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ARCHIVE - 25 February 2013

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Business

Number of Protesters in Sofia Diminishes on Day 16
Bulgarian PR Expert Maxim Behar on European Business Awards Jury
Bulgarian Anti-cartel Watchdog Fines Sofia Heating Utility
Sofia Heating Utility to Appeal Fine for Abuse of Dominant Position
All 6 Members of Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Have Resigned
Bulgaria's Faltering Military Plant Reopens for Workers

Politics

EPP President Voices Support for Outgoing Bulgarian PM
Romanian PM Assuages UK's Immigration Fears
EU Agriculture Ministers Seek to Deal with Horsemeat Crisis
Bulgarian President Pledges Caretaker Govt by March 8
Bulgaria's GERB to Select by Lot 20 MPs Supporting Interim Govt
Varna Mayor Refuses to Withdraw
Borisov Calls on Bulgarian Opposition to Form Interim Govt
Bulgaria's Ruling Party Refuses to Form Interim Govt
Bulgarian President Gives Caretaker Govt Mandate to GERB

Society

Bulgaria Chief Mufti Congratulates New Bulgarian Patriarch
Protest Rallies of Bulgarians Held again Monday
19 Sustain Light Injuries in Bus Crash in Bulgaria
New Bulgarian Patriarch Serves 1st Liturgy
65 Bulgarian Cities to Take Part in Earth Hour 2013
Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria
Bulgarian Grabs Oscar for Life of Pi Visual Effects
Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Wins Oscar for Best Picture

Sports

Bulgaria's Pulev Appears Closer to Clash with Klitschko
Bulgaria's Dimitrov Climbs to Record-High ATP Ranking

Crime

Sofia Police Arrest 30 in Rally Aftermath

Views on BG

IT: Resignation of Government Fails to Quell Angry Protests

World

Italy's Center-Left Bloc Said to Be Ahead in Polls
Strong Earthquake Strikes North of Tokyo, No Tsunami Warning

Novinite Insider

Bulgaria Needs New Political Parties

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria's Jan Palach

Business

Number of Protesters in Sofia Diminishes on Day 16

Around 300 protesters gathered Monday evening at the Orlov Most  junction in downtown Sofia on the 16th day of protests.

Business | February 25, 2013, Monday // 20:31

Bulgarian PR Expert Maxim Behar on European Business Awards Jury

Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar is sitting Monday on the jury of the prestigious European Business Awards (EBA).

Business | February 25, 2013, Monday // 17:22

Bulgarian Anti-cartel Watchdog Fines Sofia Heating Utility

The Bulgarian Commission for Protection of Competition, KZK, has imposed a fine of BGN 338 094 on the Sofia municipal heating utility "Toplofikatziya" for a monopoly position on the shared distribution of heating energy.

Business | February 25, 2013, Monday // 13:00

Sofia Heating Utility to Appeal Fine for Abuse of Dominant Position

Sofia heating utility Toplofikatsia Sofia will appeal the penalty imposed by Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) for abuse of dominant position within the statutory deadline of 14 days.

Business » Energy | February 25, 2013, Monday // 18:20

All 6 Members of Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Have Resigned

All six members of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) have resigned last week, according to the press center of the watchdog.

Business » Energy | February 25, 2013, Monday // 16:17

Bulgaria's Faltering Military Plant Reopens for Workers

Employees in the troubled Bulgarian State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot, are returning to work Monday after a 12-day paid leave.

Business » Industry | February 25, 2013, Monday // 11:17

Politics

EPP President Voices Support for Outgoing Bulgarian PM

The European People's Party (EPP) has voiced support for outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his center-right party GERB.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 25, 2013, Monday // 19:14

Romanian PM Assuages UK's Immigration Fears

Romanian PM Victor Ponta has assured Britain that his compatriots will not rush to the country once labor market restrictions are lifted at the end of 2013.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 25, 2013, Monday // 17:45

EU Agriculture Ministers Seek to Deal with Horsemeat Crisis

The European Union's Agriculture Ministers have gathered in Brussels for talks that are focused on the growing horsemeat scandal in Europe.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 25, 2013, Monday // 13:45

Bulgarian President Pledges Caretaker Govt by March 8

Bulgaria's President, Rosen Plevneliev, pledged the country will have a caretaker government by the end of next week, adding he already had a recovery plan for the political crisis.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 15:24

