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ARCHIVE - 7 January 2013

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Business

6 Investors to Bid for Bulgarian State Railways Freight Unit
Bulgaria Offers Very Low Dismissal Costs - Survey
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Finance
Sand Dunes Scandal to End up Costly for Bulgarian Taxpayers
'Tax Freedom' Day to Arrive in Bulgaria on May 1
Bulgarian Anti-Trust Watchdog Clears Acquisition of 8 Filling Stations by NIS Petrol
Bulgaria Energy Holding to Tap International Markets in March
Bulgaria's Faltering Military Giant Fate Decided by Jan 23

Politics

Bulgarian Nationalists Ask Apology from US for WW II Bombing
Bulgaria with EU's Largest Surge of Industrial Producer Prices Y/Y
UK PM Determined to Keep Out Bulgarians, Romanians
Bulgarian PM Received Death Threats from Construction Mafia
Bulgarian Forestry Agency Head Awaits Official Dismissal Note
Bulgarian Forest Agency Head, Inspectorate Director Dismissed over Illegal Construction Scandal
Bulgaria PM to Dismiss Forest Agency head over Illegal Construction Scandal
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Domestic Politics

Society

Bulgarian President's PR Gets Dreaded 'Skunk' Award
Bomb Alerts Close again 2 Sofia Schools
Number of Bulgarian Officials Exposed in Tax Evasion
Bulgaria Offers World's Most Expensive Citizenship - Historian
Novinite Launches News Site about Bulgaria in Russian - Novinite.ru!
Expats in 36 Countries to Vote in Bulgaria's N-Referendum
Over 300 000 Bulgarian 'Ivans' to Celebrate on Ivanovden
Bulgaria Orthodox Church Honors Saint John the Baptist
Bulgaria Bans Construction on Sand Dunes
Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Wakes Up to Fresh Snow
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Education
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Culture
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Health and Healthcare
Bulgaria Remembers Leading Cancer Patient Rights Activist

Sports

Murray Dedicates Win over Bulgaria's Dimitrov to Cancer-Stricken Hutchins
Ross Hutchins Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Crime

'Weird' Bulgarian Woman Commits Suicide in French Prison
The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Crime and Courts
Burgas Terror Act Investigator Sacked over Info Leak
Ireland Seeks Convicted Drug Dealer Extradition from Bulgaria

Views on BG

Unique Wedding Tradition in Ribnovo, Bulgaria

World

Top US Counterterrorism Expert Brennan to Become CIA Head
Relatives Hope Missing Vittorio Missoni 'Still Alive'
Hillary Clinton Set to Return to Work at State Department
US Condemns Assad 'Western Puppets' Speech
Hagel Tipped for US Defense Secretary - CNN

Business

6 Investors to Bid for Bulgarian State Railways Freight Unit

Six investors have shown interest in the privatization of the cargo unit of Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) company, according to Emil Karanikolov, Executive Director of the Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency (PPCA).

Business | January 7, 2013, Monday // 19:17

Bulgaria Offers Very Low Dismissal Costs - Survey

The 2 edition of the International Dismissal Survey of Deloitte has indicated that Bulgarian legislation is more similar to the legal regimes in Central and Eastern Europe than to Western Europe in terms of the strictness of dismissal regulations.

Business | January 7, 2013, Monday // 17:57

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Finance

Following are the key developments in Bulgaria's finance sector in 2012

Business » Finance | January 7, 2013, Monday // 21:00

Sand Dunes Scandal to End up Costly for Bulgarian Taxpayers

The State might end up shelling nearly BGN 100 M after amending the Forestry and Farming Lands Acts over the recent scandal with construction on protected sand dunes.

Business » Finance | January 7, 2013, Monday // 17:27

'Tax Freedom' Day to Arrive in Bulgaria on May 1

Bulgarians will work to pay their taxes this year until Labor Day - May 1, according to a publication by the Institute for Market Economy, a Sofia-based think-tank.

Business » Finance | January 7, 2013, Monday // 10:21

Bulgarian Anti-Trust Watchdog Clears Acquisition of 8 Filling Stations by NIS Petrol

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has cleared the acquisition of 8 filling stations located in Plovdiv, Burgas, Lovech, and Asenovgrad by NIS Petrol.

