ARCHIVE - 18 January 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Gained BGN 7.4 B from Privatization since 1993
Bulgaria to Contest EU Anti-Allergen Law to Defend Rose, Lavender Oil Production
Foreign Direct Investments in Bulgaria at EUR 1.39 B in Jan-Nov 2012
Bulgaria Economy to Stagnate in 2013 - London-Based Capital
Project for 7th Unit at Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Must Be Coordinated with EC
Bulgaria PM: 2nd Gondola Lift in Bansko Is Imperative Necessity

Politics

Bulgarian PM Refuses to Comment on Hezbollah Allegations
Bulgaria Says It Backs Efforts to Restore Constitutional Order in Mali
Bulgaria Denies Report It Blamed Hezbollah for Burgas Bombing
Israeli TV: Bulgaria Blaimed Hezbollah as Terror Act Mastermind
EU's New Driving License Directive to Take Effect Friday
David Cameron: UK Could Drift towards EU Exit
Bulgaria 1st in EU by Share of Materially Deprived People
Bulgarian Judges Accuse Interior Minister of Attempting to Intimidate Magistrates

Society

Bulgarian Town Employs Potholes to Calm Traffic
Bulgaria's Monty Python Director Calls for 'Chalga Tax'
Bulgarian Village Barakovo 'Welcomes' Barack Obama
Depeche Mode Forced to Move Sofia Gig Venue
Bulgarian Documentary Selected for MoMA Doc Fortnight
Bulgaria Honors St Athanasius Half Past Winter
Bulgarian Christmas Charity Raises BGN 2 M

Sports

Bulgaria's Bojinov Set to Move on Loan to Vicenza

Crime

Jealousy Most Likely Motive for Bulgarian Women's Murder in Berlin

Views on BG

Bulgaria Lacks Competitiveness in Lost Decade, Capital Says
Romanian and Bulgarian Migrants: Don't Forget about the Fruitpickers

Smiles

Who is the Stronger Sex?

World

Al Qaeda-Linked Algerian Militants Demand US Free 2 Terrorists
Tymoshenko Now Faces Life in Prison, Suspected of Murder
Dutch FinMin Gains Support for Eurogroup Head
60 Hostages Still Held in Algeria - Report
Lawyer Says Tymoshenko in Critical Condition
Death Toll in Algeria Hostage Crisis Climbs to 41

Business

Bulgaria Gained BGN 7.4 B from Privatization since 1993

Bulgaria's revenues from the privatization of state-owned companies in the period 1993 – 2012 amount to BGN 7.4 B, according to Finance Minister Simeon Djankov.

Business | January 18, 2013, Friday // 17:21

Bulgaria to Contest EU Anti-Allergen Law to Defend Rose, Lavender Oil Production

Bulgaria will challenge the expert report of the EC's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) recommending the removal of allergens in cosmetic products containing rose and lavender oil, according to Minister Miroslav Naydenov.

Business | January 18, 2013, Friday // 15:16

Foreign Direct Investments in Bulgaria at EUR 1.39 B in Jan-Nov 2012

Bulgaria attracted foreign direct investment of EUR 1399.4 million (3.5% of GDP) in the period January - November 2012, according to preliminary data of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB).

Business » Finance | January 18, 2013, Friday // 20:58

Bulgaria Economy to Stagnate in 2013 - London-Based Capital

Bulgaria's economy will stagnate this year before returning to 2% to 3% expansion, London-based Capital Economics Ltd. forecast.

Business » Finance | January 18, 2013, Friday // 11:38

Project for 7th Unit at Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Must Be Coordinated with EC

The construction of a new unit at the Kozloduy NPP instead of the Belene NPP must be agreed with the European Commission, according to EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger.

Business » Energy | January 18, 2013, Friday // 18:53

Bulgaria PM: 2nd Gondola Lift in Bansko Is Imperative Necessity

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said that the construction of a second ski lift in the mountain resort of Bansko is imperative.

Business » Tourism | January 18, 2013, Friday // 16:50

Politics

Bulgarian PM Refuses to Comment on Hezbollah Allegations

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has refused to comment on the report that his country has blamed Hezbollah for last year's terror attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 18, 2013, Friday // 14:44

Bulgaria Says It Backs Efforts to Restore Constitutional Order in Mali

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has declared that his country supports France's efforts to secure stability in Mali.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 18, 2013, Friday // 14:02

Bulgaria Denies Report It Blamed Hezbollah for Burgas Bombing

Bulgaria has officially denied a report that it has blamed Lebanon's Hezbollah movement for last year's terror attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 18, 2013, Friday // 13:28

Israeli TV: Bulgaria Blaimed Hezbollah as Terror Act Mastermind

The Bulgarian report about the July 18, 2012, terror act in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas is blaming the Lebanese Hezbollah for the attack.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 18, 2013, Friday // 09:55

EU's New Driving License Directive to Take Effect Friday

Starting Friday, all new driving licences issued across the EU will be in the form of a plastic "credit card," with a standard European format and tougher security protection.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 18, 2013, Friday // 15:29

David Cameron: UK Could Drift towards EU Exit

The UK could "drift towards" exiting the EU if problems are not addressed, David Cameron is set to warn.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 18, 2013, Friday // 13:13

Bulgaria 1st in EU by Share of Materially Deprived People

The proportion of people in the European Union that were materially deprived in 2010 was highest in Bulgaria (55.6 %).

