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5 August 2015, Issue 4302
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Trial against Bulgarian Businessman Grisha Ganchev Kicks Off


The Specialized Criminal Court started on Tuesday the trial against Bulgarian businessman Grisha Ganchev.read
Bulgaria’s Government Debt Dips Slightly in June


Bulgaria’s government debt totalled EUR 12.26B in nominal terms at the end of June, equivalent to 28.read
Bulgarian Commission Head: Retail Prices Will Add 1-1.5% due to Power Price Hike


Vladimir Ivanov, Chair of the Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets State Commission, has argued that the power price hike for industrial consumers as of August 1 will result in an increase of 1-1.read
 
 
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400 Small Photovoltaic Plants in Bulgaria May Go Out of Business by October

Bulgarian Dairy Producers Unlikely to Be Awarded Compensations by EC

Bulgaria’s Tax Agency to Extend Media Sector Inspections to Online Editions

Four Confirmed Dead, One Missing after Macedonia Floods

Wildfire Near Bulgaria’s Lesovo Border Crossing Contained

Drunk Driving Rate in Bulgaria at 2.5%, Police Operation Reveals

US President Unveils Clean Power Plan to Beat Climate Change

Bulgaria’s Environment Minister to Cut Ribbon on Waste Management System in Vidin

Bulgarian Court Fines 82-Year-Old Woman over Cannabis Growing

Photo Project Tells Stories of 'Foreigners who Made Bulgaria Their Home


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BULGARIAN MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE, MURDER OF BRITISH NATIONAL IN MALOMIR

Bulgarian prosecution authorities have indicted Ivan Nikolov with charges of raping and murdering British national Janette Bennett, BTA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Nikolov is charged with raping the British pensioner in Malomir village, in Yambol Region in southeastern Bulgaria last Thursday, and murdering her with extreme brutality to conceal the rape, BTA quoted Yambol Regional Prosecution Office as saying. read more


BUSINESS

BULGARIAN COMMISSION HEAD: RETAIL PRICES WILL ADD 1-1.5% DUE TO POWER PRICE HIKE

Vladimir Ivanov, Chair of the Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets State Commission, has argued that the power price hike for industrial consumers as of August 1 will result in an increase of 1-1.5% in retail prices.

Ivanov told the Bulgarian National Radio on Tuesday that the increase determined by the Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (KEVR) would increase the cost price of products by around 5%, meaning that retail price tags would add BGN 0.01-0.02. read more


400 SMALL PHOTOVOLTAIC PLANTS IN BULGARIA MAY GO OUT OF BUSINESS BY OCTOBER

Around 400 small photovoltaic plants built with EU funding face bankruptcy due to amendments to energy legislation adopted in July, according to reports of the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA).

Industry representatives complained that the legal amendments reduced the price of the energy produced by them by around 80%. read more


FINANCE

BULGARIA’S GOVERNMENT DEBT DIPS SLIGHTLY IN JUNE

Bulgaria’s government debt totalled EUR 12.26B in nominal terms at the end of June, equivalent to 28.7% of the projected 2015 GDP, official figures show.

The total figure was EUR 50.7M lower than at the end of May due to repayment of debt during the month of June, the Finance Ministry said in a monthly debt bulletin. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

BULGARIAN DAIRY PRODUCERS UNLIKELY TO BE AWARDED COMPENSATIONS BY EC

The European Commission has currently no intention of paying pay compensations to Bulgarian dairy producers due to the decrease in the price of the raw material and the losses caused by the Russian embargo, according to Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva.

Taneva, as cited by the BGNES news agency, noted that the EC was firm in its refusal to admit that the dairy sector was plagued by a crisis. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA’S TAX AGENCY TO EXTEND MEDIA SECTOR INSPECTIONS TO ONLINE EDITIONS

Bulgaria’s National Revenue Agency (NRA) said on Tuesday it will likely widen the scope of its financial inspections of media outlets to include online editions.

“The NRA is looking into potential tax evasion and outstanding tax payments,” the NRA spokesman Rosen Bachvarov said on Nova TV, dismissing allegations the inspections were somehow linked to the editorial policy of media outlets. read more


ENVIRONMENT

BULGARIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TO CUT RIBBON ON WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN VIDIN

Bulgaria’s Environment Minister Ivelina Vasileva will cut the ribbon on a new waste management system in the northwestern city of Vidin ON Tuesday afternoon.

The site was built with funding provided under operational program Environment 2007-2013, according to a media statement of the Environment Ministry. read more


CULTURE

PHOTO PROJECT TELLS STORIES OF 'FOREIGNERS WHO MADE BULGARIA THEIR HOME

What do an American entrepreneur, a Russian artist and a Muslim refugee from the Middle East have in common?

The answer is quite simple: they stand an equal chance to be part of the UnBulgarians project, which brings together the stories of people from New Zealand to Washington, from Pakistan to the UK, people of different social backgrounds who live in Bulgaria.