Business » Energy | January 7, 2013, Monday // 13:41

Bulgaria Energy Holding to Tap International Markets in March

Bulgaria's state energy holding company, which groups the country's top energy assets, plans to tap international markets by the beginning of March to repay its debt.

Business » Energy | January 7, 2013, Monday // 12:45

Bulgaria's Faltering Military Giant Fate Decided by Jan 23

The Council of Minister will issue a decision about the privatization of the largest Bulgarian military plant - the State-owned VMZ Sopot, Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev, pledged Monday.

Business » Industry | January 7, 2013, Monday // 18:04

Politics

Bulgarian Nationalists Ask Apology from US for WW II Bombing

Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party is organizing on January 10 a protest rally in front of the US Embassy for the anniversary of the 1944 bombing of the capital Sofia.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 7, 2013, Monday // 16:42

Bulgaria with EU's Largest Surge of Industrial Producer Prices Y/Y

In November 2012, the largest annual increase in the EU in the total industrial producer price index was observed in Bulgaria, according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 7, 2013, Monday // 17:43

UK PM Determined to Keep Out Bulgarians, Romanians

Britain will demand new restrictions to keep out benefit tourists as it fears a tidal wave of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants is about to swamp the country next year.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 7, 2013, Monday // 08:43

Bulgarian PM Received Death Threats from Construction Mafia

Construction mafia had sent white roses to Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, at the time he was Mayor of the capital Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2013, Monday // 20:11

Bulgarian Forestry Agency Head Awaits Official Dismissal Note

Biser Dachev, Head of Bulgaria's Executive Forestry Agency, is yet to be notified officially about his dismissal.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2013, Monday // 19:49

Bulgarian Forest Agency Head, Inspectorate Director Dismissed over Illegal Construction Scandal

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov has assured that Biser Dachev, head of Bulgaria's Executive Forest Agency, will be dismissed over the body's failure to react to tip-offs about irregularities with protected areas.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2013, Monday // 15:26

Bulgaria PM to Dismiss Forest Agency head over Illegal Construction Scandal

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has suggested that the director of the Executive Forest Agency could be dismissed by the end of the day in connection with the scandal over a construction permit for a protected area.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2013, Monday // 12:40

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Domestic Politics

For Bulgarian domestic politics, 2012 was a year of important institutional change-over and sometimes subtle, but seething and significant reshuffle of power relations among actors.

Politics » Domestic | January 7, 2013, Monday // 06:33

Society

Bulgarian President's PR Gets Dreaded 'Skunk' Award

Maria Ivanova, the Press Secretary of Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has received the unflattering "Golden Skunk" award.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 18:59

Bomb Alerts Close again 2 Sofia Schools

Two schools in the Bulgarian capital Sofia were closed and students evacuated Monday after receiving bomb threats at the very first school day for 2013.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 18:41

Number of Bulgarian Officials Exposed in Tax Evasion

A large number of Bulgarian magistrates, mayors, senior officials and politicians have failed to declare family income and property in 2012.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 15:37

Bulgaria Offers World's Most Expensive Citizenship - Historian

Bozhidar Dimitrov, former Diaspora Minister and a famous nationalist historian, has insisted that Bulgarian citizenship is the most expensive in the world.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 14:23

Novinite Launches News Site about Bulgaria in Russian - Novinite.ru!

Bulgaria's newest media is the Russian-language news site Novinite.ru!

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 13:14

Expats in 36 Countries to Vote in Bulgaria's N-Referendum

Diplomatic missions in 36 countries will organize the vote in Bulgaria's national referendum on development of atomic energy, it emerged on Monday.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 11:09

Over 300 000 Bulgarian 'Ivans' to Celebrate on Ivanovden

Over 300 000 Bulgarians with the most popular Bulgarian name – Ivan – and its derivatives – are set to celebrate one of Bulgaria's most popular name days – Ivanovden.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 07:25

Bulgaria Orthodox Church Honors Saint John the Baptist

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church honors on January 7 Saint John the Baptist, with the celebration commonly known as the Day of Ivan.

