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ARCHIVE - 6 March 2013

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Business

Fees for Registration of Holding, Consortium in Bulgaria Dropped
Hotel Novotel Sofia Opens to Guests March 21
Outgoing Bulgaria Govt Grants 35-Concession on Plovdiv Railway Station
Bulgaria's Economy Sees Minimal Growth in 2012
Bulgarian Solar Energy Producers Demand High-Profile Resignations
Bulgaria Energy Holding to Tap Markets, Seek Syndicated Loan
Bulgaria's Energy Diversification Projects Unaffected by Political Situation – Outgoing Deputy Minister
Bulgaria Revokes Proposal for Nationalization of Power Distributors

Politics

US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries to Open 'Discover US'
EU: No Consensus on Letting Bulgaria, Romania into Schengen
Bulgaria to Lose EUR 81 M in EU Rural Development Funding
UK Says Bulgaria, Romania 'Weren't Ready' to Join EU
Finland Too Snubs Bulgaria's Schengen Bid
EU Marks 70th Anniversary of Bulgarian Jews WW II Rescue
President Vows Bulgaria Will Keep Up Fiscal Stability
Bulgarian President Complains All Potential Caretaker PMs Come under Fire
Embattled Varna Mayor Resigns
Bulgaria's Outgoing Cabinet Holds Last Meeting

Society

Bulgaria's 'Jan Palach' Had a Mission – PM
International Women's Club Sofia Raises BGN 300 000 for Charity in 2013
Bulgarian MPs Fail to Address Rallying Citizens Demands
Thousands Bid Farewell to Bulgarian Protest Symbol
Protesting Bulgarians Threaten Blockades, Civil Unrest
3 Children Die in Trailer Fire in Bulgaria
Bulgaria Mourns Its 'Jan Palach'
Outgoing Govt Allocates BGN 4 M for Completion of 'Bulgarian Louvre'
IKEA Says No Tainted Cakes Found in Bulgaria
IKEA Withdraws Almond Cakes from Bulgaria, 22 Other Countries

Crime

2 Men Arrested for Murder of Young Woman in Sofia
Bulgarian 'Octopus' Blames Rulers for Abduction of Cocaine King's Daughter
20-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Sofia

World

Kate: 'Thank You, I will Take That for My D...'
EU Slaps EUR 561 M Fine on Microsoft over Web Browser
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Succumbs to Cancer

Novinite Insider

L'Oreal Adria-Balkan General Manager Brigitte Streller: We Changed Bulgaria's Science Face
The Government's Use of Dead People for PR in Bulgaria

Business

Fees for Registration of Holding, Consortium in Bulgaria Dropped

Bulgaria's outgoing government has dropped or substantially reduced fees collected by the Registry Agency.

Business | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 17:34

Hotel Novotel Sofia Opens to Guests March 21

The first Novotel Sofia, a high-class accommodation and office venue, will officially open its doors to guests on March 21.

Business | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 16:20

Outgoing Bulgaria Govt Grants 35-Concession on Plovdiv Railway Station

Bulgaria's outgoing government has awarded a 35-year concession on the Central Railway Station in the southern city of Plovdiv to the DZZD Zhelezopatna Gara Plovdiv consortium (DZZD Plovdiv Railway Station).

Business | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 13:26

Bulgaria's Economy Sees Minimal Growth in 2012

Bulgaria's economy grew by 0.8% in 2012, according to data released by the country's National Statistical Institute on Wednesday.

Business » Finance | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 14:41

Bulgarian Solar Energy Producers Demand High-Profile Resignations

The Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association, a NGO uniting solar energy producers, has demanded the resignations of the directors of the state-owned electricity companies over "serious problems in the management of the energy system".

Business » Energy | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 17:16

Bulgaria Energy Holding to Tap Markets, Seek Syndicated Loan

Bulgaria's state energy holding company, which groups the country's top energy assets, plans to launch within days a procedure for tapping international markets.

Business » Energy | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 15:45

Bulgaria's Energy Diversification Projects Unaffected by Political Situation – Outgoing Deputy Minister

As regards energy independence, Bulgaria has focused efforts on domestic gas production, gas grid interconnections with neighboring countries, and gas supply diversification, according to Evgenia Haritonova, outgoing Deputy Economy and Energy Minister.

Business » Energy | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 15:06

Bulgaria Revokes Proposal for Nationalization of Power Distributors

Bulgaria's Parliament has revoked the proposal of nationalist party Ataka for a mandatory suspension of the licenses of the three power distributors operating in the country, CEZ, EVN, Energo-Pro and their nationalization.

Business » Energy | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 11:59

Politics

US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries to Open 'Discover US'

The US Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria will host the Discover US Expo on March 7, 2013 to promote travel, tourism, and educational opportunities in the United States.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 20:03

EU: No Consensus on Letting Bulgaria, Romania into Schengen

The European Union has dashed the hopes of Bulgaria and Romania to join passport-free zone, saying there is no consensus on letting them in.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 21:04

Bulgaria to Lose EUR 81 M in EU Rural Development Funding

Bulgaria may lose another EUR 81 M under the EU Rural Development Program, according to sources close to the matter.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 18:02

UK Says Bulgaria, Romania 'Weren't Ready' to Join EU

The UK House of Lords' EU Committee has stated that Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU "before they were ready" in 2007.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 11:44

Finland Too Snubs Bulgaria's Schengen Bid

Finland has officially announced it is joining the EU Member States that oppose Bulgaria's and Romania's Schengen accession.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 11:15

EU Marks 70th Anniversary of Bulgarian Jews WW II Rescue

President, Rosen Plevneliev, is in Brussels Wednesday for the official ceremony dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the rescue of Bulgarian Jews from Nazi concentration camps.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 10:28

President Vows Bulgaria Will Keep Up Fiscal Stability

Bulgaria will preserve its fiscal stability in the next two years even after street protests brought down the Borisov Cabinet, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev stated on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 20:25

Bulgarian President Complains All Potential Caretaker PMs Come under Fire

All of Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev's potential candidates for caretaker PM keep getting shot down by public criticism, Plevneliev himself has complained.

