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3 September 2014, Issue 4018
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Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Journalist Steven Sotloff


A video showing the purported beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff held hostage by Islamic State has been released online, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. read
Bulgaria’s NEK Debt Tops BGN 3 Billion


The financial position of Bulgaria’s National Electricity Company (NEK) is worsening and its debt already exceeds BGN 3.read
Boosting Bulgaria's Defense Budget 'Unacceptable' - GERB Leader


Center-right GERB's leader Boyko Borisov said his party would reject a proposal of President Rosen Plevneliev that military expenditures go up from 1.read
 
 
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Russia to Update Military Doctrine in View of ‘New Military Dangers’

Gov't to Seek BGN 300 M from Internal Market

Slovakia Starts Shipping Gas to Ukraine via Vojany-Uzhgorod Pipeline

Estonia's President Wants Permanent NATO Bases in Country

EU Commission Motives to Freeze South Stream 'Political' - Gazprom

UNHCR: More Ukrainians Flee Homes to Escape Fighting

EU to Decide on New Russia Sanctions by Friday, Mogherini Says

Court Imposes House Arrest on 'Putin Opponent' Nikolai Kobliakov

Price Cuts at Bulgaria’s Black Sea Resorts Reach 50% in September

Bulgaria's Revenue Agency Uncovers Tax Evasion worth BGN 20M in H1, 2014

424 Refugee Children in Bulgaria Unable to Go to School

Power Distributor EVN Seeks 17.9% Price Hike in Southeastern Bulgaria

Bulgaria Suffered Financial Corrections worth BGN 166M by end-2013

Bulgaria’s Govt to Allocate Extra BGN 8M to Sofia Metro Line 2 Extension

Bulgaria’s Struma, Hemus Motorways Listed as Key Priorities in Transport OP 2014-2020

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry Plagued by BGN 97M Budget Gap

Bulgaria's Elections Body Rules Out 'Kostinbrod Scenario' at Snap Poll

Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission Denies Election Observers Registration to 2 Associations

Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains Hit Balkan States in Early September

2.8-Strong Earthquake Jolts Bulgaria's Pernik

Kiev Announces 'Greater Invasion' as Ukraine-Russia Talks Reach Deadlock

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Farmers Affected by Natural Disasters to Get BGN 4.4M

Contractor Selection Procedure for Sofia's Winter Palace Reconstruction Halted

Armenia Joins Eurasian Union


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Sofia Zoo Closed
QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He [Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev] might promise as much as he wants to, it is his right and I am not meddling. But we are the poorest country and it is high time both Russians and Americans, and everydoby understand they cannot constantly demand things from the poorest country and the poorest people."

Center-right GERB leader and former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov commenting for Bulgarian daily Presa on President Plevneliev's proposal that military expenditures be boosted from 1.3 to 1.5 percent of GDP next year.

Plevneliev is due to restate the commitment at the forthcoming NATO summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday.

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EU TO DECIDE ON NEW RUSSIA SANCTIONS BY FRIDAY, MOGHERINI SAYS

European Union governments will decide on new sanctions against Russia by Friday, incoming EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has said.

Mogherini, told the European Parliament on Tuesday that Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis called for "the strongest possible response". read more


BUSINESS

FARMERS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTERS TO GET BGN 4.4M

Bulgarian farmers whose agricultural land was completely destroyed by the natural disasters last year, will be compensated with a total of BGN 4.4M, the State Fund Agriculture informed.

Compensation under the scheme will be allocated to farmers who have a protocol for completely devastated agricultural land due to a natural disaster or adverse weather conditions. Those, who have not insured their land, will receive 50% of the due subsidies. The exception is for damages caused by drought, which will be paid without reduction, expert.bg informs. read more


CONTRACTOR SELECTION PROCEDURE FOR SOFIA'S WINTER PALACE RECONSTRUCTION HALTED

The contractor selection procedure for the reconstruction of the Winter Palace of Sports in Sofia for BGN 41M VAT excluded has been terminated by the contracting authority Academica 2011.

The new management of the state-owned company has motivated its decision with the unreasonably high estimated value of the contract and the missing funds in the company needed in order to carry out the repair, Dnevnik reports. read more


ARMENIA JOINS EURASIAN UNION

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the agreement which would incorporate Armenia into the Eurasian Economic Council, according to radio Voice of Russia's website.

