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ARCHIVE - 2 April 2013

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Business

Bulgarian Supreme Court Revokes Ordinance on Dairy, Imitation Products
Employers Officially Out of Bulgaria's Social Council
Velik Zanchev Appointed Chair of Bulgarian Railways Board
Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Remains 12.5% in February 2013
EC Clears Plan for Disposal of Radioactive Waste from Decommissioning of Kozloduy NPP Units
EasyJet Launches Sofia-Berlin Flights

Politics

Bulgaria, UK to Cooperate Closely on Nabucco Pipeline Project
Bulgaria May Connect to Central European Power Grids
Bulgarian President Visits Hungary
Pollster Blames Media for Controversial Results Scandal
Bulgaria's GERB Shuts Door for Ex-FinMin
Bulgaria's GERB Announces Borisov Cabinet Comeback Bid
Number of Bulgarian Voters Grows by 8,000 in 2 Months
Former Leader Laments Bulgarian Rightists' 'Folly'
Fresh Poll Gives GERB 4% Edge over Bulgarian Socialists
Bulgaria's Right Wing Suffers New Rift
Bulgarian PM Calls Party Affiliated Governors to Withdraw for Elections
Bulgaria Former Ruling Party to Unveil Election Lists

Society

Lozanov Reelected for Head of Bulgaria's Media Watchdog
Bulgaria's Behar Becomes Chairman of Davos' PR Forum
Employers to Stay out of Bulgaria's Social Council
2013's First Tarpan Horse Born in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Pop Diva Delights Kremlin
Bulgaria Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Sports

Berbatov Pushes QPR towards Relegation, Surpasses Bergkamp

Crime

Sofia Court Sentences Double Murderer to Life Imprisonment
Greek Police Arrest Bulgarian Driver of Truck Carrying 577kg of Hashish
Bulgarian NGO: Ex Interior Minister Defends Police Brutality
3 Kg of TNT Used in Burgas Terror Act

Press Corner

Sofia apartment rentals

World

Cypriot Finance Minister Resigns in Bailout Talks Aftermath
UN Slams North Korea's Latest Nuclear Threats
Slovenia Okays Croatia's EU Entry Bid
Cyprus Granted another Year to Reach Budget Target - Report
Iran Special Unit Eyed Sofia Synagogue for Attack - Report
North Korea to Reopen Closed Nuclear Reactor
Civil War in Syria Gets Bloodier

Business

Bulgarian Supreme Court Revokes Ordinance on Dairy, Imitation Products

Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (VAS), acting as a first-instance court, has revoked an ordinance of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food banning dairy farms from using nondairy components like vegetable fat more than twice a year.

Business | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 17:04

Employers Officially Out of Bulgaria's Social Council

Employer organizations fulfilled Tuesday their threat to stay out of the meeting of Bulgaria's Three-Way Council on social affairs between them, the Cabinet and the trade unions.

Business | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 16:51

Velik Zanchev Appointed Chair of Bulgarian Railways Board

Financial expert Velik Zanchev has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the troubled Bulgarian State Railways company, BDZ Holding.

Business | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 16:00

Bulgaria's Unemployment Rate Remains 12.5% in February 2013

Bulgaria's unemployment rate remained 12.

Business | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 14:00

EC Clears Plan for Disposal of Radioactive Waste from Decommissioning of Kozloduy NPP Units

The European Commission has come up with an official stance on the disposal of radioactive waste arising from the decommissioning of Units 1 and 2 of the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant and its potential impact on EU Member States, according to a media state

Business » Energy | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 17:48

EasyJet Launches Sofia-Berlin Flights

Low-cost carrier easyJet has officially launched its flights from Bulgaria's capital Sofia to Berlin, according to Bulgarian media.

Business » Tourism | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 17:47

Politics

Bulgaria, UK to Cooperate Closely on Nabucco Pipeline Project

Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Marin Raykov told British Ambassador Jonathan Allen Tuesday that the two countries could cooperate closely on the implementation of the Nabucco gas pipeline project, stressing the importance of the s

Politics » Diplomacy | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 21:00

Bulgaria May Connect to Central European Power Grids

Hungary has invited Bulgaria to join the project for connecting the power grids of central European countries.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 20:12

Bulgarian President Visits Hungary

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, is on an official visit to Hungary Tuesday and Wednesday, the presidential press office announced.

Politics » Diplomacy | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 12:07

Pollster Blames Media for Controversial Results Scandal

Pollster Mira Radeva of the MBMD agency has blamed the media for the recent scandal revolving around results published by her company last week.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 14:48

Bulgaria's GERB Shuts Door for Ex-FinMin

Bulgaria's former Finance Minister Simeon Djankov will not be part of center-right GERB party's potential second government, GERB election headquarters head Tsvetan Tsvetanov has reiterated.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 14:44

Bulgaria's GERB Announces Borisov Cabinet Comeback Bid

Bulgaria's former ruling party, center-right GERB, has officially revealed the party's list leaders for upcoming May 12 early elections, featuring many former cabinet ministers and top MPs.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 14:05

