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Business

Bulgaria President Vows Increase in German Investments
Bulgarian Haulers Request Restrictions for Turkish Trucks
Turkey to Restore Restrictions for Bulgarian Trucks June 1
Gazprom Moves to Swallow Greece's DEPA
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt: MPs Should Elect Energy Watchdog
Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Freezes Prices Pending New Law
EC to Bulgaria: Shut Down Inefficient Power Plants!
World Bank, EC Slam Bulgaria's Energy Sector
France's GDF Suez Buys 9% Stake in Nabucco West
Unit 6 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Suffers Brief Shutdown
Bulgaria's Moscow Consular Office Breaks Visa Issuing Records
Bulgaria to Establish Special Tourism Agency

Politics

Bulgaria with Highest Material Deprivation Rate in EU27 in 2011
Bulgarian Mystery Vice-PM Candidate Is Top Manager - Report
Reshuffles Planned for Bulgaria's Law Enforcement
Bulgarian Nationalists to Decide Last-Minute on Oresharski Cabinet
Borisov: 'Laughable' Oresharski Cabinet is Dangerous for Bulgaria
Bulgaria's GERB to Boycott Vote on 'Oresharski' Govt
Bulgarian Nationalists Still Undecided on 'Oresharski' Govt
2nd Bulgarian Planning Min Candidate Revealed with Murky Ties - Report
Bulgaria's Ex Tsar Heaps Praise on PM Hopeful
Who is Who: Bulgarian Investment Planning Minister Nominee
Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Boasts Success in Helping Poor
Bulgaria's President Proposes Parliament Vote on New Govt Panel
Bulgarian Socialist PM Candidate Replaces Scandalous Ministerial Nominee
Controversial Bulgarian Ministerial Nominee Withdraws amid Public Outcry
Bulgaria's Socialist PM Candidate to Present Ministerial Nominees to President
Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Reports Achievements

Society

Anti-'Political Mafia' Rally in Sofia Walks to President's Office
Anti Govt Project Protesters Block Sofia's Symbolic Eagles Bridge
Bulgarians to Protest 'Mafia' Cabinet Proposal
Burgas Terror Act Victims Monument to Be Erected in Bulgaria
Spring Book Bazaar Launched in Sofia

Views on BG

Bulgaria Looks to End Impasse With Socialist-Led Cabinet

Business

Bulgaria President Vows Increase in German Investments

Speaking after a meeting with business representatives from Baden- Wurttemberg, President Rosen Plevneliev noted that large German companies like Mercedes and Bosch were seeking to expand production in Bulgaria.

Business | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 15:18

Bulgarian Haulers Request Restrictions for Turkish Trucks

Bulgarian haulers have requested from the government to impose reciprocal restrictions for Turkish freighters, after talks between freighters from the two countries to resolve the traffic dispute failed.

Business | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 15:05

Turkey to Restore Restrictions for Bulgarian Trucks June 1

The restrictive measures against Bulgarian freight road carriers will not only be restored effective June 1, but even upped, as this is the position of the Turkish haulers association UND.

Business | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 12:16

Gazprom Moves to Swallow Greece's DEPA

The Greek government has favorably changed privatization conditions for gas company DEPA in a procedure where the sole large bidder is Russian gas giant Gazprom.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 17:11

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt: MPs Should Elect Energy Watchdog

Bulgaria's caretaker government proposes to have the Parliament elect the members of the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation, DKEVR.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 16:34

Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Freezes Prices Pending New Law

The electricity bills will not go up from 1 July, the National Commission of Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) announced.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 15:43

EC to Bulgaria: Shut Down Inefficient Power Plants!

The European Commission has released its report on the Bulgarian energy sector, making a bleak prognosis of shrinking electricity consumption due to population decline in the next 10 years.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 15:33

World Bank, EC Slam Bulgaria's Energy Sector

Non-transparency in the management of State-owned companies, a widespread sense of corruption and an insufficiently independent regulator to control the entire energy system, are just some of the findings of the World Bank.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 14:01

France's GDF Suez Buys 9% Stake in Nabucco West

France's GDF Suez has agreed to buy around 9% in the Nabucco West gas pipeline project from Austria's OMV.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 12:46

Unit 6 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Suffers Brief Shutdown

The turbo generator of unit six of Bulgaria's sole nuclear power plant, the Kozloduy NPP, was disconnected from the power grid Tuesday morning to fix a minor technical problem.

Business » Energy | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 11:26

Bulgaria's Moscow Consular Office Breaks Visa Issuing Records

The Bulgarian Consular Office in the Russian capital Moscow has broken all records in issuing visas to Russian citizens, the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry reported Tuesday.

