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25 April 2014, Issue 3907
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Ukrainian Forces Regain Control of Mariupol


Ukrainian forces have regained control of a government building in the eastern city of Mariupol. The operation to drive out the pro-Russian demonstrators occupying the city hall building was staged overnight.read
IMF Mission Recommends USD 17 B Loans to Ukraine


International Monetary Funds officials have recommended that Ukraine be granted a loan worth USD 17 B aimed at helping Kiev to reduce pressure on the economy. read
Trade Union: 20% of Households in Bulgaria Below Poverty Line


80% of households in Bulgaria live on incomes below the monthly maintenance rate, according to an analysis of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB). read
 
 
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No Breakthrough in US-Japan Trade Deal

Serbian Parliament 'Complete', Govt to Be Announced Saturday

Grigor Dimitrov Qualifies for Quarterfinal in Bucharest

Bulgaria's Government Expands Protected Areas

Russia Starts Military Drills over Situation in Ukraine

Deaths Reported in Ukraine's Slaviansk Operation

Bulgarian Inter-Branch Organizations Oppose 15km Kresna Gorge Tunnel

EC Official: Suspension of South Stream Project Is Not Being Discussed

Lukoil Neftochim Burgas Refinery Builds Heavy Waste Treatment Complex

Sofia Appelate Court Chair to be Tried over EU Funds

VIEWS ON BG
Bulgaria's False Good News for Refugees


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Dimitar Berbatov Contender for 'Goal of the Season'

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BULGARIA WILL NOT STOP SOUTH STREAM GAS PIPELINE – ENERGY MINISTER

The South Stream gas pipeline project will not be terminated, according to Bulgaria's Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev.

Speaking after a meeting with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger in Brussels, he noted that Bulgaria was headed in the right direction in its attempts to secure compliance with EU law, adding that there were no reasons to postpone the construction of the conduit. read more


BUSINESS

BULGARIAN INTER-BRANCH ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE 15KM KRESNA GORGE TUNNEL

Bulgarian inter-branch organisations have opposed the construction of the 15km tunnel through the Kresna Gorge as part of the Struma highway.

Representatives of organizations like the Bulgarian Construction Chamber and the Bulgarian Branch Chamber "Roads" presented their objections to the project at a press conference on Thursday, stating that the construction of Lot 3 of the Struma highway in its section Krupnik-Kresna was ill-conceived and unfeasible and would bring no economic benefits for the country. read more


BULGARIANS SPENT BGN 700 M AROUND EASTER

Bulgarians spent BGN 700 M in the two weeks preceding Easter, shows data of the National Revenue Agency (NRA). 

The information was gathered by the cash registers of hotels, guest houses, restaurants and bars only. 

The sum is smaller than last year, when the bank holidays around Easter and St. George's Day (May 6) were merged. 

Data of the Institute for Analysis of Tourism, Bulgarians spent BGN 70 M for package holdays within Bulgaria and nearly BGN 60 M for holidays abroad. read more


FINANCE

IMF MISSION RECOMMENDS USD 17 B LOANS TO UKRAINE

International Monetary Funds officials have recommended that Ukraine be granted a loan worth USD 17 B aimed at helping Kiev to reduce pressure on the economy.

The announcement came short after estimates that Ukraine's economy could contract by 5% this year due to February's events, the developments in Crimea and the ongoing unrest in its eastern and southern parts, as Bloomberg has reported. read more


NUMBER OF BULGARIANS WITH BAD CREDIT HISTORY INCREASES

The number of Bulgarians seeking new credits, with bad credit history reached 18% in March, shows data of the company Credit Center. 

The check ups in the National Credit Register showed that the problems vary from unpaid credits or parts of credits to periodical defaults. 

In the previous six months the share of people with problematic credit history varied between 13 and 16%. 

