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22 August 2014, Issue 4008
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KTB Accountants Released on Recognizance


Sofia City Court released on Thursday Bulgarian Corpbank's Chief Accountant Mariya Dimova and her deputy Borislava Kyuchukova on a recognizance.read
Overhaul of Bulgaria's State Budget 'Inevitable' - FinMin


Interim Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov has voiced concerns that the current account deficit could reach 3 percent in 2014.read
Russia Takes Some EU, US Food Products out of Blacklist


Russia has decided to exclude some of the food products on which it imposed a ban earlier in August, a decree published on the government's website shows.read
 
 
NOVINITE INSIDER
Mariyana Kukusheva: Bulgaria Unable to React to Russian Food Ban

Ognyan Minchev: We Need Political Programmes, Not Personal Squabbles

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Police Working on Two Versions for Botevgrad's Businessman Murder

US Admits Secret Mission Failed to Free James Foley

Ukrainian President Likely to Dissolve Parliament Next Week

Defense Minister 'to Dismiss Military Intelligence Chief'

Interim PM Georgi Bliznashki Reveals Names of Ten Advisers

Seven Coalitions, 22 Parties to Run in Bulgaria's Early Elections

Klitschko Training 'Like a Beast' for Match with Bulgaria's Pulev

Stylish Grigor Dimitrov Poses for American Vogue

Balkan Telecom Regulators Mull Scrapping Roaming Charges

Bulgaria's Transport Sector Turnover Increases by 13.4% in Q2 Y/Y


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Bulgaria C-bank Allows Corpbank’s Debtors to Repay Loans

Local policeman investigated for allegedly stealing aid for Mizia flood victims
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TOP NEWS
TURKEY’S RULING PARTY NAMES FOREIGN MINISTER DAVUTOGLU AS NEW PM

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will take over as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and thus become the next prime minister.

Davutoglu will succeed outgoing president-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he assumes office next week. read more


BUSINESS

OVERHAUL OF BULGARIA'S STATE BUDGET 'INEVITABLE' - FINMIN

Interim Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov has voiced concerns that the current account deficit could reach 3 percent in 2014.

Under the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria Act the deficit is projected at 1.8% for the year, after the previous Parliament failed to pass an update to the fiscal plan proposed by Plamen Oresharski's cabinet.

The deficit stood at BGN 1.15 B in July and is expected to grow by at lest BGN 355 M, data from the Ministry of Finance shows, a figure slightly beyond the target for the entire 2014. read more


RUSSIA TAKES SOME EU, US FOOD PRODUCTS OUT OF BLACKLIST

Russia has decided to exclude some of the food products on which it imposed a ban earlier in August, a decree published on the government's website shows.

Lactose-free milk, potatoes, small salmons and trouts for breeding-pools, potato and onion seedlings, hybrid sugar corn and peas, and also biologically active supplements.

The document, bearing the signature of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, partially eases restrictions introduced on August 7 in response to the sanctions that the EU and the US imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

The ban also included Australia, Canada and Norway.

Some of the exemptions follow a letter from the Consumer Protection Society in which the organization demanded that certain product be removed from the list to the benefit of sportsmen and citizens having lactose and gluten intolerance or suffering from diabetes.

Reports quoted by various media outlets meanwhile revealed Belarus had dropped a ban on cattle imports from the EU.

Belarus is planning to increase its food exports to Russia by 15 to 40 percent this year, but authorities rule out that the restrictions could have been scrapped for that purpose, citing a decreased risk of the Schmallenberg virus to be behind the move. read more


BALKAN TELECOM REGULATORS MULL SCRAPPING ROAMING CHARGES

Balkan telecommunications regulators are nearing a decision to cancel roaming charges for mobile communications, Macedonian news agency MIA reported on Thursday.

