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ARCHIVE - 17 July 2013

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Business

Bulgaria's Current Account Turns To Surplus, FDIs Down
Industrial Energy Consumers in Bulgaria Demand Energy Road Map
Heating Utility in Bulgaria's Burgas to Install Biomass Boiler

Politics

Bulgaria's Nationalist Asks Swift Actions against Diplomats
Justice Commissioner Reding: Time of the Troika Over
UK Institute Offers EUR 100 000 for Most Compelling Brexit Vision
Bulgaria Holds Record in EU May M/M Construction Slump
Netherlands: Bulgaria Won't Join Schengen Anytime Soon
Bulgaria’s Former Rulers to Move No-Confidence Vote against Govt
Famous Bulgarian Poet Forced to End Hunger Strike by Family, Poor Health
Bulgaria's GERB Party Demands Snap Elections Date to Return to Parliament
Life of Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Not in Danger – Medics
Bulgaria's Interior Min before BBC: No Plans to Curb Protests
New Controversial Appointment Stirs Fresh Rally in Bulgaria
Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Rushed to Intensive Care
Children of Famous Bulgarian Poet Join Him in Anti-Govt Hunger Strike
Anti-Govt Protesters Tear Down 'Mafia Wall' in Sofia

Society

Election of Sofia Appellate Prosecutor Flops
Bulgarian Authorities to Inspect Oranovo Mining Concession after Tragic Incident
Socialist Ivo Atanasov Joins Bulgarian Media Watchdog
Ex-Bulgarian Top Cop Becomes Bank Security Chief
Search Continues for 2 Bulgarian Coal Miners after Tragic Accident
Bulgarian Orthodox Honor St Marina
Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union Demands Firm Price Regulations

Sports

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Named 2nd Most Skilled Player on ATP Tour

Crime

Greek Supreme Court Upholds Bulgarian Pilot Guilty Verdict
Bulgaria Ups Security on Eve of Terror Act Anniversary
It’s Final: Suspended Sentences Only for Bulgaria's Deadly Train Fire
Bulgaria: Leads in Terror Act Probe Point at Hezbollah
2 Men Shot Dead, Woman Injured in Bulgarian Village
Chair of Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Commission Charged with Malfeasance

Views on BG

Patience Running Out in Bulgaria

World

Putin: Snowden Case Won't Damage US-Russia Relations
WikiLeaks: US Sent Extradition Requests for Snowden

Letters to the Editor

Right to Move Within EU?

Business

Bulgaria's Current Account Turns To Surplus, FDIs Down

Bulgaria's current account swung to a surplus for the first five months of 2013 from a deficit a year ago, data released by the Bulgarian National Bank showed Wednesday.

Business | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 17:14

Industrial Energy Consumers in Bulgaria Demand Energy Road Map

The Bulgarian Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (BFIEC) has demanded a "roadmap" offering sustainable long-term solutions to the energy problems which takes into account the recommendations of the European Commission and the World Bank on energy s

Business » Energy | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 18:02

Heating Utility in Bulgaria's Burgas to Install Biomass Boiler

The heating utility in Bulgaria's Black sea city of Burgas plans to boost its efficiency by mounting a new biomass boiler, thereby reducing the consumption of natural gas and the heating bills of its customers.

Business » Energy | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:24

Politics

Bulgaria's Nationalist Asks Swift Actions against Diplomats

The leader of the Bulgarian extremist nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, demands from Foreign Minister, Kristian Vigenin, to take actions against foreign diplomats in the country.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:28

Justice Commissioner Reding: Time of the Troika Over

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has called for disbanding the “troika" of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), saying its time is over.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:42

UK Institute Offers EUR 100 000 for Most Compelling Brexit Vision

Britain’s Institute of Economic Affairs has offered a EUR 100,000 cash prize for those who provides the most compelling vision about how the country can survive outside the European Union.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:55

Bulgaria Holds Record in EU May M/M Construction Slump

Bulgaria holds the record in the May 2013 monthly decrease of the construction index, data published Wednesday by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, reveals.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:10

Netherlands: Bulgaria Won't Join Schengen Anytime Soon

Bulgaria will eventually enter the Schengen Agreement – but it will not happen soon, the Dutch Ambassador to the country has declared.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 11:22

Bulgaria’s Former Rulers to Move No-Confidence Vote against Govt

Bulgaria’s formerly ruling center-right party GERB is about to table a no-confidence motion against the embattled Socialist-backed government, it was announced on Wednesday.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 19:49

Famous Bulgarian Poet Forced to End Hunger Strike by Family, Poor Health

Edvin Sugarev, a prominent Bulgarian poet, who has been on a hunger strike against the country’s Socialist-led government for twenty two days, will be delivered nutrition directly into the bloodstream on Thursday.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 18:41

Bulgaria's GERB Party Demands Snap Elections Date to Return to Parliament

Veselin Vuchkov, MP from the former ruling center-right party Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, and ex-Deputy Interior Minister, has reiterated the plans of the formation to not attend parliament sittings unless they concern Election Co

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:46

Life of Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Not in Danger – Medics

Edvin Sugarev, a prominent Bulgarian poet who has been on a hunger strike against the country’s Socialist-led government, is in a stable condition and his life is currently not in danger, a hospital director has said.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:58

