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ARCHIVE - 14 January 2013

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Business

Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Arms Manufacturer Terminated
Bulgaria's Industrial Production Index Up 0.9% M/M in Nov 2012
8 New Startups Join EUR 12 M Accelerator in Bulgaria
Annual Inflation in Bulgaria at 4.2% in Dec 2012
Bulgarian Industrial Association Urges Payment of State, Municipal Debt to Businesses
Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Arms Maker May Be Stopped
Bulgarian Socialists Suggest Spending Budget Savings on Maternity Benefits, Pensions
Bulgaria Scraps Plans for Senior Officials Salary Increase
Bulgaria Residential Property Prices Down Again in 2012
Bansko Residents Rally again for Resort Expansion

Politics

Earl, Countess of Wessex to Visit Bulgaria in March
Hundreds Honor in Skopje Bulgarian Revolutionary Mara Buneva
Iceland Slows Down EU Membership Talks
Electronic Bulgarian Media Get Huge EU Funding without Bids
Cameron Says Bulgarian, Romanian Influx Impossible to Predict
UK Worried over Upcoming 'Influx' of Bulgarians, Romanians
4 Parties Likely to Enter Bulgaria's Next Parliament - Poll

Society

1 Injured in Bulgaria's Latest Hunting Incident
Bulgaria's Top Judicial Body Absolves Tainted Prosecutor
People in 3 Cities to Rally for Preserving Bulgarian Beach
Bulgaria's Roma Celebrate New Year

Sports

Bulgaria's Baby Fed: Interest in Sharapova Affair Privacy Invasion
Bulgaria's Martin Petrov Signs with Espanyol
Bulgaria's Martin Petrov Set to Sign with Espanyol
Bulgarian Wins Close to USD 2 M at Poker Tournament
Fulham Said to Eye Bulgarian International
Bulgaria's Dimitrov, Pironkova Crash Out of Australian Open

Crime

Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Gets 2 Y Jail

World

Prince William, Kate's Royal Baby Due in July
Greek PM Office Showered with Kalashnikov Shots
North Korea Said to Be Planning Nuclear Test
Chavez 'Fighting for His Life' - Ex-VP
Cubans Said to Be Excited over Eased Travel Rules

Business

Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Arms Manufacturer Terminated

Bulgaria's Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency (PPCA) has terminated the procedure for the sale of military plant VMZ Sopot, according to PPCA Executive Director Emil Karanikolov.

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 18:00

Bulgaria's Industrial Production Index Up 0.9% M/M in Nov 2012

In November 2012 compared with October 2012, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 0.3% in both the euro area and the EU27, according to estimates released by Eurostat

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 15:14

8 New Startups Join EUR 12 M Accelerator in Bulgaria

Eleven аccelerator venture fund, which was launched in Bulgaria in August last year with EUR 12 M, has announced that another eight startups have joined its headquarters at the beginning of January.

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 15:06

Annual Inflation in Bulgaria at 4.2% in Dec 2012

The consumer price index in Bulgaria in December 2012, compared to November 2012, was 100.4%, i.e. the monthly inflation was 0.4%.

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 14:08

Bulgarian Industrial Association Urges Payment of State, Municipal Debt to Businesses

Kamen Kolev, Deputy Chair of the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), has urged the state and local governments to pay debts to the business sector.

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 13:52

Privatization of Troubled Bulgarian Arms Maker May Be Stopped

Emil Karanikolov, Executive Director of Bulgaria's Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency, has said that the sale of the VMZ Sopot military plant will be stopped unless the sole bidder submitted a binding offer by 3 p.m. on Monday.

Business | January 14, 2013, Monday // 12:42

Bulgarian Socialists Suggest Spending Budget Savings on Maternity Benefits, Pensions

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will table a bill suggesting that the budget savings of BGN 700 M announced by Finance Minister Simeon Djankov should be spent on maternity leave benefits and pension increases.

Business » Finance | January 14, 2013, Monday // 16:40

Bulgaria Scraps Plans for Senior Officials Salary Increase

The Bill foreseeing a significant increase of the salaries of Bulgarian Prime Minister, the President, the Speaker of the Parliament, and other senior officials is now postponed for the next government term.

Business » Finance | January 14, 2013, Monday // 12:45

Bulgaria Residential Property Prices Down Again in 2012

The average asking sales prices for residential property in Bulgaria continued to fall, though slightly, in 2012, data of realtors shows.

Business » Properties | January 14, 2013, Monday // 18:53

Bansko Residents Rally again for Resort Expansion

Residents of the Bulgarian mountain resort town of Bansko are staging Monday a new protest rally with demands to have permits to build a new ski lift and to expand the ski tracks.

