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ARCHIVE - 18 March 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Reopens 7-Year EUR-Denominated Bonds Sale
New Bulgarian PM Still Elusive about Budget Health
Bulgarian Oligarch Moves to Swallow MKB Unionbank
Dobrev Regrets Late Find of 'American' TPPs Breaches
Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok Mines Curb Capacity over Low Power Consumption, Exports
Sofia Hotels Changing Hands No Sign of Crisis, on the Contrary - Expert

Politics

Bulgarian President to Attend New Pope's Inauguration
No Injured Bulgarian Rangers in Afghanistan Rocket Attack
New Bulgarian PM Meets Bulgaria's EU Commissioner
Bulgaria Calls for Increasing Coupled Support at EU Farm Council Meeting
Bulgaria's Socialists Flood Prosecution with Signals about Former Cabinet
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt to Abolish Bank Charges on Treasury Payments
Bulgarian Turks Debate Situation with Caretaker PM
Bulgaria Election Authority Glitch Messes Electoral Hurdle
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Appointed through Unconstitutional Decree - Nationalist Leader
Bulgarian Rightist Leader Demands Reshuffle at Police Departments to Ensure Fair Elections
Turkish-Bulgarian Liberal Leader Worried about Fair Vote
Bulgarian Pollsters Give Slight Lead to GERB against Socialists

Society

Sofia Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 3 in Critical Condition
Neda Peliteva Appointed as New Chief Editor of Novinite
Bulgarian Orthodox Church Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Code Yellow Declared over Bulgaria Due to High Winds
Danube Reaches Critically High Level in Bulgaria
Emergency Situation in Central Bulgaria's Gabrovo Continues
Bulgarian ER Workers Call for Reintroduction of Emergency Number 150

Crime

Experimental Reenactment of Burgas Bus Bombing Scheduled for April 26

Novinite Insider

George Veltchev: Calls for Reinstating Deputy Minister of Tourism - Bully Tactics, Disservice to Bulgarian Tourism

Business

Bulgaria Reopens 7-Year EUR-Denominated Bonds Sale

Bulgaria's Ministry of Finance has reopened for the third time Monday the sale of 7-year EUR denominated sovereign bonds.

Business » Finance | March 18, 2013, Monday // 19:12

New Bulgarian PM Still Elusive about Budget Health

Caretaker Bulgarian PM Marin Raykov has yet again refrained from giving details about the status of Bulgaria's state budget amid fears that it might be in a less than balanced condition following the political crisis in the country.

Business » Finance | March 18, 2013, Monday // 16:41

Bulgarian Oligarch Moves to Swallow MKB Unionbank

Bulgarian First Investment Bank, known to be controlled by controversial businessman Tseko Minev, is the sole bidder for the sale of Bulgarian MKB Unionbank.

Business » Finance | March 18, 2013, Monday // 15:28

Dobrev Regrets Late Find of 'American' TPPs Breaches

Former Economy and Energy Minister, Delyan Dobrev, admitted being at fault for discovering way too late the "strange collaterals" in the contracts for long-term purchase of electric power from the so-called "American" Thermal Power Plants.

Business » Energy | March 18, 2013, Monday // 12:04

Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok Mines Curb Capacity over Low Power Consumption, Exports

Starting Monday, workers at Bulgaria's state-owned Maritsa Iztok Mines will switch to a two-shift regime from a four-shift regime due to the shrinking coal demand of the thermal power plants in the Maritsa Iztok Complex.

Business » Energy | March 18, 2013, Monday // 11:05

Sofia Hotels Changing Hands No Sign of Crisis, on the Contrary - Expert

The recent developments on the hotel market in Sofia – some exchanging hands, others still up for sale - are no sign of crisis, on the contrary, according to George Veltchev, Bulgarian businessman, investment banker and long-standing investor in tourism.

Business » Properties | March 18, 2013, Monday // 11:22

Politics

Bulgarian President to Attend New Pope's Inauguration

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, will attend the mass for the official inauguration of Pope Francis, the Head of State's press office informed.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 18, 2013, Monday // 08:09

No Injured Bulgarian Rangers in Afghanistan Rocket Attack

The Kandahar airport where Bulgarian NATO contingent is stationed has been under rocket fire, the Bulgarian caretaker Defense Minister, Todor Tagarev, announced Monday.

