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ARCHIVE - 26 February 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Customs Agency Head: Smuggling through Greek Border Falling
Outgoing FinMin Assuages Fears Bulgaria Is Fiscally Unstable
Outgoing FinMin Should Be Banned from Leaving Bulgaria – Socialist MEP
Restriction for Annual Update of Electricity Prices in Bulgaria to Drop
Bulgarian MPs Pass Energy Efficiency Act
Bulgaria's Current Parliament Must Finish Work on Energy Act Amendments – Outgoing Minister
Bulgaria's Cigarette Market Shrinks in January 2013

Politics

No Bulgarians Hurt in Luxor Balloon Incident
Germany's Federal Foreign Ministry Advises Caution for Travelers to Bulgaria
Sofia to Host 6th Syria Sanctions Meeting Tuesday
Bulgarian Children with Highest Risk of Poverty in EU
Bulgaria to Return EUR 23 000 in Unduly Spent EU Agricultural Funding
Cameron Vows Tougher Measures on Immigrants
Czech Authorities Turn to Brussels over CEZ Troubles in Bulgaria - Report
UK Mulls Charging European Citizens for ID Cards
Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Firm Borisov Must Be Prosecuted
Bulgarian President: Snap Poll Only Remedy for Political Crisis
Association in PM Borisov's Support Emerges in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's National Security Body to Investigate 'Dogan's Threat against Borisov'
Bulgarian Conservatives Go Ahead with Grand National Assembly Referendum Motion
Bulgarian Nationalist Chief Stirs Brawl at Security Council
Bulgarian Socialists, Ethic Turks Pledge Not to Form Interim Government
Bulgarian President urges National Security Council to Prevent Destabilization
Bulgarian PM Resigned to Expose Enemies - Interior Min
Bulgarian President Summons Security Council amid Political Crisis

Society

Bulgarian PM Banned from Watching TV over Hypertension
Smaller-scale Rallies Held in Bulgaria's Sofia, Varna
3rd Man Sets Himself on Fire in Bulgaria in a Week
Bulgarians to Rally Nationwide on Liberation Day
Plovdiv Bishop Sells Infamous Rolex to Pay Church's Electricity
Outgoing Bulgarian PM Listed in Hospital with Hypertension
Bulgaria's Metropolitan Joseph Quits
Bulgaria's Kyustendil Declares Emergency Situation

Crime

Court Upholds Sentences of Roma Who Ran over People in Bulgaria's Katunitsa
Sofia Police Detain Drunk Man Waving Gas Pistol in front of President's Office
Romanian Women Caught Smuggling Gold in Underwear on Bulgaria-Turkey Border
15 Youth Arrested for Hooliganism during Latest Protests in Sofia
EVN Building in Bulgaria's Plovdiv Set on Fire during Protests
Sofia Palace of Justice Closed over Yet Another Bomb Threat

Views on BG

Foreigners to Lose Legal Aid in Court Battles over Benefits as Cameron Orders End to 'Soft Touch' Britain

World

'Gay Propaganda Ban' No Human Rights Infringement, Russian FM Says
Foreign Investors Making Comeback in Debt-Stricken Greece
Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills at Least 19 Tourists
Italy Faces Deadlock in Election Aftermath

Business

Bulgarian Customs Agency Head: Smuggling through Greek Border Falling

Vanyo Tanov, head of Bulgaria's Customs Agency, has informed that smuggling across the Greek border has declined substantially, unlike smuggling through Macedonia and Albania.

Business | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:32

Outgoing FinMin Assuages Fears Bulgaria Is Fiscally Unstable

Bulgaria's finances are stable and the fiscal reserve is in good shape, according to resigned Financial Minister, Simeon Djankov.

Business » Finance | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:33

Outgoing FinMin Should Be Banned from Leaving Bulgaria – Socialist MEP

Bulgarian Socialist MEP Iliyana Yotva has suggested that the Chief Prosecutor should initiate a self-referral and ban outgoing Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Simeon Djankov from leaving the country until the financial situation of the country

Business » Finance | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:30

Restriction for Annual Update of Electricity Prices in Bulgaria to Drop

Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) will be able to change electricity prices more frequent than once a year, according to legal amendments approved by the parliamentary committee on economic policy, energy and tourism.

