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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
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. read
 
 
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Prof. Boyan Duranchev: 'Bulgaria Is In a Severe Demographic Catastrophe'

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3.5 km Queue of Trucks at Bulgaria’s Dunav Bridge 2 Border Checkpoint

Sergei Stanishev: EU’s Main Task Is To Restore The Spirit Of Solidarity

Caretaker Government Places Gripen Jets Offer First

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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.

Bulgaria is 109th out of a total of 180 countries. The first three are the Scandinavian countries - Norway, Sweden and Finland. The last three are Turkmenistan, Eritrea, and North Korea is at the bottom.

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BUSINESS

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


FINANCE

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


TOURISM

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


DEFENSE

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


BULGARIA IN EU

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


DOMESTIC

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.

The motion was proposed by Danail Kirilov of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB) and a group of MPs and was adopted unanimously with 193 votes in favour.

The MEPs agreed that the hearing should be related to law enforcement and the activities of the Prosecutor's Office and the investigative bodies, including legislative changes, resource provision, difficulties in judiciary functions, fight against crime, including corruption, cooperation with investigative bodies.

A hearing can also be initiated by the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, the President of the Supreme Administrative Court or the Prosecutor-General. A report on the results of the hearings will be made available to the MPs. read more


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.

This was announced for FOCUS News Agency by Spokesperson for Prosecutor-General Rumyana Arnaudova.

“The NEC has their own administrative capacity to conduct these activities. The Prosecutor's Office has launched this investigation following a tip-off from the State Agency for National Security (SANS) and is now seizing documents from the NEC’s headquarters as these were indicated as evidence in the information received from the SANS,” Arnaudova said. read more


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.

This was announced by the border police officer on duty for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.

The queue of trucks on entry is 1 km long. Traffic is busy, all six lanes are open. At the other two border checkpoints in Vidin Region – Vrashka Chuka and Bregovo – traffic is normal. read more


SOCIETY

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


ENVIRONMENT

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.

South-southeast light wind, increasing to moderate along the Black Sea Coast. Maximum temperatures between 20°C and 25°C. Pressure will fall slightly reaching April average.

Mostly sunny along the Black Sea Coast with moderate southeast wind. Maximum air temperatures will be lower than inland: 14°C -17°C. Water temperature 10°C - 11°C read more


CRIME

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

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.

"We have decided to take legal action on the higher education law by sending a letter of formal notice to the Hungarian government," EU vice president Valdis Dombrovskis told a news conference. read more


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.

“The person is no longer a suspect,” the prosecution authority said in a statement, providing no other details about the person nor the reason for the arrest or release.

Four people were killed – including two Swedes, one Briton and one Belgian – when the driver of a stolen beer truck mowed down pedestrians on a busy shopping street in central Stockholm on April 7th.

Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek national, confessed to driving the truck and is being held in custody, but investigators are still searching for possible accomplices.

The second unnamed suspect was arrested on Sunday and released late Tuesday. read more


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.

It will be the first time Mrs May has met Mr Barnier since taking office and the outcome of the meeting could influence an election campaign in which she is asking voters to give her a mandate for exit talks to begin after the June 8 poll.

The meeting also comes ahead of Saturday’s European Council summit, when leaders of the other 27 EU countries will discuss their draft guidelines for Mr Barnier to take into the negotiations. read more


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.

The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun killed scores of people and prompted the United States to launch a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base in response, its first direct assault on the Assad government in the conflict.

"We know, from a certain source, that the process of fabrication of the samples taken is typical of the method developed in Syrian laboratories," Jean-Marc Ayrault told reporters.

"This method is the signature of the regime and it is what enables us to establish the responsibility of the attack. We know because we kept samples from previous attacks that we were able to use for comparison."

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OPINIONS

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.

The economy exists, so that people live better. In Bulgaria, it turns out that people live in order to operate the economy and to keep the so-called minimal salary. But as far as the facts are concerned, they show that Bulgaria is really on the verge of a catastrophe. When a person cannot meet their basic needs, there is no reproduction of the population.

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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