Bulgaria's Interior Min before BBC: No Plans to Curb Protests

The authorities in Bulgaria currently have no plans to curb the increasing protest activity of the Bulgarian population, according to Interior Minister, Tsvetlin Yovchev, speaking for the BBC.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:25

New Controversial Appointment Stirs Fresh Rally in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Parliament released Wednesday without any debates Emil Ivanov from his MP duties in order for him to assume the post of Regional Governor of Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 11:27

Hunger-Striking Bulgarian Poet Rushed to Intensive Care

Prominent Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev, who has been on a hunger strike against the country’s Socialist-led government for 22 days now, has been moved to a hospital intensive care unit, according to local media.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 10:29

Children of Famous Bulgarian Poet Join Him in Anti-Govt Hunger Strike

Four of the children of prominent Bulgarian poet Edvin Sugarev have now joined him in his hunger strike, demanding the resignation of the country’s Socialist-led government that has been accused of having ties with oligarchs.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 09:52

Anti-Govt Protesters Tear Down 'Mafia Wall' in Sofia

A symbolic wall made of cardboard boxes was torn down by Bulgarian anti-government protesters in front of the German embassy in Sofia late on Tuesday.

Politics » Domestic | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 08:31

Society

Election of Sofia Appellate Prosecutor Flops

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, reached stalemate Wednesday in its attempt to elect the Head of the Sofia City Appellate Prosecutor's Office.

Society | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:11

Bulgarian Authorities to Inspect Oranovo Mining Concession after Tragic Incident

The families of the two miners, who died in the July 16 Oranovo coal mine collapse in southwestern Bulgaria, will receive one-time financial aid amounting to BGN 325, while the Social Protection Fund will cover the funeral expenses, according to Hasan Ade

Society | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:56

Socialist Ivo Atanasov Joins Bulgarian Media Watchdog

The Members of the Bulgarian Parliament predictably elected Wednesday Ivo Atanasov as member of the Council for Electronic Media, SEM.

Society | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:48

Ex-Bulgarian Top Cop Becomes Bank Security Chief

Bulgaria's former Chief Secretary of the Interior, Kalin Georgiev, has been hired as Security Chief of the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank, BACB.

Society | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 10:40

Search Continues for 2 Bulgarian Coal Miners after Tragic Accident

Rescue workers are still searching for two workers who were trapped after a coal mine collapsed near the town of Simitli in southwestern Bulgaria on Tuesday.

Society | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 08:00

Bulgarian Orthodox Honor St Marina

The Orthodox world, including the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, mark Wednesday the Day of Saint Marina.

Society » Culture | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:58

Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union Demands Firm Price Regulations

The Bulgarian Pharmaceutical Union (BPhU) has yet again called for firm regulations in prices of medicines.

Society » Health | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 11:38

Sports

Bulgaria’s Dimitrov Named 2nd Most Skilled Player on ATP Tour

Bulgarian youngster Grigor Dimitrov is currently the second most skilled male tennis player in the world, according to Bleacher Report.

Sports | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 14:49

Crime

Greek Supreme Court Upholds Bulgarian Pilot Guilty Verdict

The Supreme Court in Athens has upheld the guilty verdicts for the defendants in the case of the Helios Airways crash in 2005, according to unofficial information.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 20:23

Bulgaria Ups Security on Eve of Terror Act Anniversary

Bulgaria has announced increased security measures at bus stations, airports and hotels in the eve of the one year anniversary of the terror act in Burgas.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:56

It’s Final: Suspended Sentences Only for Bulgaria's Deadly Train Fire

Bulgaria’s Supreme Cassation Court has upheld the ruling of an appellate court on the tragic train fire case that killed nine people, handing down suspended sentences to the three defendants.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 16:25

Bulgaria: Leads in Terror Act Probe Point at Hezbollah

The position of Bulgaria on the terror act in Burgas is absolutely real, there is no change in it and we have leads pointing at Hezbollah, according to Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:52

2 Men Shot Dead, Woman Injured in Bulgarian Village

Two men – a 88-year-old father and his 58-year-old son – have been shot dead in their home in the northeastern Bulgarian village of Kolartsi, according to police.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:44

Chair of Bulgaria's Conflict of Interest Commission Charged with Malfeasance

Bulgaria's prosecuting authority has pressed charges of malfeasance in office against Filip Zlatanov, Chair of the Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI), according to Deputy Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov.

Crime | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:38

Views on BG

Patience Running Out in Bulgaria

Protesters in Bulgaria pack the streets of Sofia each evening, but after 35 days in a row, their patience with Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's government is wafer-thin.

Views on BG | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 13:10

World

Putin: Snowden Case Won't Damage US-Russia Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised relations between Russia and the United States Wednesday, saying they are more important than the saga of fugitive former NSA employee Edward Snowden.

World | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:09

WikiLeaks: US Sent Extradition Requests for Snowden

The US has sent extradition requests for fugitive former NSA employee Edward Snowden to five countries, WikiLeaks said in its Twitter account on Wednesday.

World | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 09:08

Letters to the Editor

Right to Move Within EU?

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Letters to the Editor | July 17, 2013, Wednesday // 15:30
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