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ARCHIVE - 23 January 2013

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Business

Only 10% of Products Sold in Bulgaria Are Locally Manufactured
Bulgaria Govt Awards 35-Year Concession for Port Terminal Lom
Bulgarian Govt Accuses Ex-Rulers of 'Lying, Lying, and Lying' over Belene NPP
Bulgarian PM Exposes Predecessor as 'Liar' over Belene NPP Project
Bulgaria Poured Major State Funds in Belene NPP Project, MP Probe Finds
Socialist Chief: Bulgarian-Russian NPP Project Cheapest Ever Counting Inflation
Bulgaria's Nuclear Energy Referendum Will Be Invalid - Poll
Bulgarian Cabinet Mulls Fate of Faltering Military Plant
Bulgaria’s Dwelling Prices Slumped by 2.7% in 2012
Bulgaria to Issue Visas to Russian Tourists Right on the Border
Bulgaria Expects Tourism Growth of over 3% in 2013

Politics

Bulgarian President on Macedonia: We Are No Second Greece!
Bulgaria Opens Embassy in Iraq
EU Enlargement Commissioner Makes Surprise Visit in Macedonia
EPP Throws Weight Behind Bulgarian PM in Dogan Assault Case
European Justice Commissioner: Schengen Expansion is Mostly Political Issue
EC Report Due in End-January to Decide Bulgaria's Schengen Accession
Bulgaria Demands Friendship Treaty from Macedonia, Vows EU Veto
Bulgarian Labor Agency Assuages UK's Migrant Workers' Fears
Bulgaria Ruling GERB Ratings Crash Further over Recent Scandals
Bulgarian Parliament Fails to Condemn Dogan Assassination Attempt
6 Bulgarian Security Chiefs to Be Sanctioned over Dogan Attack
Bulgarian Opposition Socialists Deem Coalition with Rightist Rulers Impossible
Ethnic Turkish Chief: Bulgarians Turned Dogan's Attacker into Martyr
Bulgarian President Issues 10-Day Deadline for Dogan Attack Probe

Society

Bulgaria Names Costa Concordia Hero 'Man the Year 2012'
Study Shows 63% of Bulgarians Live in Poverty
Bulgaria's 'Dogan Attack' Makes Top Online Video Show

Sports

Cruelty behind Bulgaria's Rhythmic Gymnastics Past Glory - Champ

Crime

Bulgaria Court Clears Refugee Agency Director, Govt Defeated
Austrian Lobbyist Hochegger Charged with Money Laundering

Views on BG

EU and Immigration: Fear Mongering
Human Rights in Bulgaria

Smiles

The Boss

Quotes

Today's Quote

World

EU Leaders Warn UK PM Cameron over Referendum
IMF: Global Еconomic Recovery 'Weakening'
David Cameron Promises In/Out Referedum on EU
Weeks of Coalition Haggling Predicted in Israel
Netanyahu Vows Broad Coalition Govt after Indecisive Win
Netanyahu Scores Narrow Win in Israeli Election
YouTube Makes USD 8 M in Ad Revenue from Gangnam Style

Novinite Insider

Bulgarian Astronomer Tanyu Bonev: ISON Comet Could Provide Spectacular Display

Business

Only 10% of Products Sold in Bulgaria Are Locally Manufactured

Plamen Grozdanov, Executive Director of the Made in Bulgaria Union, has argued that only 10% of the goods sold in the country are locally produced.

Business | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:03

Bulgaria Govt Awards 35-Year Concession for Port Terminal Lom

Following an open tender, the Bulgarian government awarded Wednesday a concession contract for Port Terminal Lom to Port Invest EOOD

Business | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:07

Bulgarian Govt Accuses Ex-Rulers of 'Lying, Lying, and Lying' over Belene NPP

Bulgarian Economy Minister Delyan Dobrev has slammed the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party for employing overt lies to deluded the public over the controversial Belene NPP project, which was revived by the government of BSP Chair Sergey Stanishev

Business » Energy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 17:04

Bulgarian PM Exposes Predecessor as 'Liar' over Belene NPP Project

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has leaked a record of the meeting of the Cabinet of his predecessor Sergey Stanishev, which Borisov says exposes the former as a lier regarding the controversial project for the construction of the Belene nuclear po

Business » Energy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:50

Bulgaria Poured Major State Funds in Belene NPP Project, MP Probe Finds

The overwhelming share of Bulgaria's expenditures on the preparation and execution of the construction of the Belene NPP has come from the state budget, according to the findings of a temporary parliamentary committee probing the project.