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 18, 2013, Friday // 08:31

Bulgarian Judges Accuse Interior Minister of Attempting to Intimidate Magistrates

The Bulgarian Judges Association (BJA) has yet again accused Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov of inadmissible intervention in the work of the judiciary.

Politics » Domestic | January 18, 2013, Friday // 20:15

Society

Bulgarian Town Employs Potholes to Calm Traffic

Local authorities in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo have used a peculiar tactic to reduce vehicle speed on a busy boulevard – by creating artificial potholes.

Society | January 18, 2013, Friday // 17:45

Bulgaria's Monty Python Director Calls for 'Chalga Tax'

True to his style, theater, television and film director Tedi Moskov, the man behind the popular Monty Python style TV show The Street, has urged levying a tax on Bulgarian popfolk music or chalga - as it is derogatorily called.

Society | January 18, 2013, Friday // 17:24

Bulgarian Village Barakovo 'Welcomes' Barack Obama

The residents of the tiny Bulgarian village of Barakovo had a new chance to show their support for the village's namesake – US President Barack Obama.

Society | January 18, 2013, Friday // 16:19

Depeche Mode Forced to Move Sofia Gig Venue

Depeche Mode has changed the venue of their keenly awaited concert in Bulgaria's capital, which they included in their world tour this year.

Society » Culture | January 18, 2013, Friday // 12:41

Bulgarian Documentary Selected for MoMA Doc Fortnight

Critically acclaimed Bulgarian documentary "Sofia's Last Ambulance" has been selected for the Museum of Modern Art's Documentary Fortnight in New York.

Society » Culture | January 18, 2013, Friday // 12:22

Bulgaria Honors St Athanasius Half Past Winter

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church celebrates on January 18 the Day of Saint Athanasius (Atanasovden), who is the ruler of snow and ice.

Society » Culture | January 18, 2013, Friday // 08:10

Bulgarian Christmas Charity Raises BGN 2 M

The 'Bulgarian Christmas' charity, which was launched for the tenth time and with boosted expectations by President Rosen Plevneliev at the beginning of December, has collected BGN 2 045 763 so far.

Society » Health | January 18, 2013, Friday // 09:06

Sports

Bulgaria's Bojinov Set to Move on Loan to Vicenza

Bulgarian striker Valeri Bojinov is about to move on loan to Italian Serie B side Vicenza, according to a report.

Sports | January 18, 2013, Friday // 11:34

Crime

Jealousy Most Likely Motive for Bulgarian Women's Murder in Berlin

A Turkish national, living in Berlin, is about the face murder charges after shooting dead his ex-flame and her sister.

Crime | January 18, 2013, Friday // 19:05

Views on BG

Bulgaria Lacks Competitiveness in Lost Decade, Capital Says

Bulgaria needs wages and prices to fall further to increase competitiveness and help economic output return to pre-crisis levels, Capital Economics Ltd. said.

Views on BG | January 18, 2013, Friday // 11:12

Romanian and Bulgarian Migrants: Don't Forget about the Fruitpickers

Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, and in the absence of any official estimate of how many Romanian and Bulgarian migrants might come to Britain to work from the end of this year, an almost hysterical auction has taken off.

Views on BG | January 18, 2013, Friday // 11:02

Smiles

Who is the Stronger Sex?

If you think women are the weaker sex, try pulling the blankets back to your side.

Smiles | January 18, 2013, Friday // 15:11

World

Al Qaeda-Linked Algerian Militants Demand US Free 2 Terrorists

The al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group that took over a natural gas facility in Algeria is offering to free American hostages in exchange for two convicted terrorists being held in U.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 19:25

Tymoshenko Now Faces Life in Prison, Suspected of Murder

Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is now an official suspect in the 1996 killing of Ukrainian businessman and lawmaker Yevhen Shcherban, Ukraine's Prosecutor General said on Friday.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 19:20

Dutch FinMin Gains Support for Eurogroup Head

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem appears to have wide backing to take over the helm of the Eurogroup, the powerful body of euro zone finance ministers, succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 18:33

60 Hostages Still Held in Algeria - Report

About 650 hostages have been freed from Islamist militants at a gas facility in Algeria, according to state media.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 16:41

Lawyer Says Tymoshenko in Critical Condition

Imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's health is in critical condition, according to her lawyer.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 16:10

Death Toll in Algeria Hostage Crisis Climbs to 41

At least eleven militant Islamists have been killed in the desert gas field in Algeria when troops backed by helicopters attempted to free the hostages Thursday afternoon.

World | January 18, 2013, Friday // 10:42