ARCHIVE - 12 April 2013

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Business

78% of German Businesses Would Repeat Investments in Bulgaria - Survey
Bulgaria Registers 0.5% Deflation March 2013 M/M
'One-Man' Firms form Half of Bulgarian Companies
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Asked to Start Dismantling Energy Holding
Bulgaria's Watchdog Passes Electricity Price Ball to EconMin
Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Issued 23 Statements of Offence to Power Distributors in 2010
Bulgaria Makes Public 112 Energy Contracts

Politics

Bulgaria's Deputy Energy Minister to Appeal 'Communist Spy' Verdict
Bulgarian President Says Chief of Staff Resignation ‘Nothing Special’
Dogan Attacker Fails to Qualify for Bulgaria MP Wannabe
14 Bulgarian Partisan Governors Withdraw for Elections
Bulgarian President Calls for 'Responsible' Election Campaign
Bulgarian Left-Wingers on Potential Coalition with Foes: Never!
Bulgarian General Election Campaign Officially Launched

Society

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Exonerates Notorious Colleague
Bulgarian NGO Blasts PM for Communist Security Stand
New Diplomatic Vehicle Collision Occurs in Sofia
Bulgaria Marks International Space Day

Sports

Levski Sofia Stop Paying Players' Wages
Levski Sofia Coach Quits amid Tensions with Fans

Crime

8 Illegal Immigrants Detained near Bulgarian-Turkish Border
Bulgarian Co Frauds Romania in Food for the Poor Deliveries
Bulgarian Nationalist Leader Alerts Prosecutor's Office to Delayed Repairs of Viaducts

Lifestyle

Antonio Banderas Already Filming Automata in Bulgaria

Views on BG

Bulgaria’s Currency - Hardship and Suffering

World

US Warns N Korea: Missile Launch to Be 'Huge Mistake'
Ex German President Charged with Corruption
Cyprus Softens Control on Stricken Banks
3 400 Greeks Lose Their Job Each Day
Pentagon: N Korea Could Launch Nuclear Missile
Obama Urges Pyongyang to Cool Down

Business

78% of German Businesses Would Repeat Investments in Bulgaria - Survey

A total of 56% of the participants in the 2013 edition of the Business Climate in Bulgaria survey of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GBCCI) believe that the economic situation in the country will not change in 2013 compared to 2012.

Business | April 12, 2013, Friday // 18:30

Bulgaria Registers 0.5% Deflation March 2013 M/M

The consumer price index in March 2013, compared to February 2013 was 99.5%, meaning the monthly inflation was -0.5%.

Business | April 12, 2013, Friday // 13:20

'One-Man' Firms form Half of Bulgarian Companies

Nearly half of all registered businesses in Bulgaria (46%) don't have even one single employee in addition to the owner.

Business | April 12, 2013, Friday // 12:43

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Asked to Start Dismantling Energy Holding

The public council at Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism has requested a revision of the contracts with the Maritsa East 1 thermal power plant, the ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP and the dissolution of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH).

Business » Energy | April 12, 2013, Friday // 16:49

Bulgaria's Watchdog Passes Electricity Price Ball to EconMin

Bulgaria's caretaker Economy and Energy Minister, Asen Vasilev, will have the final say in the increase of electric power prices requested by the coal mines and all energy companies.

Business » Energy | April 12, 2013, Friday // 13:55

Bulgaria's Energy Watchdog Issued 23 Statements of Offence to Power Distributors in 2010

The report of Bulgaria's State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) from July 14, 2010, which draws attention to irregularities at power distributors, is 600-pages long and its summary is 30-pages long.

Business » Energy | April 12, 2013, Friday // 13:05

Bulgaria Makes Public 112 Energy Contracts

Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy and Energy has declassified Friday a total of 112 contracts related to determining prices of electric power and heating.

Business » Energy | April 12, 2013, Friday // 10:58

Politics

Bulgaria's Deputy Energy Minister to Appeal 'Communist Spy' Verdict

A deputy minister in charge of the energy sector in Bulgaria’s caretaker government, who was surprisingly exposed as a former state security collaborator, will seek to clear his name in court.

Politics » Domestic | April 12, 2013, Friday // 20:15

Bulgarian President Says Chief of Staff Resignation ‘Nothing Special’

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has reiterated that he is unperturbed by the resignation of his Chief of Staff, Tsvetlin Yovchev.