Number of Bulgarian Voters Grows by 8,000 in 2 Months

6,956,890 voters are included in the official lists for Bulgaria's May 12 early general election, announced the Civil Registry service at the Bulgarian Ministry of Regional Development.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 13:24

Former Leader Laments Bulgarian Rightists' 'Folly'

Former Union of Democratic Forces leader Martin Dimitrov has issued a strong statement of disappointment with the deepening disunity of the two main heirs of the Blue Coalition the UDF was part of.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 13:04

Fresh Poll Gives GERB 4% Edge over Bulgarian Socialists

Bulgaria's center-right GERB party is likely to win the upcoming snap elections in the country, according to a new poll.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 13:03

Bulgaria's Right Wing Suffers New Rift

The breakup of the right-wing coalition between Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party, DSB, and the movement Blue Unity has been caused by a dispute about who would be the coalition's leader.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 12:56

Bulgarian PM Calls Party Affiliated Governors to Withdraw for Elections

Bulgaria caretaker PM Marin Raykov has called on the governors of Bulgaria's regions who are affiliated with political parties to go on a leave during the campaign leading to the May 12 early elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 12:16

Bulgaria Former Ruling Party to Unveil Election Lists

Former ruling party in Bulgaria, center-right GERB, is expected to announce Tuesday the leaders of the party's election lists for the May 12 early general elections.

Politics » Elections 2013 | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 08:50

Society

Lozanov Reelected for Head of Bulgaria's Media Watchdog

Associate Professor Georgi Lozanov has been reelected Tuesday for Chairman of Bulgaria's media watchdog.

Society | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 13:22

Bulgaria's Behar Becomes Chairman of Davos' PR Forum

Bulgarian PR expert Maxim Behar has been elected Chairman of the Communication Forum in Davos after a secret vote of twenty five Board members.

Society | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 11:05

Employers to Stay out of Bulgaria's Social Council

The meeting of Bulgaria's Three-way Council on social affairs scheduled Tuesday could take place without one of the three parties, after employer organizations said they will stay out.

Society | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 08:16

2013's First Tarpan Horse Born in Bulgaria

A baby Tarpan horse has been born in Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains, the first one to come into being in 2013.

Society » Environment | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 12:33

Bulgarian Pop Diva Delights Kremlin

Lili Ivanova, 73, Bulgaria's eternal pop diva and a favorite of several generations, has been the only foreign performer and special guest at an anniversary concert held in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia.

Society » Culture | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 11:39

Bulgaria Marks World Autism Awareness Day

Bulgaria marks Tuesday World Autism Awareness Day under the motto "Alone, but not lonely.

Society » Health | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 15:31

Sports

Berbatov Pushes QPR towards Relegation, Surpasses Bergkamp

Fulham's in-form Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals for his team's 3:2 win against Queens Park Rangers, surpassing Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp in the process.

Sports | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 11:23

Crime

Sofia Court Sentences Double Murderer to Life Imprisonment

The Sofia Appellate Court has sentenced Iliyan Todorov to life imprisonment in a double murder case.

Crime | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 19:21

Greek Police Arrest Bulgarian Driver of Truck Carrying 577kg of Hashish

Greek police have seized 577 kg of hasish at the port of Igoumentisa on the Ionian Sea.

Crime | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 18:22

Bulgarian NGO: Ex Interior Minister Defends Police Brutality

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) has criticized former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov for defending a police officer who shot down a 36-year-old man of Roma origin in a bid to prevent copper wire theft.

Crime | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 15:45

3 Kg of TNT Used in Burgas Terror Act

The bomb that exploded last summer at Bulgaria's Sarafovo airport near the Black Sea city of Burgas has been made with two to three kilos of trinitrotoluene, TNT.

Crime | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 14:13

Press Corner

Sofia apartment rentals

Despite the gloomy state of Europe's economy, parts of Sofia's rental market continue to be vibrant.

Press Corner | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 16:08

World

Cypriot Finance Minister Resigns in Bailout Talks Aftermath

Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris has resigned after helping clinch the final terms of an international aid agreement to stave off a financial collapse of the island country.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 16:45

UN Slams North Korea's Latest Nuclear Threats

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the North Korea "crisis has gone too far" after the country announced plans to restart its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 15:53

Slovenia Okays Croatia's EU Entry Bid

Slovenia's Parliament ratified Croatia's European Union entry bid in a unanimous vote on Tuesday, paving the way for Croatia to join the bloc on 1 July as the 28th member state.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 15:13

Cyprus Granted another Year to Reach Budget Target - Report

Cyprus has been given an extra year to achieve a targeted budget surplus of 4% as part of bailout negotiations with international lenders.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 11:51

Iran Special Unit Eyed Sofia Synagogue for Attack - Report

The Jerusalem Post has printed a material alleging that a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has surveilled the synagogue in Bulgarian capital Sofia as a possible attack target.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 10:49

North Korea to Reopen Closed Nuclear Reactor

Amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has announced it will reopen the Yongbyon reactor to boost its nuclear potential.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 09:58

Civil War in Syria Gets Bloodier

March 2013 has been the bloodiest month in the two years of civil war that have ravaged Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

World | April 2, 2013, Tuesday // 09:42