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27 April 2017, Issue 4834
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|BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM|
Number of UAE Tourists Showing Interest in Bulgaria’s Nature Increases
Number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates showing interest in Bulgaria’s nature and mountain holidays, especially in the Rhodope region, has increased, BNR reported. read
Migrant Smuggling Network Dismantled Near Dunav Bridge Checkpoint
A network for smuggling of migrants from Bulgaria to Romania through Dunav Bridge border checkpoint with the participation of a Bulgarian Police Officer was dismantled in a successful operation of the Bulgarian competent authorities, BNR reported. read
BULGARIA RANKS LOWEST AMONG ALL EU COUNTRIES IN REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX
Bulgaria is ranked lower in the World Press Freedom Index 2017 than any other European Union member, Reporters Without Borders said in its annual report on the index, quoted by BGNES.
“This is due to an environment dominated by corruption and collusion between media, politicians, and oligarchs including Deylan Peevski, a former head of Bulgaria’s main intelligence agency and owner of the New Bulgarian Media Group,” Reporters Without Borders said.
BULGARIAN CUSTOMS OFFICERS SEIZE RECORD AMOUNT OF HEROIN
The Bulgarian Customs Agency has reported that officer have seized the record amount of 214 kilos of heroin, worth about EUR 7M at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey.
The heroin was transported in cans in a lorry driven by an Iranian citizen. read more
BANK DEPOSITS OF BULGARIAN HOUSEHOLDS KEEP GROWING IN MARCH
At the end of March 2017 the bank deposits of the non-governmental sector in Bulgaria reached a level of EUR 43.3 bln. Or 72% of forecast GDP.
The average rise is 8.4%. Deposits of households reached EUR 22.7 bln. (47.8% of GDP), marking an annual growth, data by the Bulgarian National Bank showed, quoted by BNR. read more
FUNDS CONTRACTED UNDER EU EXCEED 40%
The funds contracted under the EU end-April are 40.29%, an enquiry on the implementation of the European programmes shows, quoted by BNR.
The spending of over EUR 3.6 bln. Out of more that EUR 9 bln. Envisaged has been contracted. read more
NUMBER OF UAE TOURISTS SHOWING INTEREST IN BULGARIA’S NATURE INCREASES
Number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates showing interest in Bulgaria’s nature and mountain holidays, especially in the Rhodope region, has increased, BNR reported.
It became clear at Bulgaria’s pavilion at the biggest international tourist exhibition in the Middle East-Arabian Travel Market held between April 24 and 27 in the city of Dubai, UAE. read more
CARETAKER GOVERNMENT PLACES GRIPEN JETS OFFER FIRST
At a meeting on Wednesday, the caretaker government adopted the conclusions of the special committee set up for the acquiring of a new type of fighter jets, BNR reported.
The committee has placed Sweden’s SAAB Gripen jets offer at first place, it was reported. The Swedish bid was preferred over offers for used F-16 planes and used Eurofighter jets. read more
SERGEI STANISHEV: EU’S MAIN TASK IS TO RESTORE THE SPIRIT OF SOLIDARITY
‘’Europe’s main task is to restore the spirit of solidarity, of common purpose and common destiny’’, the President of the Party of European Socialists Sergei Stanishev said at the international conference Quo Vadis Europe: Globalism vs. Populism held in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on Tuesday, BNR reported.
The forum marks the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s membership in the EU. read more
EVERY 3 MONTHS, PARLIAMENT TO INVITE THE PROSECUTOR-GENERAL TO THE LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
The National Assembly adopted а proposal to amend the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly so that the Committee on Legal Affairs can invite the Prosecutor-General to a hearing every three months, FOCUS News Agency reported.
BOYKO BORISOV: OPPOSITION’S STATEMENT THAT IT WOULD PROVIDE ASSISTANCE ON IMPORTANT TOPICS IS POPULISM
The affirmations of the opposition that it would provide help under important topics is populism and the behaviour of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on the topic related to Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of Europe is irresponsible’’, the leader of GERB Boyko Borisov said after the consultations held on Tuesday with the President Rumen Radev, BNR reported.
