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ARCHIVE - 31 May 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's FinMin: Salaries May Grow as of 2014
Bulgaria's Energy Minister: No Restart of Belene NPP on June 5
Trade Unions: Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok Mines Driven to Bankruptcy
Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Forecasts Price Freeze until Sept 1
Bulgarian Nationalist Leader Eager to Revive Belene N-Plant

Politics

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Demands Good-Neighbor Agreement with Macedonia
US Holocaust Museum Softens Stance on Bulgarian Street Naming
MEPs Shocked by Plans of Bulgaria's Foreign Minister to Reinstate Communist Spies as Diplomats
Bulgaria's Apr 2013 Unemployment Rate above EU Average
Provisions of Bulgaria's Illegal Assets Law Declared Unconstitutional
Bulgarian Lawmakers Pass National Security Agency Bill
Bulgarian President Lauds Work of Caretaker Govt
8 New MPs Take Oath of Office in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Constitutional Court to Try Vote Void Case

Society

Evidence of Borisov's Alleged Misuse of Bulgarian Govt Craft Turns Destroyed
Bulgarians in Philadelphia Mark 'Culture Day' with Grand Fest
Restored 'Vampire' Face Seen in Bulgaria's History Museum
Anti-Smoking Rallies Loom as Bulgaria Marks World No Tobacco Day

Sports

Bulgaria’s Stoichkov May Take Over French Side Ajaccio
Djokovic Braces for Tough Clash with Bulgaria’s Dimitrov

Crime

Spanish Police Ops Expose Bulgaria as Smuggling Chanel
New Bomb Threats Target Bulgaria’s Parliament, Council of Ministers
Bulgaria’s Ex Interior Min Gives up Immunity after June 4
Sofia’s Main Courthouse Evacuated over Fresh Bomb Threat
Blast Destroys Garage of Varna Municipal Councilor
Bulgaria's Embattled Ex-Interior Min Hires Top German Lawyer – Report

Views on BG

A New Government at Last

World

Suspicious Threatening Letter Sent to Obama

Business

Bulgaria's FinMin: Salaries May Grow as of 2014

An increase in the salaries is possible from 2014 on, according to Petar Chobanov, Bulgaria's newly sworn-in Finance Minister.

Business » Finance | May 31, 2013, Friday // 20:39

Bulgaria's Energy Minister: No Restart of Belene NPP on June 5

Bulgaria's new Minister of Economy and Energy, Dragomir Stoynev, has rejected claims that the government is planning to restart the Belene NPP on June 5, adding that no political decision on the step has been taken.

Business » Energy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 19:01

Trade Unions: Bulgaria's Maritsa Iztok Mines Driven to Bankruptcy

Trade union representatives at Bulgaria's state-owned Maritsa Iztok Mines have cautioned that the company faces a tough financial situation, with efforts underway to freeze bank accounts, cut jobs and delay salaries of workers.

Business » Energy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 16:23

Bulgarian Energy Watchdog Forecasts Price Freeze until Sept 1

Electricity bills in Bulgaria will be frozen at least until September 1, the Chair of the State Commission of Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), Evgenia Haritonova, announced Friday.

Business » Energy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 15:17

Bulgarian Nationalist Leader Eager to Revive Belene N-Plant

Volen Siderov, leader of Bulgaria’s nationalist Ataka (Attack) party, has reiterated his stance that the abandoned Belene nuclear power plant project should be revived.

Business » Energy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 14:46

Politics

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Demands Good-Neighbor Agreement with Macedonia

The new Foreign Minister, Kristian VIgenin, reiterated Bulgaria's wish to sign a good-neighbor agreement with Macedonia at a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Poposki, in Ohrid.

Politics » Diplomacy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 20:07

US Holocaust Museum Softens Stance on Bulgarian Street Naming

The Washington DC City Council has held a hearing with expert testimony on the issue with the request to name an intersection in the US capital after Bulgarian Member of the Parliament Dimitar Peshev, who is credited with helping save the country's Jews d

Politics » Diplomacy | May 31, 2013, Friday // 18:25

MEPs Shocked by Plans of Bulgaria's Foreign Minister to Reinstate Communist Spies as Diplomats

Plans of Bulgaria's new Foreign Minister to reinstate communist-era State Security agents have shocked EU officials.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 31, 2013, Friday // 21:32

Bulgaria's Apr 2013 Unemployment Rate above EU Average

The unemployment rate in Bulgaria has reached 12.3% in April 2013, according to figures published Friday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | May 31, 2013, Friday // 14:44

Provisions of Bulgaria's Illegal Assets Law Declared Unconstitutional

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court (KS) has declared provisions of the Law on Forfeiture in Favor of the State of Illegally Acquired Assets unconstitutional.

