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ARCHIVE - 30 January 2013

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Business

Belarus Temporarily Restricts Poultry Import from Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Vivacom New Owners Move to Buy Out Minority Shareholders
Turnout Anomaly Mars Further Bulgaria's Nuclear Referendum
Andon Rokov Appointed Acting Chair of Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog
China, Japan, US Interested in Building Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP

Politics

Bulgaria Allocates EUR 150 000 for UN Relief in Syria
US Ambassador: Assassination Attempts in Bulgaria Troubling
Controversial Bulgarian Popfolk Company Snubs EU Funding
Bulgarian EU Official Accused of Bullying Subordinates
Govt Pours EUR 200 000 for Boosting Bulgaria's EU Image
Bulgaria's Govt Allocates BGN 1 M for Communication Strategy in 2013
Bulgaria President: We Guard European Borders Better than Some EU Countries
Romania Has Lots to Do on Judicial Reform, EC Interim Report Says
Parliament Seals Bulgaria-Canada Pension Rights Deal
Bulgaria's GERB Party Becomes Extinct without Borisov - Poll
Diplomats Alerted of Bulgaria's National Security Advisor Communist Ties
Constitution Court Vote Scheduled in Bulgaria after 2 Fiascos
Bulgarian Socialists Urge Govt to Resign over Gangland Assassination Attempt
Who Is Who: Bulgaria's New Education Minister Stefan Vodenicharov
Deputy Named Bulgaria's New Education Minister, but Info Soon Denied
Another Top Official at Bulgaria's Embattled Research Fund Quits
Bulgaria Govt to Officially Dismiss Energy Watchdog Head

Society

Berbatov's New Baby Snapped by Paparazzi in Bulgaria's Capital
Reporters Without Borders: Bulgarian Media Fully Muzzled
Bulgaria Named Vacation Hot Spot for Gay Tourists
Bulgarian AgriMin 'Stunned' by Ex Cabinet Murky Land Sales
Bulgarian Education Minister Sacked for 'Arguing' with PM
Metal Science Expert Heads Bulgaria's Education Ministry
Burgas Municipality to Turn Bomb Shelter into Entertainment Facility
Stoyan Milanov Becomes CEO of Sofia Emergency Hospital

Crime

Shot Bulgarian Mobster Still in Critical Condition
Kalashnikov Gun Used in Bulgarian Mobster Shooting
Life of Shot Bulgarian Crime Boss Still in Danger - Lawyer

Views on BG

BBC: Bulgarian Mobster Shot outside Court in Sofia
Can a No-Name U.S. Company Save Bulgaria's Struggling Nuclear Plant?

World

Brazil Fire Caused by Cheap Fireworks - Police
Syria Conflict Escalates into Unseen Horror - Envoy

Novinite Insider

Chalga In, Chalga Out, and the Willful Blindness of (EU) Bureaucracy
The US - Bulgaria Partnership - Built on a Foundation of Shared Values

Business

Belarus Temporarily Restricts Poultry Import from Bulgaria

Belarus is imposing temporary restrictions on the import of poultry and poultry product from Bulgaria to prevent a spread of Newcastle disease.

Business | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 13:32

Bulgaria's Vivacom New Owners Move to Buy Out Minority Shareholders

The new owners of Bulgaria's Vivacom have launched a buyout offer to the minority shareholders in the telecom in a deal, which will bring the value of the company at about BGN 810 M.

Business | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 09:31

Turnout Anomaly Mars Further Bulgaria's Nuclear Referendum

Georgi Kadiev, Sofia municipal councilor from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), has drawn attention to a curious phenomenon in the results of the 27 January referendum on nuclear energy.

Business » Energy | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:35

Andon Rokov Appointed Acting Chair of Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog

Andon Rokov has been appointed acting Chair of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) until a replacement for resigned DKEVR head Angel Semerdzhiev is selected.

Business » Energy | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 13:05

China, Japan, US Interested in Building Unit 7 of Kozloduy NPP

Valentin Nikolov, CEO of the Kozloduy NPP, has said that the project for the construction of a seventh unit at the plant has attracted the interest of companies based in the US, Japan, and China.

