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1 October 2016, Issue 4659
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Bulgarian MP's Pass Law On Banning Burkas


Bulgarian deputies passed the law on banning the wearing of garments that cover or hide the face, more popular as the law on banning burkas. read
Bulgarian Nominee for UN Secretary General Georgieva Registered Officially


The new nominee of the Bulgarian government for UN Secretary General has been registered officially as the 13th candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon in the international organisation. read
Russia, Ukraine Oppose Georgieva's Nomination for UN Secretary General


Russia and Ukraine are among a few of the countries that have raised questions regarding the Bulgarian nomination of European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva for UN Secretary General, announced Radio Free Europe. read
 
 
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BNB Chief Radev: Bulgaria's Banking System Is Stable

99% Probability of GERB Nominating Fandakova, Tsacheva, Nikolov or Donchev

Russia 'Had Nothing To Do' With Georgieva's Nomination For UN Secretary General

KEVR To Raise Gas Prices by 1.97% As Of October 1

Turkey Demands EU Fulfil Its Promise for Visa-Free Regime by End of 2016

Bulgaria's Unemployment in August Hits Lowest Level of 7.7% Since October 2009

Bulgarian Interior Minister: New Unit for Increasing Border Security To Be Created

Every 20th Bulgarian at Age Over 80


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A Third of Bulgarians Facing Energy Poverty
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BULGARIAN MP'S PASS LAW ON BANNING BURKAS

Bulgarian deputies passed the law on banning the wearing of garments that cover or hide the face, more popular as the law on banning burkas.

In the middle of June, the draft bill of the Patriotic Front was passed at first reading after heated debates in Parliament. The ban is expected to be in force at public institutions, places related to providing administrative, educational and public services, places for public recreation, sports and culture. read more


FINANCE

BNB CHIEF RADEV: BULGARIA'S BANKING SYSTEM IS STABLE

“If I was looking for comfort, I wouldn’t have occupied this seat. Over the last year, the situation was rather tense. Banking supervision is in much better shape now,” stated the head of BNB Dimitar Radev.

His statement was made over a month after stress tests of the banks in Bulgaria. “There was tension in the banking system after the KTB case,” admitted Radev. “The point of this check was to restore confidence in the banking sector.” He added that, after the reforms were carried out, confidence in the banking system has been restored. read more


ENERGY

KEVR TO RAISE GAS PRICES BY 1.97% AS OF OCTOBER 1

At a closed-door meeting, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) took a final decision regarding the statement submitted by Bulgargaz for confirmation of the prices for the fourth quarter of 2016 at which the public supplier will sell natural gas to end customers and to clients included in the gas distribution network.

Since, at the moment, there are no preconditions for the existence of a competitive environment on the natural gas market, the Commission regulates the price of the blue fuel, reported the press centre of KEVR. read more


POLITICS

BULGARIAN NOMINEE FOR UN SECRETARY GENERAL GEORGIEVA REGISTERED OFFICIALLY

The new nominee of the Bulgarian government for UN Secretary General has been registered officially as the 13th candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon in the international organisation.

Kristalina Georgieva’s name and her brief concept of how she imagines the tasks of the organisation have been published on the official webpage of the UN. read more


DIPLOMACY

RUSSIA 'HAD NOTHING TO DO' WITH GEORGIEVA'S NOMINATION FOR UN SECRETARY GENERAL

The decision of the Bulgarian government to change the nomination of the country for the post UN Secretary General had nothing to do with Russia, stated on Friday the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Mariya Zaharova, cited by BNT.

“I would like to emphasise that this decision has nothing to do with us. This is the decision of the Bulgarian government. I would very much like to hope that this is a sovereign decision,” stated Zaharova. read more


RUSSIA, UKRAINE OPPOSE GEORGIEVA'S NOMINATION FOR UN SECRETARY GENERAL

Russia and Ukraine are among a few of the countries that have raised questions regarding the Bulgarian nomination of European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva for UN Secretary General, announced Radio Free Europe.

Russia, Angola and Malaysia – all members of the Security Council asked Sofia for clarifications after it proposed Georgieva as “Bulgaria’s single candidate” for the position. read more


DOMESTIC

EVERY 20TH BULGARIAN AT AGE OVER 80

Until January 1, 2015, people at the age of over 80 in Bulgaria were over 331,000 or 4.6% of the entire population, reported Eurostat in an analysis on elderly people in the EU-28 in the period 2005-2015.