Business » Energy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:06

Socialist Chief: Bulgarian-Russian NPP Project Cheapest Ever Counting Inflation

The project for Belene Nuclear Power Plant in Bulgaria, a Bulgarian-Russian venture that was terminated by Bulgaria's center-right Borisov Cabinet a year ago, is the cheapest NPP project, according to Sergey Stanishev, head of opposition Bulgarian Sociali

Business » Energy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 12:16

Bulgaria's Nuclear Energy Referendum Will Be Invalid - Poll

The referendum on the future of nuclear energy in Bulgaria will end up being invalid, according to a recent poll.

Business » Energy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 10:44

Bulgarian Cabinet Mulls Fate of Faltering Military Plant

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers is examining Wednesday at the regularly scheduled meeting the future and the fate State-owned arms manufacturer, VMZ Sopot.

Business » Industry | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 09:13

Bulgaria’s Dwelling Prices Slumped by 2.7% in 2012

The market price index of the dwellings in Bulgaria for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012 was 99.3%, i.e. the average decrease of the market prices of the dwellings was 0.7%.

Business » Properties | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:42

Bulgaria to Issue Visas to Russian Tourists Right on the Border

Bulgaria's government plans to start issuing visas for Russian tourists right at its border crossing points, Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov has announced.

Business » Tourism | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 19:09

Bulgaria Expects Tourism Growth of over 3% in 2013

Bulgaria expects a growth of at least 3% in tourism in 2013, according to Ivo Marinov, Deputy Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism.

Business » Tourism | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:52

Politics

Bulgarian President on Macedonia: We Are No Second Greece!

Bulgaria's is not "a second Greece" with regard to its policy towards the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has declared.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:13

Bulgaria Opens Embassy in Iraq

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov, is opening Wednesday a Bulgarian Embassy in Bagdad.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 08:14

EU Enlargement Commissioner Makes Surprise Visit in Macedonia

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele has paid a surprise visit to the Macedonian capital Skopje.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 18:45

EPP Throws Weight Behind Bulgarian PM in Dogan Assault Case

The European People's Party has voiced support for Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, whose ruling party GERB is an EPP member, over the European liberals' criticism of Borisov's reaction to Saturday's assault against Bulgarian ethnic Turkish leader

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 18:14

European Justice Commissioner: Schengen Expansion is Mostly Political Issue

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has suggested that the accession of Bulgaria and Romania to Schengen is more of a political decision, despite the technical criteria set by the EC.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 18:14

EC Report Due in End-January to Decide Bulgaria's Schengen Accession

Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has argued that the next EC report on Bulgaria's progress under the cooperation and verification mechanism (CVM) will be decisive for the country's Schengen accession.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:59

Bulgaria Demands Friendship Treaty from Macedonia, Vows EU Veto

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has demonstrated a harder stance with respect to relations with the Republic of Macedonia, indicating that Bulgaria could use its veto right in the EU with respect to the former's accession process, unless good-neighbo

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:41

Bulgarian Labor Agency Assuages UK's Migrant Workers' Fears

Concerns in Britain that it might be flooded by migrant laborers from Bulgaria and Romania after the due lifting of its EU labor market restrictions on January 1, 2014, are completely unfounded, according to Elena Vidinska, chief expert at the Bulgarian E

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 09:52

Bulgaria Ruling GERB Ratings Crash Further over Recent Scandals

The approval ratings of Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and his ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, have gone down even further, according to a recent poll.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 14:16

Bulgarian Parliament Fails to Condemn Dogan Assassination Attempt

The parliamentary groups in the Bulgarian National Assembly have failed to agree on a joint declaration to denounce the January 19, 2013, assassination attempt against Bulgarian ethnic Turkish leader Ahmed Dogan.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 14:10

6 Bulgarian Security Chiefs to Be Sanctioned over Dogan Attack

A total of six employees of Bulgaria's National Security Services, NSO, will be sanctioned over the attack on the country's ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:13

Bulgarian Opposition Socialists Deem Coalition with Rightist Rulers Impossible

Sergey Stanishev, leader of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party and chairman of the Party of European Socialists, has dismissed any possibility of a forming any sort of a governing coalition with the ruling center-right party GERB after Bulgaria's 20

