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7 October 2015, Issue 4355
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MiG Repair Deal with Poland Closed, Bulgaria DefMin Says
Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev on Tuesday entered into details about the price tag of aircraft engine repair if it is carried out by state-owned facilities in Poland. read
President Erdogan Warns Russia Not to ‘Lose Friend Like Turkey’
Moscow would lose a lot if it destroyed its friendship with Ankara, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said following recent violations of Turkey’s airspace close to the border with Syria by Russian combat aircraft. read
Uber Stops Offering Services in Bulgaria, Says It's 'Temporary'
Ride-sharing service Uber is not available in Bulgaria's capital Sofia as of Tuesday, October 06, after having been active since last year. read
TURKEY TO STEP UP COOPERATION WITH NEIGHBOURS FROM EU ON MIGRANTS' READMISSION
Turkey intends to intensify cooperation with Bulgaria, Greece and Romania to smoothly readmit irregular migrants who don’t need international protection and have been intercepted by the authorities of the three EU member states, according to a Turkey-EU draft action plan.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker handed over the blueprint for stepping up cooperation in coping with the migrant influx to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday in Brussels. read more
BULGARIAN LAWMAKERS APPROVE NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR TAXI DRIVERS
Bulgaria's Parliament has adopted changes to automobile transportation law which obligate taxi drivers to have certificates showing they work under contracts of employment, and not on their own account.
The amendments have been passed at both first and second readings. read more
BULGARIA'S LUKOIL NEFTOCHIM REMAINS THIRD BIGGEST COMPANY IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE
Lukoil Neftochim Burgas, the largest crude oil refinery in Southeastern Europe and the largest industrial enterprise in Bulgaria, retained its third position in the latest annual ranking of SeeNews released on Tuesday.
The company which specialises in the production of fuel, petrochemicals and polymers retained its ranking from 2013. read more
SWISS-BULGARIAN IT CLOUD CO DEFIES HACKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
What happens to the tons of data generted by society today and how do we protect it - and do we need to turn from Homo Sapiens into Homo Cloudus?
pCloud, a Swiss company with Bulgarian know-how, has its own answers and solutions to this. At a recent press conference, it showcased its outlook for the digital future. read more
BULGARIA’S FINANCIAL WATCHDOG REJECTS IPO PROSPECTUS OF ROO’BAR PRODUCER
Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) has refused to approve the IPO prospectus of Smart Organic AD, a producer and distributor of organic products.
The Bulgarian company will not appeal the decision or try to remove the alleged omissions and regularities, according to its majority owner, Yani Dragov, as cited by investor.bg. read more
UBER BULGARIA LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION TO RENEW SERVICES
Car-hiring service Uber has started a petition calling on users to stand up for its right to remain active in the Bulgarian market, its website shows.
UBER STOPS OFFERING SERVICES IN BULGARIA, SAYS IT'S 'TEMPORARY'
Ride-sharing service Uber is not available in Bulgaria's capital Sofia as of Tuesday, October 06, after having been active since last year.
The development follows a move by the Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) of the country to uphold a fine imposed on Uber and another online taxi-service provider, Rasier Operations BV, for breaching competition rules. Each of the respective companies is to pay BGN 100 000 (nearly EUR 50 000). read more
BULGARIA’S GOVERNMENT DEBT TO GDP RATIO UNCHANGED FROM JULY, AT 28.4%
In August 2015 the debt-to-GDP ratio remained unchanged from July, at 28.4%, according to the Government Debt Monthly Bulletin of Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry.
In absolute terms the government debt stood at EUR 12.154 B, down by EUR 2.3 M. read more
BULGARIA 'SEEKING TO BECOME HUB FOR RUSSIAN GAS'
Bulgaria has not set for itself the goal of becoming a key hub for gas produced by Russian energy giant Gazprom, according to a Russian daily.
Izvestiya quotes Bulgaria's Deputy Energy Minister Anton Pavlov as saying that Sofia would demand an extension to the so-called Turkish Stream gas pipeline which is to replace South Stream. read more
BULGARIA’S PM: DOBRICH – SILISTRA GAS PIPELINE ISSUED FINAL CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS
Bulgaria’s state-owned gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz EAD has been issued an act for establishment of the construction works’ fitness for operation (Act 16) for the Dobrich – Silistra gas pipeline.
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Facebook that he had been informed about the development by Bulgargaz late on Monday. read more
JUNIOR PARTY IN BULGARIA GOV'T APOLOGIZES OVER GOOGLE TRANSLATE GAFFE
Right-wing Reformist Bloc (RB) has vowed to undertake staff reshuffles after an interview its co-chairman gave for Austrian press agency APA was sent out to Bulgarian media using only Google Translate without any editing.
Radan Kanev, who heads Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (one of the leader parties in RB, the junior partner in Bulgaria's coalition government), has asked the public to show some "sense of humor" after the blunder, adding there is a "very small step" in politics between the attempt at being serious and the result of being laughed at. read more
ALBANIA’S PRESIDENT BUJAR NISHANI ARRIVES IN BULGARIA ON 2-DAY VISIT
Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev and his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani, who arrives in Sofia Tuesday, will discuss cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy and culture, the EU integration of the countries of the Western Balkans, and the increased migratory pressure on Europe.
