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30 July 2014, Issue 3988
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Parliament Passes At First Reading NZOK Budget Update
Bulgaria's outgoing Parliament passed at first reading the update of the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) budget on Tuesday afternoon, reports Dnes.read
Georgi Bliznashki 'Agreed in Principle' to Be in Interim Gov't
Bulgarian lecturer prof. Georgi Bliznashki said on Monday he had given his consent "in principle" to join the caretaker cabinet due to be sworn in after August 6.read
GERB to Win Most Votes in Next Election – IMP Poll
Bulgaria’s opposition center-right GERB party would have won 27.2% of the vote if parliamentary elections were held last Friday. read
BULGARIAN LAWMAKERS AGREE TO UPDATE STATE BUDGET
Bulgarian MPs approved budget amendment proposals during an emergency session on Tuesday afternoon.
RUSSIA'S VTB, SBERBANK 'TO ENTER EU SANCTIONS LIST' - WSJ
Five people and two companies are to be added to the EU's blacklist over the Ukraine crisis, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Monday.
CHINESE INVESTORS EYE MUNICIPAL TERRAIN IN BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV
Chinese investors have showed interest in two municipal terrains in Bulgaria's Plovdiv with a total area of 30 decares, which are located in the city's industrial zone.
The Asian businessmen consider opening manufacturing companies in Plovdiv's Trakia industrial zone, which brings together manufacturing facilities and commercial companies offices, Standart news reports. read more
NEARLY HALF OF BULGARIAN COMPANIES HAVE NO EMPLOYEES
Nearly half of active companies in Bulgaria don't have a single employee, shows data of the National Statistics Institute for the period 2008-2012, quoted by BTA.
MOTORCYCLE POLICE TO ENFORCE TRAFFIC REGULATIONS ON BG ROADS
As of beginning of August Bulgaria's Interior Ministry deploys motorcycle police with speed radars along the country's roads, reports the BNT public broadcaster.
HALF MILLION BULGARIANS DRIVE VOLKSWAGEN CARS
Volkswagen is the most common car brand in Bulgaria, according to the Ministry of Interior data regarding the registration of motor vehicles.
A total of 476,327 Volkswagen automobiles have been registered in Bulgaria, however 238,940 of them are over 20 years old, which makes the brand the leader in the ranking of old cars in the country, as well, Speed-Press reports. read more
UKRAINE DEMANDS CHANGES TO GAS TRANSIT DEAL WITH RUSSIA
Ukraine's state-owned utility Naftogaz has insisted that conditions of gas transit to Europe previously agreed with Russian concern Gazprom be revised.
WESTINGHOUSE CEO ARRIVES IN BULGARIA
Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick is in Bulgaria to meet government officials and energy sector representatives.
BULGARIAN SOUTH STREAM SECTION ISSUED POSITIVE EIA REPORT
The offshore South Stream gas pipeline section will not have a substantial impact on the environment and the socio-economic sphere in the region of Bulgaria's Varna.
The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report was prepared by international experts from URS Infrastructure and Environment UK Limited. read more
BULGARIANS SPENT BGN 200M ON PROPERTY IN JUNE - BROKERS
At least BGN 200M higher levels of cash flow were recorded on Bulgaria's property market by the end of June and the beginning of July, 2014.
According to brokers, additional BGN 40M real estate investments are expected in the autumn when the market activity traditionally improves. The flows of cash have most probably come from deposits withdrawn during the banking system panic in June, Bulgarian 24 chasa suggests. read more
GEORGI BLIZNASHKI 'AGREED IN PRINCIPLE' TO BE IN INTERIM GOV'T
Bulgarian lecturer prof. Georgi Bliznashki said on Monday he had given his consent "in principle" to join the caretaker cabinet due to be sworn in after August 6.
GERB TO WIN MOST VOTES IN NEXT ELECTION – IMP POLL
Bulgaria’s opposition center-right GERB party would have won 27.2% of the vote if parliamentary elections were held last Friday.
The figure is well ahead of the results for the ruling Socialists, who would have gathered 13.5% of the ballots cast. read more
BULGARIAN MUNICIPALITIES SEEK URGENT REFORMS, GREATER DECENTRALIZATION
The National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) has demanded urgent reforms in municipal legislation from the next government.
Speaking in Pazardzhik, NAMRB Chair Todor Popov demanded greater decentralization and efficient local self governance. read more
BULGARIA TO SPEND BGN 53 M ON TRAFFIC MONITORING SYSTEMS
Bulgaria's Interior Ministry will spend over BGN 53 M, VAT included, on traffic surveillance.
Some BGN 39.5 M of the total will be spent on buying fixed road safety cameras and building a unified center for processing traffic violations in Sofia, according to reports of Pressa daily. read more
PERNIK – SOFIA ROAD EXPANSION PROJECT TO USE EU FUNDING
Outgoing Regional Development Minister Desislava Terzieva has said that a project for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Pernik-Sofia road through Vladaya is being designed.
