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30 May 2015, Issue 4243
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Bulgaria’s PM: Over 10 000 Jobs Were Created in Plants Opened in Past Few Days


Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov boasted that over 10 000 jobs had been created in plants opened over the past few days in the country. read
DSK Bank, CIBANK to Provide Revolving Loan of BGN 80 M to Bulgaria’s FLAG Fund


DSK Bank and CIBANK will provide a revolving loan of BGN 80 M to the FLAG Fund (Fund of Local Government Authorities in Bulgaria). read
Bulgaria's Energy Regulator Proposes 2 % Increase of Electricity Prices from July 1


A report of Bulgaria's Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) proposes the price of electricity for end users to increase by 2 % on average from July 1. read
 
 
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Bulgaria Justice Ministry Uploads Judicial Reform Proposal

Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry Reports Surplus of BGN 1 066.6 M by end-April 2015

Tokuda Bank AD Changes Owner

Polish Sejm Delegation Visits Bulgaria's Parliament

Bulgaria’s Fuel Production, Imports Increase Substantially in March

Ex-PM Demands Lukoil Bulgaria's Crude Import Contracts

Future Bulgarian Ambassador to Turkey to Seek New Basis of Bilateral Relations

Sepp Blatter Re-Elected as FIFA President

False Bomb Threat Fails to Disrupt FIFA Congress

EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn to Visit Macedonia Tuesday


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Bulgaria Wins 'Most Impressive Borrower in CEE' Award

Russia Claims Bulgaria Is Seeking to Partition Macedonia
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MACEDONIA'S CRISIS AFFECTING ENTIRE REGION, ZAEV TELLS BULGARIA PM

The political crisis into which Macedonia has plunged over the past years is affecting neighboring states as well, the country's opposition leader has said while on a Friday visit to Sofia.

Zaev met PM Boyko Borisov in the morning at the Council of Ministers, telling journalists afterwards that he would like to extend his gratitude to Sofia authorities for putting in effort to help find a way out of the political turmoil.

Bulgaria, "a big friend of Macedonia", has to be informed of opportunities to find a peaceful solution, Focus News Agency quotes Zaev as saying.

"Macedonia has got our support for joining the EU and NATO. We insist very much that the political crisis be resolved in a democratic way," PM Borisov has told private national bTV station.

"We are categorically against statements on Macedonia's federalization," he added, referring to suggestions by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Bulgaria and Albania might be seeking to partition the country. read more


BUSINESS

BULGARIA’S PM: OVER 10 000 JOBS WERE CREATED IN PLANTS OPENED IN PAST FEW DAYS

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov boasted that over 10 000 jobs had been created in plants opened over the past few days in the country.

Speaking Friday in Devnya at the opening of a new production line at the local cement plant, Borisov noted that the new jobs had been created in Burgas, Stara Zagora, and Devnya, according to reports of the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency. read more


FINANCE

TOKUDA BANK AD CHANGES OWNER

Industrial Holding Doverie AD, a subsidiary of Doverie Obedinen Holding AD, has signed a preliminary contract for the acquisition of 99.53% of the capital of Tokuda Bank AD, according to an official media statement of the company.

The seller of the 99.53% stake in Tokuda Bank AD is International Hospital Services, a Japan-registered company known in Bulgaria as the owner of Tokuda Bank AD and a number of companies operating in the sphere of healthcare. read more


DSK BANK, CIBANK TO PROVIDE REVOLVING LOAN OF BGN 80 M TO BULGARIA’S FLAG FUND

DSK Bank and CIBANK will provide a revolving loan of BGN 80 M to the FLAG Fund (Fund of Local Government Authorities in Bulgaria).

The money will be used to finish municipal projects financed under operational programs “Environment” and “Regional Development” for the 2007-2013 programming period, according to a media statement of the Regional Development Ministry. read more


BULGARIA’S FINANCE MINISTRY REPORTS SURPLUS OF BGN 1 066.6 M BY END-APRIL 2015

Based on the monthly data of first-level spending units, a surplus of BGN 1,066.6 million is reported as of end-April 2015 (1.3 % of the projected GDP), according to Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry.

The surplus is formed from the excess of national budget revenues over expenditures of BGN 536.5 million and a surplus of EU funds of BGN 530.1 million. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA'S ENERGY REGULATOR PROPOSES 2 % INCREASE OF ELECTRICITY PRICES FROM JULY 1

A report of Bulgaria's Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) proposes the price of electricity for end users to increase by 2 % on average from July 1.