Business » Tourism | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 17:48

Bulgaria to Establish Special Tourism Agency

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Nominee, Plamen Oresharski, has pledged structural changes in the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

Business » Tourism | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 13:26

Politics

Bulgaria with Highest Material Deprivation Rate in EU27 in 2011

According to a Eurostat report on population at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion, Bulgaria had the highest share of people living in material deprivation in the EU-27 in 2011.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 14:27

Bulgarian Mystery Vice-PM Candidate Is Top Manager - Report

The yet undisclosed projected second deputy-PM in Bulgaria's PM nominee Plamen Oresharski's cabinet project is a top-tier business manager, according to reports.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 19:49

Reshuffles Planned for Bulgaria's Law Enforcement

Bulgaria's police unit for fight with organized crime might be transferred to the State Agency for National Security, according to planned legislative amendments in Bulgaria's new parliament.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 19:28

Bulgarian Nationalists to Decide Last-Minute on Oresharski Cabinet

Bulgarian nationalist Ataka party, who are emerging as kingmakers of sorts in a political stalemate, have announced they will decide whether to back Plamen Oresharski's cabinet proposal just before the sitting of Parliament Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 18:43

Borisov: 'Laughable' Oresharski Cabinet is Dangerous for Bulgaria

Bulgarian PM nominee Plamen Oresharski's cabinet proposal is inept and dangerous for the country, according to previous Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 18:01

Bulgaria's GERB to Boycott Vote on 'Oresharski' Govt

The parliamentary group of Bulgaria's formerly-ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party, will be in plenary hall Wednesday, but would not register to vote on the proposal for new Cabinet.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 17:26

Bulgarian Nationalists Still Undecided on 'Oresharski' Govt

The parliamentary group of Bulgaria's far-right nationalist Ataka party is convening Tuesday evening to decide on how to vote on the proposal for the country's new Cabinet.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 17:07

2nd Bulgarian Planning Min Candidate Revealed with Murky Ties - Report

Ivan Danov, who replaced Kalin Tiholov as Bulgarian PM nominee Plamen Oresharski's candidate for Investment Projects Minister, has ties to a company known to have engaged in shady practices, according to investigative site Bivol.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 15:53

Bulgaria's Ex Tsar Heaps Praise on PM Hopeful

Bulgaria's former Tsar and Prime Minister, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, has praised the Socialist PM nominee and former Finance Minister, Plamen Oresharski, calling him a top-notch professional with own opinion and grasp of any situation.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 14:58

Who is Who: Bulgarian Investment Planning Minister Nominee

Ivan Danov is the new nominee for Minister of Investment Planning in the government formed with the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, after Kalin Tihov withdrew from the panel amid public outcry and accusations of involvement in scandalous de

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 11:46

Bulgarian Caretaker Govt Boasts Success in Helping Poor

The caretaker Bulgarian Cabinet reported Tuesday significant achievements in helping the most disadvantaged people in the country.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 11:45

Bulgaria's President Proposes Parliament Vote on New Govt Panel

President Rosen Plevneliev has issued a decree proposing to Parliament to elect socialist candidate Plamen Oresharski Prime Minister of Bulgaria's next government.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 10:19

Bulgarian Socialist PM Candidate Replaces Scandalous Ministerial Nominee

Bulgarian Socialist Prime Minister candidate Plamen Oresharski has replaced controversial Investment Planning Minister nominee Kalin Tiholov with Ivan Danov.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 09:52

Controversial Bulgarian Ministerial Nominee Withdraws amid Public Outcry

Kalin Tiholov, nominee for Investment Planning Minister in the government formed with the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), has stepped down from the panel amid public outcry.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 09:24

Bulgaria's Socialist PM Candidate to Present Ministerial Nominees to President

Prime Minister candidate Plamen Oresharski will present Tuesday the composition and the structure of the government firmed with the mandate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) to President Rosen Plevneliev.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 08:41

Bulgaria's Caretaker Govt Reports Achievements

As Bulgaria's Parliament prepares to vote on a new government panel headed by Prime Minister-designate Plamen Oresharski, the caretaker cabinet will report the results of its activities during its two months and a half in office.

Politics » Domestic | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 08:15

Society

Anti-'Political Mafia' Rally in Sofia Walks to President's Office

Protesters in Bulgarian capital Sofia who walked out against the cabinet proposal of PM hopeful Plamen Oresharski have reached the square in front of the President's Office.

Society | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 20:34

Anti Govt Project Protesters Block Sofia's Symbolic Eagles Bridge

Protesters against the proposed new Bulgarian cabinet to be chaired by PM hopeful Plamen Oresharski have blocked traffic at the main Orlov Most (Eagles Bridge) intersection in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.

Society | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 19:56

Bulgarians to Protest 'Mafia' Cabinet Proposal

A protest has been called for Tuesday evening on Facebook in central Sofia over alleged "mafia" ties of persons nominated for ministers by Bulgarian PM hopeful Plamen Oresharski Monday.

Society | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 16:27

Burgas Terror Act Victims Monument to Be Erected in Bulgaria

A monument, honoring the perished Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver, will be erected at the Burgas airport, exactly one year after the terror act.

Society | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 12:52

Spring Book Bazaar Launched in Sofia

Bulgaria launched Tuesday the traditional spring book bazaar, offering books from all genres and price ranges.

Society » Culture | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 16:05

Views on BG

Bulgaria Looks to End Impasse With Socialist-Led Cabinet

Bulgarian lawmakers will seek to end months of political uncertainty with a vote on a Cabinet proposed by the Socialist Party, the previous government's main opposition, which placed second in this month's election.

Views on BG | May 28, 2013, Tuesday // 14:28
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