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7 March 2015, Issue 4173
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Bulgarian Interior Ministry's Chief Secretary Resigns
Svetlozar Lazarov has stepped down as Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has confirmed. read
Head of Bulgaria's Security Agency DANS also Steps Down
Vladimir Pisanchev, who heads the Bulgarian counter-intelligence body DANS, has tabled his resignation.read
Bulgaria’s GDP Increased by 1.7% Year-on-Year in 2014
In the fourth quarter of 2014, GDP at current prices amounted to BGN 22 692 million, according to data of Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute. read
BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY'S CHIEF SECRETARY RESIGNS
Svetlozar Lazarov has stepped down as Chief Secretary of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has confirmed.
First reports came from the Bulgarian National Radio, citing its own sources. read more
BULGARIA’S GDP INCREASED BY 1.7% YEAR-ON-YEAR IN 2014
In the fourth quarter of 2014, GDP at current prices amounted to BGN 22 692 million, according to data of Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute.
In EUR terms GDP reached EUR 11 602 million in total and EUR 1 607 per person. read more
BULGARIA CLIMBS 4 PLACES IN SURVEY OF MOST POPULAR GLOBAL MARKETS FOR RETAILERS IN 2015
Bulgaria ranks 42nd in the latest edition of the How Active are Retailers Globally? survey of global property adviser CBRE.
The survey examines the most popular destinations for global retailers in 2015. read more
AGRICULTURE MINISTRY, TOBACCO PRODUCERS AGREE ON DISTRIBUTION OF BGN 107 M IN TOP-UP PAYMENTS
After nine hours of debates between senior officials of Bulgaria’s Agriculture Ministry and representatives of organizations of producers of different brands of tobacco, agreement was reached on the distribution of a total of BGN 107 M earmarked for top-up payments in the sector.
The two sides agreed on the following method of distribution, according to the press office of the Agriculture Ministry: read more
BANKRUPT FERTILIZER PLANT CHIMCO AD FAILS TO ATTRACT BIDDERS IN SECOND TENDER
No candidates to buy the bankrupt Vratsa-based fertilizer plant Chimco AD, also known as Himko AD, showed up in the second open tender.
The price tag, at BGN 22.8 M, had been reduced by slightly over BGN 6 M from the previous tender held in 2014, according to reports of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. read more
60K LTD STRIKE GOLD IN LAS VEGAS!
60K scooped 4 awards including a Gold for Best Contact Centre, 2 Silver and a Bronze at the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, which were unveiled on Friday 27th February at a gala ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada attended by more than 520 executives from around the world.
Stevie is recognized as the world's top customer service and sales awards, and organizes several of the world’s leading business award shows, including the prestigious International Business Awards. read more
BULGARIAN FAST FOOD CHAIN ALADIN FOODS SETS FOOT IN ROMANIA
A Bulgarian fast food chain, Aladin Foods, is setting foot in Romania, according to its owner, Khaled Kharfan.
In Kharfan’s words, as cited by the Bulgarian Economy magazine, the expansion program starts in Bucharest, with three other towns to follow, including the border town of Giurgiu. read more
OVER 700 000 GERMANS VISITED BULGARIA FOR TOURISM PURPOSES IN 2014 - MINISTER
Speaking at the ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin), Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova noted that nearly 1 million Germans had visited Bulgaria in 2014, with over 700 000 of them traveling to the country for tourism.
The Bulgarian delegation taking part in the world's largest tourism trade fair also includes Deputy Tourism Minister Nadya Marinova and Bulgaria’s Ambassador to Germany Radi Naydenov, according to the government's press office, as cited by money.bg. read more
BULGARIA ATTRACTIVE FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS, GERMAN FM STEINMEIER SAYS
Bulgaria is an attractive place for foreign companies, but corruption and lack of legal security drives investors back, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said.
MIGS REPAIR 'TOO EXPENSIVE' - BULGARIA DEFMIN
Repair works on the MiG fighter jets that are currently part of Bulgaria's aircraft fleet are quite expensive to repair, Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev asserted Friday answering to a question in Parliament.