The regulator will discuss the proposal on June 4 and the decision is expected to be taken by the end of next month, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


BULGARIA’S FUEL PRODUCTION, IMPORTS INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY IN MARCH

In March 2015, the production of unleaded petrol increased by 127.4% on the month to 166 000 tonnes, according to Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute.

At the same time deliveries of unleaded petrol went up by 22% to 50 000 tonnes on a monthly basis. read more


EX-PM DEMANDS LUKOIL BULGARIA'S CRUDE IMPORT CONTRACTS

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Ivan Kostov has asked the head of a Burgas-based Lukoil refinery for access to import contracts of crude oil.

The latest development comes as part of a dispute between Lukoil Bulgaria and Kostov's think-tank, the Risk Management Lab, which alleges that the Russian oil giant has been manipulating oil prices in the country, affecting households and business competitiveness alike. read more


DIPLOMACY

POLISH SEJM DELEGATION VISITS BULGARIA'S PARLIAMENT

A delegation Poland's Sejm (Lower House of Parliament) was welcomed on Friday morning to the National Assembly building in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Led by Deputy Marshal Jerzy Wenderlich, the visitors are in Bulgaria on May 28-29. On Thursday they met with both Parliament Speaker Tsetska Tsecheva and her Deputy Yanaki Stoilov to discuss bilateral relations and general EU affairs.

Later on Friday the group is to open an exhibition in Parliament themed "Polish Citizens In and For Intependent Bulgaria". read more


FUTURE BULGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY TO SEEK NEW BASIS OF BILATERAL RELATIONS

The former Foreign Minister and future ambassador to Turkey Nadezhda Neynsky said that she is to seek new basis of bilateral relations and will champion the Bulgarian national interests.

Neynsky did not want to make concrete statements as she was still to hold many conversations before her departure to Turkey, she said in an interview for private bTV station on Friday. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA JUSTICE MINISTRY UPLOADS JUDICIAL REFORM PROPOSAL

Bulgaria's Ministry of Justice has published its draft proposals to introduce changes to the judiciary.

Amendments put forward by Minister Hristo Ivanov include changes to the structure and organization of the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS), a top watchdog often labeled "the government of the judiciary". read more


BLAST ROCKS UKRAINE PRESIDENT'S CONFECTIONERY CHAIN STORE

A blast occurred late on Thursday in a Kiev store of Roshen, a confectionery chain owned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, police say.

No-one was injured after a bomb went off in the store at about 23:00 local time.

An improvised explosive device was used in the attack, Oleksandr Tereshchuk, who heads the Kiev police department, is quoted by TASS as telling journalists from Ukraine's public TV station.

Tereshchuk has called the incident "an act of hooliganism" and has ruled out any terror link.

Roshen is one of the world's large confectionery manufacturing groups, also having production facilities in Lithuania and Russia.

In January, there was an assault on another Roshen store, with a young man purporting to be part of a "civic organization" hurling rocks at the store's window. read more


CULTURE

BULGARIAN MOVIE VIKTORIA RELEASED IN THE US

The film Viktoria by director and writer Maya Vitkova has been selected for a US release by the company Big World Pictures, located in Brooklyn, New York, the Hollywood Reporter announced.

The official premiere of the movie was at the Sundance Film Fetsival. In fact, this is mreley the second Bulgarian movie selected for a US release over the course of the past thirty years. read more


PREVIEW OF GAME OF THRONES EPISODE FEATURING ZAHARI BAHAROV NOW RELEASED

Mere hours are left until the premiere of the eight episode of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, featuring a performance by Bulgarian actor Zahari Baharov in the role of a leader of a cannibal tribe.

The brand new episode will be broadcast shortly after midnight on Monday. read more


RUDIMENTAL, ELLA EYRE TO PERFORM FOR SOFIA MUSIC FANS

The extremely successful Rudimental and Ella Eyre will be coming to Bulgaria for a special performance on September 12. They will be presenting some of their brand new projects alongside their greatest hits and collaborations at Sofia Inter Expo Center.

Rudimental is more than just another drum and bass band. They have turned their work into international success, changing the world music scene and sound. In 2015, the band released a brand new single ''Never Let You Go'' as well as their long anticipated second album We The Generation. Featuring rising starts and well established names such as Anne-Marie, Will Heard, Dizzee Rascal and Lianne La Havas, the album shows versatility and a wide range of emotions. read more


HEALTH

BULGARIA HAS SECOND HIGHEST NUMBER OF SMOKERS IN EU

Bulgaria has the second highest number of smokers in Europe and ranks sixth in the world in this respect.