The proposal, launched about two months ago, has brought together regulators from Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. read more


BULGARIA'S TRANSPORT SECTOR TURNOVER INCREASES BY 13.4% IN Q2 Y/Y

Total turnover index in transportation, storage and post sector increased by 13.4% in Q2 2014 compared to the same quarter of 2013.

The greatest increase was observed in Warehousing and support activities for transportation-by 24.1%. read more


BULGARIA GETS RECORD LOW DIVIDEND PAYMENT FROM STATE FIRMS

Bulgaria has received a record low dividend from its state-owned companies this year, it was revealed on Thursday.

Reasons include worsened financial performance of state-owned firms and a cut in the dividend rate to 70% from 80%, capital.bg said on Thursday, citing Finance Ministry figures. read more


DIPLOMACY

BULGARIA, US HOPE FOR POSITIVE RESULTS FROM FOUR-WAY UKRAINE TALKS

Bulgaria and the US hope the four-way talks on resolving the Ukraine crisis will generate positive results, it was announced on Thurday.

In a statement released after a meeting between caretaker Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov and US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two sides have highlighted Russia’s responsibility for easing tensions in Ukraine. read more


RUSSIA SENDS PROTEST NOTE TO BULGARIA OVER SOVIET MONUMENT DESECRATION

Russia has sent a note of protest to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry demanding to bring to justice those guilty of desecration of a monument to Soviet warriors.

“We express our deep indignation at the desecration of the monument to Soviet warriors-liberators in Lozenets district in Sofia on the night of August 17,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Wednesday. read more


DEFENSE

DEFENSE MINISTER 'TO DISMISS MILITARY INTELLIGENCE CHIEF'

Bulgaria's interim Defense Minister Velizar Shalamanov has decided to replace Veselin Ivanov, Director of the Defense Information Service, media sources say.

No specific motives are cited to be behind the expected move, but the daily Presa, which has issued the report, suggests it could be explained with the military intelligence service's delay in handing documents to the Files Commission, the institution managing the files of the Socialist-era state security agency DS.

Presa quotes experts as calling the shift a "risky" venture, with recent developments in Ukraine and the conflict with Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East in sight. read more


DOMESTIC

INTERIM PM GEORGI BLIZNASHKI REVEALS NAMES OF TEN ADVISERS

Bulgaria's Caretaker Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki has announced the names of ten advisers who are to enter his team, the Council of Ministers' press office said.

Georgi Georgiev, a former Deputy Minister of Regional Development (2001-2003) and former Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2001-2003), will become Bliznashki's Chief of Staff. read more


NEW HEAD OF BULGARIA'S EXECUTIVE FOREST AGENCY APPOINTED

Toni Krastev has been appointed the new executive director of Bulgaria's Executive Forest Agency.

Krastev is to replace former head of the Agency Grigor Gogov who was dismissed in the first days after the caretaker government took office because of poor control and vitiated procedures for the appointment of natural parks directors, Bulgaria's national radio informs. read more


EARLY ELECTIONS 2014

SEVEN COALITIONS, 22 PARTIES TO RUN IN BULGARIA'S EARLY ELECTIONS

A total of twenty-two parties and seven coalitions are now registered at the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) as the deadline expired on Wednesday, August 20.

Two parties were denied registration. read more


SPORTS

KLITSCHKO TRAINING 'LIKE A BEAST' FOR MATCH WITH BULGARIA'S PULEV

Ukrainian heavyweight professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko is training hard for the big match with Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev in September.

Klitschko will compete to defend his title against Pulev in an IBF World Championship match on 06 September 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. read more


CRIME

POLICE WORKING ON TWO VERSIONS FOR BOTEVGRAD'S BUSINESSMAN MURDER

Currently, there are no suspects for the murder of the businessman Semko Semkov, who was shot dead in Bulgaria's Botevgrad, Wednesday.

