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ARCHIVE - 11 March 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Privatization Agency Refutes Min on Railways Bid
Bidders Backpedal from Bulgarian Railways Privatization
Exiting Bulgarian FinMin: State Budget Is in Great Shape
Resigned Bulgaria Cabinet Issues Bond Worth EUR 25 M
3 'Infamous' Bulgarian Institutions with Huge Bonuses Budget
Bulgaria's Gas Supplier Proposes 3.22% Decrease in Q2 Prices
Bulgarian Green Energy Producers Hold Urgent Meeting with National Electricity Co

Politics

Top Bulgarian Diplomat Apologizes for Self-Immolator Blunder
Hungary Adopts Controversial Constitution Amendments
Outgoing Bulgarian EU Funds Minister: 65% Absorption Rate by end-2013 Still Realistic
German MPs Snub Interior Minister Hard Stand on Bulgaria
Resigned Bulgarian Ministers Sign Illegal Assets Memorandum
Mafia Pushes to Destabilize Bulgaria amid Political Crisis - Analyst
Bulgaria Parliament Chair: Not Enough Time for Election Code Changes
Rightist Leader: Bulgaria Has Enough Finances, Outgoing Govt Catastrophic
Outgoing Bulgaria PM Accepts Resignation of Deputy Labor Minister
Outgoing Interior Minister: 2 Versions for Abduction of Bulgarian Druglord’s Daughter
Bulgarian Diplomat Tipped for Caretaker PM - Report
Bulgarian Caretaker Govt to Be Revealed March 12

Society

Bulgarian Cathedral to Suffer Blackout after Failed Bid for Bishop's Watch
New Support Rally for Bulgarian 'Harlem Shake' Teacher
Early Spring Breaks New Temperature Records in Bulgaria

Sports

Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia Surprisingly Fires Manager Jesic

Crime

'Radical Islam' Trial Set to Resume in Bulgaria

Business

Bulgaria Privatization Agency Refutes Min on Railways Bid

No bidders have withdrawn from the privatization procedure for the Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) freight unit, stated Bulgarian Privatization Agency head Emil Karanikolov.

Business | March 11, 2013, Monday // 16:37

Bidders Backpedal from Bulgarian Railways Privatization

Companies are withdrawing their bids for privatization of the troubled Bulgarian State Railways company, BDZ Holding, according to outgoing Transport Minister, Ivaylo Moskovski.

Business | March 11, 2013, Monday // 13:00

Exiting Bulgarian FinMin: State Budget Is in Great Shape

Bulgaria's budget balance is better than at the start of term of the exiting GERB cabinet, said Monday outgoing Vice-PM and Minister of Finance Simeon Djankov.

Business » Finance | March 11, 2013, Monday // 19:56

Resigned Bulgaria Cabinet Issues Bond Worth EUR 25 M

The Bulgarian Ministry of Finance has issued BGN 50 M worth of 10.5-year sovereign bonds Monday.

Business » Finance | March 11, 2013, Monday // 19:08

3 'Infamous' Bulgarian Institutions with Huge Bonuses Budget

Three "notorious" Bulgarian institutions have the highest budgets for employees' bonuses or the so-called budgets for additional material incentives.

Business » Finance | March 11, 2013, Monday // 09:50

Bulgaria's Gas Supplier Proposes 3.22% Decrease in Q2 Prices

State-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz has submitted a proposal for a 3.22% decrease in gas prices in Q2, 2013 with Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR).

