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ARCHIVE - 29 July 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Paid Back 80% of Late VAT Refunds – Defense Minister
Bulgarian Farmers to Get Swiss Support for Launching Own-Label Products
Bulgaria's Business Climate Up 1.4% July 2013 M/M
Trade in Scrap Metal in Bulgaria Decreased Substantially in 2012
Bulgarian Govt Plans to Finish 'Hemus' HWY by 2018
Expert Predicts 'Season of Scarcity' for Bulgarian Heating Utilities
Movie to Promote Bulgaria to Indian Tourists

Politics

Bulgaria Says Willing to Ink Friendship Treaty with Macedonia
Bulgarians Brave Heat to Stage Fresh Anti-Govt Rally
Mystery Deepens over Bulgarian Protester-Besieged Bus
Bulgarian Ex-PM Reiterates Call for Early Vote amid Turmoil
Bulgarian Govt 'Foes' Vow to Move Rallies to Beach
Mystery Surrounds Protester-Besieged Bus of Bulgarian Officials
Bulgarian Judicial Council Member Seeks All-Out Probe into Appointments of Colleagues
Bulgarians Hold Fresh Coffee-Drinking Rally near Parliament

Society

24 British Tourists Die in Bulgaria in Summer 2012
Fresh Poll Confirms 1/5 of Bulgarians Live Below Poverty Line
EC to Take Steps to Reduce Air Pollution in Bulgaria's Plovdiv
Sofia Offers Free Water to Counter Scorching Heat
New Quake Registered near Collapsed Bulgarian Mine
4 Bulgarian Regions under Code Orange for Dangerous Heat
Prominent Bulgarian Pop Composer Dies at 68

Sports

Berbatov Transfer Makes it to Top 5 of Fulham's Memorable Moments

Crime

Greek Tycoon with Business in Bulgaria Arrested in Athens

Views on BG

Unclear Sale of Bulgaria’s Biggest Pension Fund Hurts Business
*Ex FinMin Comments on Bulgaria's 'Endless' Protests for WSJ

World

At Least 51 Killed in Iraq Car Bombs
Pope Francis on Gay People: 'Who Am I to Judge?'
Horrific Bus Plunge in Italy Kills at least 37

Business

Bulgaria Paid Back 80% of Late VAT Refunds – Defense Minister

The state has already paid back 80% of the value added tax (VAT) refunds owed to the business sector, according to Bulgaria's Defense Minister Angel Naydenov.

Business | July 29, 2013, Monday // 18:03

Bulgarian Farmers to Get Swiss Support for Launching Own-Label Products

Bulgarian farmers will be able to apply for funding of up to CHF 6500 for creating products of their own brand, according to Ivaylo Yotov, head of the Lovech-based District Directorate of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegra

Business | July 29, 2013, Monday // 14:27

Bulgaria's Business Climate Up 1.4% July 2013 M/M

In July 2013 the total business climate indicator in Bulgaria has increased by 1.4 percentage points compared to its level from the previous month due to the improved business climate in industry and retail trade.

Business | July 29, 2013, Monday // 13:42

Trade in Scrap Metal in Bulgaria Decreased Substantially in 2012

The total volume of scrap metal traded in Bulgaria in 2012 amounted to 1 711 608 tonnes worth BGN 1.

Business | July 29, 2013, Monday // 13:07

Bulgarian Govt Plans to Finish 'Hemus' HWY by 2018

The government has set a 2018 deadline to finish the construction of the Hemus highway in northern Bulgaria to connect the capital Sofia and the Black Sea city of Varna.

Business | July 29, 2013, Monday // 13:04

Expert Predicts 'Season of Scarcity' for Bulgarian Heating Utilities

The upcoming heating season will be a season of scarcity for heating utilities, according to Valentin Terziyski, Deputy Chair of the Association of Heating Utilities in Bulgaria.

Business » Energy | July 29, 2013, Monday // 17:02

Movie to Promote Bulgaria to Indian Tourists

A movie promoting Bulgaria as a tourist destination will be shot by an Indian television channel, according to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

Business » Tourism | July 29, 2013, Monday // 18:14

Politics

Bulgaria Says Willing to Ink Friendship Treaty with Macedonia

Bulgaria is strongly committed to signing a good-neighbor agreement with Macedonia and is negotiating to settle the matters that still exist in the bilateral relations, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has said.