According to the latest Eurobarometer, which was released on Friday, 35 % of Bulgarians smoke, being preceded only by the Greeks, where the share of the smoking population is 38 %. read more


SPORTS

SEPP BLATTER RE-ELECTED AS FIFA PRESIDENT

Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA President for a fifth term.

Blatter, 79, was given a new 4-year term by the 209 FIFA member associations at FIFA’s annual Congress in Zurich on Friday, according to reports of the BBC News. read more


BULGARIAN FOOTBALL UNION TO ANNOUNCE FATE OF CSKA, LOKOMOTIV SOFIA ON JUNE 1

The Appeal Committee of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) will announce its decision on the revoked licences of CSKA Sofia, Lokomotiv Sofia and two other clubs on Monday.

The Appeal Committee held a meeting on Thursday at which it reviewed the appeals of the four clubs with revoked licences, the press service of BFS informs. read more


CRIME

BULGARIAN POLICE ARRESTS SOFIA STORE ARMED ROBBERS

The armed robbers of the Sofia store have now been arrested. The announcement was made by store owner Mihail Rusinov on his Facebook profile.

It is exactly through the social network that the store owner released a video tape of the armed robbery and the violence executed upon the sales assistant. read more


ARMED ROBBERS OF SOFIA STORE NOW ESTABLISHED

The identities of the armed robbers who stole money and goods from a store in Sofia have now been established.

The recording of the blatant crime was released on Facebook the morning after the incident. The store owner expressed the hope that this will help the investigation. read more


BULGARIA POLICE DETAIN 2 ENDANGERED TURTLE EATERS

Two Bulgarian citizens who cooked 17 endangered turtles and ate them have been arrested in the country's southern town of Krumovgrad, police say.

The detainees, aged 59 and 26 respectively, have been charged with trying to exterminate an endangered species, according to private national TV7 channel.

No details about the exact species were immediately available.

They told police they were very hungry and felt an urge to cook the animals.

Both men, who are said to be representatives of the ethnic Roma minority could be facing charges of up to 5 years behind bars and a fine of up to BGN 10 000.


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SMILES

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF GETTING LOST

Excerpts from the diary of young man from a tiny tribe:

Day 1: A good day. Chieftain's daughter went missing. We all searched, we all found her, we all took some time to enjoy her beauty.

Day 2: A good day. Chieftain's wife got lost. We all searched, we all found her, we all took some time to enjoy her beauty.

Day 3: A bad day. It's me who got lost. read more


WORLD

FALSE BOMB THREAT FAILS TO DISRUPT FIFA CONGRESS

An anonymous bomb threat was received at the Congress of FIFA, which is taking place in Zurich on Friday.

According to media reports, a local police spokeswoman confirmed that there has been a bomb threat against the FIFA Congress and officers have been dispatched. read more


ELECTIONS STIR WATERS IN FIFA AMID CORRUPTION SCANDAL

 It is expected that all 209 FIFA members will determine the future president of the organization Friday. The vote will be executed amidst the corruption scandal, involving high level officials.

Current President and largely considered favorite for the position Sepp Blatter (aged 79) is no longer likely to win the confidence vote. His main competitor is the Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan (aged 39). read more


CYPRUS TALKS MARK PROGRESS AS PRESIDENTS AGREE TO OPEN TWO NEW CROSSINGS

The Greek and Turkish Cypriot Presidents agreed on Thursday to open two new crossing points and discussed other confidence-building measures (CBMs).

Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci expressed their shared will and determination to reach a comprehensive settlement, the Cyprus Mail reports. read more


INDIA HEATS DEATH TOLL SURPASSES 2,000 PEOPLE

The number of people passed away on account of the extreme heat in India has drastically increased over the past several days. More than 500 people died only over the past 24 hours.

The total number of the victims has now surpassed 2,000 people, India TV reported. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

SERBIAN PM EXPRESSES READINESS TO REDUCE COUNTRY'S DEPENDENCE ON RUSSIAN GAS

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic expressed readiness to reduce his country's dependence on Russian gas.

Vucic said this in an interview during the first day of his visit to Albania on Wednesday and Thursday, B92 reports. read more


EU COMMISSIONER JOHANNES HAHN TO VISIT MACEDONIA TUESDAY

EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn is to arrive in Macedonia on June 02 for an official visit.

Hahn’s visit was confirmed by his Spokesperson, Maja Kocijančič, as cited by Macedonian news portal Plusinfo. read more



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