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ARCHIVE - 1 March 2013

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Business

BBC Advertising to Boost Ties with Bulgaria Thanks to New Appointment

BBC Advertising, part of BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, has announced the appointment of Bulgarian Tina Maratilova as Account Executive - Central and South Eastern Europe.

Business | March 1, 2013, Friday // 15:22

OTE Mulls Canceling Sale of Bulgaria's Globul

OTE, Greece's biggest telecoms operator, may halt a planned sale of its Bulgarian unit, Globul, after it successfully refinanced debt, company officials said.

Business | March 1, 2013, Friday // 15:05

Bulgaria Ranked 129 out of 144 by Road Quality

Bulgaria has been ranked 129th by the quality of its roads by the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.

Business | March 1, 2013, Friday // 13:14

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Rules out Nationalization

Bulgaria has some reserve to increase its State debt as a way to boost the economy, according to Bulgaria's EU Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva.

Business | March 1, 2013, Friday // 11:20

Fitch Rates Bulgarian Energy Holding BB+, Stable Outlook

Fitch Ratings has assigned Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (BEH), Bulgaria's largest electric and gas utility company, a long-term foreign currency issuer default rating (IDR) of 'BB+' and long-term local currency IDR of 'BB+' with stable outlooks.

Business » Finance | March 1, 2013, Friday // 16:44

Bulgaria's Outgoing FinMin: I Won't Run for New Term

Bulgaria's finance minster, who was shockingly dismissed last month only to be followed by the resignation of the whole government, has no plans to run for office again.

Business » Finance | March 1, 2013, Friday // 16:37

Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Deems 8% Price Cut Impossible

The possible reduction of electric power prices in Bulgaria will be below the 8% pledged by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, just one day before his sudden decision to resign.

Business » Energy | March 1, 2013, Friday // 10:18

Politics

US Congratulates Bulgaria on Liberation Day Occasion

Secretary of State John Kerry has congratulated Bulgaria on behalf of President Barack Obama and the people of the United States, on the occasion of its national day on March 3.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 1, 2013, Friday // 11:59

Bulgaria's Jan 2013 Unemployment Rate above EU Average

The unemployment rate in Bulgaria has reached 12.4% in January 2013, according to figures published Friday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 1, 2013, Friday // 14:08

Bulgaria with 2.6% Inflation January 2013 Y/Y

In January 2013, Bulgaria has registered an annual inflation of 2.6%, according to figures of Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 1, 2013, Friday // 13:50

Britons Move to Curb Bulgarian, Romanian Influx with Petition

A petition is gathering strength in the UK to stop the "massive imigration" of Bulgarians and Romanians in 2014, when EU restrictions on immigration are relaxed.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 1, 2013, Friday // 11:58

Scandal, Walk-Out Mar Bulgaria President Public Council Talks

Consultations for the establishment of a Public Council at Bulgaria's presidency were brought to an abrupt end after representatives of the protesters walked out.

Politics » Domestic | March 1, 2013, Friday // 15:57

Outgoing Bulgarian PM Vows to Stay Clear of Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has declared that he would not meddle in the formation of a caretaker government.

Politics » Domestic | March 1, 2013, Friday // 11:20

Bulgarian President Delays Giving Mandate to Ethnic Turks

Bulgaria's President, Rosen Plevneliev, has postponed for March 5 giving the mandate to the ethnic Turkish party, Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, to form an interim government.

Politics » Domestic | March 1, 2013, Friday // 09:01

Bulgarian President Launches Public Council Consultations

Bulgaria's President, Rosen Plevneliev, is calling Friday consultations for the establishment of a Public Council at his office.

Politics » Domestic | March 1, 2013, Friday // 08:41

Society

Bulgaria Sees Lowest Road Casualty Number since 1963

The number of persons who died in road accidents in Bulgaria in 2012 is the lowest since 1963, announced the Interior Ministry on Friday.

Society | March 1, 2013, Friday // 19:32

Majority of Bulgarians Support Protests - Poll

A large majority of Bulgarians, 76%, support the protest rallies in the country and believe they must continue, according to a recent flash poll of Gallup.

Society | March 1, 2013, Friday // 14:56

Constitutional Court Finally in Place in Bulgaria

After a five-month stalemate, Bulgaria finally has a functioning Constitutional Court.

Society | March 1, 2013, Friday // 09:43

Canon Bulgaria Bestows 'Photo of the Year' Awards

Canon Bulgaria officially announced the results of the "Photo of the year – Bulgaria 2012" contest in the National Art Gallery on Thursday.

Society » Culture | March 1, 2013, Friday // 15:48

Depeche Mode Gig in Sofia Confirmed Despite Election Worries

Depeche Mode fans in Bulgaria have been relieved to learn that the band’s concert in Sofia has been confirmed for May 12, the day on which snap elections will almost certainly take place in the country.

Society » Culture | March 1, 2013, Friday // 13:11

Bulgaria Celebrates Traditional 'Baba Marta' Holiday

Friday sees Bulgaria celebrate one of its most loved traditional holydays - Baba Marta, which is believed to mark the beginning of spring.

Society » Culture | March 1, 2013, Friday // 08:13

No Horsemeat Found in Bulgaria's IKEA Store

No traces of horsemeat have been discovered in the meat products sold by Bulgaria's sole IKEA store in the capital Sofia, according to local food safety authorities.

Society » Health | March 1, 2013, Friday // 17:51

Sports

Bulgaria to Face Japan in Football Friendly

Bulgaria will play Japan in a friendly on May 30 at Toyota Stadium, the Japan Football Association has announced.

Sports | March 1, 2013, Friday // 14:27

Crime

Trial in College Student Murder Re-launched in Bulgaria

The Sofia City Court is holding Friday the first session in the renewed trial for the murder of Stoyan Baltov in Sofia's now-infamous Studentski Grad (College Town) district.

Crime | March 1, 2013, Friday // 12:38

World

Retired Pope Says Goodbye on Twitter

The Vatican has deleted all the tweets of Benedict XVI from its official Twitter account, @pontifex, 12-hours after the Pope resigned.

World | March 1, 2013, Friday // 13:47

Cyprus Ready for New Relationship with Turkey - President

Newly elected Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades has declared that his country is ready for a new era in its relationship with Turkey.

World | March 1, 2013, Friday // 12:37