Business » Energy | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 12:22

Politics

Bulgaria Allocates EUR 150 000 for UN Relief in Syria

Bulgaria is to grant EUR 150 000 to the UN Food Program in Syria, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov announced at a donor conference on Syria, held Wednesday in Kuwait.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 17:50

US Ambassador: Assassination Attempts in Bulgaria Troubling

The latest assassination attempts in Bulgaria – against ethnic Turkish politician Ahmed Dogan and mafia boss Zlatomir 'Beret' Ivanov, aka Zlatko Baretata, are "troubling", according to US Ambassador Marcie Ries.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:19

Controversial Bulgarian Popfolk Company Snubs EU Funding

Bulgarian record producer Payner, which is known as the largest label for the so called popfolk or chalga music, has given up major funding under EU Operational Program Competitiveness.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 20:16

Bulgarian EU Official Accused of Bullying Subordinates

Three employees of the European Court of Auditors of the EU will sue the institution for covering up cases of moral abuse on the part of Bulgarian representative, Nadejda Sandolova.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 19:40

Govt Pours EUR 200 000 for Boosting Bulgaria's EU Image

Bulgaria's Cabinet decided to allocate BGN 440 000 (some EUR 200 000) from the state budget for "affirming the positive image of Bulgaria as a EU member state", the government press service reported.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 16:55

Bulgaria's Govt Allocates BGN 1 M for Communication Strategy in 2013

Bulgaria's government has decided to allocate BGN 1 M for the communication strategy of the country in 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 16:42

Bulgaria President: We Guard European Borders Better than Some EU Countries

Bulgaria is better at guarding European borders than a number of EU Member States, according to President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 15:54

Romania Has Lots to Do on Judicial Reform, EC Interim Report Says

Romania has a long way to go on judicial reform in order to strengthen its judiciary and end corruption, the European Commission noted Wednesday in its interim report on Romania's post-EU accession progress under the so called Cooperation and Verification

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 13:22

Parliament Seals Bulgaria-Canada Pension Rights Deal

Retirement rights of Bulgarian immigrants in Canada received final guarantees Wednesday with the Parliament's ratification of the social security agreement between the two countries.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 18:44

Bulgaria's GERB Party Becomes Extinct without Borisov - Poll

Nearly sixty five percent of Bulgarians who support the ruling GERB party would give up on it if its leader and Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, was to withdraw.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 16:58

Diplomats Alerted of Bulgaria's National Security Advisor Communist Ties

The Bulgarian Legion "Anti-Mafia" has sent a letter to EU and NATO Ambassadors in the country to inform them that General Stoimen Stoimenov, National Security Advisor of President, Rosen Plevneliev, has been employed by the Central Committee of the Commun

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 16:13

Constitution Court Vote Scheduled in Bulgaria after 2 Fiascos

The Bulgarian Parliament finally launched Wednesday a new procedure to elect a constitutional judge from its quota.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:30

Bulgarian Socialists Urge Govt to Resign over Gangland Assassination Attempt

MPs from the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party has urged the Cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and the ruling center-right party GERB to resign over Tuesday's shooting in downtown Sofia aimed at assassinating emblematic mafia boss Zlatomir Ivanov

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:06

Who Is Who: Bulgaria's New Education Minister Stefan Vodenicharov

Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov was born on September 1, 1944 in Sofia. He graduated from the Technical University in Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 11:41

Deputy Named Bulgaria's New Education Minister, but Info Soon Denied

Milena Damyanova, who has been serving as Deputy Education Minister, will head the department, replacing recently dismissed Sergey Ignatov.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 11:21

Another Top Official at Bulgaria's Embattled Research Fund Quits

The executive council head at Bulgaria's embattled and scandal-ridden Scientific Research Fund, Rangel Gyurov, has resigned.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 10:07

Bulgaria Govt to Officially Dismiss Energy Watchdog Head

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, will be proposing to the cabinet on Wednesday to dismiss the Chairman of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR, Angel Semerdzhiev.