Armenia is the fourth country to enter the body also known as Eurasian Union which was established on May 29, 2014 in Kazakhstan's capital Astana. read more


FINANCE

GOV'T TO SEEK BGN 300 M FROM INTERNAL MARKET

Bulgaria's Finance Ministry is to place BGN 300 M worth of securities on the domestic market next week, the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) has announced on its website.

The auction is dated September 8, or next Monday. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA’S NEK DEBT TOPS BGN 3 BILLION

The financial position of Bulgaria’s National Electricity Company (NEK) is worsening and its debt already exceeds BGN 3.1 B, caretaker Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has said.

On Tuesday, Shtonov told the first meeting of the newly-formed Energy Board that additional expenses relating to the arbitration case with Russia’s Atomstroyexport over Belene nuclear power plant or bigger losses can push the state-owned company into insolvency. read more


POWER DISTRIBUTOR EVN SEEKS 17.9% PRICE HIKE IN SOUTHEASTERN BULGARIA

Power distributor EVN has submitted a tariff update request with Bulgaria’s State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), seeking a 17.9% price increase as of October 1, 2014.

The power distributor, which services customers in Southeastern Bulgaria, has informed that 7.2% of the proceeds from the power price hike will go straight to the National Electric Company (NEK) and the EVN companies will receive 10.7% of the total. read more


EU COMMISSION MOTIVES TO FREEZE SOUTH STREAM 'POLITICAL' - GAZPROM

Russian energy concern Gazprom has accused the European Commission that it is putting a wheel on South Stream for political reasons.

In a letter to the Financial Times also quoted by Russian media outlets, Gazprom´s press secretary Sergey Kupriyanov has warned that, "unlike the northern EU member states, which will profit from the safer supplies through South Stream, the countries of Southeast Europe are not having an alternative route for gas supplies". read more


TOURISM

PRICE CUTS AT BULGARIA’S BLACK SEA RESORTS REACH 50% IN SEPTEMBER

Tourists can spend their holidays at Bulgarian southern Black Sea coast at prices up to 50% lower, due to the traditional September discounts.

September is the month preferred for vacation mostly by Bulgarians and Western European pensioners, Bulgarian National Radio notes. read more


DEFENSE

BOOSTING BULGARIA'S DEFENSE BUDGET 'UNACCEPTABLE' - GERB LEADER

Center-right GERB's leader Boyko Borisov said his party would reject a proposal of President Rosen Plevneliev that military expenditures go up from 1.3 to 1.5%.

He told Bulgarian daily Presa that there was "nowhere to find BGN 200 M [more] for the army" when the country is facing shortage of funding for pensions or EU funding. read more


KIEV ANNOUNCES 'GREATER INVASION' AS UKRAINE-RUSSIA TALKS REACH DEADLOCK

A new round of talks within the Contact group for Eastern Ukraine held Tuesday has failed to yield results.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Haletey has meanwhile announced his country is shifting the strategy of Kiev forces acting in the east, switching from fighting terrorist forces to defensing Ukraine against a so-called "full-scale invasion" allegedly carried out by Russia, UNIAN news agency reports. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

BULGARIA SUFFERED FINANCIAL CORRECTIONS WORTH BGN 166M BY END-2013

Bulgaria was imposed financial corrections worth BGN 166 M under operational programs under the EU Structural Funds and the Cohesion Funds by December 31, 2013.

The financial corrections amounted to 1.9% of the funds granted, according to a report of KPMG presented by Alexander Hinov at a round table titled “Financial Risks in EU Funds Management – the First Seven years” on Tuesday, according to reports of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA’S STRUMA, HEMUS MOTORWAYS LISTED AS KEY PRIORITIES IN TRANSPORT OP 2014-2020

The Struma and Hemus motorways are the main priorities under Operational Program “Transport”, according to Bulgaria’s caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova.

In a Tuesday interview for Nova TV, she informed that all projects included in the program had to be completed and launched by 2022. read more


BULGARIA’S GOVT TO ALLOCATE EXTRA BGN 8M TO SOFIA METRO LINE 2 EXTENSION

Bulgaria’s caretaker government is to allocate BGN 8 M to the completion of the last metro station of the extension of the second metro line in Sofia.

The proposal for the financial injection has been made available for public discussion which ends on September 11, according to reports of Standard daily. read more


BULGARIA'S INTERIOR MINISTRY PLAGUED BY BGN 97M BUDGET GAP

The budget gap at Bulgaria's Interior Ministry stands at around BGN 97M, according to caretaker Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov.