Business » Energy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 18:09

Bulgarian MPs Pass Energy Efficiency Act

The Members of the Bulgarian Parliament passed Tuesday at second reading the Energy Efficiency Act.

Business » Energy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:44

Bulgaria's Current Parliament Must Finish Work on Energy Act Amendments – Outgoing Minister

Outgoing Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has insisted that Bulgaria's Parliament finish work on a set of proposed amendments to the Energy Act in its remaining few weeks in office.

Business » Energy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:10

Bulgaria's Cigarette Market Shrinks in January 2013

Bulgaria's cigarette market declined by 5.9% in January 2013 compared with December 2012, according to latest data from the industry.

Business » Industry | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 13:33

Politics

No Bulgarians Hurt in Luxor Balloon Incident

The Bulgarian Embassy in Cairo has no information about Bulgarian citizens hurt in the accident with a tourist balloon in the Egyptian resort of Luxor, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry announced.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 13:01

Germany's Federal Foreign Ministry Advises Caution for Travelers to Bulgaria

The Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin has advised Germans traveling to Bulgaria to avoid areas where demonstrations and protest gatherings are held.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 11:40

Sofia to Host 6th Syria Sanctions Meeting Tuesday

Bulgaria's capital Sofia is to host Tuesday the sixth meeting of the International Working Group on sanctions against Syria, established within the framework of the "Friends of the Syrian People" group.

Politics » Diplomacy | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:50

Bulgarian Children with Highest Risk of Poverty in EU

In 2011, the highest share of those aged less than 18 who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion was registered in Bulgaria (52%), according to data of Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 18:48

Bulgaria to Return EUR 23 000 in Unduly Spent EU Agricultural Funding

The European Commission is to recover from Bulgaria a sum of EUR 23 000 in unduly spent EU funds under the Rural Development Program.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:54

Cameron Vows Tougher Measures on Immigrants

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed that newcomers to the country are to be banned from claiming legal aid in cases involving benefits, housing and other civil claims.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:51

Czech Authorities Turn to Brussels over CEZ Troubles in Bulgaria - Report

The Czech government has demanded that the European Commission put pressure on Bulgaria after the Balkan country said it would revoke the license of the CEZ energy group, according to a report.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 11:52

UK Mulls Charging European Citizens for ID Cards

British authorities are about to force millions of European citizens resident in the country to sign up for an identity card, according to a report.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 08:43

Bulgarian Ethnic Turks Firm Borisov Must Be Prosecuted

Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, is definitely goind to approach Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, in seeking legal consequences for outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 20:43

Bulgarian President: Snap Poll Only Remedy for Political Crisis

Snap election is the only remedy for preserving democracy and national security, according to Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 20:05

Association in PM Borisov's Support Emerges in Bulgaria

An Association named "Front for Saving Bulgaria - for Boyko" has been established in the Bulgarian capital Sofia Tuesday with the goal of uniting all Bulgarians who want outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to keep ruling the country.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 18:31

Bulgaria's National Security Body to Investigate 'Dogan's Threat against Borisov'

Bulgaria's Prosecutor's Office has assigned the State National Security Company DANS with the task of investigating reports that Ahmed Dogan, ex leader of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party DPS, ordered the assassination of outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Bori

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:00

Bulgarian Conservatives Go Ahead with Grand National Assembly Referendum Motion

MPs from "Order, Law, Justice" (RZS), a controversial marginal Bulgarian conservative party, have tabled to the Bulgarian Parliament a motion for the holding of a referendum on the summing of Bulgaria's Grand National Assembly for the adoption a new const

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:19

Bulgarian Nationalist Chief Stirs Brawl at Security Council

The leader of Bulgaria's far-right, nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, managed once again to stir a scandal in shouting and storming out of the emergency sitting of the Consultative Council for National Security, KSNS, at the Office of the President.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:53

Bulgarian Socialists, Ethic Turks Pledge Not to Form Interim Government

Bulgarian Socialist Party leader Sergey Stanishev has reiterated that his party will immediately reject a mandate to form a new government.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:49

Bulgarian President urges National Security Council to Prevent Destabilization

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has sent a message for preventing the destabilization of the Bulgarian state amidst the ongoing protests against power utilities and corruption in the wake of the resignation of the Borisov Cabinet.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:40

Bulgarian PM Resigned to Expose Enemies - Interior Min

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has resigned in order to expose his political opponents, Borisov's closest aide, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has said.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:25

Bulgarian President Summons Security Council amid Political Crisis

Bulgaria's Consultative Crisis on National security is convening Tuesday, with its sitting expected to be focused on the ongoing political turmoil in the country.