Politics » Defense | March 18, 2013, Monday // 10:12

New Bulgarian PM Meets Bulgaria's EU Commissioner

Caretaker Bulgarian PM Marin Raykov met Monday EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner, Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 18, 2013, Monday // 18:50

Bulgaria Calls for Increasing Coupled Support at EU Farm Council Meeting

Ivan Stankov, Bulgaria's caretaker Agriculture and Food Minister, has presented the country's stance on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) at a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 18, 2013, Monday // 17:15

Bulgaria's Socialists Flood Prosecution with Signals about Former Cabinet

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has filed 21 investigation requests with Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, most of which have to do with the work of Bulgaria's previous cabinet led by center-right GERB party chair Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | March 18, 2013, Monday // 20:45

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt to Abolish Bank Charges on Treasury Payments

Banks will no longer charge fees on payments to Bulgaria's treasury, according to Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.

Politics » Domestic | March 18, 2013, Monday // 11:53

Bulgarian Turks Debate Situation with Caretaker PM

The leadership of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS, is holding a meeting Monday with caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov.

Politics » Domestic | March 18, 2013, Monday // 10:58

Bulgaria Election Authority Glitch Messes Electoral Hurdle

An inconsistency in rule-formulation by Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission has in effect lowered the election threshold of 4%, warned activists Monday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 18, 2013, Monday // 19:47

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Appointed through Unconstitutional Decree - Nationalist Leader

Volen Siderov, leader of Bulgarian nationalist party Ataka, has accused President Rosen Plevneliev of issuing an unconstitutional decree for the appointment of a caretaker government.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 18, 2013, Monday // 15:38

Bulgarian Rightist Leader Demands Reshuffle at Police Departments to Ensure Fair Elections

Ivan Kostov, leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), has called for a reshuffle at regional police departments to make sure that protection for vote buying schemes has been removed.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 18, 2013, Monday // 14:55

Turkish-Bulgarian Liberal Leader Worried about Fair Vote

Bulgarian liberal Movement for Rights of Freedoms chair Lyutvi Mestan has revoiced his concerns about the fairness of upcoming snap elections after meeting caretaker PM Marin Raykov Monday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 18, 2013, Monday // 14:38

Bulgarian Pollsters Give Slight Lead to GERB against Socialists

The centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, has a slight lead against the opposition left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, according to recent polls.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 18, 2013, Monday // 11:33

Society

Sofia Shooting Leaves 2 Dead, 3 in Critical Condition

Two persons are dead and three have been gravely wounded during a shooting that probably resulted from a quarrel amongst neighbors in Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Society | March 18, 2013, Monday // 19:32

Neda Peliteva Appointed as New Chief Editor of Novinite

Famed Bulgarian journalist Neda Peliteva - recent chief editor of the Klassa daily - has been appointed at the helm of Bulgaria's independent online news agency Novinite.

Society | March 18, 2013, Monday // 17:33

Bulgarian Orthodox Church Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has been nominated by MP, Lachezar Toshev, for the 2013 Noble Peace Prize.

Society | March 18, 2013, Monday // 09:08

Code Yellow Declared over Bulgaria Due to High Winds

Code yellow for potentially dangerous weather has been declared over the entire territory of Bulgaria Tuesday due to expected strong winds.

Society » Environment | March 18, 2013, Monday // 18:36

Danube Reaches Critically High Level in Bulgaria

The level of the Danube River in the Bulgarian stretch has reached critically high levels Monday morning, stated Bulgaria's Ministry of Environment.

Society » Environment | March 18, 2013, Monday // 09:38

Emergency Situation in Central Bulgaria's Gabrovo Continues

The emergency situation in the central Bulgarian municipality of Gabrovo has not been lifted as expected Monday

Society » Environment | March 18, 2013, Monday // 08:37

Bulgarian ER Workers Call for Reintroduction of Emergency Number 150

Bulgarian emergency care workers have called for the reintroduction of the emergency phone number for medical services 150.

Society » Health | March 18, 2013, Monday // 14:09

Crime

Experimental Reenactment of Burgas Bus Bombing Scheduled for April 26

The reenactment of the Burgas bus bombing, which killed a total of 7 and wounded 35 at the Sarafovo airport in the Bulgarian Black Sea city in August 2012, will take place on April 26, according to investigating magistrate Georgi Iliev.

Crime | March 18, 2013, Monday // 12:50

Novinite Insider

George Veltchev: Calls for Reinstating Deputy Minister of Tourism - Bully Tactics, Disservice to Bulgarian Tourism

George Veltchev is a Bulgarian businessman, investment banker and long-standing investor in Bulgarian tourism.

Novinite Insider » Interview | March 18, 2013, Monday // 10:40
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