Frekvence. 

He made a statement regarding his participation in the Parade on May 9 and further elaborated that without the Soviet union it would have been impossible for Hitler Germany to be defeated.

''The price of the victory is 20 million murdered people and this is why I won't be bothered by any other tank or person at the Red Square in Moscow,'' he added.

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BULGARIA OBJECTS TO ‘DISCRIMINATORY’ CHANGE TO GREECE’S INCOME TAX CODE

Bulgaria, which has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the EU, has objected to the introduction of a 26% withholding tax on all transactions originating from sources in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Ireland by Greece.

The tax provisions are incompatible with the law of the European Union and infringe the fundamental principles laid down in the Treaty on the functioning of the Union, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov said in a letter to the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici. read more


BUSINESS

SOFIA AIRPORT LAUNCHES MORE FLIGHTS PRIOR TO SUMMER SEASON

Sofia Airport is now operating at its summer schedule starting March 29.

There are now 50 direct flights to European and Middle Eastern destinations available, Pressa Daily reported. read more


DAIRY PRODUCERS IN BULGARIA PREDICT WAVE OF BANKRUPTCIES

Dairy producers in Bulgaria have warned about a wave of bankruptcies in the sector.

Sales of cheese, yellow cheese, butter, and other dairy products have slumped by 30%, with Bulgarian products languishing in storage facilities, according to reports of private TV station Nova TV. read more


BULGARIA’S PORT VARNA TO INVEST BGN 6.5 M IN NEW EQUIPMENT, FACILITIES

The business plan of Port Varna EAD for 2015 envisages investments of around BGN 6.5 M, according to CEO Petar Seferov.

Seferov, as cited by the Cherno More newspaper and investor.bg, informs that the money will be spent on new equipment and facilities, depending on the anticipated cargo. read more


ENERGY

CONSTRUCTION OF GAS INTERCONNECTOR GREECE-BULGARIA MAY START IN MARCH 2016

The construction of the second Bulgaria-Greece gas pipeline interconnection (IGB Pipeline) may start in March 2016, according to reports of Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry.

The recent developments on the project for the gas pipeline connecting Greece’s Komotini to Bulgaria’s Stara Zagora were announced after a meeting of Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova with the Greek-Italian consortium IGI POSEIDON S.A. read more


BULGARGAZ CEO ANTICIPATES 13% GAS PRICE DECREASE FROM APRIL, 10% DECREASE FROM JULY

Petyo Ivanov, CEO of Bulgaria’s state-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz, has said that gas rates are expected to drop by around 13% from April, with a possibility for a new price decrease of up to 10% in July.

Ivanov told the Bulgarian National Radio that a new price decrease of up to 10% in the third quarter of 2015 was likely, provided that crude oil prices and the USD-BGN exchange rate remained at the current levels. read more


TOURISM

BULGARIA LOOKS INTO OPTIONS TO ATTRACT MORE TOURISTS FROM CHINA

Bulgaria and China have decided to sign an agreement aimed at increasing the flow of Chinese tourists to the southeast European country, the Tourism Ministry in Sofia said on Monday.

Setting up a Bulgarian-Chinese Tourism Chamber and offering joint package tours with neighbouring Romania, Serbia, Greece and Turkey to Chinese visitors also were on the agenda of talks between Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova and a delegation led by the Chairman of  The China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Li Jinzao. read more


POLITICS

BULGARIA'S PM NOT INVITED TO VICTORY DAY CELEBRATIONS IN MOSCOW

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has not received an invitation to participate in the celebrations in Moscow, which will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day on May 9.

It is expected that Heads of State or Government and ministers from all over the world will gather in Moscow to witness the military parade of the Russian army, daily Trud reports. read more


MASSIVE WIN FOR SARKOZY'S CONSERVATIVE PARTY IN FRANCE LOCAL ELECTIONS

Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party proved to be the big winner at the second round of France's local elections.

Paris and Lyon, France's two biggest cities have been excluded from the vote on Sunday. read more


DIPLOMACY

SPEAKER OF CROATIAN PARLIAMENT ARRIVES IN BULGARIA ON 1-DAY VISIT

The Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Josip Leko arrives in Bulgaria Monday on a 1-day visit at the invitation of Bulgarian counterpart Tsetska Tsacheva.

Leko will be officially greeted in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier in Sofia, where he will lay wreaths, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more


DEFENSE

BULGARIAN MILITARY ARMS WITH NEW UNMANNED PLANES

The Bulgarian military is preparing to arm itself with a new model of unmanned airplanes or so-called drones.

It is expected that Bulgaria's land forces are to receive tactical unmanned aerial system Scout in the beginning of April. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

BULGARIA HAD LOWEST HOURLY LABOR COSTS IN EU IN 2014, AT EUR 3.8

Bulgaria remained the EU Member State with the lowest hourly labor costs in 2014, according to Eurostat data.

Bulgaria’s hourly labor costs increased by 2.7% to EUR 3.8 per hour in 2014, against an annual increase of 1.1% registered in the euro area and an annual increase of 1.4% recorded in the EU-28. read more


DOMESTIC

DELICACIES TO BE SERVED IN BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT PLANES

Up to BGN 48,000 including VAT will be paid by government planes on catering for a period of a year.

