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ARCHIVE - 31 January 2013

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Business

Bulgarian FinMin Expects 'Wave' of US Investors
Grey Economy in Bulgaria Shrank by 3% in 10 Years - Survey
Labor Minister Vows 900 Jobs for Laid-Off Workers of Bulgarian Military Plant
Renewable Energy May Add 4% to Electricity Prices in Bulgaria
Decline in Bulgaria's House Prices Slowed Down in 2012

Politics

EP to Debate Rule of Law in Bulgaria on Feb 6
Latvia Takes Crucial Step towards Euzone Entry in 2014
London Mayor Deeply Concerned over Upcoming Bulgarian 'Influx'
German Court Rules in Favor of Social Rights for Bulgarians
MEPs Complain of British Ministers' Treatment of Bulgarian, Romanian Workers
Bulgaria May Ease Citizenship Terms for Foreign Investors

Society

Olivier Basille: Media Situation in Bulgaria Is Disastrous
Drivers in Bulgaria Have Day to Buy Toll Stickers for 2013
Dangerous Landslide Threatens Southern Bulgarian Village
Bulgaria's Top University Hikes Tuition Fees
New Reshuffle at Bulgaria's Transplant Agency

Sports

Beckham to Play at Paris St-Germain for Free
Bulgaria to Face Japan, Kazakhstan in Friendlies
Manolev Arrives in London, Set to Sign with Fulham
Birthday Boy Berbatov Celebrates with Goal

Crime

Bulgaria Govt Aims to Benefit from Crime Boss Shooting - Fiery Opposition Leader
Bulgaria - Key Captagon Producer: EU Drug Markets Report
Sofia Police Dissipates Ridicule of 'Amateur' Mob Shootout
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Begs to Differ with PM on 'Healthy' Custody
Illegal Drugs Turf War Suspected in Sofia Mobster Shooting
Top Bulgarian Magistrate Demands Courtroom Security Zone
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Asks Sanctions in Foiled SAPARD Trial
Shot Bulgarian Mobster 'In Grave Condition' - Top Cop
Arabs with Dual Citizenship Staged Burgas Bus Bombing - Report
Europol Arrests 103 Migrant Smugglers in 10 Countries
Sofia City Court Launches Trial for Ghastly Park Murder

Views on BG

Failed Referendum Leaves Bulgaria without Nuclear Future

Quotes

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World

Zuckerberg Denies Plans for Facebook Phone
Syria, Iran Threaten Israel over Reported Strikes
Russia Worried by Reports of Israeli Strike in Syria
EU Concerned with Russia's New Homophobic Law

Business

Bulgarian FinMin Expects 'Wave' of US Investors

Business entrepreneurs will flock the Bulgaria to invest and to receive Bulgarian citizenship, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov.

Business | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 16:46

Grey Economy in Bulgaria Shrank by 3% in 10 Years - Survey

The share of the grey economy in Bulgaria is shrinking but the pace is unsatisfactory, according to a survey of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Sofia.

Business | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 14:09

Labor Minister Vows 900 Jobs for Laid-Off Workers of Bulgarian Military Plant

Labor Minister Totyu Mladenov has vowed jobs for over 900 workers of the troubled state-owned VMZ Sopot military plant.

Business | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 10:14

Renewable Energy May Add 4% to Electricity Prices in Bulgaria

Bulgarian power distributor EVN has warned about a looming 4% increase in electricity prices which would be necessary to compensate costs arising from the purchase of renewable energy.

Business » Energy | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 16:53

Decline in Bulgaria's House Prices Slowed Down in 2012

The decline in Bulgaria's house prices has slowed down over the last several quarters, according to Eurostat.

Business » Properties | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 17:44

Politics

EP to Debate Rule of Law in Bulgaria on Feb 6

The leadership of the European Parliament has approved and included in its agenda a plenary debate on freedom and rule of law in Bulgaria.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 17:40

Latvia Takes Crucial Step towards Euzone Entry in 2014

Latvia's parliament has approved a law providing for the adoption of the euro as of January 1, 2014 despite widespread worries among the population.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 15:48

London Mayor Deeply Concerned over Upcoming Bulgarian 'Influx'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has expressed his concern over what some expect ro be an "influx" of Bulgarian and Romanian workers in country after the end of 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 15:18

German Court Rules in Favor of Social Rights for Bulgarians

EU citizens from Bulgaria and Romania are entitled to healthcare and social benefits in Germany even without a valid working permit, a German court has said.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 13:53

MEPs Complain of British Ministers' Treatment of Bulgarian, Romanian Workers

European socialists from Bulgaria and Romania have sent a letter to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on access to the UK labor market by citizens of the two countries.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 12:58

Bulgaria May Ease Citizenship Terms for Foreign Investors

Bulgaria is expected to pass a law that will ease even further the process of granting citizenship to foreign investors in a bid to boost the country's ailing economy.

Politics » Domestic | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 16:53

Society

Olivier Basille: Media Situation in Bulgaria Is Disastrous

The situation with media in Bulgaria is disastrous, according to Olivier Basille, Chief Representative to the EU at Reporters Without Borders.

