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ARCHIVE - 15 November 2012

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Business

Professional Associations in Bulgaria Want to Organize Construction Procurement
Sofia's Vitosha among World's Least Costly Shopping Streets
Bulgaria's M-Tel Revenues Drop Too in Line with Industry Trend
Bulgaria's Economy Expands by 0.5% in Q3 2012 Y/Y
Sofia Plans to Offer Free Metro Parking
Online, Conventional Gambling in Bulgaria to Be Taxed at 15%
Deposit Tax Given Final Green Light in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Household Income per Capita Up 15% in Q3, 2012
Fitch Affirms Bulgarian Development Bank at 'BBB-'
Commissioner Oettinger: South Stream Is 'Interesting'
Bulgaria Wants Say in Environmental Impact Assessment of Turkish TPP
Opposition: South Stream, Gas Deals Not Good for Bulgaria
Bulgaria to Get 20% Cheaper Russian Gas as of Jan 2013
Bulgaria Signs South Stream Gas Pipeline Deal with Gazprom
Bulgaria 'Commits' to Russian South Stream Project

Politics

NATO's Rasmussen in Finland: Russia Is No Threat
FinMin: Bulgarians Will Reach European Income Levels in 10 Years
EU Alerts over Steady Rise of Synthetic Drugs Sold Online
Eurozone Slips Back into Recession
Bulgarian PM Lauds President for Blocking Controversial Judge
Bulgaria President: Clean Reputation A Must for Constitution Judges
Bulgarian President Blocks Tainted Judge's Constitution Court Bid

Society

Residents Want Bulgarian Ghost Village Revived
PM Borisov Remains on Top of Bulgarian Print Media
Controversial Bulgarian Judge Set on Constitution Court Path
Bulgarian Holy Synod Upholds Interim Patriarch Choice
New Bulgarian Constitutional Judges to Take Oath of Office
Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Embark on Christmas Fast
Bulgaria Marks Tobacco Free Day amidst Smoking Ban Polemic
Long-Serving Head of Bulgaria Satirical Newspaper Dies at 85

Sports

Gazprom Could Sponsor Bulgaria's Levski Sofia FC

Crime

Bulgarian Police Swiftly Retrieve Abducted Toddler

Views on BG

Bulgarian Property Sales on the Rise

World

Israel Launches Air Stirkes over Gaza, Mobilizes Reserve
Germany to Pay Reparations to E Europe Holocaust Survivors
3 Israelis Killed by Gaza Rocket
Xi Jinping Becomes New Head of Chinese Communist Party, China
Obama Denies Security Breach over Petreus CIA Sex Scandal

Letters to the Editor

Message for Bulgarian Parliament

Business

Professional Associations in Bulgaria Want to Organize Construction Procurement

Professional associations of architects and construction engineers in Bulgaria have voiced their desire to hold public procurement procedures in the sphere of construction.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 17:49

Sofia's Vitosha among World's Least Costly Shopping Streets

Bulgarian capital Sofia's luxurious Vitosha boulevard has been ranked 59th among the world's most expensive shopping streets, according to letting agents Cushman & Wakefield's Main Streets Across the World report.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 16:05

Bulgaria's M-Tel Revenues Drop Too in Line with Industry Trend

The largest Bulgarian mobile phone operator M-Tel, controlled by Telekom Austria, reported a 9.3% fall in revenues to EUR 358.3 M for the first nine months on an annual basis in line with the industry trend.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 14:20

Bulgaria's Economy Expands by 0.5% in Q3 2012 Y/Y

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Bulgaria expanded 0.5% in the third quarter of 2012, compared with the same quarter of the previous year and 0.1% compared with the second quarter of 2012.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:10

Sofia Plans to Offer Free Metro Parking

The Sofia City Hall is making plans to offer free parking at the so-called buffer lots i.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 12:28

Online, Conventional Gambling in Bulgaria to Be Taxed at 15%

Bulgaria's Parliament approved a 15% tax rate on turnovers from online and conventional gambling at the second reading of amendments to the VAT Act.

Business | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 12:06

Deposit Tax Given Final Green Light in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's parliament approved Thursday the final texts of the amendments to the Value Added Tax Act, including the government's controversial proposal to levy a 10% tax on interest earned from bank deposits.

Business » Finance | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:39

Bulgaria's Household Income per Capita Up 15% in Q3, 2012

The average quarterly total income per household member in Q3, 2012 was BGN 1120, up by 14.5% from the same period of 2011, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

Business » Finance | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:07

Fitch Affirms Bulgarian Development Bank at 'BBB-'

Fitch rating agency has affirmed the Bulgarian Development Bank's long-term issuer default rating at 'BBB-' on the back of lack of changes in the Bulgarian sovereign's ratings or the bank's ownership and role.

Business » Finance | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 12:09

Commissioner Oettinger: South Stream Is 'Interesting'

The European Commission will have a "constructive attitude" towards Russia-sponsored South Stream gas pipeline project, stated EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 18:55

Bulgaria Wants Say in Environmental Impact Assessment of Turkish TPP

Bulgaria's Ministry of Environment wants to have a say in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the thermal power plant (TPP) to be built several kilometers away from Turkey's border with Bulgaria.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 16:48

Opposition: South Stream, Gas Deals Not Good for Bulgaria

Bulgaria did not actually achieve a lower price for natural gas deliveries from Russia, stated Thursday ex-Minister of Energy and current opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party MP Petar Dimitrov.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 16:17

Bulgaria to Get 20% Cheaper Russian Gas as of Jan 2013

Bulgaria and Russia signed Thursday a new 10-year gas supply contract stipulating a 20% discount and excluding intermediaries.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:49

Bulgaria Signs South Stream Gas Pipeline Deal with Gazprom

Bulgaria's government has signed with Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom the final investment decision for the construction of the South Stream gas transit pipeline.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 12:07

Bulgaria 'Commits' to Russian South Stream Project

Bulgaria is expected to commit Thursday to participate in the Russian South Stream gas pipeline project with signing the final contract.

