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NUCLEAR FRESH FUEL CONTAINERS FROM RUSSIA ARRIVED AT N-PLANT

Twenty-one containers with fresh nuclear from Russia arrived and were unloaded at the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant. The Russian Tvel company supplied the fuel, which will be used for the four older reactors of the plant (440 MW each) in 2002.

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

EU REGIONS COMMITTEE MEMBER PREDICTS EU ACCESSION FOR BULGARIA IN 2007

Bulgaria and Romania are most likely be acceded to the EU in 2007 since these two countries will not be able to meet all membership requirements and sign an agreement by late 2002, Lord Hannigfield, member of the EU Committee for the Regions (CR) said. He

Views on BG | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

EURO ENTRY DECISION D-DAY SET FOR OCTOBER 2002

Polish News Bulletin European Union ministers have agreed that the decision on which candidate countries will be cleared for entry in 2004 will be made at next year's October summit of EU leaders to be held in Brussels.

Views on BG | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

GERMAN DAILY: BULGARIA WISHES TO ENTER EU BY 2004

“Bulgaria wishes to be acceded to the European Union by 2004,” is the title of an interview with Bulgarian Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg published by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Stellenmarkt on December 12. The interview was published on the occ

Views on BG | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

NIKOLAY VASSILEV, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND ECONOMY MINISTER, AND FINA...

Nikolay Vassilev, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister, and Finance Minister Milen Velchev are among the five nominees in the competition of the “Economist” magazine “Mr. Economics” 2001.

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

SOCIALIST PARTY COUNCIL SECRETARY MOST PROBABLE NEXT PARTY LEADER

The Executive Bureau of the Bulgarian Socialist Party will propose to the Higher Council Sergey Stanishev to be the successor of Georgi Parvanov, President-elect and Socialist leader, Dnevnik Daily wrote. The 44th Congress of the Party is expected to elec

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

FOREIGN MINISTRY HOPES FOR FAVORABLE OUTCOME FOR THE MEDICS IN LIBYA

“The Foreign Ministry is in contact will all important channels that can work for the favorable outcome of the Bulgarian medics case in Libya, “ Elena Poptodorova, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told journalists. She added that the Foreign Ministry works fo

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

OPPOSITION AGAINST PARTIAL, POLITICAL ACCESSION TO EU

MPs from the United Democratic Forces tabled in Parliament a draft resolution against the idea for partial, political accession of Bulgaria to EU. The Bulgarian Prime Minister Saxe-Coburg said that the European Commission should allow to Romania and Bulga

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

ECONOMY MINISTER: TELECOM MAY BE SOLD BY JUNE, 2002

There is a possibility that the Bulgarian Telecommunications Agency is sold by June 2002 and the privatisation of the state enterprises concludes in two years, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister told journalists.“ I find the negotiations with the

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

RAILWAYS COMPANY DEBT REMISSION STILL UNDECIDED

The Finance Minister Milen Velchev is still considering the remission of the Bulgarian Railways Company’s (BDZ) debts, Transport Minister Plamen Petrov, announced. According to him the negotiations between the two ministries have been accelerated.

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

CIGARETTES EXCISE DUTY GOES UP

Parliament adopted the amendments to the Excise Duty Act at second reading on December 12. Under the amendments exported goods are to be with excise duty stamp.

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

I EXPECT THE BULGARIAN MEDICS IN LIBYA WILL BE ACQUITTED, VLADIMIR SHE...

I expect the Bulgarian medics in Libya will be acquitted, Vladimir Sheytanov, lawyer of the arrested Bulgarian medics, said for Info Radio on December 12. He expressed the hope that the case won’t be suspended one more time since the medics’ health is fai

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

THE BULGARIAN AGRICULTURE PEOPLE’S UNION – PEOPLE’S UNION SAID THEY HA...

The Bulgarian Agriculture People’s Union – People’s Union said they have a candidate for the elections for mayor in Russe, who will run on a separate ticket from that of the United Democratic Forces (UDF). The decision was prompted by dissatisfaction with

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

CONTRACT FOR MIG-29 FLEET MODERNIZATION TO BE AWARDED

An order for the award of a public procurement contract for the modernization of Bulgaria’s MiG-29 fleet was signed on December 11 by Defense Minister Svinarov. The procedure of the award of the contract was initiated in pursuance of the Public Procuremen

Politics | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

“YASSER ARAFAT PLEDGED TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND CRACK DOWN ON ORGANIZATI...

“Yasser Arafat pledged to fight terrorism and crack down on organizations that support it,” European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said after meeting with the Palestinian Authority president on December 11. Solana also met with leaders of Pales

World | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI, A FRENCH CITIZEN OF MOROCCAN DESCENT, IS THE FIRST...

Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan descent, is the first indicted for the September 11 terror attacks. He has been charged with conspiring with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to "murder thousands of people" in New York, Pennsylvania and at the

World | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

FOREIGN INVESTORS WILL NOT FUND FLAG CARRIER'S REHABILITATION

National Carrier “Balkan” rehabilitation plan will be carried out without foreign investors, Todor Simeonov, president of the Pilots Union said on December 12. After the company’s stabilization it will be sold to a foreign buyer.

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

SOFTWARE PRODUCERS SET UP ASSOCIATION

Fifteen Bulgarian companies producing software set up an association – the Bulgarian association of software companies (BASC). The association will aim to boost productivity and promote innovation.

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

TREND OF RISE IN APPLE IMPORTS CONTINUES

Imports of apples marked an increase in 2001, the Agriculture Ministry announced. The imported apples on the Bulgarian market are expected to reach 30,000 tons till the end of the year.

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00

NESTLE SOFIA FINED FOR UNFAIR COMPETITION

A fine of BGN 10,000 for using banned advertisement practices was imposed on Nestle Sofia by Bulgaria’s Fair Competition Commission. Nestle Sofia is the Bulgarian subsidiary of Swiss foods group Nestle SA.

Business | December 12, 2001, Wednesday // 00:00
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