BULGARIA TO TAKE PART IN TWO MULTINATIONAL DRILLS IN UKRAINE
The Bulgarian Armed Forces are due to take part in the Rapid Trident and Saber Guardian military exercises due in July in Ukraine, the Defense Ministry has said.
It is not yet clear now many troops will be sent to Ukraine, according to ministry officials quoted by Trud newspaper.
BULGARIAN MPS ADOPT AMENDMENTS TO DEFENCE ACT AT FIRST READING
The Bulgarian Parliament approved on Friday the amendments to the Defence and Armed Forces Act at first reading.
The amendments provide opportunities for Bulgarian servicemen and civilians to serve in international organisations operating on Bulgarian territory, Darik radio reports. read more
IHS JANE: PAKISTAN JET FIGHTERS DEAL 'POLITICALLY DIFFICULT' FOR BULGARIA
Bulgaria's efforts to achieve full interoperability with NATO partners pose an obstacle to a proposition likely to be made by Pakistan under which Sofia could acquire JF-17 fighters, according to IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.
FINLAND SHOULDN'T RULE OUT NATO MEMBERSHIP, PM SAYS
Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb has argued the next government in Helsinki should bear in mind the option to seek NATO membership.
Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday, the PM added: “I do not see Finnish NATO membership in the near future.”
BULGARIA TO SEEK FUNDING UNDER JUNCKER PLAN FOR STARA ZAGORA AIRPORT UPGRADE
Bulgaria’s Economy Ministry has proposed three new projects to be included on the list of projects seeking funding under the Investment Plan of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
Responding to a question of socialist MP Georgi Bozhinov, Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski said in Parliament that one of the projects involved the conversion of the Stara Zagora Airport into an international aviation and cargo hub providing a connection between Europe and Asia. read more
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF BULGARIA'S SCHENGEN ACCESSION LAUNCHED
Deputy PM Meglena Kuneva, Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov and Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov joined efforts Thursday in the opening of Bulgaria in Schengen. It's Time! campaign.
The government representatives were present at the opening event at the Archeology Museum in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, BTA news agency reported. read more
SAVE SOFIA NGO ALARMS BRUSSELS ON POOR RENOVATION WORKS FUNDED BY EU
The non-governmental organization Save Sofia has sent a signal to Brussels on account of low quality renovation works in Bulgaria's capital. The project was executed in the Sofia municipality with EU funds.
The reconstruction procedure along Bulgaria Blvd's railway cost approximately BGN 7 M no VAT included. read more
HEAD OF BULGARIA'S SECURITY AGENCY DANS ALSO STEPS DOWN
Vladimir Pisanchev, who heads the Bulgarian counter-intelligence body DANS, has tabled his resignation.
On Thursday, a day after ex-Interior Minister Vuchkov also stepped down over the PM and his other ministers' reluctance to replace both Lazarov and Pisanchev, Borisov demanded that the two quit. read more
BULGARIA'S ABV ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF LEADER GEORGI PARVANOV
Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV), one of the parties supporting the coalition government, approved the resignation of its leader, former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
This was announced by Parvanov himself, following a three-hour meeting of the national council of the party on Friday. read more
BULGARIAN PRESIDENT CONCLUDES MONTH OF POLITICAL CONSULTATIONS WITH PM
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov discussed on Friday the priorities of the government and the readiness of the executive to implement key reforms in 2015.
OVER 1,000 OLD CARS ROTTING IN SOFIA
Close to 1,000 old cars that are no longer suitable for driving, are rotting on the streets of Sofia. This contributes to the already heavy traffic in the capital.
All cars that don't have up-to-date registration plates and that have not undergone technical inspections over the past two years are considered to be no longer used. read more
BULGARIA'S JUSTICE MINISTER DEMANDS DISMISSAL OF SUSPENDED SOFIA CITY COURT HEAD
Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov stated Friday that he demands that the temporarily suspended Chair of the Sofia City Court, Vladimira Yaneva be officially fired.
