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ARCHIVE - 30 May 2013

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Business

4-Km Truck Backlog Reported at Bulgaria-Turkish Border
Bulgaria Slumps to 57th in World Competitiveness Scoreboard
Steve Hanke Reiterates Corruption Is Bulgaria's Achilles Heel
Bulgaria's Energy Ministry Lifts Restrictions on Renewable Electricity Generation
Bulgaria's New PM Hints of Reviving Belene N-Plant Project

Politics

Bulgarian President: No to Communist Spies for Diplomats
Bulgaria's Top Diplomat Bewildered by 'Ungovernable' Countries Remark
MEP Turns to EC for Solution in Bulgaria-Turkey 'Truck' Issue
Swoboda: Oresharski Govt Will Set Bulgaria on Right Path
Bulgarian MEP Evgeni Kirilov Appointed Euronest Co-Chair
Bulgarian MEP Seeks Explanation for Oettinger Statement
Bulgaria's New Govt to Draft Urgent Steps to Boost EU Funds Absorption
Bulgarian President Heaps Praise on Chief Prosecutor
Infamous 'Spy' to Head Bulgarian 'FBI'
Three-Way Coalition Official Turns Bulgarian PM Chief of Staff
Bulgarian MPs Approve Upping Maternity Allowances
Bulgarian MPs Ask Tough Penalties in Crimes against Medics
Bulgarian EU Commissioner Congratulates New PM
Bulgaria's 'FBI' Chief Resigns
Bulgarian Police Chief Secretary Set to Quit
Bulgaria Set to Replace 8 MPs, 1 MEP

Society

Bulgarian TV7 Journalist Becomes Victim of Repulsive Act
Bulgaria's New Health Min Refuses to Back Lifting of Full Smoking Ban

Sports

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Scores Historic Win at Roland Garros
Aston Villa Join Race for Bulgaria's Tonev

Crime

Bomb Threats Target Sofia Train Station, Main Courthouse
Bulgaria's Ex Interior Minister: I am Innocent
Bulgaria's Embattled Ex-Interior Min May Face 'Immediate' Charges
Bulgarian Prosecution Moves to Strip Ex-Top Cop's Immunity

Views on BG

*NYT: Oresharski to Attempt to Move Bulgaria Forward
Bulgaria Parliament Votes for a 'Mario Monti' to Lead Government

World

Ricin-Tainted Letters Sent to New York Mayor Bloomberg

Business

4-Km Truck Backlog Reported at Bulgaria-Turkish Border

Tractor trailers waiting to leave Bulgaria have formed a 4-km-long line on the Bulgarian side of the Kapitan Andreevo-Kapakule border crossing point between Bulgaria and Turkey Thursday evening.

Business | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 20:59

Bulgaria Slumps to 57th in World Competitiveness Scoreboard

Bulgaria has been ranked 57th among 60 countries n the freshly released World Competitiveness Scoreboard for this year.

Business | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 13:50

Steve Hanke Reiterates Corruption Is Bulgaria's Achilles Heel

Bulgaria's number one problem is corruption, Johns Hopkins economist Steve Hanke, who designed the currency board in Bulgaria in the 1990s, has reiterated.

Business » Finance | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 18:32

Bulgaria's Energy Ministry Lifts Restrictions on Renewable Electricity Generation

Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy has ordered the Electricity System Operator, ESO, to stop imposing restrictions on the production of energy by wind farms and photovoltaic plants on a regular basis.

Business » Energy | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 17:19

Bulgaria's New PM Hints of Reviving Belene N-Plant Project

Bulgaria’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister has stated that the country’s abandoned Belene nuclear power plant project may be revived.

Business » Energy | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 12:17

Politics

Bulgarian President: No to Communist Spies for Diplomats

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, pledged Thursday to stay true to his own rule to never endorse an appointment of an individual linked to the Communist regime and its State Security, DS.

Politics » Diplomacy | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 19:05

Bulgaria's Top Diplomat Bewildered by 'Ungovernable' Countries Remark

Newly sworn-in Foreign Minister, Kristian Vigenin has expressed bewilderment over the statement of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger about Bulgaria being "essentially ungovernable.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 18:05

MEP Turns to EC for Solution in Bulgaria-Turkey 'Truck' Issue

The Bulgarian MEP from the EP ALDE group, Metin Kazak, has asked the European Commission to intervene in the issue with Turkey imposing restrictions on Bulgarian freight road carriers.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 16:48

Swoboda: Oresharski Govt Will Set Bulgaria on Right Path

Hannes Swoboda, Chairman of the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament is convinced the new Bulgarian Cabinet of Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, would set the country on the right path.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 15:12

Bulgarian MEP Evgeni Kirilov Appointed Euronest Co-Chair

Evgeni Kirilov, Bulgarian MEP from the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, has been elected Co-Chair of the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 14:13