Society | January 7, 2013, Monday // 07:17

Bulgaria Bans Construction on Sand Dunes

Legal amendments are to be tabled to lead to a full ban on construction activities in Bulgaria on plots listed as sand dunes, the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works, Lilyana Pavlova, confirmed Monday.

Society » Environment | January 7, 2013, Monday // 16:08

Bulgaria's Capital Sofia Wakes Up to Fresh Snow

Bulgaria's capital Sofia woke up Monday morning to freezing cold accompanied by a fresh snow cover, but without record low temperatures.

Society » Environment | January 7, 2013, Monday // 07:57

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Education

If 2011 was a year of stagnation and gradually continuing deterioration for education in Bulgaria, then 2012 only confirmed that trend.

Society » Education | January 7, 2013, Monday // 06:38

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Culture

A number of cultural events marked Bulgaria's cultural scene in 2012 despite continuing shortage of funds and crippling economic crisis.

Society » Culture | January 7, 2013, Monday // 20:37

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Health and Healthcare

Bulgaria's 2012 health news were marked once again by doctors and patients disgruntled over healthcare budget cuts and poor conditions at healthcare facilities.

Society » Health | January 7, 2013, Monday // 20:00

Bulgaria Remembers Leading Cancer Patient Rights Activist

Bulgaria and its cancer patients mark January 7 one year since the death of Teodora Zaharieva, the first Bulgarian who dared to wage a battle against the apathy and carelessness of the state towards cancer patients.

Society » Obituaries | January 7, 2013, Monday // 09:42

Sports

Murray Dedicates Win over Bulgaria's Dimitrov to Cancer-Stricken Hutchins

Andy Murray fought off the tears to claim victory in the final of the Brisbane International over Bulgaria's great young star Grigor Dimitrov, following the news that one of his best friends has been diagnosed with a form of cancer.

Sports | January 7, 2013, Monday // 07:08

Ross Hutchins Diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

British Davis Cup player Ross Hutchins has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer.

Sports | January 7, 2013, Monday // 06:56

Crime

'Weird' Bulgarian Woman Commits Suicide in French Prison

A Bulgarian woman, 73, has died after setting herself on fire inside a cell in the prison of the French town of Joux-la-Ville, department of Yonne.

Crime | January 7, 2013, Monday // 21:00

The Bulgaria 2012 Review: Crime and Courts

In 2012, Bulgaria's own Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who has been claiming for two years that crime is under control and largely neutralized, suddenly described the country as an "oasis for organized crime".

Crime | January 7, 2013, Monday // 20:10

Burgas Terror Act Investigator Sacked over Info Leak

The Prosecutor's Office has dismissed investigator Staneliya Karadzhova as member of the team investigating the July 18 terror act in Bulgaria's Black city of Burgas.

Crime | January 7, 2013, Monday // 14:23

Ireland Seeks Convicted Drug Dealer Extradition from Bulgaria

The police of Ireland will seek the extradition of a convicted drug dealer after he is dealt with by Bulgarian authorities, the Irish Independent reported.

Crime | January 7, 2013, Monday // 13:35

Views on BG

Unique Wedding Tradition in Ribnovo, Bulgaria

By Chen Hang

Views on BG | January 7, 2013, Monday // 06:42

World

Top US Counterterrorism Expert Brennan to Become CIA Head

US President Barack Obama is going to nominate John Brennan as CIA Director, according to White House officials.

World | January 7, 2013, Monday // 14:55

Relatives Hope Missing Vittorio Missoni 'Still Alive'

Rescue crews are continuing to search for the small plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, his wife Maurizia Castiglioni, two Italian friends, and a pair of Venezuelan pilots that disappeared.

World | January 7, 2013, Monday // 13:48

Hillary Clinton Set to Return to Work at State Department

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work Monday for the first time since she was sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot, the State Department announced.

World | January 7, 2013, Monday // 11:41

US Condemns Assad 'Western Puppets' Speech

The US has decried a speech by Syria's President Assad that denounced his opponents as "puppets of the West".

World | January 7, 2013, Monday // 10:00

Hagel Tipped for US Defense Secretary - CNN

US President Barack Obama plans to announce former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his nominee to become the next defense secretary on Monday, administration officials told CNN.

World | January 7, 2013, Monday // 09:19
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