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Business

Bulgaria's State IT Company Turns Sole Ballot Counter Bidder
Labor Cost in Bulgaria Is EU's Drastically Lowest - Survey
Bulgarian Govt Mulls Restructuring Its Private Bank Deposits
Gas Prices in Bulgaria to Remain Unchanged by end-2013
Bulgaria's Energy Minister Recommends Disconnecting Noncompliant Renewable Energy Plants
Bulgarian Cabinet to Unveil Plans for Enegry Sector Reform
Bulgaria Named World's 6th Cheapest Holiday Destination

Politics

EC: Poverty Level in Bulgaria Is Alarming
Bulgaria to Seek EU Funding for Rose Production, Tobacco Growing
Bulgaria with EU's Lowest Marriage Rate
EC: Croatia Ready to Join EU
MEPs Urge EC to Take Stance on Grid Access Fee for Green Energy Producers in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's GERB Denies Covering up for Ex AgriMin
Ex Bulgarian AgriMin: Scandalous Agri Fund CEO Framed Me
Charged Bulgaria Ax Agri Min: Socialists Pressured Prosecution to Frame Me
Bulgarian Ex Commissioner Party Registers for Election Bid
Bulgarian Socialists Part with Old-timers for Election Sake
Charged Ex Bulgarian AgriMin Gives up GERB Election Bid
Bulgarian Nationalist Refutes Possibility of Bonding with Former Rulers
Bulgarian Populist Leader: 2 Caretaker Mins Are Problematic
Former Bulgaria Interior Min, GERB Strongman Could Resign

Society

Sofia University 'Closes Doors' for 'Stoichkov's' Movement
Rights Activists: Rule of Law Basics under Threat in Bulgaria
Banned Bob Sinclar Live Show Stirs Controversy in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Varna Sees Worrying Surge in Suicides

Sports

Celtic Said to Eye Bulgarian Winger
Bulgaria's Manolev Fit for Denmark Clash
Bulgaria's Dimitrov Falls Short of Upsetting Murray

Crime

Sofia Prosecutors Press Charges against Ex Agriculture Minister
Varna's Main Courthouse Closed over Bomb Threat

World

Berezovsky Likely to Be Buried in Russia - Report
Cyprus Banks Ordered to Stay Closed Until Thursday
North Korean Army Ready to 'Strike US Pacific Bases, Mainland'
Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent with Hanging' - Police

Novinite Insider

'Too Much' Freedom

Business

Bulgaria's State IT Company Turns Sole Ballot Counter Bidder

Bulgaria's State-owned IT company Information Services is the only one to officially submit with the Central Electoral Commission, CEC, a bid for counting the ballots in the early elections.

Business | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 19:57

Labor Cost in Bulgaria Is EU's Drastically Lowest - Survey

The cost of labor in Bulgaria is by far the lowest among the European Union's 27 member states, according to data by the German Federal Statistical Office released Tuesday.

Business | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:53

Bulgarian Govt Mulls Restructuring Its Private Bank Deposits

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has issued an order to establish a work group to create rules for transparency in the selection of a particular bank for depositing monies of State companies.

Business » Finance | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 18:16

Gas Prices in Bulgaria to Remain Unchanged by end-2013

No major fluctuations in gas prices for end consumers are expected by the end of the year, according to Dimitar Gogov, CEO of Bulgaria's state-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz.

Business » Energy | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:56

Bulgaria's Energy Minister Recommends Disconnecting Noncompliant Renewable Energy Plants

Asen Vasilev, Bulgaria's caretaker Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, has proposed that renewable energy installations without certificates should be temporarily disconnected from the country's power grid.

Business » Energy | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:44

Bulgarian Cabinet to Unveil Plans for Enegry Sector Reform

Bulgarian Minister of Economy and Energy Asen Vasilev is expected to reveal Tuesday the reform measures that the caretaker cabinet is to implement for Bulgaria's energy sector.

Business » Energy | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:55

Bulgaria Named World's 6th Cheapest Holiday Destination

Bulgarian resort costs are the sixth cheapest among the world's most popular tourist destinations, according to the new Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer.

Business » Tourism | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:31

Politics

EC: Poverty Level in Bulgaria Is Alarming

The European Commission has defined poverty levels and increasing social unrest in Bulgaria as alarming.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:00

Bulgaria to Seek EU Funding for Rose Production, Tobacco Growing

Caretaker Agriculture Minister Ivan Stankov has said that Bulgaria will seek EU funding for developing rose production and tobacco growing at the meeting of Member States' ministers of fisheries and agriculture in Luxembourg.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:27

Bulgaria with EU's Lowest Marriage Rate

Bulgaria has the lowest marriage rate among all EU member states – merely 2.9 marriages per 1000 persons, according to Eurostat's latest data.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:46

EC: Croatia Ready to Join EU

The European Commission has declared that Croatia is prepared to join the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:16

MEPs Urge EC to Take Stance on Grid Access Fee for Green Energy Producers in Bulgaria

Six MEPs have sent a letter to EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger to express their concern over the growing practice of creating obstructions before the development of renewable energy in the EU.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 13:48

Bulgaria's GERB Denies Covering up for Ex AgriMin

The Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, has firmly rejected claims they have been providing political cover-up for former Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov.