Bulgarian MEP Seeks Explanation for Oettinger Statement

Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivailo Kalfin has submitted an inquiry with  the European Commission concerning the remark of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger that Bulgaria is "essentially ungovernable.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 13:34

Bulgaria's New Govt to Draft Urgent Steps to Boost EU Funds Absorption

Bulgaria's newly sworn-in government will discuss EU funds absorption at a meeting this week, according to Justice Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 12:49

Bulgarian President Heaps Praise on Chief Prosecutor

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has given high marks to Chief Prosecutor, Sotir Tsatsarov, saying it was great to have such active, competent and ambitious man at the post.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 19:57

Infamous 'Spy' to Head Bulgarian 'FBI'

Vladimir Pisanchev, who was tangled in the "Galeria" spying scandal, is going to temporally head Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, DANS.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 17:26

Three-Way Coalition Official Turns Bulgarian PM Chief of Staff

The former Deputy Minister of Administration in the Three-Way Coalition Cabinet (2005 – 2009), Mariya Divizieva, will be the Chief of Staff of Bulgaria's new Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 16:23

Bulgarian MPs Approve Upping Maternity Allowances

Two bills on increasing maternity allowances for the second year of leave passed first reading in Bulgaria's Parliament Thursday.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 16:00

Bulgarian MPs Ask Tough Penalties in Crimes against Medics

The Bulgarian Members of the Parliament voted unanimously Thursday to increase sanctions for people attacking medical staff.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 15:52

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Congratulates New PM

Bulgarian EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has congratulated newly-elected Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and wished him luck during his term in office.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 15:20

Bulgaria's 'FBI' Chief Resigns

Konstantin Kazakov, Head of Bulgaria's State Agency for National Security, DANS, has submitted his resignation, the Agency's press office informs Thursday.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 14:33

Bulgarian Police Chief Secretary Set to Quit

Bulgaria's Chief Secretary of the Interior, Kalin Georgiev, has confirmed that he is about to resign, according to newly sworn-in Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 10:01

Bulgaria Set to Replace 8 MPs, 1 MEP

Eight new Bulgarian Members of Parliament are expected to be sworn in, replacing elected lawmakers who took oath of office as ministers in the country’s Socialist-led government on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 09:27

Society

Bulgarian TV7 Journalist Becomes Victim of Repulsive Act

Two Roma have thrown bags filled with feces at Bulgarian TV7 director and host Nikolay Barekov Thursday evening, during his live broadcast from the northwestern city of Montana.

Society | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 20:36

Bulgaria's New Health Min Refuses to Back Lifting of Full Smoking Ban

Bulgaria’s newly sworn-in Health Minister has refused to support the proposed “liberalization” of the existing full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces.

Society » Health | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 14:45

Sports

Bulgaria's Dimitrov Scores Historic Win at Roland Garros

Bulgaria's top rated male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov added another record to his career in qualifying for the first time for round three of the Grand Slam in the French Open Roland Garros.

Sports | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 18:00

Aston Villa Join Race for Bulgaria's Tonev

Aston Villa are reportedly eager to snap up Lech Poznan’s sought-after Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev.

Sports | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 11:22

Crime

Bomb Threats Target Sofia Train Station, Main Courthouse

A new anonymous bomb threat briefly closed Bulgarian capital Sofia’s Central Train Station on Thursday, according to local media.

Crime | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 13:01

Bulgaria's Ex Interior Minister: I am Innocent

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former Interior Minister and Deputy Chair of center-right party GERB, has reiterated that he is not concerned about the ongoing investigation into his activities, claiming that he is innocent and he always defended the interests of the

Crime | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 12:04

Bulgaria's Embattled Ex-Interior Min May Face 'Immediate' Charges

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has announced that charges will be “immediately” pressed against former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov – once the latter is stripped of his immunity as lawmaker.

Crime | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 10:44

Bulgarian Prosecution Moves to Strip Ex-Top Cop's Immunity

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has formally requested that former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov be stripped of his immunity.

Crime | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 08:18

Views on BG

*NYT: Oresharski to Attempt to Move Bulgaria Forward

The Bulgarian Parliament on Wednesday narrowly voted in a new technocratic government to be led by Plamen Oresharski, a 53-year-old former finance minister who is regarded as competent and nonpartisan, in an attempt to move Bulgaria forward after inconclu

Views on BG | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 19:20

Bulgaria Parliament Votes for a 'Mario Monti' to Lead Government

Bulgaria emerged from months of political uncertainty on Wednesday when parliament approved a Socialist-led but partially technocratic government headed by an independent touted by backers as the “Bulgarian Mario Monti”.

Views on BG | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 07:55

World

Ricin-Tainted Letters Sent to New York Mayor Bloomberg

Two threatening letters containing the deadly ricin poison have been sent to New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to international media.

World | May 30, 2013, Thursday // 08:53