Nishani arrives in Bulgaria at the invitation of Plevneliev. read more
MIG REPAIR DEAL WITH POLAND CLOSED, BULGARIA DEFMIN SAYS
Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev on Tuesday entered into details about the price tag of aircraft engine repair if it is carried out by state-owned facilities in Poland.
The deal with Poland is already finalized, he also said. read more
EU PARLIAMENT APPROVES EUR 6.4 M IN FLOOD AID TO BULGARIA
The European Parliament (EP) approved on Tuesday the allocation of EUR 6.4 M to Bulgaria for dealing with consequences of the harsh winter conditions in the beginning of the year, which caused floods in parts of the country.
The EP approved the report of Bulgarian MEP Andrey Novakov (EPP/GERB) on the allocation of financial aid from the EU Solidarity Fund with 660 votes in favour out of 694 MEPs present in the plenary chamber. read more
DECISION ON SCHENGEN BIDS OF BULGARIA, ROMANIA, POSTPONED YET AGAIN
The decision on Bulgaria and Romania’s Schengen bids will be postponed yet again and will not be part of the agenda of the meeting of EU foreign ministers this week, according to sources close to the matter, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.
Bulgaria’s government repeatedly expressed the hope that the country’s partial Schengen membership would be put to the vote at the regular meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council on October 8-9, 2015. read more
NATIONALIST PARTY PROPOSES BULGARIA TO JOIN RUSSIAN-LED COALITION AGAINST IS
The leader of the opposition nationalist party Ataka, Volen Siderov, proposed Bulgaria to join the Russian-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS).
The draft proposal was tabled on Tuesday and Ataka calls on parliament to review it on Wednesday, daily Dnevnik informs. read more
BULGARIAN AUTHORITIES DETAIN 55 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, TWO SMUGGLERS
Bulgarian police detained two groups of illegal immigrants and two smugglers in the province of Burgas.
The origin and point of departure of the 55 people, who had illegally crossed the Bulgarian border, have not been identified yet, Darik radio informs. read more
BULGARIA MPS TO DISCUSS ACCESS TO PUBLIC INFORMATION
Lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament are set to debate on Tuesday proposed amendments to the Access to Public Information Act.
The changes put forward by the main ruling GERB party include the creation of an e-platform where access to information requests will be published, alongside respective rulings on them. An eased procedure for submitting requests is also under discussion. read more
BULGARIA TO HOST ATP 250 TOURNAMENT IN SOFIA IN FEBRUARY 2016
The Bulgarian capital Sofia will host its first ever tournament from the ATP World Tour 250 series in 2016.
The tournament will take place in the Arena Armeec hall between February 1 and 7, daily Dnevnik informs. read more
BULGARIAN POLICE DETAIN 30 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS IN SOFIA
Bulgarian police have detained about 30 illegal migrants in Sofia, BNR radio station reported on Tuesday.
The illegal migrants were discovered in a minibus which was ordered to stop for inspection. According to initial information, the migrants have arrived from Syria. read more
BULGARIAN RAILWAY WORKERS FIND ABANDONED BAG WITH 2.8KG OF TNT NEAR TRACKS
Employees of the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) company found 2.8kg of TNT in a bag near the railway line Strazhitsa – Kesarevo, northeastern Bulgaria.
The railwaymen noticed an abandoned bag, which was found to contain 7 sticks of 400g of TNT equivalent each, according to reports of dariknews.bg. read more
PRESIDENT ERDOGAN WARNS RUSSIA NOT TO ‘LOSE FRIEND LIKE TURKEY’
Moscow would lose a lot if it destroyed its friendship with Ankara, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said following recent violations of Turkey’s airspace close to the border with Syria by Russian combat aircraft.
Turkey would not remain patient in the face of violations of its airspace by Russian warplanes as “an attack on Turkey means an attack on NATO,” Erdogan told a joint news conference with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels on Tuesday. read more
TURKEY CLAIMS SECOND RUSSIAN FIGHTER AIRCRAFT VIOLATED ITS AIRSPACE
Turkey claims that a second Russian fighter aircraft has violated its airspace over the weekend.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry informed that a Russian fighter aircraft had violated its airspace on October 3. read more
PRESIDENTS OF BULGARIA, ALBANIA DISCUSS ENERGY, TRANSPORT LINKS
Improving connectivity in the sectors of energy and transport dominated talks between the presidents of Bulgaria and Albania in Sofia on Tuesday.
Poor connectivity in the Balkans is a major impediment to the region’s economic development and hampers the inflow of foreign investment, the Bulgarian head of state Rosen Plevneliev said during a joint news conference with his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani who is paying an official visit to Bulgaria. read more
GAZPROM CUTS IN HALF TURKISH STREAM’S PLANNED CAPACITY
Gazprom has cut in half the planned capacity of its Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, Interfax reported.
“We will certainly pay great attention to the southern direction [of gas flows] in our strategy of diversification of transport routes,” Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller told reporters on Tuesday, according to the Russian news service. read more
FORBES PRESENTS STORY OF FORMER OWNER OF BULGARIA'S COLLAPSED CORPBANK
In an article published in Forbes on Monday, Francis Coppola presents the story of the former owner of Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) – Tzvetan Vassilev.
Following a bank run in 2014, KTB was closed by the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) and its owner fled the country. read more
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