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ARCHIVE - 22 May 2013

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Business

Made in Bulgaria Union Demands Ministry of SMEs
Institute for Market Economy: 60% of Public Procurement Deals in Bulgaria Flawed
Bulgarian, Turkish Transport Ministers Mull 'Truck' Problem
Bulgaria Pays BNP Paribas Loan of National Power Co
Bulgaria's EconMin: Legislation Can Stabilize Energy Sector
Bulgaria's GERB: Energy Watchdog Must Be Elected by Parliament
Bulgaria's PM: Surplus Is Biggest Problem of Energy Sector
Bulgaria Govt Allocates BGN 3 M to Tourism Promotional Campaign

Politics

Germany Backs Blacklisting of Hezbollah's Military Wing
EPP: We Are Alarmed by Bulgarian Nationalists' Behavior
Bulgarian Citizens, NGOs Invited to Propose Changes to Parliamentary Procedure
Bulgaria's GERB Boycotts Parliamentary 'Rules' Committee
Bulgaria's GERB to Not Table Govt Proposal in Parliament
42nd Bulgarian Parliament Holds 1st Sitting
Bulgarian Election Winners Officially Seek to Void Vote
Bulgarian President Optimistic on Formation of New Government
Bulgarians Cast 80 000 Void Ballots in General Election
Bulgaria's Electoral Body Replaces Resigned Socialist MPs
Bulgaria's GERB Files Vote Void Claim

Society

Bulgarians Rally in Support of Chief Prosecutor
2 Friends Found Hung in Bulgaria, 3rd Threatens to Follow
Bulgaria Marks 1 Year since Pernik 5.8 Quake

Sports

Bulgaria’s Petrov Handed Aston Villa Academy Role
Monaco Said to Eye Fulham's Berbatov

Crime

Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop 'Can't Wait' to Face Charges
US Returns to Bulgaria 546 Antique Coins

World

FBI Agent Kills Man ‘Linked to Boston Bombers’
German Chancellor Merkel Named World's Most Powerful Woman
Jailed Pussy Riot Member Launches Hunger Strike

Business

Made in Bulgaria Union Demands Ministry of SMEs

The "Made in Bulgaria" union has demanded the establishment of a Ministry of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship.

Business | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 16:57

Institute for Market Economy: 60% of Public Procurement Deals in Bulgaria Flawed

The Institute of Market Economy (IPI) has published its fourth annual report identifying weak spots in the work of the public administration.

Business | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 16:06

Bulgarian, Turkish Transport Ministers Mull 'Truck' Problem

Bulgarian caretaker Transport Minister, Kristian Krastev, is to meet with Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, in Leipzig, Germany, on Wednesday.

Business | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 09:37

Bulgaria Pays BNP Paribas Loan of National Power Co

Bulgaria's National Electric Company (NEK) paid its debt of EUR 195 M to BNP Paribas on Tuesday, the maturity date, according to Mihail Andonov, CEO of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH).

Business » Energy | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 14:20

Bulgaria's EconMin: Legislation Can Stabilize Energy Sector

The stabilization of the energy sector will not happen without legislative changes, according to caretaker Economy and Energy Minister, Asen Vasilev.

Business » Energy | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 13:59

Bulgaria's GERB: Energy Watchdog Must Be Elected by Parliament

Center-right party GERB has proposed amendments to the Energy Act stipulating that the panel of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) should be appointed by Parliament with a 2/3 majority and not by government.

Business » Energy | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 13:39

Bulgaria's PM: Surplus Is Biggest Problem of Energy Sector

Bulgaria's caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, said Wednesday that the biggest problem in the country's energy sector was the surplus production of electricity.

Business » Energy | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 13:15

Bulgaria Govt Allocates BGN 3 M to Tourism Promotional Campaign

Bulgaria's caretaker government has granted a total of BGN 3 M to the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism (MIET) for the implementation of the annual program for national tourism advertisement.

