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ARCHIVE - 7 March 2013

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Business

Sofia Mayor Objects to Alleged Tariff Hike Request by Water Utility
Bulgarian IT Co Telerik Acquires Danish EQUATEC
Plovdiv Municipal Council Chair Reports Progress in Talks for Agrofoodtech Park
Bulgaria's GDP Grows by 0.5% in 2012 Q4 Y/Y
Bulgaria to Get Azeri Gas via Nabucco in end-2018
Bulgarian Unit of Power Distributor Energo-Pro Accused of Abuse of Dominant Position
Bulgaria Yet to Scrap Burgas-Alexandroupolis Pipeline for Good
Bulgaria Denounces Burgas-Alexandroupolis Pipeline Agreement
Bulgaria's Zagorka Brewery Names New General Manager
Google Street View Expands, Enters Bulgaria

Politics

Top Bulgarian Diplomat Confuses Name of Self-Immolator
US Ambassador: Poverty Sent Bulgarians to Streets
Bulgaria's Outgoing Interior Minister Explains Schengen Postponement with Political Situation
Debate on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen Bids Postponed for end-2013
Bulgaria to Seek Schengen Entry 'In the Future'
Israel Urges EU to Blacklist Hezbollah
Bulgaria, Romania Not to Enter Schengen in 2013, Netherlands Says
EU Council Mulls Bulgaria's Schengen Bid
Mayoral Election in Varna Could Be Delayed by 3 Months
Sofia Mayor Reiterates She Won't Become Bulgarian Caretaker PM
Bulgarian EU Commissioner Ruled Out as Interim PM

Society

Students Rise in Defense of Teacher Who Was Axed over Harlem Shake
Varna Square to Be Named 'Flame' in Self-Immolator Memory

Sports

Berbatov, Stoichkov Likely to Join Petrov Charity Game

Crime

Czech Media: CEZ Bulgaria Linked to Powerful Crime Group
Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor: No Crime Wave amidst Turmoil
Bulgarian 'Kingpin's' Daughter Abducted to 'Keep Him Silent'

Views on BG

What a Terrible Time for Europe to Show Bulgaria the Cold Shoulder
Bulgaria Hits out at Being Used as a Scapegoat by Britain

World

Berlusconi Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison in Wiretap Scandal

Business

Sofia Mayor Objects to Alleged Tariff Hike Request by Water Utility

Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova has objected to an alleged request for a 14% tariff increase of water utility Sofiyska Voda.

Business | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 19:41

Bulgarian IT Co Telerik Acquires Danish EQUATEC

Telerik, a Bulgarian end-to-end provider of software development, lifecycle and content management tools and solutions, today announced that it has acquired EQATEC, creators of the cross-platform application analytics solution, EQATEC Analytics.

Business | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:52

Plovdiv Municipal Council Chair Reports Progress in Talks for Agrofoodtech Park

Ilko Nikolov, Chairman of the Municipal Council in Bulgaria's southern city of Plovdiv, has said that the talks for the establishment of an agriculture and food technologies cluster "Agrofoodtech" are progressing well.

Business | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:28

Bulgaria's GDP Grows by 0.5% in 2012 Q4 Y/Y

In the fourth quarter of 2012 Bulgaria's GDP at current prices amounts to BGN 21.085 B (EUR 10.78 B) and EUR 1 478 per person, according to Bulgaria's National Statistical Institute.

Business » Finance | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 18:20

Bulgaria to Get Azeri Gas via Nabucco in end-2018

Bulgaria can expect Azeri gas via the Nabucco West pipeline in end- 2018 or early 2019, according to Christian Dolezal, spokesperson of the Nabucco consortium.

Business » Energy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:40

Bulgarian Unit of Power Distributor Energo-Pro Accused of Abuse of Dominant Position

Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has accused Energo-Pro, the power distributor servicing customers in northeastern Bulgaria, of abuse of dominant position.

Business » Energy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:01

Bulgaria Yet to Scrap Burgas-Alexandroupolis Pipeline for Good

Bulgaria is yet to conclusively abandon the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project, as the country's Parliament postponed the second reading vote on the proposal for next week.

Business » Energy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:58

Bulgaria Denounces Burgas-Alexandroupolis Pipeline Agreement

Bulgaria's Parliament denounced at first reading on Thursday the trilateral agreement for the construction of the Burgas-Alexandoupolis oil pipeline.

Business » Energy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:53

Bulgaria's Zagorka Brewery Names New General Manager

Bulgaria's Zagorka brewery, a fully owned subsidiary of Heineken, has named Nikolay Mladenov as its new General Manager.

