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ARCHIVE - 15 January 2013

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Business

Trade Unions, Privatization Agency to Talk Staff Cuts at Bulgarian Military Plant
Bulgarian PM Backs Layoffs at Faltering Military Plant
Sole Bidder for Bulgaria's Military Plant Offered BGN 1 in Price
Bulgaria's EconMin Speaks Out in Favor of New Ski Tracks in Bansko
Bulgaria's Bansko Resort Seeks Official Approval for 2nd Gondola Lift

Politics

Bulgarian Contingent Starts Withdrawing from Afghanistan
Ireland to Back Bulgaria's Schengen Bid
UK Populists to Use Fears of Bulgarians, Romanians as Campaign Focus
Controversial Bulgarian Popfolk Company Gets Major EU Funding
Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Names New MEP
Bulgaria to Probe Lack of Violations in Dunes Gate
Bulgarian Right Wing Revives Legendary 'Democracy' Weekly

Society

Bulgaria Denies Italian Report of Sexual Abuse of Orphans
Tainted Bulgarian Eco Chief Denies 'Hanging Out' with 'Dunes Gate' Builders
Bulgarian Eco Chief Filmed in 'Dunes Gate' Builders' Car - Report
Bulgaria Ordered to Pay Compensation to Man Overcharged in Court Fee
Bulgarian Eco Activists Call for Declaring Black Sea Coast National Park
Bulgarian Environment Ministry Denies Higher Status to Protected Area
Light Earthquake Shakes Bulgaria's Pernik
Bulgarian Minister Halts Construction on Irakli Beach after Mass Protest
Unique Bulgarian Thracian Treasure May Be Displayed in US

Crime

Bulgarian 'Drunken' Doctor Probed for Fraud
2 Bulgarian Prostitutes Stabbed in Venice
Sofia Apartment Massacre 'Carefully Plotted' - Profilers
2 Bulgarians Found Guilty of Forgery, Cleared of Terrorism Charges in Prague
Varna Traffic Police Head Dismissed for Disgraceful Conduct

Views on BG

Bulgaria Is Top Virgin Money Family Destination 2013
Where Bulgaria Went Wrong

World

Macedonian Opposition: Gruevski Equals Milosevic
Bangladesh Strikes Major Arms Deal with Russia
Pakistan Court Orders Arrest of PM
Malaysia Replaces Bulgarians' Death Sentence with Life without Parole
EU Foreign Ministers to Hold Emergency Meeting on Mali
At Least 19 Perish in Egypt Train Crash

Business

Trade Unions, Privatization Agency to Talk Staff Cuts at Bulgarian Military Plant

Emil Karanikolov, head of Bulgaria's Privatization and Post-Privatization Control Agency (PPCA), has said that he is starting talks for staff cuts at military plant VMZ Sopot.

Business | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 09:07

Bulgarian PM Backs Layoffs at Faltering Military Plant

Hundreds of workers at Bulgaria's State-owned arms manufacturer VMZ Sopot must be laid-off in order for the company to be privatized, Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, says.

Business » Industry | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:01

Sole Bidder for Bulgaria's Military Plant Offered BGN 1 in Price

EMKO EOOD, the sole candidate to buy Bulgaria's State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot, has proposed a price of BGN 1.

Business » Industry | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 14:35

Bulgaria's EconMin Speaks Out in Favor of New Ski Tracks in Bansko

Bulgaria's Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev has declared that new ski track developments in the largest Bulgarian mountain resort of Bansko will boost the local economy.

Business » Tourism | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:55

Bulgaria's Bansko Resort Seeks Official Approval for 2nd Gondola Lift

Bulgarian Minister Delyan Dobrev informed Tuesday that the Mayor of the mountain resort of Bansko had submitted an investment declaration for the construction of a second gondola lift and the expansion of the ski runs.

Business » Tourism | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 14:54

Politics

Bulgarian Contingent Starts Withdrawing from Afghanistan

Bulgaria begins withdrawing its contingent in Afghanistan on March 1, 2013.

Politics » Defense | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 19:07

Ireland to Back Bulgaria's Schengen Bid

Bulgaria has fulfilled all requirements for joining the Schengen area and Ireland is ready to support its membership bid.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 15:35

UK Populists to Use Fears of Bulgarians, Romanians as Campaign Focus

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is preparing to exploit fears over mass influx from Romania and Bulgaria as the focus of its campaign strategy, according to British media.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 15:27

Controversial Bulgarian Popfolk Company Gets Major EU Funding

Bulgarian record producer Payner, which is known as the largest label for the so called popfolk or chalga music, has secured major funding under EU Operational Program Competitiveness, according to a report.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 12:14

Bulgaria's Ruling GERB Names New MEP

Bulgaria's ruling centrist-right GERB party has named its new Member of the European Parliament.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 12:10

Bulgaria to Probe Lack of Violations in Dunes Gate

The probe in the administrative procedure to exclude lands on the Black sea coast from protected status and to sell them had not established administrative violations, according to Bulgarian Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov.