The number was revealed through the announcement of a tender on the food and beverage supply necessary for the government planes Airbus and Falcon, as well as the three helicopters, genrally used by the President, PM and Ministers. read more


SOCIETY

BULGARIA CUTS MONTHLY PAYMENT OF BGN 65 TO REFUGEES

Bulgaria is cutting the monthly payment of BGN 65 to refugees.

According to reports of private TV station bTV, the measure is explained with the fact that refugees are already provided with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) instead of two (lunch and dinner), as was the case earlier. read more


MASS BREASTFEEDING TO TAKE PLACE IN MALL FOLLOWING PUBLIC SCANDAL

Hundreds of mothers will be attending a mass breastfeeding in a mall in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.

The event is scheduled for Monday between 12:30 and 15:30 and has been organized by people in the Facebook group, ''Let's Support Breastfeeding in Public Spaces''. read more


ENVIRONMENT

ANOTHER SIX PELICANS DIE AT BULGARIA'S SREBARNA NATURE RESERVE

Six pelicans have been found dead at the Srebarna nature reserve in northeastern Bulgaria on Monday, BTA news agency reported.

The cause of the death wasn't immediately known. read more


CULTURE

BULGARIAN NATIONAL TV BEGINS PREPARATIONS FOR HOSTING JUNIOR EUROVISION

The Bulgarian National Television (BNT) has began preparations for hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015.

It was announced on Monday that the contest will take place on November 21 at the Arena Armeec Hall in Sofia. read more


INCIDENTS

SHOOTOUT OUTSIDE US NSA BUILDING APPEARS ‘LOCAL CRIMINAL MATTER’

Monday’s shootout outside the headquarters of the US National Security Agency appears to be a 'local criminal matter' and not a terrorist attack, according to a senior US official, NBC News reported.

The incident left one man was dead and two others injured. The shootout occurred when two men dressed as women tried to crash through the gates of the NSA headquarters compound in Fort Meade, Maryland in a stolen Ford Escape SUV. read more


ONE SHOT DEAD, ONE INJURED IN GATE-CRASHING ATTACK AT US’ NSA HQ

Two men tried to ram a vehicle through the main gate to the United States National Security Agency headquarters building on Monday, the CNN reported.

NSA police shot one of the men dead and seriously injured the second. Their identities aren’t available yet. read more


TWO INJURED AT US’ NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY HQ GATES, SHOTS FIRED - REPORTS   

Two people have been injured following an incident near a gate to the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, SkyNews reported on Monday.

It was not immediately clear how the two people were injured. read more


IDENTITY OF CHILD FOUND MURDERED IN SUITCASE NOW ESTABLISHED

The identity of the five-year old boy found murdered and left in suitcase near Bulgaria's Pasarel has been revealed.

His name was Nikita Leontev and was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, but was living in the city of Perm. Investigators have established that the name of the boy's mother is Ana Leonteva, as announced by the Bulgarian National Radio. read more


GERMANWINGS PILOT'S LAST WORDS: ''OPEN THE DAMN DOOR!''

As he was desperately trying to enter the cockpit of the crashed Germanwings plane, captain Patrick Sondenheimer shouted,'' Open the damn door!''

The last words of the captain were revealed through the black box recording found after the accident, as reported by German newspaper Bild Sunday. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIAN DECLARED BEST LIBERO AS ZENIT WINS VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Bulgaria's volleyball player Teodor Salparov was declared the best libero as his team Zenit Kazan won the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) Champions League on Sunday.


The Russian team defeated convincingly in the final Asseco Rezovia from Poland with 3:0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21), daily Dnevnik reports. read more


WORLD

GREECE SAID TO BE SEEKING GAS PRICE CUT, LIFTING OF FOOD BAN FROM RUSSIA

Greece’s energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis is visiting Moscow on Monday in a bid to arrange more favourable terms for imports of Russian gas, according to a report in Germany’s Spiegel Online.

The visit comes at a time when Athens is scrambling to strike a deal with its creditors for the release of the next tranche of bailout funds in exchange for reforms to be implemented by June. It also comes less than two weeks before Greek Prime Minister's Alexis Tsipras official visit to Moscow. read more


FORMER ISRAELI PM CONVICTED IN CORRUPTION RETRIAL

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted on Monday by the Jerusalem District Court in a retrial, which reversed its earlier 2012 acquittal.

Olmert could face up to five more years in prison as he was found guilty of fraud under “aggravated circumstances” due to the high amount of funds and his high position, the Jerusalem Post reports. read more


IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM TALKS IN SWITZERLAND INTENSIFY

The Exterior Ministers of Iran, China, Israel, Russia, US, Germany, as well as the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Frederica Mogherini have renewed the diplomatic talks regarding the Iranian nuclear program.

Agreement on the project needs to be reached by the end of March in Geneva, leaving juts two days for active negotiations. read more


EU

BRITISH PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED AS ELECTION CAMPAIGN BEGINS

British Parliament was formally dissolved on Monday as the campaign for the forthcoming general election in the UK was officially unveiled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron held an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after which he announced that the general election will take place on May 7. read more


ROMANIAN PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW FINANCE MINISTER

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis appointed on Monday Eugen Teodorovici as the country's new Finance Minister.

The inauguration ceremony of Teodorovici, who succeeded resigned Darius Valcov, took place at the Cotroceni Palace, AGERPRES news agency reports. read more



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