Politics » Domestic | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 18:37

Embattled Varna Mayor Resigns

Embattled Varna Mayor, Kiril Yordanov, finally announced Wednesday he was resigning from the post he held for a number of years.

Politics » Domestic | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 12:57

Bulgaria's Outgoing Cabinet Holds Last Meeting

The outgoing cabinet of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party GERB is holding Wednesday its very last meeting.

Politics » Domestic | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 09:12

Society

Bulgaria's 'Jan Palach' Had a Mission – PM

Bulgaria's prime minister has gone to great lengths to defend his decision to declare a day of national mourning after a young political protester, who set himself on fire, died.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 17:24

International Women's Club Sofia Raises BGN 300 000 for Charity in 2013

The International Women's Club in the Bulgarian capital Sofia has launched a campaign for allocating charity funding for 2013, the NGO announced.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 16:11

Bulgarian MPs Fail to Address Rallying Citizens Demands

Bulgarian Members of the Parliament refused Wednesday to deal with amendments to the Election Code, triggering outrage among people who have staged large-scale protest rallies in the country for weeks now.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 14:09

Thousands Bid Farewell to Bulgarian Protest Symbol

Thousands of people have gathered in the Bulgarian city of Varna to bid farewell to Plamen Goranov, the man who passed away Sunday after setting himself on fire as a sign of protest against the city's corrupt authorities

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 13:08

Protesting Bulgarians Threaten Blockades, Civil Unrest

Bulgarians, disgruntled and outraged by poverty, stagnation and corruption reigning in the country, are preparing a blockade of the building of the Parliament.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 12:05

3 Children Die in Trailer Fire in Bulgaria

Three children have perished in a house fire in the Roma quarter of the northwestern Bulgarian Danube city of Vidin.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 09:50

Bulgaria Mourns Its 'Jan Palach'

Wednesday, March 6, is a day of national mourning in Bulgaria in commemoration of Varna man, Plamen Goranov, who passed away Sunday after setting himself on fire.

Society | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 08:13

Outgoing Govt Allocates BGN 4 M for Completion of 'Bulgarian Louvre'

Bulgaria's outgoing government has allocated an extra BGN 4 M for the completion of the project for the Sofia-based National Museum Complex also known as the "Bulgarian Louvre.

Society » Culture | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 16:03

IKEA Says No Tainted Cakes Found in Bulgaria

No batches of chocolate almond cake containing faecal bacteria have been discovered in IKEA's Bulgarian store, IKEA House Market Bulgaria has declared in a statement.

Society » Health | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 15:43

IKEA Withdraws Almond Cakes from Bulgaria, 22 Other Countries

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has withdrawn chocolate almond cake sold in its stores in 23 countries, including Bulgaria, after it was found to contain sewage bacteria.

Society » Health | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 13:50

Crime

2 Men Arrested for Murder of Young Woman in Sofia

Two men have been arrested for the murder of a 20-year-old woman in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, according to police.

Crime | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 17:47

Bulgarian 'Octopus' Blames Rulers for Abduction of Cocaine King's Daughter

Controversial Bulgarian businessman Aleksei Petrov has blamed Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for the abduction of drug kingpin Evelin Banev's 10-year-old daughter.

Crime | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 12:25

20-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in Sofia

The dead body of a 20-year-old woman has been discovered in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, according to local police authorities.

Crime | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 11:11

World

Kate: 'Thank You, I will Take That for My D...'

British newspapers are abuzz with speculation that Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine is expecting a girl after a member of the public reported hearing what seemed to be a hint that a daughter is on the way.

World | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 18:14

EU Slaps EUR 561 M Fine on Microsoft over Web Browser

Microsoft has been fined EUR 561 M for failing to promote a range of web browsers, rather than just Internet Explorer program, to users in the European Union (EU).

World | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 14:37

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez Succumbs to Cancer

Venezuela's long-ruling President Hugo Chavez has lost his battle with cancer and has passed away at the age of 58.

World | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 08:42

Novinite Insider

L'Oreal Adria-Balkan General Manager Brigitte Streller: We Changed Bulgaria's Science Face

Brigitte Streller is General Manager L'Oreal Adria + L'Oreal Balkan and has been a part of cosmetics giant L'Oreal for more than 20 years, her entire career related to the company.

Novinite Insider » Interview | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 09:17

The Government's Use of Dead People for PR in Bulgaria

When 36-year-old Bulgarian Plamen Goranov set himself on fire amid massive protests against the rampant corruption and desperate poverty in the country last month, local authorities employed a familiar PR tactic.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | March 6, 2013, Wednesday // 12:45
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