Bulgaria's GERB to Select by Lot 20 MPs Supporting Interim Govt

The GERB Chair of the parliamentary legal committee has suggested that the center-right party would have to resort to a lot to select the 20 MPs that would back an interim government headed by the Bulgarian Socialist Party or the ethnic Turkish DPS party.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 14:59

Varna Mayor Refuses to Withdraw

Varna Mayor, Kiril Yordanov, declared at an emergency briefing Monday he was not going to resign from the post.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 14:34

Borisov Calls on Bulgarian Opposition to Form Interim Govt

The outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, called on the two main opposition parties to turn politically responsible and form an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 13:56

Bulgaria's Ruling Party Refuses to Form Interim Govt

Bulgaria's ruling center-right GERB party expectedly turned down the mandate it received Monday for the formation of an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 12:50

Bulgarian President Gives Caretaker Govt Mandate to GERB

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is giving Monday the mandate to the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, to form an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | February 25, 2013, Monday // 08:11

Society

Bulgaria Chief Mufti Congratulates New Bulgarian Patriarch

Bulgaria's Chief Mufti, Mustafa Hadzhi, has extended congratulations to Bulgaria's new Orthodox Patriarch Neofit.

Society | February 25, 2013, Monday // 19:52

Protest Rallies of Bulgarians Held again Monday

The protest rallies of Bulgarians against the political model, unbearable utility bills and wide-spread poverty continue Monday.

Society | February 25, 2013, Monday // 10:17

19 Sustain Light Injuries in Bus Crash in Bulgaria

Eighteen workers and a bus driver have been injured in a crash early Monday morning near the Bulgarian Danube city of Ruse.

Society | February 25, 2013, Monday // 09:45

New Bulgarian Patriarch Serves 1st Liturgy

The new Bulgarian Patriarch and Sofia Metropolitan Neofit will serve his first solemn mass Monday after his election by the Holy Synod and official enthronement one day earlier.

Society | February 25, 2013, Monday // 09:19

65 Bulgarian Cities to Take Part in Earth Hour 2013

At least 65 Bulgarian cities and towns will take part in this year's Earth Hour initiative scheduled to take place next month.

Society » Environment | February 25, 2013, Monday // 12:19

Light Earthquake Registered in SW Bulgaria

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 points on the Richter scale has been registered in southwestern Bulgaria Sunday evening.

Society » Environment | February 25, 2013, Monday // 08:34

Bulgarian Grabs Oscar for Life of Pi Visual Effects

Bulgarian visual effects artist Lyubomir Hristov has won an Oscar for being part of the team working on the "Life of Pi" motion picture.

Society » Culture | February 25, 2013, Monday // 12:03

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Wins Oscar for Best Picture

"Argo," directed by Ben Affleck has won the prize for best picture at the 85th Oscar awards Sunday.

Society » Culture | February 25, 2013, Monday // 09:05

Sports

Bulgaria's Pulev Appears Closer to Clash with Klitschko

Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev may not have to face another opponent before his eagerly anticipated fight with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Sports | February 25, 2013, Monday // 15:50

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Climbs to Record-High ATP Ranking

Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria's top tennis player,has moved to No 33 in the ATP Ranking which is his all time best.

Sports | February 25, 2013, Monday // 11:49

Crime

Sofia Police Arrest 30 in Rally Aftermath

Thirty people have been detained in the Bulgarian capital Sofia after the official conclusion of the mass protest rally held Sunday.

Crime | February 25, 2013, Monday // 12:39

Views on BG

IT: Resignation of Government Fails to Quell Angry Protests

Tens of thousands of people have joined angry protest marches across Bulgaria, after the resignation of the government failed to quell public fury over poverty and corruption.

Views on BG | February 25, 2013, Monday // 10:41

World

Italy's Center-Left Bloc Said to Be Ahead in Polls

Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left bloc is leading the race for both houses of Italy's Parliament, according to early exit polls from the country's general election.

World | February 25, 2013, Monday // 16:31

Strong Earthquake Strikes North of Tokyo, No Tsunami Warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.

World | February 25, 2013, Monday // 11:20

Novinite Insider

Bulgaria Needs New Political Parties

What usually happens when a country's government resigns as a result of mass protests triggered by poverty, corruption and a lack of social justice? An opposition party wins the elections.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 25, 2013, Monday // 11:34

Letters to the Editor

Bulgaria's Jan Palach

On February 20th Bulgarian artist Plamen Goranov, 36, set himself on fire in front of the municipality building in his hometown of Varna.

Letters to the Editor | February 25, 2013, Monday // 18:13