Business » Tourism | January 14, 2013, Monday // 17:40

Politics

Earl, Countess of Wessex to Visit Bulgaria in March

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex – the third son and youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip - is scheduled to visit Bulgaria in the middle of March.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 14, 2013, Monday // 17:00

Hundreds Honor in Skopje Bulgarian Revolutionary Mara Buneva

Hundreds of Bulgarians have gathered once again in Macedonian capital Skopje to honor the memory of Bulgarian revolutionary Mara Buneva.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 14, 2013, Monday // 16:23

Iceland Slows Down EU Membership Talks

Iceland's government agreed to slow down talks on joining the European Union as it prepares for parliamentary elections on April 27, according to a statement from the prime minister's office.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 14, 2013, Monday // 17:25

Electronic Bulgarian Media Get Huge EU Funding without Bids

In the election year, Bulgaria's ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, will give to electronic media in the country the record BGN 14 M for promoting several EU programs.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 14, 2013, Monday // 15:41

Cameron Says Bulgarian, Romanian Influx Impossible to Predict

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that it is currently impossible to predict immigration levels from Bulgaria and Romania when access restrictions are lifted in December 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 14, 2013, Monday // 13:46

UK Worried over Upcoming 'Influx' of Bulgarians, Romanians

UK Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has warned that an "influx" of Romanians and Bulgarians would add to the existing housing problems in the country.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 14, 2013, Monday // 09:46

4 Parties Likely to Enter Bulgaria's Next Parliament - Poll

Four Bulgarian parties are likely to pass the 4% election threshold and enter the country's next parliament, according to a poll conducted by Sova Harris.

Politics » Domestic | January 14, 2013, Monday // 12:43

Society

1 Injured in Bulgaria's Latest Hunting Incident

A Bulgarian man, 59, has been shot and injured during hunting in a string of similar incidents recently.

Society | January 14, 2013, Monday // 16:46

Bulgaria's Top Judicial Body Absolves Tainted Prosecutor

The Ethics Committee at Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council has exonerated Monday notorious prosecutor Galya Gugusheva.

Society | January 14, 2013, Monday // 14:46

People in 3 Cities to Rally for Preserving Bulgarian Beach

A protest rally titled "Hands off Irakli" is taking place Monday in the capital Sofia and in the second and third largest Bulgarian cities of Plovdiv and Varna.

Society | January 14, 2013, Monday // 13:30

Bulgaria's Roma Celebrate New Year

Monday, January 14 is New Year's Day for Bulgarian Roma, who are celebrating their traditional Bango Vassili holiday.

Society » Culture | January 14, 2013, Monday // 08:47

Sports

Bulgaria's Baby Fed: Interest in Sharapova Affair Privacy Invasion

Bulgaria's best tennis player Grigor Dimitrov suffered a disappointment after crashing out of the Australian Open in the first round on Monday.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 21:05

Bulgaria's Martin Petrov Signs with Espanyol

Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov has indeed passed his medical tests at Espanyol and is about to become an Espanyol player, Spanish media confirmed.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 15:57

Bulgaria's Martin Petrov Set to Sign with Espanyol

Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov is in Barcelona, where he is about to sign a contract with local club Espanyol until the end of the season.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 14:42

Bulgarian Wins Close to USD 2 M at Poker Tournament

Bulgarian poker pro from the second largest city of Plovdiv, Dimitar Danchev has won the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 11:26

Fulham Said to Eye Bulgarian International

Fulham are reportedly interested in snapping up PSV Eindhoven's Bulgarian midfielder Stanislav Manolev.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 10:59

Bulgaria's Dimitrov, Pironkova Crash Out of Australian Open

Bulgaria woke up to disappointing tennis news Monday, as both Grigor Dimitrov and Tsvetana Pironkova were defeated in the first round of the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament.

Sports | January 14, 2013, Monday // 08:04

Crime

Bulgarian Football Star, Ex Mayor Gets 2 Y Jail

A Bulgarian district court has found Yordan Lechkov, football legend and former Mayor of Sliven, guilty on two counts and sentenced him to two years of jail time.

Crime | January 14, 2013, Monday // 18:00

World

Prince William, Kate's Royal Baby Due in July

Britain's royal family are looking forward to a summer surprise: The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William's baby is due in July, the couple has announced.

World | January 14, 2013, Monday // 20:10

Greek PM Office Showered with Kalashnikov Shots

Shots have been fired overnight at the headquarters of Greece's ruling New Democracy party in Athens, Greek police have informed.

World | January 14, 2013, Monday // 11:48

North Korea Said to Be Planning Nuclear Test

North Korea's Foreign Ministry declared in a memorandum Monday that the country will "continue to strengthen its deterrence against all forms of war".

World | January 14, 2013, Monday // 11:41

Chavez 'Fighting for His Life' - Ex-VP

Venezuela's ailing President Hugo Chavez is is "fighting for his life" after cancer surgery in Cuba, former Vice President Elias Jaua has stated.

World | January 14, 2013, Monday // 10:26

Cubans Said to Be Excited over Eased Travel Rules

Starting Monday, Cubans will no longer need an exit permit and a letter of invitation from someone in another country to travel abroad.

World | January 14, 2013, Monday // 09:14
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