Politics » Diplomacy | July 29, 2013, Monday // 16:15

Bulgarians Brave Heat to Stage Fresh Anti-Govt Rally

Bulgarians have gathered to stage an anti-government evening protest in the capital Sofia for the 46th day in a row.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 20:40

Mystery Deepens over Bulgarian Protester-Besieged Bus

The bus driver was the only official of Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry in the bus that attempted to evacuate Bulgarian ministers and MPs during last week’s siege of Parliament in Sofia, according to reports of Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Interio

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 20:18

Bulgarian Ex-PM Reiterates Call for Early Vote amid Turmoil

Bulgaria’s former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has once again stated that early elections would be the only way to calm the ongoing mass anti-government protests in the country.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 17:45

Bulgarian Govt 'Foes' Vow to Move Rallies to Beach

Bulgarian anti-government protesters are organizing themselves on Facebook to stage rallies and blockades at the official State summer residence Evsinograd, near the Black Sea city of Varna.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 14:46

Mystery Surrounds Protester-Besieged Bus of Bulgarian Officials

The window of the bus that attempted to evacuate Bulgarian ministers and lawmakers during last week’s siege of Parliament in Sofia may have been broken from inside, a video suggests.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 14:38

Bulgarian Judicial Council Member Seeks All-Out Probe into Appointments of Colleagues

Kamen Sitnilski, member of Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council (VSS), has proposed a probe of the election procedures for VSS members from all quotas – that of prosecutors, investigating magistrates, judges, and Members of Parliament.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 12:03

Bulgarians Hold Fresh Coffee-Drinking Rally near Parliament

Bulgarians protested once again Monday by staging the now-traditional coffee-drinking anti-government rally in front of the Parliament building in downtown Sofia.

Politics » Domestic | July 29, 2013, Monday // 11:11

Society

24 British Tourists Die in Bulgaria in Summer 2012

In the course of just one tourist season (May – October 2012), 24 British tourists have died in Bulgaria – both from natural causes and alcohol binging.

Society | July 29, 2013, Monday // 14:20

Fresh Poll Confirms 1/5 of Bulgarians Live Below Poverty Line

Only 25% of Bulgarians between the ages of 31 and 45 say they have not been affected negatively by the economic crisis.

Society | July 29, 2013, Monday // 12:29

EC to Take Steps to Reduce Air Pollution in Bulgaria's Plovdiv

The European Commission will take steps about air pollution in Bulgaria's southern city of Plovdiv.

Society » Environment | July 29, 2013, Monday // 15:45

Sofia Offers Free Water to Counter Scorching Heat

The Sofia Water utility and the Sofia City Hall are offering free bottled water to residents and visitors over the scorching heat.

Society » Environment | July 29, 2013, Monday // 11:42

New Quake Registered near Collapsed Bulgarian Mine

A new light earthquake has been registered in southwestern Bulgaria Sunday evening.

Society » Environment | July 29, 2013, Monday // 09:33

4 Bulgarian Regions under Code Orange for Dangerous Heat

Code Orange alert for dangerous heat is declared Monday for 4 Bulgarian regions in northern Bulgaria.

Society » Environment | July 29, 2013, Monday // 08:05

Prominent Bulgarian Pop Composer Dies at 68

One of the best known Bulgarian composers of pop music, Nayden Andreev, has passed away at the age of 68.

Society » Obituaries | July 29, 2013, Monday // 09:53

Sports

Berbatov Transfer Makes it to Top 5 of Fulham's Memorable Moments

The signing of Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United is the fifth most memorable moment in Fulham’s history, according to the club’s official website.

Sports | July 29, 2013, Monday // 15:18

Crime

Greek Tycoon with Business in Bulgaria Arrested in Athens

Greek tycoon and ship owner with business interests in Bulgaria, Victor Restis, has been arrested in Athens by officers of Greece's Organized Crime Unit.

Crime | July 29, 2013, Monday // 10:32

Views on BG

Unclear Sale of Bulgaria’s Biggest Pension Fund Hurts Business

The chairwoman of Doverie, Bulgaria’s biggest pension fund, said her company is being hurt by a lack of information on United Capital Plc’s purchase of a 92 percent stake in the Sofia-based company.

Views on BG | July 29, 2013, Monday // 18:44

*Ex FinMin Comments on Bulgaria's 'Endless' Protests for WSJ

Bulgaria is making the international headlines these days, and not for happy reasons. For 45 days and counting, there have been daily protests against the government, numbering in the tens of thousands.

Views on BG | July 29, 2013, Monday // 08:37

World

At Least 51 Killed in Iraq Car Bombs

A wave of car bombs has killed at least 51 people in mostly Shia areas of Baghdad and in other cities in Iraq.

World | July 29, 2013, Monday // 19:25

Pope Francis on Gay People: 'Who Am I to Judge?'

Pope Francis has said gay people should not be judged or marginalised.

World | July 29, 2013, Monday // 15:50

Horrific Bus Plunge in Italy Kills at least 37

A coach with pilgrims has plunged off an overpass in southern Italy leaving at least 37 people dead, according to local media.

World | July 29, 2013, Monday // 08:26
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