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ARCHIVE - 13 March 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Ex-FinMin: We Did What We Could
Bulgaria's Caretaker Economy Minister Seeks International Audit in Energy Sector
Power Distributor CEZ Appoints Energy Ombudsman in Bulgaria
Bulgaria Sees EU's Largest Annual Industrial Production Increase January 2013

Politics

Bulgaria to Lose 1 European Parliament Seat in 2014
Commissioner Georgieva Vows Support for Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt
Bulgaria's Caretaker Transport Minister Vows Smooth Transition to Early Elections
Bulgaria's Caretaker Interior Minister Pledges Fair Elections
Bulgarian President Adjourns Parliament
Former Bulgarian PM to Successors: Don't Pay Attention to Opposition!
Bulgaria's Caretaker PM Heaps Praise on Macho Predecessor
Bulgaria President Officially Installs Caretaker Govt
Barroso Congratulates Bulgaria's Caretaker Prime Minister
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Comes into Office

Society

Doctors Fight for Life of Sofia Self-Immolator
Man Sets Himself Ablaze in Front of Bulgarian Presidency
Bulgarians Stranded at Paris Beauvais Airport Back Home
Bulgaria's Caretaker Culture Minister to Restore Meaning of Dignity, Honor
2 Bulgarian Firms Fined over Mislabeled Horsemeat

Crime

Bulgarian Appellate Court Upholds 3-Year Jail Term for Yambol Mayor
Sofia Appellate Court Issues Partial Acquittals for 4 'Impudent' Kidnappers
Sofia Prosecuting Authority Initiates Proceedings over Beating of Dogan's Attacker

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Caretaker Promises Spell of Stability before Uncertainty Descends Again
WSJ: Bulgaria Gets Interim Government
Euronews: Bulgaria Finally Gets New Prime Minister

World

Pope Francis I Greets Followers
Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Pope
White Smoke Rises as Cardinals Elect New Pope
Latest Pope Vote Yields Black Smoke
Papal Conclave to Resume in Rome, First Day Inconclusive

Business

Bulgaria's Ex-FinMin: We Did What We Could

Bulgaria's former Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has expressed his regret that his government could not increase the nation's incomes.

Business » Finance | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:08

Bulgaria's Caretaker Economy Minister Seeks International Audit in Energy Sector

Asen Vasilev, appointed Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism in Bulgaria's caretaker government, has suggested that it is unrealistic to assume that the problems in the energy sector could be resolved during a term in office of only 60 days.

Business » Energy | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 16:39

Power Distributor CEZ Appoints Energy Ombudsman in Bulgaria

Starting Tuesday, power distributor CEZ, which supplies electricity to consumers in Sofia and northwestern Bulgaria, offers the services of the first energy ombudsman – Radoslav Dimitrov.

Business » Energy | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 09:02

Bulgaria Sees EU's Largest Annual Industrial Production Increase January 2013

Bulgaria's industrial production increased by 8.0% in January 2013 compared with January 2012, according to Eurostat.

Business » Industry | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 13:19

Politics

Bulgaria to Lose 1 European Parliament Seat in 2014

Bulgaria will lose one European Parliament seat in 2014, it has been made clear.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:45

Commissioner Georgieva Vows Support for Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt

Bulgarian European Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has declared that European institution will support her home country's newly appointed caretaker government.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 12:45

Bulgaria's Caretaker Transport Minister Vows Smooth Transition to Early Elections

Kristiyan Krastev, appointed Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications in Bulgaria's caretaker government, has argued that his main goal will be to ensure a smooth transition to the early elections.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 17:44

Bulgaria's Caretaker Interior Minister Pledges Fair Elections

Petya Parvanova, Bulgaria's newly appointed caretaker Interior Minister has declared that the upcoming snap elections in the country in a fair and transparent manner.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 16:28

Bulgarian President Adjourns Parliament

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has issued a decree that will officially adjourn the country's Parliament as of March 15.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 11:33

Former Bulgarian PM to Successors: Don't Pay Attention to Opposition!

