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ARCHIVE - 17 December 2012

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Business

'Investing in Bulgaria' Forums Scheduled in Asia, US
Bulgarian Firms in Talks to Participate in Infrastructure Projects in Yemen
French Sportswear Giant Decathlon to Enter Bulgaria 2013
Vueling Airlines to Fly Sofia - Barcelona in Summer 2013
Sofia Municipality Budget for 2013 at BGN 1.143 B
Public Opinion in Bulgaria Back Hanke against Euro
Construction of Bulgaria-Greece Gas Link to Start in March 2013
Turkish TPP Project near Bulgarian Border Stopped

Politics

Bulgaria, Greece to Launch Key Border Pass Crossing in March 2013
Bulgarian, Greek Cabinets Hold Joint Sitting in Athens
Bulgaria Reiterates Hardened Stance on Macedonia
Hourly Wage, Salary Costs in Bulgaria Up 6.6% Y/Y in Q3, 2012
Schengen Enlargement Not Key for Ireland's EU Presidency
Bundesbank Questions EU Banking Union
Bulgarian MP Still Desperate to Lift Full Smoking Ban
Bulgaria's Interim Chief Prosecutor Complains about Scarcity of Corruption Trials
Bulgarian President Backs Opening of Islamic Institute in Sofia
Decision Postponed on Notorious Bulgarian Prosecutor
Bulgarian Anonymous Hack FinMin Website

Sports

Stiliyan Petrov, Berbatov Nominated for Bulgarian Footballer of 2012
Head of Bulgaria's National Sport Base Shot during Hunt

Crime

Imams' Trial in Bulgaria to Resume Dec 19

Smiles

The Good Husband

Quotes

Today's Quote

World

Israel Gives Green Light to East Jerusalem Settlement Plan
Hungary Switches from 'Macedonia' to 'Macedonia'
Romanian President Reappoints Foe Ponta as PM
Russia Reports Record Arms Exports in 2012
Ahmadinejad Cancels Turkey Trip over Syria
Newtown Begins Heartbreaking Funerals of Shooting Victims
Berlusconi Announces Engagement to 27-Year-Old
Greece Finishes Border Fence with Turkey
Obama: These Tragedies Must End

Novinite Insider

Bulgarian 'Boykometer' Creators Genov and Pavlov: We Strive to Reduce Political Hypocrisy

Letters to the Editor

Matriarchy is Back, Indeed

Business

'Investing in Bulgaria' Forums Scheduled in Asia, US

The series of business events promoting Bulgaria as an investment destination, will continue in 2013 in North America and Asia, it has been announced.

Business | December 17, 2012, Monday // 19:41

Bulgarian Firms in Talks to Participate in Infrastructure Projects in Yemen

Bulgarian companies will examine opportunities for participating in the modernization of Yemeni power plants, according to the press office of the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism (MIET).

Business | December 17, 2012, Monday // 12:55

French Sportswear Giant Decathlon to Enter Bulgaria 2013

French sportswear company Decathlon is about to step on the Bulgarian market next year by opening its first outlet in the capital Sofia in September.

Business | December 17, 2012, Monday // 10:56

Vueling Airlines to Fly Sofia - Barcelona in Summer 2013

Spain's low-cost Vueling Airlines SA is about to launch flights between Sofia and Barcelona

Business | December 17, 2012, Monday // 10:13

Sofia Municipality Budget for 2013 at BGN 1.143 B

The budget of the Sofia Municipality for 2013 amounts to BGN 1 143 525 000, according to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.

Business » Finance | December 17, 2012, Monday // 15:15

Public Opinion in Bulgaria Back Hanke against Euro

Steve Hanke, the architect of Bulgaria's currency board regime, has recently taken a firmer than ever stance against the country's eurozone aspirations, a view shared by a whopping majority of Bulgarians.

Business » Finance | December 17, 2012, Monday // 13:05

Construction of Bulgaria-Greece Gas Link to Start in March 2013

The construction of the Bulgaria-Greece gas grid interconnection is to start in March 2013, according to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Business » Energy | December 17, 2012, Monday // 18:10

Turkish TPP Project near Bulgarian Border Stopped

The project for the construction of a thermal power plant just several kilometers away from Turkey's border with Bulgaria has been stopped.

Business » Energy | December 17, 2012, Monday // 13:51

Politics

Bulgaria, Greece to Launch Key Border Pass Crossing in March 2013

The long-anticipated opening of the Makaza Pass border crossing point between Bulgaria and Greece will take place in March 2013, it emerged after the second ever joint sitting of the two nations' Cabinets of Monday.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 17, 2012, Monday // 17:29

Bulgarian, Greek Cabinets Hold Joint Sitting in Athens

The governments of Bulgaria and Greece will hold on Monday the second joint summit of their Council for Cooperation.