Ivanov introduced a second proposal for a disciplinary action against Yaneva. read more
HARRISON FORD SUFFERS INJURY AFTER PLANE CRASH WITH VINTAGE VEHICLE
The 72-year old actor was piloting the single-engine aircraft Thursday. The vehicle made a crash landing at a golf course in California.
Ford had severe cuts on the head and was transported to a nearby hospital immediately after the accident, NBC News reported. read more
FORMER BULGARIAN CAPTAIN STILIYAN PETROV RETURNS TO ASTON VILLA
Former captain of the Bulgarian national football team Stiliyan Petrov returned to his last professional football club Aston Villa after accepting an invitation from manager Tim Sherwood.
Sherwood had invited Petrov to join his backroom team to serve as an inspiration for Aston Villa's battle to stay in the Premier League, the Telegraph reports. read more
BULGARIA LOST FIRST MATCH AGAINST LATVIA IN DAVIS CUP
Bulgaria lost its first match against Latvia in Group II Europe/Africa Zone of the Davis Cup on Friday.
Aleksandar Lazov lost to Martins Podzus with 3:6, 5:7, 5:7 in a match that lasted slightly over two hours and a half, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIA'S BORDER POLICE DETAINED 6499 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN 2014
Border Police detained 6499 illegal immigrants, citizens of third countries, as they attempted to cross into Bulgaria in 2014, which represents a decrease of 44 % compared to 2013.
This became clear after the General Directorate Border Police presented an account of its activity throughout the past year at the Interior Ministry on Friday. read more
IS MILITANTS BULLDOZED IRAQ'S ANCIENT CITY OF NIMRUD
Islamic State militants started bulldozing historic artefacts Thursday, located in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, today's Iraq.
Jihadists from the terrorist organization started demolishing the site founded in 13th c BC, as stated by Iraqi officials, the BBC reported. read more
TENSIONS RISE AS PALESTINE SUSPENDS SECURITY COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL
The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) decided on Thursday to suspend security cooperation with Israel, which is part of 1993 peace accords.
This move was retaliatory measure against Israel's decision to suspend the transfer of taxes to Palestinians after their application to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), the BBC reports. read more
GREECE REPAYS FIRST INSTALLMENT WORTH EUR 310 M OF IMF LOAN
Greece repaid on Friday the first installment worth EUR 310 M of the IMF loan, which is due until the end of March.
In total, Greece has to repay EUR 1.5 B to IMF during the next two weeks, daily Kathimerini reports. read more
BALKANS REMAIN PARALYZED BY STORMS AND STRONG WINDS
The Reya Cyclone has taken over the Balkans causing prolific snowfalls, strong winds and low temperatures in a number of regions.
Code red has been issued for Adriatic countries and the Eastern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina on account of the imminent dangerous storms that have the potential to cause severe damages. read more
RUSSIA'S NAVALNY FREED FROM DETENTION
Opposition leader and prominent blogger Alexey Navalny has been released from his 15-day custody in Moscow, his press secretary says.
NEMTSOV'S GIRLFRIEND 'RECEIVED DEATH THREATS'
Ukrainian model Anna Duritskaya, who was accompanying Russian oppositioner Boris Nemtsov when he was murdered, claims to have received death threats, prosecutors say.
PUTIN SLASHES RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT SALARIES BY 10%
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Friday thus reducing government salaries by 10%.
According to the document, salaries of the PM, Prosecutor General, Head of the Investigative Committee, MPs and Kremlin officials will all be slashed, ITAR Tass reported. read more
UK'S HAMMOND STATES EU READINESS FOR NEW SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA
UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has stated Thursday that sanctions against Russia can only be lifted in case the Minsk agreement is upheld.
He arrived in Kiev for an official visit and met with Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, President Petro Poroshenko, and PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk. read more
H.E. PAVEL VACEK:
Mr Vacek, earlier this month Bulgaria's Energy Minister announced inspections were due at all electricity distribution companies, days after the competition watchdog accused CEZ of abuse of dominant position. Experts from the ministry have also discovered irregularities at Energo-PRO, another Czech company, including double invoices. How does the Czech Republic look at these developments? Do you think the companies are being mistreated? read more
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