This means that almost every 20th person in Bulgaria is over the age of 80. read more


BORDER POLICE, PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE UNCOVERS ORGANISED CRIMINAL GROUP FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Employees of the Border Police Chief Directorate have arrested an organised criminal group for human trafficking, reported the directorate.

Fifty-year old V.M. and two women – R.P. and A.T. from Sofia have been detained. read more


FOUR POLICEMEN ARRESTED FOR CORRUPITON AT KAPITAN ANDREEVO CHECKPOINT

The Interior Ministry is currently carrying out an operation at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint, reported BNR.

According to initial information, four border policemen have been arrested for corruption. the policemen were caught with marked money. read more


99% PROBABILITY OF GERB NOMINATING FANDAKOVA, TSACHEVA, NIKOLOV OR DONCHEV

The probability of GERB nominating for president the chairman of Parliament Tsetska Tsacheva, the mayors of Sofia and Burgas – Yordanka Fandakova and Dimitar Nikolov, and Vice Premier Tomislav Donchev is 99%, said on bTV the chairman of the pre-election headquarters of GERB Tsvetan Tsvetanov.

Tsvetanov refused to go into details but reminded that GERB will nominate its candidate on Sunday. read more


56 ILLEGAL MIGRANTS DETAINED AT SVILENGRAD STATION

A group of 56 foreign citizens has been detained about 02:00 hrs on Friday at the Svilengrad station, reported the press centre of the Interior Ministry.

The persons arrested claim they are Syrian. read more


BULGARIAN INTERIOR MINISTER: NEW UNIT FOR INCREASING BORDER SECURITY TO BE CREATED

A new unit financed with a part of the EUR 160 M provided by the EU to Bulgaria will outline measures for increasing the security of the country, stated Vice Premier and Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova.

According to her, the unit will be created within the next 10 days. It will deal with the projects for increasing border security and the unit will include representatives of “internal security”. read more


BULGARIA'S UNEMPLOYMENT IN AUGUST HITS LOWEST LEVEL OF 7.7% SINCE OCTOBER 2009

Unemployment in the 28 member-states of the EU stabilised for the fourth consecutive month at a 7-year low of 8.6%, while unemployment in Bulgaria hit its lowest level since October 2009, reaching 7.7%, showed Eurostat data.

Unemployment in the EU in August remained at 8.6%, same as in July and lower than the 9.3% registered in August 2015.  At the same time, unemployment in the Euro Zone also stabilised for the fourth consecutive month at 10.1% (the lowest level since July 2011), compared to 10.7% a year ago. read more


CULTURE

CINELIBRI 2016 TO PRESENT FRéDéRIC BEIGBEDER,ARNON GRUNBERG, CATHERINE BERNSTEIN, JIRI MENZEL

Over 100 movies and one documentary have been included in the programme of CineLibri 2016.

  read more


NIGHT OF SCIENTISTS HOSTED BY PLEVEN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

About 30 scientific centres and museums in Bulgaria will participate in the initiative European Night of Scientists.

The initiative is organised by the European Commission in more than 300 cities in Europe every year. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIAN PARALYMPICS GOLD MEDALIST TO FILE COMPLAINT WITH DISCRIMINATION COMMISSION

Three of the Bulgarian participants in the paralympics – the gold medalist Ruzhdi Ruzhdi, Radoslav Zlatanov and Daniela Todorova, as well the coach Radostin Todorov will file a complaint with the Commission for Protection against Discrimination because of the remuneration which disabled athletes receive.

“We want the regulation on paralympics to be changed because it is discriminatory. No one from the Sports Ministry has met with us but these sportsmen have been bringing medals for the country for years now,” said Todorov on bTV. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

TURKEY DEMANDS EU FULFIL ITS PROMISE FOR VISA-FREE REGIME BY END OF 2016

The European Union must honour its promise to introduce a visa-free regime with Turkey by the end of the year, said a high-ranking Turkish official cited by Reuters.

The promise is a key element of the agreement to stop the flow of migrants from Turkey to Europe. read more


TURKISH AUTHORITIES LAY OFF 1,500 PRISON EMPLOYEES

Turkish authorities have laid off 1,500 prison employees and supervisors, reported Reuters, citing Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

According to him, the people laid off are under investigation for links to Fethullah Gulen. Ankara claims that the cleric living in the USA is behind the coup attempt on July 15. read more



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