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 12:27

Ethnic Turkish Chief: Bulgarians Turned Dogan's Attacker into Martyr

Instead of condemning the attack against ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, Bulgarians are demonstrating a dangerous trend of turning the attacker into the victim.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 11:34

Bulgarian President Issues 10-Day Deadline for Dogan Attack Probe

Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, has issued a 10-day deadline to all involved institutions to conclude their work in the attack against ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 10:07

Society

Bulgaria Names Costa Concordia Hero 'Man the Year 2012'

Bulgarian cruise ship technician Petar Petrov, who saved hundreds of people aboard Costa Concordia cruise liner, has been named "Man of the Year 2012".

Society | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 19:04

Study Shows 63% of Bulgarians Live in Poverty

A recent study conducted in Bulgaria has shown once again that the country is trailing all EU Member States in the income level of the population.

Society | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 14:53

Bulgaria's 'Dogan Attack' Makes Top Online Video Show

Nearly 2.3 million people have viewed the video showing a man pointing a gun at the head of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, and the following melee.

Society | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 12:23

Sports

Cruelty behind Bulgaria's Rhythmic Gymnastics Past Glory - Champ

Bulgaria's dominance of rhythmic gymnastics during the communist regime was impressive, but the success came at a sickening price, a book by a former world champion has revealed.

Sports | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:10

Crime

Bulgaria Court Clears Refugee Agency Director, Govt Defeated

A Bulgarian court has cleared yet another high level official of abuse of office charges following a much trumpeted by the government trial.

Crime | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 17:43

Austrian Lobbyist Hochegger Charged with Money Laundering

The Vienna State Prosecutor's Office has charged three people, including Peter Hochegger, who was involved in a scandal in Bulgaria, with helping to divert EUR 960 000 from Telecom Austria to right-wing party Alliance for the Future of Austria.

Crime | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 12:26

Views on BG

EU and Immigration: Fear Mongering

For the Daily Mail, a populist British daily prone to anti-immigrant rhetoric, a recent report by MigrationWatch, a lobby group, was grist to the mill.

Views on BG | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 19:00

Human Rights in Bulgaria

Bulgarian politician Ahmed Dogan was in the news this weekend after surviving a dramatic assault at a party conference in Sofia.

Views on BG | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 15:58

Smiles

The Boss

One day a man goes to a pet shop to buy a parrot.

Smiles | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 20:55

Quotes

Today's Quote

"Let it be clear – Bulgaria is not a second Greece. Bulgaria doesn't wage a war [on Macedonia].

Quotes | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 14:19

World

EU Leaders Warn UK PM Cameron over Referendum

Germany and France have warned UK Prime Minister David Cameron that Britain cannot pick and choose EU membership terms in the wake of his pledge for a referendum.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 20:24

IMF: Global Еconomic Recovery 'Weakening'

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned again of a weakening global economic recovery despite government efforts to stimulate growth.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 18:34

David Cameron Promises In/Out Referedum on EU

British people will be given the opportunity to "have their say" on Europe in an in/out referendum if the Conservatives win the election, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged in a key address.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 16:23

Weeks of Coalition Haggling Predicted in Israel

Coalition talks are set to begin in Israel after general election results predicted right-wing and centre-left blocs tied on 60 seats each.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 14:04

Netanyahu Vows Broad Coalition Govt after Indecisive Win

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to create a broad coalition government after his bloc won a very narrow win in the country's parliamentary elections.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 13:27

Netanyahu Scores Narrow Win in Israeli Election

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu right-wing Likud-Beitenu bloc will have 31 seats in parliament, according to exit polls.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 08:45

YouTube Makes USD 8 M in Ad Revenue from Gangnam Style

Google announced the YouTube page showcasing the "Gangnam Style" video by South Korean rapper Psy has earned USD 8 M in ad revenue.

World | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 07:39

Novinite Insider

Bulgarian Astronomer Tanyu Bonev: ISON Comet Could Provide Spectacular Display

Bulgaria's Rozhen observatory, the largest in Southeast Europe, survived 2012 despite the drastic budget cuts imposed by the country's centrist-right GERB government.

Novinite Insider » Interview | January 23, 2013, Wednesday // 12:35
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