Politics » Domestic | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 07:46

Society

Berbatov's New Baby Snapped by Paparazzi in Bulgaria's Capital

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov will be throwing a birthday party on Wednesday as he turns 32, but it is baby fever that drives the paparazzi best.

Society | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 15:12

Reporters Without Borders: Bulgarian Media Fully Muzzled

Bulgaria has slumped further in Reporters Without Borders' annual press freedom index, languishing at the bottom of the table among EU countries.

Society | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 10:56

Bulgaria Named Vacation Hot Spot for Gay Tourists

Bulgaria has become a very popular holiday destination for gay tourists from around the world, according to tourist sites in neighboring Romania.

Society | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 09:27

Bulgarian AgriMin 'Stunned' by Ex Cabinet Murky Land Sales

Companies associated with the previous Cabinet of the Three Way Coalition have been allowed to purchase prime waterfront terrains for pocket change with sale prices of BGN 2 per square meter.

Society » Environment | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 20:48

Bulgarian Education Minister Sacked for 'Arguing' with PM

Sergey Ignatov, whose resignation as Bulgaria's Education Minister was accepted on Tuesday, had to go because he argued with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov over the corruption scandal in Bulgaria's Scientific Research Fund, Borisov himself revealed Wednesda

Society » Education | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 13:10

Metal Science Expert Heads Bulgaria's Education Ministry

Bulgaria's Academy of Sciences (BAS) newly elected president Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov has been named the country's new education minister, replacing recently dismissed Sergey Ignatov.

Society » Education | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 11:29

Burgas Municipality to Turn Bomb Shelter into Entertainment Facility

Bulgaria's Burgas Municipality has received approval for funding for the first of its kind interactive attraction called "Underground City".

Society » Culture | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 18:08

Stoyan Milanov Becomes CEO of Sofia Emergency Hospital

Assoc. Prof Stoyan Milanov is the new executive director of the Sofia-based Pirogov hospital, one of the busiest emergency hospitals in the country.

Society » Health | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 18:05

Crime

Shot Bulgarian Mobster Still in Critical Condition

The health condition of top Bulgarian mobster Baretata, who was shot Tuesday, is expected to deteriorate further, doctors now say.

Crime | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 17:36

Kalashnikov Gun Used in Bulgarian Mobster Shooting

A Kalashnikov machinegun has been found after the police searched the premises of the apartment from where a top Bulgarian mobster was shot at Tuesday.

Crime | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 15:21

Life of Shot Bulgarian Crime Boss Still in Danger - Lawyer

The life of the convicted underworld boss, who was shot and seriously wounded in broad daylight outside a courthouse in Bulgaria's capital on Tuesday, is still in danger, his lawyer said.

Crime | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 08:28

Views on BG

BBC: Bulgarian Mobster Shot outside Court in Sofia

A convicted crime boss and his bodyguard have been shot and wounded outside the main courthouse in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.

Views on BG | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:16

Can a No-Name U.S. Company Save Bulgaria's Struggling Nuclear Plant?

A languishing Cold War saga surrounding an abandoned nuclear plant in Bulgaria is coming to life again, and this time around, its players include an obscure U.S. power company in the middle of an energy-centered standoff between the United States and Russ

Views on BG | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 07:59

World

Brazil Fire Caused by Cheap Fireworks - Police

Cheap fireworks meant for outdoor use has caused a deadly nightclub fire in the southern Brazilian city of Santa Maria, police said.

World | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 12:13

Syria Conflict Escalates into Unseen Horror - Envoy

The conflict in Syria has reached "unprecedented levels of horror", peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has told the UN Security Council.

World | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 10:32

Novinite Insider

Chalga In, Chalga Out, and the Willful Blindness of (EU) Bureaucracy

Payner Media, the Bulgarian chalga music factory, has given up a project awarded BGN 3197324 in EU funds and BGN 287735 in national co-financing.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 16:22

The US - Bulgaria Partnership - Built on a Foundation of Shared Values

The Diplomatic Channel of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) publishes hereby the full text of the keynote speech delivered by US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries at the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria, Sheraton Sofia Hotel Balkan.

Novinite Insider » Diplomatic Channel | January 30, 2013, Wednesday // 14:17