Business » Energy | March 11, 2013, Monday // 17:06

Bulgarian Green Energy Producers Hold Urgent Meeting with National Electricity Co

Renewable energy producers will hold an urgent meeting Monday with representatives of the National Electric Company (NEK), the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and the Electricity System Operator (ESO), to discuss the extraordinary suspension of thermal pow

Business » Energy | March 11, 2013, Monday // 10:43

Politics

Top Bulgarian Diplomat Apologizes for Self-Immolator Blunder

Outgoing Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, has apologized for confusing the name of the symbol of protests in his country at a Brussels event.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 11, 2013, Monday // 08:38

Hungary Adopts Controversial Constitution Amendments

The parliament of Hungary has adopted constitution amendments set to consolidate even more powers at the hands of the executive, provoking a swift condemnation from European institutions.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 11, 2013, Monday // 20:45

Outgoing Bulgarian EU Funds Minister: 65% Absorption Rate by end-2013 Still Realistic

Outgoing EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev has estimated his performance for the past three years in office as 'very good.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 11, 2013, Monday // 13:53

German MPs Snub Interior Minister Hard Stand on Bulgaria

The hardline position of German Minister of the Interior, Hans-Peter Friedrich, on Bulgaria's and Romania's Schengen accession has been met with opposition even among his own Christian Social Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 11, 2013, Monday // 11:22

Resigned Bulgarian Ministers Sign Illegal Assets Memorandum

Senior Bulgarian government officials have signed a memorandum of cooperation amongst their institutions in implementing Bulgaria's newly adopted Illegal Assets Act.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 19:39

Mafia Pushes to Destabilize Bulgaria amid Political Crisis - Analyst

Bulgarian mafia and oligarchy structures are sabotaging attempts to form a caretaker cabinet, according to political analyst Ognyan Minchev.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 17:31

Bulgaria Parliament Chair: Not Enough Time for Election Code Changes

Bulgarian Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva has said that the current Parliament has too little time and public trust to adopt the Election Code amendments sought by the protesters.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 16:39

Rightist Leader: Bulgaria Has Enough Finances, Outgoing Govt Catastrophic

Bulgarian rightist party Democrats for Strong Bulgaria leader Ivan Kostov has renewed his criticism of outgoing PM Boyko Borisov's cabinet for failing to tackle people's problems.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 16:01

Outgoing Bulgaria PM Accepts Resignation of Deputy Labor Minister

Outgoing Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has accepted the resignation of Valentina Simeonova, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 14:04

Outgoing Interior Minister: 2 Versions for Abduction of Bulgarian Druglord’s Daughter

Outgoing Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has informed that the police are investigating two versions for the abduction of Lara Baneva, daughter of alleged Bulgarian drug lord Evelin Banev AKA Brendo.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 12:18

Bulgarian Diplomat Tipped for Caretaker PM - Report

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, will most likely appoint as caretaker Prime Minister a Bulgarian living and working abroad.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 12:06

Bulgarian Caretaker Govt to Be Revealed March 12

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, surprisingly announced he was going to reveal the names in the caretaker government on Tuesday, instead of Wednesday as it was the earlier deadline.

Politics » Domestic | March 11, 2013, Monday // 08:07

Society

Bulgarian Cathedral to Suffer Blackout after Failed Bid for Bishop's Watch

Power utility EVN is expected to discontinue supply for the Plovdiv St. Marina metropolitan cathedral after the auction metropolitan bishop Nikolay's flashy hand watch fell through.

Society | March 11, 2013, Monday // 17:51

New Support Rally for Bulgarian 'Harlem Shake' Teacher

A new protest will take place in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv against the dismissal of a teacher who lost his job after performing the Harlem Shake dance with his students in the school yard.

Society | March 11, 2013, Monday // 10:30

Early Spring Breaks New Temperature Records in Bulgaria

As snow storms have befallen much of Western Europe, Bulgaria has basked in highs reaching the 20s, with 4 temperature records broken Monday.

Society » Environment | March 11, 2013, Monday // 18:43

Sports

Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia Surprisingly Fires Manager Jesic

Serbian manager Miodrag Jesic has been surprisingly fired from CSKA Sofia after only two months at the top Bulgarian football team's helm.

Sports | March 11, 2013, Monday // 16:42

Crime

'Radical Islam' Trial Set to Resume in Bulgaria

A Bulgarian court is to hold a new hearing Monday in the trial against thirteen religious leaders accused of preaching radical Islam.

Crime | March 11, 2013, Monday // 09:06
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