‘’We acquainted Presiden Radev with details about the difficult talks between GERB and the United Patriots on the formation of a new cabinet’’, Borisov noted, adding that due to the complicated situation in Bulgaria and abroad the two parties had to form a cabinet, because other formulas about a possible formation of alternative ruling coalition are impossible. read more
THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES NEC'S CONSULTANCY AND LEGAL SERVICES CONTRACTS
The Prosecutor’s Office is checking contracts that have been concluded by the National Electricity Company (NEC) with consultancy and legal service firms.
3.5 KM QUEUE OF TRUCKS AT BULGARIA’S DUNAV BRIDGE 2 BORDER CHECKPOINT
There is a 3.5 kilometers long queue of trucks at the Dunav Bridge 2 border checkpoint at the exit of the country.
TODAY IS EUROPEAN 'NO ELEVATORS DAY'
The European No Elevators Day is marked today and all citizens, institutions and organizations, supporting the active lifestyle take part in it, BNR reported.
The campaign has been organized in Bulgaria as of 2012 with three main goals: to provide more information on the benefits of physical activities; to encourage the regular participation in different kinds of sports and to improve access options to exercise and physical activity. read more
EMPLOYMENT RATE IN BULGARIA GOING UP
The level of employment in Bulgaria for active people, aged 20-64, increased last year on 2015, an Eurostat analysis reads, quoted by BNR.
The employment index reached 67.7% in 2016 on 67% in 2015, European statistics reports. The index was 71.1% with men last year and 64% with women, on 70.4% and 63.8% in 2015 respectively. read more
MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY, MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 20°C AND 25°C
Today it will be mostly sunny. Clouds will develop temporarily around midday and in the afternoon, mostly in the mountains, slim chance of rain, according to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS), quoted by FOCUS News Agency.
MIGRANT SMUGGLING NETWORK DISMANTLED NEAR DUNAV BRIDGE CHECKPOINT
A network for smuggling of migrants from Bulgaria to Romania through Dunav Bridge border checkpoint with the participation of a Bulgarian Police Officer was dismantled in a successful operation of the Bulgarian competent authorities, BNR reported.
Officers of Romaina’a Anticorruption Directorate also took part at the operation. read more
EU LAUNCHES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST HUNGARY OVER EDUCATION LAW
The EU launched legal action against Hungary on Wednesday over a law that could shut a university founded by US billionaire George Soros, the European Commission said, AFP reported.
SWEDEN RELEASES SECOND MAN HELD OVER STOCKHOLM ATTACK: NO LONGER A SUSPECT
Sweden on Tuesday released a second suspect held in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack earlier this month, prosecutors said, The Local writes.
THERESA MAY TO MEET EU CHIEF BREXIT NEGOTIATOR MICHEL BARNIER
The Prime Minister will host Michel Barnier and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for a working dinner at Downing Street at 7pm on Wednesday, writes The Press and Journal.
FRANCE SAYS SAMPLES FROM APRIL 4 SYRIA CHEMICAL ATTACK PROVE GOVERNMENT USED SARIN
Samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "undoubtedly" used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria, France's foreign minister said on Wednesday, citing a declassified report, Reuters.
PROF. BOYAN DURANCHEV: 'BULGARIA IS IN A SEVERE DEMOGRAPHIC CATASTROPHE'
2.5 million Bulgarians live in severe material deprivation, according to Eurostat's analysis of social trends and poverty in 2016. What does this mean in practice? This category includes people who cannot afford to use a few basic things that, according to the criteria for a normal life, are fundamental in Europe. For example, they cannot meet unforeseen expenses, to pay bills or afford holiday during the summer. What caused this trend and how can it be reversed? The subject commented the economist Prof. Boyan Duranchev during an interview on ‘’Good Morning, Bulgaria’’, FOCUS News Agency.
If we move forward, in 2050 we will be 5.8 million, in 2070 - 5 million 130 thousand. These are our statistics. As the weather forecasts for three days are fairly accurate, so are the forecasts for the population. Ie. the economy is not working for the population, but the population is working for the economy. We are in a severe demographic catastrophe and retired genocide. This is the first conclusion that can be made. But the second is that we not only have a quantitative reduction in the Bulgarian population, but we have a deterioration in the quality of what we get. This is not a secret for schools and universities. The third is unemployment. It also leads to misery. read more
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