Stressing that it was one of the busiest roads in the region, she made clear that it was to become a four-lane road under a project funded under the "Growth Regions" Operational Program. read more
NATIONALIST MP JOINS BULGARIA WITHOUT CENSORSHIP PARTY
Dimitar Avramov, MP from nationalist party Ataka, has announced he is joining the Bulgaria without Censorship party of former TV host Nikolay Barekov.
Avramov, as cited by Sega daily, explained his decision with the lack of alternative to the attempts to form a coalition of center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria) and liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS). read more
BULGARIA'S CARETAKER GOVERNMENT 'COULD HAVE' ELECTIONS MINISTER
The interim cabinet due to be sworn in on August 6 could include a minister in charge of the upcoming early elections in October.
TORRENTIAL RAINS KILL ONE NEAR BULGARIA'S GABROVO
A 61-year-old woman was killed and her 39-year-old son went missing after the torrential rains on Monday night, report the Bulgarian-language media.
Meanwhile, Bulgaria's Ministry of Environment and Waters warns of potential high water levels in the tributaries of the Danube and risk of local floods. read more
ROMA PROTESTERS END RAILROAD BLOCKADE IN SOFIA
A Roma protest action that halted train traffic along the railroad linking Sofia with the nearby town of Pernik on Tuesday morning has ended.
NUMBER OF FOREIGNERS GRANTED BG CITIZENSHIP DROPS
There is a drop in the number of foreigners who were granted Bulgarian citizenship, said former deputy justice minister Ilia Angelov, quoted by Sega daily.
FIREFIGHTERS THREATEN TO STAGE STRIKE OVER CONTROVERSIAL REGULATION
Bulgaria's firefighters who have been protesting countrywide for a week now, threaten to go on strike due to a 'disastrous' new draft regulation.
According to European standards, a team of firefighters must have a minimum of four people. According to officials in the Interior Ministry, however, it takes only two - one driver and one firefighter. The draft regulation suggests that the team of two should perform a 'visual-verbal observation' and wait for reinforcements, which in smaller towns come from 40-50 km away, Nova TV informs. read more
VILLAGE NEAR STARA ZAGORA HOLDS SOD-TURNING EVENT FOR WASTE PLANT
A project for the construction of a regional municipal waste treatment facility near the village of Rakitnitsa, Stara Zagora district, has been launched.
However, the project will be stopped after the sod-turning ceremony until it gets its EU funding restored, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more
DANGEROUS WWII BOMB FOUND AT BULGARIA'S BLACK SEA COAST
A bomb disposal unit in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Bourgas has destroyed a dangerous WWII aerial bomb which was found by accident at the beach.
A diver has discovered the ammunition in the sea, at a depth of 2 meters, about 4 meters away from the rocks in Kraymorie district, Darik news reports. read more
AUGUST IN BULGARIA: RAIN IN THE WEST, SUN AT THE SEASIDE
August will be rainy in western Bulgaria and warm and sunny at the Black Sea coast, shows the monthly forecast of the Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.
GELA BAGPIPE CONTEST TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND
The traditional Rhodope bagpipe (kaba gaida) contest in Bulgaria's village of Gela will take place on August 2 and 3.
Each year the festival attracts between 8000 and 12 000 visitors from Bulgaria and abroad. read more
BULGARIA'S ANCIENT CITY OF PERPERIKON EXCAVATIONS FUNDING TRIMMED
The archaeological excavations of the Thracian city of Perperikon, located in Bulgaria's Eastern Rhodopes will start on August 4, professor Nikolay Ovcharov announced.
Ovcharov, who heads the research team, stated that this year the State has allocated BGN 80 thousand for the excavations at Perperikon, while the needed funding amounts to BGN 200 thousand. read more
PARLIAMENT PASSES AT FIRST READING NZOK BUDGET UPDATE
Bulgaria's outgoing Parliament passed at first reading the update of the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) budget on Tuesday afternoon, reports Dnes.bg.
By a vote of 184 “for”, one abstention and null “against”, the MPs from the opposition GERB, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) decided to allocate additional BGN 200 M for funding of the state hospitals and BGN 25 M for the NZOK funded medications. read more
WITHOUT HEALTHCARE REFORM, NZOK BUDGET UPDATE IS POINTLESS - DATZOV
A potential increase in funding for the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, will make no sense now, according to former deputy finance minister Lyubomir Datzov.
NZOK is facing a deficit of nearly BGN 330 M (EUR 165 M) that is threatening its operations in the second half of the year.
COE: GREY ECONOMY RESULTS IN LOSSES OF EUR 40 B PER YEAR IN ROMANIA
The grey economy in Romania amounted to 28.4% of the GDP in 2013, down from the rate of 30% of GDP registered in 2011, according to the Council of Europe's anti-money laundering Committee (MONEYVAL).
According to a report of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (MONEYVAL), Romania's grey economy in 2011 resulted in losses of EUR 40 B for the country, and the amount remained the same in 2013 due to the growth in the GDP rate. read more
SLOVENIA RE-LAUNCHES PRIVATIZATION OF 15 STATE-OWNED COMPANIES
Slovenia has announced it is re-launching the privatization of 15 state-owned enterprises before the new government assumes office.
The plan was temporarily frozen due to the parliamentary elections, according to reports of the BGNES news agency. read more
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