Police are working on two versions – possible enemies or unsettled business, Nova Tv reports. read more


KTB ACCOUNTANTS RELEASED ON RECOGNIZANCE

Sofia City Court released on Thursday Bulgarian Corpbank's Chief Accountant Mariya Dimova and her deputy Borislava Kyuchukova on a recognizance.

Dimova has spent the past weeks under house arrest, and Kyuchukova was the only one out of four detainees that had so far remained in custody.

The court ruled that there was no risk for the defendants to commit any other crime if they are freed, as both have a clean record and are currently unemployed.

Thursday's decision means that all four detainees in the KTB affair have been freed of custody.

Dimova and Kyuchukova, alongside Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank or KTB)'s CEO Orlin Rusev and Chief Cashier Margarita Petrova, were earlier accused of being part of an embezzlement scheme that allegedly led to the draining of BGN 206 M from the bank. read more


LIFESTYLE

STYLISH GRIGOR DIMITROV POSES FOR AMERICAN VOGUE

Bulgaria's tennis star Grigor Dimitrov will appear on the pages of one of the most popular magazines in the world, the American edition of Vogue, in September.

For years, the magazine has been widely considered to be the trendsetter in the world of fashion. read more


WORLD

US ADMITS SECRET MISSION FAILED TO FREE JAMES FOLEY

US officials acknowledged that a military mission aiming to free reporter James Foley and other hostages from IS captivity had failed.

FBI meanwhile announced a video footage of Foley's beheading by the Sunni militants known as Islamic State (IS) posted online Tuesday was authentic, according to the Global Post, one of the outlets for which the journalist worked.

The Pentagon said in a statement quoted by ABC that an attempt of a rescue operation designed to free American hostages in Syria "involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network" within IS.

It added that the mission was not successful as "the hostages were not present at the targeted location".

Officials from the Obama administration are quoted by the BBC as saying that dozens of special troops had been dropped by aircraft into Syria in recent weeks as part of the mission.

IS argued in the video the execution was carried out in retaliation for US air strikes against its fighters in Iraq.

After Foley blames the US government's ongoing bombing campaign in Iraq for his imminent death, a masked militant who can be seen behind him warns US President Barack Obama against attempting to "deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate", which in his words "will result in the bloodshed of [Obama's] people".

Obama himself compared the insurgents to a "cancer".

He condemned their act as violence that "shocks the conscience of the entire world".

Experts are still seeking to establish the identity of the man who kills Foley in the video, with some intelligence sources cited by British papers saying that he was born in London and calls himself John.

According to the Daily Telegraph he belongs to a group of British-born militants which other jihadists call "The Beatles" because of their origin. read more


UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT LIKELY TO DISSOLVE PARLIAMENT NEXT WEEK

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is to sign a decree on dissolving the Verkhovna Rada and calling early parliamentary elections next week.

"I think it is 95% likely that there will be a presidential decree next week on dissolving the Verkhovna Rada and calling early parliamentary elections, as the 30-day time frame for forming a new coalition will expire within the next few days," presidential adviser Oleg Medvedev said on Radio Liberty, as cited by Interfax. read more


INTERVIEW

MARIYANA KUKUSHEVA: BULGARIA UNABLE TO REACT TO RUSSIAN FOOD BAN

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OPINIONS

OGNYAN MINCHEV: WE NEED POLITICAL PROGRAMMES, NOT PERSONAL SQUABBLES

We should realize how deeply the Bulgarian democratic system has been eroded, Bulgarian political scientist Ognyan Minchev has opined.

Following are excerpts from Minchev's opinion posted on his Facebook page: read more


TSVETOZAR TOMOV: SURPRISING TURNOUT TO BE EXPECTED AT EARLY ELECTIONS

The forthcoming snap poll on October 5 is likely to attract 3.5 million Bulgarians, out of approximately 5 million voters, electoral watchdog head Tsvetozar Tomov argued.

After the deadline for parties to register for the elections ended, Tomov told the Bulgarian National Radio he also expected increased voter activity from abroad. read more



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