Politics » Domestic | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 18:11

Bulgarian Right Wing Revives Legendary 'Democracy' Weekly

Bulgaria's right-wing Union of Democratic Forces, UDF, is reviving its newspaper "Democratsia" (Democracy) with the first issue published on January 24.

Politics » Domestic | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 17:40

Society

Bulgaria Denies Italian Report of Sexual Abuse of Orphans

Information in Italian media about child sexual abuse in a Bulgarian orphanage is untrue and total slander.

Society | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 14:58

Tainted Bulgarian Eco Chief Denies 'Hanging Out' with 'Dunes Gate' Builders

Boycho Georgiev, head of the Regional Environmental Inspectorate in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas, has denied reports that we was seen in a car belonging to the owners of SLE Group, which caused public outrage by attempting residential construction

Society | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:08

Bulgarian Eco Chief Filmed in 'Dunes Gate' Builders' Car - Report

Boycho Georgiev, head of the Environmental Inspectorate in the Black Sea city of Burgas, has been filmed in a car of SLE Group, which recently caused outrage in Bulgaria after it was allowed to procure 29 decares of protected sand dunes near beach resort

Society | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 12:49

Bulgaria Ordered to Pay Compensation to Man Overcharged in Court Fee

Nikolay Dimitrov from Silistra is the first Bulgarian to have won a case against the state at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in 2013.

Society | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 12:13

Bulgarian Eco Activists Call for Declaring Black Sea Coast National Park

Bulgarian eco activists proposed Tuesday to establish a "Black Sea" National Park to stop construction in coastal areas.

Society » Environment | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 18:47

Bulgarian Environment Ministry Denies Higher Status to Protected Area

Bulgaria's Environment Ministry has refused to grant a higher protected area status to Irakli – Emona – a Black Sea coastal area targeted for resort construction but vehemently defended by local environmentalists.

Society » Environment | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 18:25

Light Earthquake Shakes Bulgaria's Pernik

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.

Society » Environment | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:23

Bulgarian Minister Halts Construction on Irakli Beach after Mass Protest

Construction works on the Irakli beach on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast have been stopped by officials of the Directorate for National Construction Supervision (DNSK) through an order of Regional Development Minister Lilyana Pavlova.

Society » Environment | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 10:28

Unique Bulgarian Thracian Treasure May Be Displayed in US

US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries has been impressed by the unique gold Thracian treasure that was recently discovered in the country's famous Sveshtari tomb.

Society » Archaeology | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 17:44

Crime

Bulgarian 'Drunken' Doctor Probed for Fraud

The prosecutor's office must probe the case with the now-notorious doctor from Bulgaria's western town of Dupnitsa, according to Health Minister, Desislava Atanasova.

Crime | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:37

2 Bulgarian Prostitutes Stabbed in Venice

Two Bulgarian prostitutes, aged 34 and 35, were stabbed early on Tuesday in Venice, according to Italian media.

Crime | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:01

Sofia Apartment Massacre 'Carefully Plotted' - Profilers

The tragedy that shocked Bulgaria's capital Sofia last week was the result of a carefully premeditated execution, according to local experts.

Crime | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:34

2 Bulgarians Found Guilty of Forgery, Cleared of Terrorism Charges in Prague

A court in the Czech Republic has declared a group of foreign nationals, including two Bulgarians, guilty of document fraud.

Crime | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:14

Varna Traffic Police Head Dismissed for Disgraceful Conduct

Valery Borisov, Director of the Varna Traffic Police, has been dismissed, according to reports of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry.

Crime | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 08:27

Views on BG

Bulgaria Is Top Virgin Money Family Destination 2013

On the same list with two other destinations recommended by Virgin Money for family travel, we find Bulgaria in 2013.

Views on BG | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:47

Where Bulgaria Went Wrong

Bulgarians can talk at great length about what went wrong in 1989-90 and why the country didn't immediately become economically successful and politically liberal after the end of the Cold War.

Views on BG | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:08

World

Macedonian Opposition: Gruevski Equals Milosevic

Hundreds of opposition protesters blockaded the downtown boulevards in the Macedonian capital Skopje Tuesday demanding the stepping down of the government of the rightist VMRO-DPMNE party and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 19:40

Bangladesh Strikes Major Arms Deal with Russia

Russia will issue a $1 billion loan to Bangladesh for purchases of Russian-made arms and military equipment,  it has been announced.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 16:45

Pakistan Court Orders Arrest of PM

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of PM Raja Pervez Ashraf and 15 others over corruption allegations.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 14:29

Malaysia Replaces Bulgarians' Death Sentence with Life without Parole

Malaysia's authorities have replaced the death sentence for drug trafficking of Bulgarians Georgi Bakalov and Ivan Kostov with life without parole, Bakalov's father, Dinyo Bakalov has announced.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 13:48

EU Foreign Ministers to Hold Emergency Meeting on Mali

EU's Foreign Ministers are to meet in Brussels this week to discuss the crisis in Mali.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 11:42

At Least 19 Perish in Egypt Train Crash

Train cars filled with Egyptian security force recruits hopped the tracks and crashed in Giza early Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring some 107 others.

World | January 15, 2013, Tuesday // 11:06
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