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov shared some words of advice with the caretaker Cabinet that succeeded him on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 11:13

Bulgaria's Caretaker PM Heaps Praise on Macho Predecessor

Bulgaria's caretaker prime minister Marin Raykov has assessed highly the decision of his predecessor to return power to the people.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 10:47

Bulgaria President Officially Installs Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev has issued a decree for the appointment of a caretaker government, headed by Marin Raykov, it was announced on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 10:19

Barroso Congratulates Bulgaria's Caretaker Prime Minister

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, has congratulated Marin Raykov, who was appointed head of Bulgaria's caretaker government on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 08:34

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Comes into Office

Bulgaria's caretaker cabinet, which was announced by the president on Tuesday, following weeks without a government, will officially come into office on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 08:09

Society

Doctors Fight for Life of Sofia Self-Immolator

Doctors are fighting for the life of the man who set himself on fire in front of the Presidency building in downtown Sofia on Wednesday.

Society | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:47

Man Sets Himself Ablaze in Front of Bulgarian Presidency

A 50-year-old man has set himself on fire in front of the Presidency building in downtown Sofia, local news agencies report.

Society | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 14:10

Bulgarians Stranded at Paris Beauvais Airport Back Home

A group of Bulgarians. who were stranded overnight at the Beauvais Airport in the French capital Paris on Monday, landed back in Sofia late on Tuesday.

Society | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 09:55

Bulgaria's Caretaker Culture Minister to Restore Meaning of Dignity, Honor

Outgoing Bulgarian Culture Minister Vezhdi Rashidov has passed the baton to his successor, Vladimir Penev.

Society » Culture | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 15:32

2 Bulgarian Firms Fined over Mislabeled Horsemeat

Two Bulgarian food producers have been fined after lab tests revealed that their "beef" products contain horsemeat, local food safety authorities announced Wednesday.

Society » Health | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 12:06

Crime

Bulgarian Appellate Court Upholds 3-Year Jail Term for Yambol Mayor

The Burgas Appellate Court has upheld the prison term of 3 years and 8 months of Georgi Slavov, Mayor of the southeastern city of Yambol, over Public Procurement Act violations.

Crime | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 20:23

Sofia Appellate Court Issues Partial Acquittals for 4 'Impudent' Kidnappers

The Sofia Appellate Court (SAC) has partially acquitted four members of "the Imudent" gang specialized in high-profile abductions.

Crime | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 19:36

Sofia Prosecuting Authority Initiates Proceedings over Beating of Dogan's Attacker

The Sofia Regional Prosecutor's Office has initiated pre-trial proceedings against an unknown perpetrator over the beating of Oktay Enimehmedov by delegates of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).

Crime | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 18:51

Views on BG

Bulgaria's Caretaker Promises Spell of Stability before Uncertainty Descends Again

A caretaker government in Sofia will do its utmost to steady the tiller before May's snap elections, following several weeks of street protests that toppled the previous administration and plunged Bulgaria into political uncertainty.

Views on BG | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 13:29

WSJ: Bulgaria Gets Interim Government

Bulgaria's president on Tuesday picked a career diplomat to lead an interim administration tasked with safeguarding political and financial stability after the center-right government quit last month amid swelling protests against austerity and corruption

Views on BG | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 09:23

Euronews: Bulgaria Finally Gets New Prime Minister

After weeks without a government Bulgaria's president has named career diplomat and former foreign minister Marin Raykov as prime minister.

Views on BG | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 07:09

World

Pope Francis I Greets Followers

The new pontiff, Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, emerged Wednesday evening on to the balcony of St Peter's Basilica to address the thousands in the square.

World | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 21:44

Jorge Mario Bergoglio Elected New Pope

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires is the new Pope.

World | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 21:17

White Smoke Rises as Cardinals Elect New Pope

White smoke billowed over the Vatican Wednesday night, indicating that he cardinals elected a new Pope.

World | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 20:29

Latest Pope Vote Yields Black Smoke

Black smoke has issued from the Sistine Chapel in Rome, signalling that the second and third votes in the Papal election have been inconclusive.

World | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 15:26

Papal Conclave to Resume in Rome, First Day Inconclusive

Cardinals are due to begin their second day of deliberations in the Vatican conclave that will elect a new pope, after reaching no decision on Tuesday.

World | March 13, 2013, Wednesday // 06:55