Politics » Diplomacy | December 17, 2012, Monday // 07:45

Bulgaria Reiterates Hardened Stance on Macedonia

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has reiterated that Macedonia needs to improve its relations with its neighbors in order to clear its way towards EU integration.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 17, 2012, Monday // 16:38

Hourly Wage, Salary Costs in Bulgaria Up 6.6% Y/Y in Q3, 2012

Hourly wage and salary costs of Bulgarian employers increased by 6.6% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012, according to data of Eurostat.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 17, 2012, Monday // 15:53

Schengen Enlargement Not Key for Ireland's EU Presidency

The enlargement of the Schengen area is not among the priorities named by Ireland's upcoming EU presidency, Bulgarian media have noticed.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 17, 2012, Monday // 15:02

Bundesbank Questions EU Banking Union

Germany's central bank has raised serious concerns about the legal framework for creating a banking union in Europe.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | December 17, 2012, Monday // 12:04

Bulgarian MP Still Desperate to Lift Full Smoking Ban

Evgeni Stoev, MP from Bulgaria's ruling centrist-right GERB, has no intention of withdrawing his proposal to lift the country's full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Politics » Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 19:00

Bulgaria's Interim Chief Prosecutor Complains about Scarcity of Corruption Trials

Boyko Naydenov, interim Chief Prosecutor and head of Bulgaria's National Investigative Service, has criticized the lack of results in fighting corruption and thefts in 2012.

Politics » Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 17:27

Bulgarian President Backs Opening of Islamic Institute in Sofia

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has spoken in favor of the opening of an Islamic institute of higher education in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 17:11

Decision Postponed on Notorious Bulgarian Prosecutor

The Ethics Committee at Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has postponed its decision on notorious prosecutor Galya Gugusheva for January 2013.

Politics » Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 17:11

Bulgarian Anonymous Hack FinMin Website

The Bulgarian unit of the Anonymous has hacked the official website of the finance ministry.

Politics » Domestic | December 17, 2012, Monday // 12:17

Sports

Stiliyan Petrov, Berbatov Nominated for Bulgarian Footballer of 2012

Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has been nominated for the traditional Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award, it was made clear on Monday.

Sports | December 17, 2012, Monday // 18:01

Head of Bulgaria's National Sport Base Shot during Hunt

Petar Bozhilov, Executive Director of the state-owned National Sport Base EAD, has been shot during a hunt.

Sports | December 17, 2012, Monday // 12:01

Crime

Imams' Trial in Bulgaria to Resume Dec 19

A Bulgarian court has postponed for the first time the trial against thirteen religious leaders accused of preaching radical Islam.

Crime | December 17, 2012, Monday // 11:31

Smiles

The Good Husband

A: What is the best way to remember forever your wife's birthday?

Smiles | December 17, 2012, Monday // 10:37

Quotes

Today's Quote

"Bulgaria has a system, which is working perfectly right now.

Quotes | December 17, 2012, Monday // 13:18

World

Israel Gives Green Light to East Jerusalem Settlement Plan

Israel has given the green light for developers to go ahead with plans to build 1,500 settler homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 20:32

Hungary Switches from 'Macedonia' to 'Macedonia'

Hungary has decided to recognize the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name instead of the name 'Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia' which has been used by the UN because of the latter's name dispute with Greece.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 19:45

Romanian President Reappoints Foe Ponta as PM

Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday reappointed his political rival Victor Ponta as Prime Minister.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 15:44

Russia Reports Record Arms Exports in 2012

Russia's overseas arms sales exceeded USD 14 B in 2012, outperforming forecasts by more than USD 500 M, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 14:57

Ahmadinejad Cancels Turkey Trip over Syria

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has canceled a planned visit to Turkey's central Anatolian Konya Province, international media inform.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 14:23

Newtown Begins Heartbreaking Funerals of Shooting Victims

The grief-stricken community at Newtown is about to begin on Monday the grim task of lowering 20 little coffins into the ground.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 13:36

Berlusconi Announces Engagement to 27-Year-Old

Controversial former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is believed to have an intimate relationship with the widow of a murdered shady Bulgarian tycoon, has announced his engagement to a girl old enough to be his granddaughter.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 10:24

Greece Finishes Border Fence with Turkey

Greece has finished construction of a fence along the 12.5-km stretch of its land border with Turkey, according to media.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 09:31

Obama: These Tragedies Must End

President Barack Obama has said the US must do more to protect its children in the wake of Friday's shootings at a school in Newtown, Connecticut.

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 08:07

Novinite Insider

Bulgarian 'Boykometer' Creators Genov and Pavlov: We Strive to Reduce Political Hypocrisy

Interview of Novinite.com and Novinite.bg with Bulgarian bloggers and civil activists Asen Genov and Konstantin Pavlov-Komitata.

Novinite Insider » Interview | December 17, 2012, Monday // 13:28

Letters to the Editor

Matriarchy is Back, Indeed

Ms Hristova,

Letters to the Editor | December 17, 2012, Monday // 08:21