Business » Tourism | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 17:39

Politics

Germany Backs Blacklisting of Hezbollah's Military Wing

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has expressed his support for blacklisting Hezbollah’s military wing in the EU, officials have said.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 16:01

EPP: We Are Alarmed by Bulgarian Nationalists' Behavior

Elmar Brok, Chairperson of the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs from the Group of the European People's Party, EPP, has congratulated former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, with his election victory.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 15:04

Bulgarian Citizens, NGOs Invited to Propose Changes to Parliamentary Procedure

Bulgarian citizens and non-governmental organizations have been invited to submit proposals for the rules of organization and procedure of the new Parliament.

Politics » Domestic | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 18:18

Bulgaria's GERB Boycotts Parliamentary 'Rules' Committee

The parliamentary group of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party refused to appoint its representatives to the ad-hoc committee for preparing the rules of organization and procedure of the new Parliament.

Politics » Domestic | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 12:36

Bulgaria's GERB to Not Table Govt Proposal in Parliament

The proposal for a Cabinet of the formerly-ruling centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, of ex-Prime Minister and GERB leader, Boyko Borisov, is not going to be tabled in the Parliament.

Politics » Domestic | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 12:21

42nd Bulgarian Parliament Holds 1st Sitting

The 42nd Bulgarian General Assembly, which convened one day ago, is holding its first work sitting Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 08:41

Bulgarian Election Winners Officially Seek to Void Vote

The center-right GERB party of former Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has officially filed a claim with the country’s Constitutional Court to contest and void the May12 general election results.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 18:09

Bulgarian President Optimistic on Formation of New Government

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev believes that a new Bulgarian government is set to be formed quickly, despite what appears to be a political stalemate in Parliament.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 16:42

Bulgarians Cast 80 000 Void Ballots in General Election

Bulgarian voters cast a total of 80 000 invalid ballots at the May 12 general election, according to officials.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 15:21

Bulgaria's Electoral Body Replaces Resigned Socialist MPs

Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has appointed two MPs in the place of Iliyana Yotova and Rumen Stoyanov from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) who gave up their seats.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 11:40

Bulgaria's GERB Files Vote Void Claim

The formerly-ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, is filing Wednesday a claim with the Constitutional Court to contest and void the election results.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 10:38

Society

Bulgarians Rally in Support of Chief Prosecutor

Scores of Bulgarians have surrounded the main courthouse in the capital Sofia Wednesday in a rally for support of Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov.

Society | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 11:32

2 Friends Found Hung in Bulgaria, 3rd Threatens to Follow

Two young Bulgarian men, who were friends, have tragically ended their lives in two separate apparent self-hanging incidents, while a third one has threatened to follow them.

Society | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 10:01

Bulgaria Marks 1 Year since Pernik 5.8 Quake

Bulgaria marks Wednesday the first anniversary of the strongest earthquake in 100 years to shake the Sofia region.

Society » Environment | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 08:05

Sports

Bulgaria’s Petrov Handed Aston Villa Academy Role

Aston Villa have confirmed recently retired Stiliyan Petrov will take up a new role as assistant to development coach Gordon Cowans at the club's academy.

Sports | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 20:35

Monaco Said to Eye Fulham's Berbatov

French side Monaco is said to be interested in signing Fulham’s Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov, according to a report published by talkSPORT.

Sports | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 14:44

Crime

Bulgarian Ex-Top Cop 'Can't Wait' to Face Charges

Bulgaria’s former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has declared that he “cannot wait” to be charged by prosecutors.

Crime | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 14:12

US Returns to Bulgaria 546 Antique Coins

The US has returned to Bulgaria 546 stolen and smuggled antique coins.

Crime | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 09:09

World

FBI Agent Kills Man ‘Linked to Boston Bombers’

Boston bombing investigators have shot dead a man who became violent as they questioned him in Orlando, Florida, according to FBI officials.

World | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 19:48

German Chancellor Merkel Named World's Most Powerful Woman

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been named as the most powerful woman in the world by business magazine Forbes for a third year in a row.

World | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 19:05

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Launches Hunger Strike

A jailed member of Russia’s Pussy Riot group has announced she is going on hunger strike in protest over the authorities' failure to allow her to attend a parole hearing in person.

World | May 22, 2013, Wednesday // 17:19
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