Business » Industry | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 17:46

Google Street View Expands, Enters Bulgaria

For the first time, people all over the world can see Street View imagery of Bulgaria, Google has announced.

Business » Tourism | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 12:22

Politics

Top Bulgarian Diplomat Confuses Name of Self-Immolator

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

Politics » Diplomacy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:08

US Ambassador: Poverty Sent Bulgarians to Streets

Bulgarians took to the streets protesting because of economic problems, according to US Ambassador Marcie Ries.

Politics » Diplomacy | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 10:39

Bulgaria's Outgoing Interior Minister Explains Schengen Postponement with Political Situation

Outgoing Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has suggested that the current political situation in the Bulgaria increased negative attitudes towards the country's accession to Schengen.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 20:40

Debate on Bulgaria, Romania Schengen Bids Postponed for end-2013

The debate on the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen was postponed for end-2013 during Thursday's sitting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 18:45

Bulgaria to Seek Schengen Entry 'In the Future'

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has admitted that his country will not join the Schengen agreement anytime soon.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 16:54

Israel Urges EU to Blacklist Hezbollah

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday has once again urged the EU to brand Hezbollah a terrorist group.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:32

Bulgaria, Romania Not to Enter Schengen in 2013, Netherlands Says

The Netherlands will wait for the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism reports on Bulgaria and Romania at the end of 2013 before deciding on the two countries' Schengen bids.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:50

EU Council Mulls Bulgaria's Schengen Bid

The enlargement of the Schengen area and Bulgaria's and Romania's joining is back on the agenda of the forthcoming summit of the EU Council on Justice and Home Affairs.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 08:50

Mayoral Election in Varna Could Be Delayed by 3 Months

The mayoral election in the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Varna can be delayed by three months, according to the spokesperson of the Central Electoral Commission, Biser Troyanov.

Politics » Domestic | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 12:17

Sofia Mayor Reiterates She Won't Become Bulgarian Caretaker PM

Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Bulgaria's capital Sofia, has reiterated that she will not become the country's caretaker Prime Minister.

Politics » Domestic | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:18

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Ruled Out as Interim PM

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva would not be appointed Prime Minister of Bulgaria's caretaker government.

Politics » Domestic | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 09:39

Society

Students Rise in Defense of Teacher Who Was Axed over Harlem Shake

A protest has been organized in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv against the dismissal of a teacher who was lost his job after performing the Harlem Shake dance with his students in the school yard.

Society | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:01

Varna Square to Be Named 'Flame' in Self-Immolator Memory

The square in front of the building of Varna's City Hall, where artist Plamen Goranov set himself on fire to be named "Flame," Varna citizens have requested.

Society | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 11:33

Sports

Berbatov, Stoichkov Likely to Join Petrov Charity Game

Fulham star Dimitar Berbatov and former Barcelona striker Hristo Stoichkov are likely to take part in a charity football game in Sofia in May, according to local media.

Sports | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 15:15

Crime

Czech Media: CEZ Bulgaria Linked to Powerful Crime Group

A significant stake of the Bulgarian subsidiary of the Czech-owned power distributor CEZ is owned by a company belonging to a local notorious and murky business empire known as TIM, according to Czech media.

Crime | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:27

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor: No Crime Wave amidst Turmoil

Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, has firmly denied a crime wave has risen in the country in the aftermath of the resignation of the government.

Crime | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 13:33

Bulgarian 'Kingpin's' Daughter Abducted to 'Keep Him Silent'

Lara Baneva, the abducted daughter of alleged Bulgarian drug lord Evelin Banev AKA Brendo, is alive and kidnappers are hiding her in the capital Sofia.

Crime | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 08:09

Views on BG

What a Terrible Time for Europe to Show Bulgaria the Cold Shoulder

Plamen Goranov set himself alight in a country desperate to reform itself. Emigration is not at the forefront of Bulgarian minds.

Views on BG | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 10:07

Bulgaria Hits out at Being Used as a Scapegoat by Britain

Bulgaria has been used as a scapegoat by British politicians, its ambassador to London claimed, describing portrayals of his countrymen as sometimes "offensive" and "bordering on defamatory".

Views on BG | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 09:09

World

Berlusconi Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison in Wiretap Scandal

An Italian court on Thursday sentenced former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a one-year jail term for making public the taped contents of a confidential phone call in a case related to a 2005 banking scandal.

World | March 7, 2013, Thursday // 14:12
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