Politics » Domestic | April 12, 2013, Friday // 12:36

Dogan Attacker Fails to Qualify for Bulgaria MP Wannabe

Oktay Enimehmedov, the man who shocked Bulgaria by pointing a gas pistol at former ethnic Turkish party leader Ahmed Dogan, will not be allowed to run for parliament.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 12, 2013, Friday // 18:24

14 Bulgarian Partisan Governors Withdraw for Elections

Half of Bulgaria's regional governors have requested leave effective Friday as they are engaged actively in campaigning for the May 12 snap general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 12, 2013, Friday // 17:23

Bulgarian President Calls for 'Responsible' Election Campaign

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has urged parties not to resort to populism during the general elections campaign that was officially launched on Friday.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 12, 2013, Friday // 13:41

Bulgarian Left-Wingers on Potential Coalition with Foes: Never!

Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, has declared that his party would “never” enter a broad coalition government with its main enemy, the center-right GERB.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 12, 2013, Friday // 10:03

Bulgarian General Election Campaign Officially Launched

Friday, April 12, marks the start of the general election campaign in Bulgaria.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 12, 2013, Friday // 07:41

Society

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Exonerates Notorious Colleague

Deputy Sofia City Prosecutor, Roman Vasilev, has submitted his resignation, but Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, has rejected it, according to a press release of the Prosecutor's Office.

Society | April 12, 2013, Friday // 16:07

Bulgarian NGO Blasts PM for Communist Security Stand

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) has voiced strong alarm over statements of caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, about the former Communist State Security.

Society | April 12, 2013, Friday // 15:23

New Diplomatic Vehicle Collision Occurs in Sofia

An SUV with diplomatic registration and a taxi cab have collided in Sofia's Studentski Grad (College Town) district.

Society | April 12, 2013, Friday // 12:03

Bulgaria Marks International Space Day

Bulgaria and the world mark April 12 - the International Day of Human Space Flight.

Society | April 12, 2013, Friday // 11:39

Sports

Levski Sofia Stop Paying Players' Wages

Levski Sofia’s first team players will not receive their wages until the end of the season, the Bulgarian giants’ chief executive Ivo Tonev stated on Friday.

Sports | April 12, 2013, Friday // 14:43

Levski Sofia Coach Quits amid Tensions with Fans

Levski Sofia coach Ilian Iliev has resigned following a string of poor performances, according to local media reports.

Sports | April 12, 2013, Friday // 08:44

Crime

8 Illegal Immigrants Detained near Bulgarian-Turkish Border

Officers of Bulgaria's Malko Tarnovo border crossing unit detained Thursday night eight Syrian nationals, according to reports of the Interior Ministry.

Crime | April 12, 2013, Friday // 15:30

Bulgarian Co Frauds Romania in Food for the Poor Deliveries

The Bulgarian company VM Corporation, owned by Valeri Petrov, has been tangled in a scandal in neighboring Romania over a public order for the delivery of food staples for the poor.

Crime | April 12, 2013, Friday // 14:43

Bulgarian Nationalist Leader Alerts Prosecutor's Office to Delayed Repairs of Viaducts

Volen Siderov, leader of nationalist party Ataka, has notified Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov about worrying delays in repair works at three viaducts.

Crime | April 12, 2013, Friday // 14:14

Lifestyle

Antonio Banderas Already Filming Automata in Bulgaria

Spanish-born Hollywood megastar, Antonio Banderas, has been caught by paparazzi in front of a hotel ion Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, where he is shooting his latest movie Automata in Bulgaria.

Lifestyle | April 12, 2013, Friday // 19:02

Views on BG

Bulgaria’s Currency - Hardship and Suffering

One in five Bulgarians live in poverty earning less than the equivalent of 120 euros per month.

Views on BG | April 12, 2013, Friday // 17:25

World

US Warns N Korea: Missile Launch to Be 'Huge Mistake'

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said an anticipated missile launch by North Korea would be a "provocative act" and "huge mistake".

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 21:08

Ex German President Charged with Corruption

The prosecutor's office in Hanover announced Friday that it has pressed corruption charges against Germany's former President Christian Wulff.

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 16:38

Cyprus Softens Control on Stricken Banks

Cyprus has eased the unprecedented eurozone capital controls it imposed to prevent a run on its stricken banking sector.

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 11:39

3 400 Greeks Lose Their Job Each Day

Some 3 400 Greeks lost their jobs each day in January, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority.

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 10:50

Pentagon: N Korea Could Launch Nuclear Missile

Pyongyang probably has a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a ballistic missile, according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency.

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 09:26

Obama Urges Pyongyang to Cool Down

US President Barack Obama has called upon North Korea to stop its bellicose saber-rattling, adding that no one has an interest in conflict on the Korean peninsula.

World | April 12, 2013, Friday // 08:13