Bakalov, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio, announced Tuesday that the outstanding financial obligations of the Interior by August 25 stood at BGN 17M, according to an audit. read more


EARLY ELECTIONS 2014

BULGARIA'S ELECTIONS BODY RULES OUT 'KOSTINBROD SCENARIO' AT SNAP POLL

A repetition of last year's events at the Kostinbrod state printing house is impossible, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) says.

Its Deputy Chair Mariya Musorlieva explained that the current Election code, which was adopted by the previous government, has stepped up security within the printing process, since all ballots are to be printed by the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB), website Dariknews.bg reports. read more


BULGARIA’S CENTRAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION DENIES ELECTION OBSERVERS REGISTRATION TO 2 ASSOCIATIONS

Certain media outlets have not published their election campaign ads tariffs and the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) will probably address this matter, CEC spokesman Tsvetozar Tomov claimed.

In an interview for Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Tomov explained that the information campaign for Bulgarian citizens voting abroad will be more active at the upcoming elections, involving a number of international non-governmental organizations. read more


SOCIETY

424 REFUGEE CHILDREN IN BULGARIA UNABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL

Out of a total of over 520 refugee children living in Bulgaria, only 96 will go to school in the new school year, according to the State Agency for Refugees.

A total of 424 refugee children will not be able to attend classes as of September 15, despite the assurances of Bulgarian authorities of a swift solution of the problem, according to reports of Sega daily. read more


ENVIRONMENT

THUNDERSTORMS, HEAVY RAINS HIT BALKAN STATES IN EARLY SEPTEMBER

Torrential rains and gale force winds, thunderstorms and in some places hail, have hit the Balkans in the beginning of September, local media outlets reported, Tuesday.

Code Orange and Code Red warnings have been issued in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia due to the potentially dangerous weather. read more


INCIDENTS

2.8-STRONG EARTHQUAKE JOLTS BULGARIA'S PERNIK

A 2.8-magniture quake has rattled the Bulgarian town of Pernik near Sofia.

According to the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, the earthquake was registered at 07.54 and was at a depth of 18 km. read more


CRIME

COURT IMPOSES HOUSE ARREST ON 'PUTIN OPPONENT' NIKOLAI KOBLIAKOV

Sofia City Court has ruled that Russian-French businessman Nikolai Kobliakov is to be placed under house arrest.

The ruling comes after Bulgarian authorities received a request for Kobliakov's extradition sent by Moscow. read more


BULGARIA'S REVENUE AGENCY UNCOVERS TAX EVASION WORTH BGN 20M IN H1, 2014

A total of 850 natural persons inspected in the period January-June 2014 committed income tax evasion worth BGN 20M, according to data of Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA).

All were issued tax assessment notices. read more


WORLD

VIDEO PURPORTS TO SHOW BEHEADING OF US JOURNALIST STEVEN SOTLOFF

A video showing the purported beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff held hostage by Islamic State has been released online, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The video attributed to the Islamic State (IS) marks the showing of second such execution in as many weeks by the group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives in retaliation for US air strikes against IS fighters. read more


RUSSIA TO UPDATE MILITARY DOCTRINE IN VIEW OF ‘NEW MILITARY DANGERS’

Russia plans to update its military doctrine in response to the emergence of “new military dangers  and military threats”,  a senior Russian military official has said.

Mikhail Popov, deputy secretary of Russia’s military Security Council  has described NATO’s eastward expansion as “one of the external military dangers for the Russian Federation.” read more


UNHCR: MORE UKRAINIANS FLEE HOMES TO ESCAPE FIGHTING

The number of people displaced inside Ukraine had more than doubled in the past four weeks due to the fighting in the country’s East, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

According to estimates of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates 260,000 people were displaced as of Monday, compared to 117,000 in the first week of August, as a result of fighting betweeen Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, in particular around the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. read more


ESTONIA'S PRESIDENT WANTS PERMANENT NATO BASES IN COUNTRY

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said his country wants NATO to set up permanent bases on its territory to protect it against potential threats from Russia.

“NATO structure should not imply the division of its members into the first and second class states: those that have the alliance’s permanent bases, and those that don’t,” Ilves said at a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in the Norwegian capital on Tuesday, Itar-Tass reports. read more


SLOVAKIA STARTS SHIPPING GAS TO UKRAINE VIA VOJANY-UZHGOROD PIPELINE

Slovakia starts shipping natural gas to Ukraine.

The Vojany-Uzhgorod reverse gas pipeline, which passed tests successfully in August, is to supply up to 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year to Ukraine at a price of USD 360 per 1000 cubic meters, down by USD 25 from the price offered by Russian Gazprom to Ukraine, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more



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