Business » Energy | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 09:17

Politics

NATO's Rasmussen in Finland: Russia Is No Threat

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen underscored the need for a deepening of cooperation with Finland and a constructive stance towards Russia during his visit to Helsinki Thursday.

Politics » Defense | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 20:22

FinMin: Bulgarians Will Reach European Income Levels in 10 Years

Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has defined low incomes as the main challenge before Bulgaria, followed by the demographic problem caused by immigration and low birth rates, and the low energy efficiency of the economy.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 15:45

EU Alerts over Steady Rise of Synthetic Drugs Sold Online

European authorities have detected a record 57 new legal highs so far this year, with a new psychoactive drug launched on the market every week, a report has warned.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 15:33

Eurozone Slips Back into Recession

The eurozone has returned to recession as the region's debt crisis keeps on denting demand, latest official statistics show.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 12:40

Bulgarian PM Lauds President for Blocking Controversial Judge

Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has applauded the decision of Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, to leave the ceremony for the oath of office of one of the country's new constitutional judges, blocking her appointment.

Politics » Domestic | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 14:23

Bulgaria President: Clean Reputation A Must for Constitution Judges

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has defended vehemently his unprecedented decision to leave the ceremony for the oath of office of one of the country's new constitutional judges, blocking her appointment.

Politics » Domestic | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:28

Bulgarian President Blocks Tainted Judge's Constitution Court Bid

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has left the ceremony for the oath of office of the country's new constitutional judges.

Politics » Domestic | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 11:36

Society

Residents Want Bulgarian Ghost Village Revived

Former residents of a Bulgarian village officially declared non-existent in back in 1963 have filed a petition for the village to be brought back into the country's records.

Society | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 18:10

PM Borisov Remains on Top of Bulgarian Print Media

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov is the politician most frequently mentioned by Bulgarian print media, according to a media survey covering Jan-Oct 2012.

Society | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 15:33

Controversial Bulgarian Judge Set on Constitution Court Path

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, has accepted the resignation of Veneta Markovska as Deputy Chair of the Supreme Administrative Court, VAS.

Society | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 11:14

Bulgarian Holy Synod Upholds Interim Patriarch Choice

Bulgarian New York Metropolitan Yosif is going to travel to Sofia next week to participate at the next meeting of the Holy Synod.

Society | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 10:40

New Bulgarian Constitutional Judges to Take Oath of Office

The newly elected and appointed Bulgarian constitutional judges are to take their oath of office Thursday.

Society | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 08:22

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians Embark on Christmas Fast

Bulgarian Orthodox Christians enter Thursday a 40-day fast that will end on December 24, Christmas Eve .

Society » Culture | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 08:53

Bulgaria Marks Tobacco Free Day amidst Smoking Ban Polemic

On November 15th, the third Thursday in November, many countries, including Bulgaria, mark the International Smoke Free Day (Great American Smokeout).

Society » Health | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 09:56

Long-Serving Head of Bulgaria Satirical Newspaper Dies at 85

Hristo Pelitev, a popular Bulgarian writer and journalist, who served 23 years as editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian newspaper of humor and satire "Starshel", passed away on Thursday.

Society » Obituaries | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 17:02

Sports

Gazprom Could Sponsor Bulgaria's Levski Sofia FC

Russian gas giant Gazprom could become an official sponsor to Bulgarian top football team Levski Sofia, stated Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.

Sports | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 14:31

Crime

Bulgarian Police Swiftly Retrieve Abducted Toddler

Police in central Bulgaria have managed to rescue an abducted 2-year-old kid within an hour after it was taken away from the village of Anton near Pirdop.

Crime | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 19:43

Views on BG

Bulgarian Property Sales on the Rise

Bulgarian property sales are on the rise, especially in coastal areas, giving credence to the rumours of recovery in the country's property market.

Views on BG | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 11:51

World

Israel Launches Air Stirkes over Gaza, Mobilizes Reserve

Israeli jets have carried out a string of air strikes on at least 20 sites in the Gaza strip Thursday night.

World | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 21:15

Germany to Pay Reparations to E Europe Holocaust Survivors

Germany has agreed to pay reparations to 80,000 Holocaust survivors from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, stated Thursday German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schaeuble.

World | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 16:42

3 Israelis Killed by Gaza Rocket

Three people have been killed as rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel, amid escalating violence, BBC reported.

World | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 15:26

Xi Jinping Becomes New Head of Chinese Communist Party, China

Xi Jinping has been named general secretary of China's Communist Party Central Committee, succeeding outgoing President Hu Jintao in the post.

World | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 11:18

Obama Denies Security Breach over Petreus CIA Sex Scandal

There is "no evidence" of national security breaches in connection with the resignation last week of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief David Petraeus over an extramarital affair, US President Barack Obama has declared.

World | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 06:09

Letters to the Editor

Message for Bulgarian Parliament

I am a Maltese citizen with a Bulgarian heart and I would like to send this message to your parliament.

Letters to the Editor | November 15, 2012, Thursday // 13:18
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