“Sometimes the problems with credit history are caused by insufficient control of people over their finances,” said Tihomir Toshev, executive director of Credit Center, quoted by Bulgarian-language media. “Often people are unaware that the monthly net cash in their accounts does not cover the payment on the credit. Sometimes it's just a matter of a few leva, but it is still noted in the credit history.” read more


ENERGY

EC OFFICIAL: SUSPENSION OF SOUTH STREAM PROJECT IS NOT BEING DISCUSSED

The suspension of the South Stream gas pipeline is not being discussed, according to Dominique Ristori, Director-General of Directorate-General Energy of the European Commission.

"The issue is currently not being discussed. Now it is important to restore the political conditions for the necessary cooperation between the EU and Russia, we are working to this end. All talks continue," he told Russian journalists, according to reports of ITAR TASS and the BGNES news agency. read more


LUKOIL NEFTOCHIM BURGAS REFINERY BUILDS HEAVY WASTE TREATMENT COMPLEX

An investment of USD 1.5 B will go to the first stage of the construction of a heavy waste treatment complex at the Bulgarian Lukoil Neftochim Burgas refinery.

The investment was announced by the government's press office on Wednesday after a meeting of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski with Vagit Alekperov, President of Russian energy giant Lukoil. read more


INDUSTRY

GENERAL ELECTRIC 'IN TALKS' FOR ALSTOM SHARES

US engineering group General Electric has reportedly engaged into talks with France's trainmaker Alstom, with the rumors soaring the latter's shares.

The French company, which is a world leader in railway transport, has downpalyed the claims that GE has expressed interest in its assets, suggesting they lead to "speculation and rumors". read more


DIPLOMACY

BOYKO BORISOV VOWS DIRECT FLIGHT SOFIA-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES IN 2015

Boyko Borisov, leader of center-right party GERB, has vowed a direct flight connecting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Sofia in 2015.

Borisov, former Prime Minister and leader of the GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) party, met with Engineer Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy on Thursday in Dubai, according to the press office of GERB. read more


DEFENSE

RUSSIA STARTS MILITARY DRILLS OVER SITUATION IN UKRAINE

The Russian army has started military drills in response to the situation in the southeast of Ukraine, its Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday.

The exercises are to be carried out at the country's border with Ukraine, where "balance of forces is uneven", as Shoigu was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

SOFIA APPELATE COURT CHAIR TO BE TRIED OVER EU FUNDS

Veselin Pengezov, Chair of the Sofia Appelate Court, has been summoned by Sofia Military District Prosecutor's Office to de indicted over misuse of European funds.

Petko Petrov, who chairs the Military Appelate Court, will be indicted on the same charge. The terms of both men are to end June 9, and both were pointed as likely to have another term in office. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT APPOINTS NEW ELECTORAL BODY MEMBER

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has appointed former MP Metin Suleymanov from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) member of the Central Electoral Commission.

The lawmaker becomes part of CEC after Parliament approved on Tuesday an amendment to the recently-voted Election Code envisaging that the Commission be strengthened by one member, from 19 to 20. read more


EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2014

BULGARIAN INDEPENDENT EU ELECTIONS CANDIDATE REJECTED

Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has decided to suspend Alex Aleksiev as a registered candidate for the European elections.

The electoral body said Aleksiev, who has lived in the US for years, did not meet the requirements for a 6-month permanent residence in Bulgaria prior to the vote, Mediapool agency has reported. read more


SOCIETY

TRADE UNION: 20% OF HOUSEHOLDS IN BULGARIA BELOW POVERTY LINE

80% of households in Bulgaria live on incomes below the monthly maintenance rate, according to an analysis of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB).

According to CITUB calculations, the monthly maintenance per person stands at BGN 563 and a four-member household needs around BGN 2254 a month in Q1, 2014. read more


OVERFLOWING DAM FLOODS VILLAGES IN NW BULGARIA

An overflowing municipal dam flooded on Wednesday night the village Gyurgich and affected several other villages in Vidin region, northwestern Bulgaria. 

No one was injured, as the residents were evacuated, but the tidal wave destroyed bridges and sewers and flooded homes and fields. The electricity, according to the public broadcaster BNT, was also cut.  