Society | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 15:35

Drivers in Bulgaria Have Day to Buy Toll Stickers for 2013

Drivers in Bulgaria have to buy by the end of the day on January 31 their toll stickers – the so-called vignettes - for 2013, preferably those valid for the whole year as they are the best deal.

Society | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 15:22

Dangerous Landslide Threatens Southern Bulgarian Village

A dangerous landslide threatens the safety of over 70 people in the southern Bulgarian village of Tanka Bara near Nedelino.

Society » Environment | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 08:18

Bulgaria's Top University Hikes Tuition Fees

Tuition fees in Bulgaria’s oldest and most prestigious university, the Sofia University “Saint Kliment Ohridski” are going up 8% much to the discontent of parents and students.

Society » Education | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 12:15

New Reshuffle at Bulgaria's Transplant Agency

Bulgaria’s Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova, has fired the Executive Director of the country’s Executive Transplant Agency, Dr. Silvi Kirilov.

Society » Health | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 11:47

Sports

Beckham to Play at Paris St-Germain for Free

David Beckham has joined French Ligue 1 side Paris St-Germain and announced he will be playing for free.

Sports | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 20:31

Bulgaria to Face Japan, Kazakhstan in Friendlies

Bulgaria's national football team will head for Asia at the end of May to play friendlies in Japan and Kazakhstan, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said on Thursday.

Sports | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 18:46

Manolev Arrives in London, Set to Sign with Fulham

Fulham are in talks with PSV Eindhoven to sign right-back Stanislav Manolev, according to a report.

Sports | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 12:35

Birthday Boy Berbatov Celebrates with Goal

Fulham's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov celebrated his 32nd birthday by scoring against West Ham on Wednesday.

Sports | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 11:25

Crime

Bulgaria Govt Aims to Benefit from Crime Boss Shooting - Fiery Opposition Leader

The shooting against a convicted underworld boss in broad daylight in downtown Sofia aims to bring instability to the country just months before the general elections to the benefit of the ruling party, an outspoken opposition leader argues.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 21:42

Bulgaria - Key Captagon Producer: EU Drug Markets Report

Bulgaria and, to a lesser extent, Turkey are believed to be significant producers of 'captagon', according to the first comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 19:24

Sofia Police Dissipates Ridicule of 'Amateur' Mob Shootout

The man who shot and critically injured Bulgarian mobster Baretata has been a professional killer and sharpshooter, according to an insider police source.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 16:18

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Begs to Differ with PM on 'Healthy' Custody

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has disagreed with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's statement that it would be "healthier „for sentenced criminals to stay in custody.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 14:39

Illegal Drugs Turf War Suspected in Sofia Mobster Shooting

Money disputes and illegal drugs turf wars could be behind the attack on top Bulgarian mobster Baretata.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 14:13

Top Bulgarian Magistrate Demands Courtroom Security Zone

The Chairman of Bulgaria's Supreme Court of Cassations, Lazar Gruev, proposed Thursday to establish tightened security measures and security zones near courtroom buildings.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 13:42

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Asks Sanctions in Foiled SAPARD Trial

Bulgaria's new Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, asked Thursday for sanctions against Appellate Prosecutor, Angel Iliev, over the way he had distributed prosecutors in the high-profile SAPARD case.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 13:03

Shot Bulgarian Mobster 'In Grave Condition' - Top Cop

Shot Bulgarian drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov aka The Beret remains in critical condition, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has said.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 11:47

Arabs with Dual Citizenship Staged Burgas Bus Bombing - Report

The terror group responsible for the bus bombing at the Sarafovo Airport in Burgas in July 2012 consists of Arabs with dual citizenship, one of whom has an Australian passport.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 10:59

Europol Arrests 103 Migrant Smugglers in 10 Countries

Europol has arrested over 103 people in 10 countries during simultaneous operations against a major migrant smuggling network.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 09:28

Sofia City Court Launches Trial for Ghastly Park Murder

Sofia City Court will hold its first hearing on the case for the murder of Yana Krasteva in the Borisova Gradina Park in downtown Sofia in the summer of 2011.

Crime | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 08:42

Views on BG

Failed Referendum Leaves Bulgaria without Nuclear Future

A referendum on nuclear energy in Bulgaria failed due to low turnout, and the country's ruling party has confirmed it will not build a new nuclear plant. Critics warn that without nuclear energy, Bulgaria may become a third-world country in 20 years.

Views on BG | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 17:19

Quotes

Today's Quote

"Thus Bulgarians, completely paralyzed with fear, will be ready to cast the ballot they are told to, during the general elections in the summer.

Quotes | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 22:27

World

Zuckerberg Denies Plans for Facebook Phone

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, has tried to be as emphatic as possible to put an end to rumors the company is building a mobile phone.

World | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 20:00

Syria, Iran Threaten Israel over Reported Strikes

Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for a reported Israeli air raid near Damascus.

World | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 16:39

Russia Worried by Reports of Israeli Strike in Syria

Russia has expressed its concern over reports of Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory.

World | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 15:55

EU Concerned with Russia's New Homophobic Law

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has expressed her concern over the approval by the Russian Duma of a federal law on the "propaganda of homosexuality to minors", making it an administrative offence under Russian law.

World | January 31, 2013, Thursday // 13:10
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