Politics » Domestic | May 31, 2013, Friday // 15:21

Bulgarian Lawmakers Pass National Security Agency Bill

The Bill to close the Main Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime, GDBOP and transfer it to the State Agency for National Security, DANS, has been passed in Bulgaria's Parliament at first reading.

Politics » Domestic | May 31, 2013, Friday // 13:57

Bulgarian President Lauds Work of Caretaker Govt

Bulgaria's former caretaker Prime Minister, Marin Raykov, has assessed the work of his Cabinet as the one of a team playing in the Premier League.

Politics » Domestic | May 31, 2013, Friday // 12:55

8 New MPs Take Oath of Office in Bulgaria

A total of eight new lawmakers took oath of office in Bulgaria’s Parliament Friday.

Politics » Domestic | May 31, 2013, Friday // 10:48

Bulgarian Constitutional Court to Try Vote Void Case

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court has decided to try the claim contesting and asking to void the May12 early general elections results.

Politics » Elections 2013 | May 31, 2013, Friday // 11:34

Society

Evidence of Borisov's Alleged Misuse of Bulgarian Govt Craft Turns Destroyed

The written requests for flights of Bulgaria's former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, have been destroyed and are no longer available.

Society | May 31, 2013, Friday // 17:47

Bulgarians in Philadelphia Mark 'Culture Day' with Grand Fest

The first Bulgarian festival in the US city of Philadelphia took place on May 25 in honoring May 24 – the National Day of Culture and Slavic Script.

Society » Culture | May 31, 2013, Friday // 15:40

Restored 'Vampire' Face Seen in Bulgaria's History Museum

Residents and guests of the Bulgarian capital Sofia can see the reconstructed face of the "vampire from Sozopol" over the weekend and for few days next week in the National History Museum, NIM.

Society » Archaeology | May 31, 2013, Friday // 17:02

Anti-Smoking Rallies Loom as Bulgaria Marks World No Tobacco Day

Two protest rallies in favor of the existing full smoking ban in enclosed public spaces are to take place in Bulgaria as the country marks this year's World No-Tobacco Day on Friday.

Society » Health | May 31, 2013, Friday // 08:19

Sports

Bulgaria’s Stoichkov May Take Over French Side Ajaccio

Corsican-based French team AC Ajaccio is looking to hire Bulgarian coach Hristo Stoichkov, according to French media reports.

Sports | May 31, 2013, Friday // 12:50

Djokovic Braces for Tough Clash with Bulgaria’s Dimitrov

Novak Djokovic will be eager to avenge his defeat by Bulgarian rising star Grigor Dimitrov, as the two are to face each other in a Roland Garros clash on Saturday.

Sports | May 31, 2013, Friday // 12:05

Crime

Spanish Police Ops Expose Bulgaria as Smuggling Chanel

Police in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and France, have staged a large-scale special operation in busting an international cigarette contraband network.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 16:23

New Bomb Threats Target Bulgaria’s Parliament, Council of Ministers

The series of anonymous bomb threats in Bulgaria continued on Friday, with an unidentified man claiming that explosive devices had been placed in the National Assembly and the Council of Ministers in Sofia.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 13:37

Bulgaria’s Ex Interior Min Gives up Immunity after June 4

The Deputy Chairman of the formerly-ruling center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, and former Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov,  will give up his immunity after June 4.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 12:07

Sofia’s Main Courthouse Evacuated over Fresh Bomb Threat

The main courthouse building in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia has been evacuated yet again due to an anonymous bomb threat.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 11:18

Blast Destroys Garage of Varna Municipal Councilor

A blast has destroyed the garage of Valentina Sofronieva, a municipal councilor in Bulgaria’s Black Sea city of Varna.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 09:22

Bulgaria's Embattled Ex-Interior Min Hires Top German Lawyer – Report

Former Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is to face illegal wiretapping charges, has allegedly hired a high-profile German lawyer to defend him.

Crime | May 31, 2013, Friday // 08:56

Views on BG

A New Government at Last

PLAMEN ORESHARSKI is not promising his fellow Bulgarians a bed of roses.

Views on BG | May 31, 2013, Friday // 07:53

World

Suspicious Threatening Letter Sent to Obama

Authorities have intercepted a threatening letter addressed to US President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to US officials.

World | May 31, 2013, Friday // 10:01
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