The mayor of Ruzhintsi municipality Ventsislav Vankov told the national television bTV, that the dam wall was recently inspected and was in good condition and the overflowing mechanism has been replaced not long ago and was practically new. read more


ENVIRONMENT

BULGARIA'S GOVERNMENT EXPANDS PROTECTED AREAS

Bulgaria's Government will expand the Natura 2000 network by 485 hectares, said the Government press office. 

It will expand two already existing protected areas in northeastern Bulgaria – Kraimorska Dobrudzha and Kaliakra Complex and creates a new one – Devnenski Hulmove. 

The expansion of Natura 2000 is a result of additional surveys of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystems of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. read more


NO RISK OF FLOODING DAMS, SAYS BULGARIAN AGRICULTURE MINISTER

The expected rainfalls in Bulgaria do not pose a risk for flooding of dams, the Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov assured.

"The dams managed by the "Irrigation Systems" company are under control", Grekov said. read more


SPORTS

GRIGOR DIMITROV QUALIFIES FOR QUARTERFINAL IN BUCHAREST

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov defeated Czech Jiri Vesely 7:6, 6:2 in the second round of the ATP tournament in Bucharest.

Dimitrov, who is seeded 1st in the tournament, enjoyed the support of a full capacity crowd, among which many Bulgarians living in Romania. read more


BLAGOY NAYDENOV WINS GOLD IN WORLD YOUTH BOXING

Blagoy Naydenov grabbed the gold medal in the 81kg category at the World Youth Boxing Championships in Sofia.

Naydenov, 17-years-old, defeated Kazakhstan's Vadim Kazakov in the final at Sofia's Arena Armeets. All three judges voted in favor of the Bulgarian (29:28, 30:27, 30:27). read more


LIFESTYLE

HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS JODY FOSTER MARRIES ALEXANDRA HEDISON

Oscar Awards winning actress Jody Foster has married her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend.

The ceremony was believed to be quite low-key, with the media only learning about the event on Wednesday, through Foster's representative. read more


VIEWS ON BG

BULGARIA'S FALSE GOOD NEWS FOR REFUGEES

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WORLD

UKRAINIAN FORCES REGAIN CONTROL OF MARIUPOL

Ukrainian forces have regained control of a government building in the eastern city of Mariupol.

The operation to drive out the pro-Russian demonstrators occupying the city hall building was staged overnight. They were successfully removed by government forces without any casualties or injuries, the BBC reports. read more


DEATHS REPORTED IN UKRAINE'S SLAVIANSK OPERATION

At least two men were reportedly killed after Ukrainian commandos stormed the eastern town of Slaviansk, which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels for weeks.

The city's website, as quoted by RIA Novosti, also says an "unspecified number" of people have been injured. read more


AFGHAN HOSPITAL GUARD KILLS 3 AMERICAN MEDICS

Three American hospital workers have been killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday.

Local police confirmed that the hospital guard opened fire for unknown reasons, shooting 4 medical personnel, 3 of whom died, CNN reports. The guard then tried to commit suicide, but survived. read more


NO BREAKTHROUGH IN US-JAPAN TRADE DEAL

The United States and Japan have failed to reach a trade deal during the first day of President Barack Obama's visit to the Asian country.

The two sides were unable to come closer to the crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, initiated by Washington, The Japan Times revealed. read more


PUTIN WARNS RUSSIANS INTERNET IS 'CIA PROJECT'

Internet emerged as a CIA project and this is also how it was developed, Russia's President Vladimir Putin reminded on Thursday.

At a media forum, he explained that everything which was said on the Internet was controlled through servers based in the US, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reports. read more


KOSOVO EXTENDS EULEX MISSION, CREATES WAR CRIMES COURT

The Parliament in Pristina approved Wednesday a law to extend EU's rule-of-law mission to Kosovo, EULEX, until June 2016.

A special court will also be set up to investigate alleged war crimes by the former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), according to BalkanInsight. read more


SERBIAN PARLIAMENT 'COMPLETE', GOVT TO BE ANNOUNCED SATURDAY

Serbia's Parliament was finally constituted Thursday.

A new session due to discuss government and ministry laws is expected to pave the way for the forming of a new cabinet later this week. read more



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