For instance, there is a 28-year-old musician from Mali who arrived in Bulgaria in 2012 and can be seen in the photo above (C) standing in front of the National Assembly building in Sofia, with a sweatshirt bearing the image of Vasil Levski, one of Bulgaria's most popular national heroes.

"When you live in a foreign country, you need to integrate well. To be a good example. True, sometimes you might stumble upon mediocre people. But when you are well integrated, you can avoid problems. I personally haven’t experienced special treatment, because I am a foreigner," he is quoted as saying.

There are, however, people from other millieus such as translators or businessmen. read more


INCIDENTS

WILDFIRE NEAR BULGARIA’S LESOVO BORDER CROSSING CONTAINED

A Bulgarian Air Force helicopter has helped contain a wildfire near Lesovo village, a checkpoint on the border with Turkey, the Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Lesovo is not under threat from the flames, according to the head of the Fire Department in Yambol Region Yordan Sabev, Focus news agency reported. read more


DRUNK DRIVING RATE IN BULGARIA AT 2.5%, POLICE OPERATION REVEALS

Bulgarian traffic police have intercepted 158 car drivers sitting behind the wheel after having drunk alcohol in just two days, BGNES reported on Tuesday,

A total of 6,325 motorists were tested for drunk driving in a nationwide police operation carried out between 31 July and 2 August, at the peak of summer holidays. read more


CRIME

TRIAL AGAINST BULGARIAN BUSINESSMAN GRISHA GANCHEV KICKS OFF

The Specialized Criminal Court started on Tuesday the trial against Bulgarian businessman Grisha Ganchev.

Ganchev was indicted earlier this year with charges of tax evasion worth over BGN 711 000.

Along with nine others, he allegedly took part in an organized criminal gang.

Ganchev was also charged with death threat on Krasimir Stefanov, a former head of the National Revenue Agency.

However, Stefanov told journalists after the first sitting that he hadn't been threatened by Ganchev, the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) has said. Before court he declared he was not willing to be a side in the trial.

Grisha Ganchev is the owner of the Litex FC and the Litex Commerce company, based in the northern Bulgarian city of Lovech.

His Sofia-based company Litex Motors is the official partner for Bulgaria of China's Great Wall Motors and assembles its vehicles at a jointly developed facility in Lovech.

He was first arrested in 2012, but was later released on bail.
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BULGARIAN PROSECUTORS RESUBMIT INDICTMENT AGAINST SIGMA POLICE OFFICERS

The Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office has submitted the indictment against the chief of a Sofia police unit and six of its members to the Specialized Criminal Court, officials say.

Prosecutors allege they were involved in an organized criminal gang which had been active from December 2012 to the summer of last year when they were detained.

Supposedly, it was Ivaylo Vasilev, the head of the Sigma unit, who set up the gang, according to a statement the prosecuting authority published on its website.

Prosecutors believe Vasilev talked his subordinates into taking part in the scheme by promising them protection.

The group's members are said to have forced drivers who committed traffic offenses into paying hefty bribes in order to avoid other sanctions.

Vasilev allegedly send them to patrol along routes where traffic offenses were not uncommon, which resulted in a minimum of BGN 200-400 (EUR 100-200) received by a team (2-3 police officers).

In cases when drivers lodged bribery complaints, Sigma's chief used his influence to avoid any consequences for the members.

Sigma policemen are responsible for maintaining public order, carrying out investigations, escorting criminals to court or to an airport in case of an extradition.

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BULGARIAN COURT FINES 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN OVER CANNABIS GROWING

A court in Southwestern Bulgaria has ruled that a 82-year-old woman should pay BGN 1000 (EUR 500) after being found guilty of growing cannabis in her own yard a few years ago, media outlets report.

Baba Bozhiya ("Grandma Bozhiya") was initially sentenced to a year-and-a-half of imprisonment, but the ruling was later overturned.

She maintains the plant was sown by "someone else", according to the Bulgarian National Television.

Baba Bozhiya had earlier told reporters that the trial had affected her health tremendously, given the sheer idea a woman of her age might have to spend time behind bars.

She added that with a pension of roughly BGN 150 (EUR 75) she would find it difficult to pay the fine.

The development came on the same day when police in Southwestern Bulgaria discovered some 9 tons of cannabis grown on public land in the region of Struma, near the town on Sandanski.

The country's southwestern areas have long been known for the activity. read more


WORLD

US PRESIDENT UNVEILS CLEAN POWER PLAN TO BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE

US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants at home, international media outlets reported.

Whereas an earlier version of the plan required a 30% cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, the new version increases that target to 32%. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

FOUR CONFIRMED DEAD, ONE MISSING AFTER MACEDONIA FLOODS

Macedonian authorities have confirmed that four people have lost their lives in Monday's floods triggered by stormy weather.

A six-year-old girl has been reported missing, according to Macedonian news agency MIA.

Earlier it was reported that between 5 and 9 people had died.

As many as 11 people have been left injured after the floods hit the northwestern region of Tetovo.

Torrential rains on Monday caused the Pena River to swell and overflow, also damaging infrastructure in the region.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said on Tuesday morning that "all institutions" are committed to helping Tetovo recover. read more



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