Politics » Domestic | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:38

Ex Bulgarian AgriMin: Scandalous Agri Fund CEO Framed Me

Former Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov insists he has been charged in a case that "simmered" in the prosecution's office for three and half years in awaiting the most favorable moment to attack him.

Politics » Domestic | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 17:08

Charged Bulgaria Ax Agri Min: Socialists Pressured Prosecution to Frame Me

The Bulgarian Socialist Party has pressured the prosecution to act against him, claimed Tuesday former Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov.

Politics » Domestic | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:56

Bulgarian Ex Commissioner Party Registers for Election Bid

The Bulgaria for Citizens party, led by former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, has registered Tuesday to run at the May 12 snap general election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 19:33

Bulgarian Socialists Part with Old-timers for Election Sake

The National Council of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, is discussing Tuesday behind closed doors their ballots for the snap May 12 general election.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 18:57

Charged Ex Bulgarian AgriMin Gives up GERB Election Bid

Former Minister of Agriculture Miroslav Naydenov has decided to not run on the election ballot of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 16:25

Bulgarian Nationalist Refutes Possibility of Bonding with Former Rulers

Bulgarian nationalist Ataka party leader Volen Siderov has denied any possibility that his party could form a coalition with former ruling GERB party after early elections May 12.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:31

Bulgarian Populist Leader: 2 Caretaker Mins Are Problematic

There are discrepancies the tax reports and citizenship statuses of two members of Bulgaria's caretaker cabinet, alleged Bulgarian Order, Law and Justice party leader Yane Yanev Tuesday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 14:21

Former Bulgaria Interior Min, GERB Strongman Could Resign

Bulgarian former Minister of Interior and GERB party vice-chair Tsvatan Tsvetanov has said he is ready to withdraw from politics if journalists have been spied upon during his term as minister.

Politics » Elections 2013 | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:08

Society

Sofia University 'Closes Doors' for 'Stoichkov's' Movement

The Sofia University, Bulgaria's oldest and most prestigious college, has "closed its doors" for students from the "Eagles' Bridge" movement, who elected last week legendary football player Hristo Stoichkov as their patron.

Society | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 20:53

Rights Activists: Rule of Law Basics under Threat in Bulgaria

The very foundations of rule of law in Bulgaria have to be defended on a daily basis, is the leading diagnosis of Bulgarian rights NGO the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's yearly report.

Society | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:09

Banned Bob Sinclar Live Show Stirs Controversy in Bulgaria

The local promoter of a Bob Sinclar show in Bulgaria has announced it is taking legal action, after Pirin National Park authorities suspended the live set planned to take place within the protected area.

Society | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 11:28

Bulgaria's Varna Sees Worrying Surge in Suicides

At least 13 people have committed suicide in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna since the beginning of 2013, according to local media outlets.

Society » Health | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 13:25

Sports

Celtic Said to Eye Bulgarian Winger

Scottish giants Celtic are said to be in the hunt for GBP 3 M-rated Bulgaria international winger Aleksandar Tonev.

Sports | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 12:40

Bulgaria's Manolev Fit for Denmark Clash

One of Bulgaria's key players, Stanislav Manolev, has been declared fit ahead of his team's crucial World Cup qualifier against Denmark on Tuesday.

Sports | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:20

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Falls Short of Upsetting Murray

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov failed to defeat world number 3 Andy Murray in the third round of the Miami Masters tournament, as he lost 6:7(3:7), 3:6, despite nearly winning the first set.

Sports | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 08:07

Crime

Sofia Prosecutors Press Charges against Ex Agriculture Minister

The specialized unit for countering abuse of EU funds at the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office has pressed charges against former Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

Crime | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 15:35

Varna's Main Courthouse Closed over Bomb Threat

The main courthouse in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna was closed early on Tuesday after an anonymous bomb threat.

Crime | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:58

World

Berezovsky Likely to Be Buried in Russia - Report

Late Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky is likely to be buried in his home country, according to media report.

World | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 11:47

Cyprus Banks Ordered to Stay Closed Until Thursday

All Cypriot banks will remain closed until Thursday, the country's central bank has announced.

World | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:47

North Korean Army Ready to 'Strike US Pacific Bases, Mainland'

North Korea's army, inculding strategic missiles, have been put in combat ready status Tuesday, following an unprecedented rise of tensions with South Korea and the US.

World | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 09:26

Berezovsky's Death 'Consistent with Hanging' - Police

A post-mortem examination has found Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky's death was "consistent with hanging", police have said.

World | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 08:40

Novinite Insider

'Too Much' Freedom

Notorious Bulgarian banker Tsvetan Vassilev (Corporate Commercial Bank, CCB) stunned many in the country with a rare interview.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | March 26, 2013, Tuesday // 10:54
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