Politics » Domestic | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 08:09

Society

Bulgarian PM Banned from Watching TV over Hypertension

Doctors have banned Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, from watching TV in the next 24 hours to prevent him from worrying too much.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 21:06

Smaller-scale Rallies Held in Bulgaria's Sofia, Varna

Citizens have gathered Tuesday for a protest rally for the 17th consecutive evening at the key Eagles Bridge intersection in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 19:33

3rd Man Sets Himself on Fire in Bulgaria in a Week

A 53-year-old man has set himself on fire in the southern town of Radnevo, becoming the third such case in Bulgaria in just a week.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:34

Bulgarians to Rally Nationwide on Liberation Day

Bulgarians are to stage a new nationwide protest rally, according to organizers, Yanko Petkov and Doncho Dudev.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:06

Plovdiv Bishop Sells Infamous Rolex to Pay Church's Electricity

Controversial Bulgarian Metropolitan Nikolay is selling his notorious Rolex watch to pay the electric bill of the Saint Marina church in his bishopric, the second largest city of Plovdiv.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:19

Outgoing Bulgarian PM Listed in Hospital with Hypertension

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, has been listed in the government hospital in the capital Sofia with hypertensive crisis.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:47

Bulgaria's Metropolitan Joseph Quits

Metropolitan Joseph, the head of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia, has resigned, according to Bulgarian media.

Society | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 13:49

Bulgaria's Kyustendil Declares Emergency Situation

The mayor of the Western Buglarian city of Kyustendil, Petar Paunov, has declared an emergency situation.

Society » Environment | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:37

Crime

Court Upholds Sentences of Roma Who Ran over People in Bulgaria's Katunitsa

The Plovdiv Appellate Court has upheld the sentences of Spas Hristov and Georgi Yordanov, ethnic Roma who ran over ethnic Bulgarians during tensions in the village of Katunitsa in September 2011.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:50

Sofia Police Detain Drunk Man Waving Gas Pistol in front of President's Office

Police have detained a young man carrying a pistol and a knife in front of the President's Office in downtown Sofia.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:02

Romanian Women Caught Smuggling Gold in Underwear on Bulgaria-Turkey Border

Customs officers from Bulgaria's Kapital Andreevo border crossing point have caught two Romanian women smuggling gold in their underwear.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:31

15 Youth Arrested for Hooliganism during Latest Protests in Sofia

The police in Bulgaria's capital Sofia have detained 15 youth, including 6 underage teens, on hooliganism charges during Monday night's protests against monopoly power utilities and the already resigned Borisov Cabinet.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:10

EVN Building in Bulgaria's Plovdiv Set on Fire during Protests

The office building of Austrian-owned power utility EVN in Bulgaria's Plovdiv was set on fire Monday night, the local police reported.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 11:35

Sofia Palace of Justice Closed over Yet Another Bomb Threat

Bulgarian capital Sofia's Palace of Justice, home of various judicial institutions and organizations, was closed early on Tuesday after an anonymous bomb alert.

Crime | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:55

Views on BG

Foreigners to Lose Legal Aid in Court Battles over Benefits as Cameron Orders End to 'Soft Touch' Britain

Immigrants are to be banned from receiving legal aid to launch court battles against the government in order to claim benefits.

Views on BG | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:46

World

'Gay Propaganda Ban' No Human Rights Infringement, Russian FM Says

The ban on "gay propaganda" among minors, currently under review in Russian legislature, does not infringe on human rights – unlike "gay propaganda" itself, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

World | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:53

Foreign Investors Making Comeback in Debt-Stricken Greece

Foreign investors are reported to be returning to Greece as a result of the reduced labor costs, declining real estate prices, and the available industrial properties.

World | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:17

Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Kills at Least 19 Tourists

At least 19 tourists have been killed in a hot air balloon crash near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, according to international media.

World | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:21

Italy Faces Deadlock in Election Aftermath

Italy's parliamentary elections have ended in a political deadlock, as no party has achieved a clear majority in Parliament.

World | February 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:23
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