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12 December 2013, Issue 3802
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Defiant Pro-EU Protesters in Kiev Rebuild Barricades
Despite the overnight crackdown by authorities, pro-EU protesters in downtown Kiev have rebuilt their barricades Wednesday read
Serbia Counts on South Stream for Energy, Says PM Dacic
The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia, Plamen Oresharski and Ivica Dacic met in Sofia on Wednesday morning. read
BULGARIAN GOVT MOVES TO BUILD NEW NPP UNIT
Bulgaria's Cabinet has approved the report of the Minister of Economy and Energy, Dragomir Stoynev, on the need to build a new unit at the country's only nuclear power plant.
With it, the Minister receives mandate to instruct the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) to negotiate with a strategic investor and with US energy giant "Westinghouse," which is to build a reactor with its technology. read more
BULGARIAN ECONOMISTS ISSUE GRIM FORECAST
Foreign direct investments in Bulgaria have tumbled two times in the last year, according to a study and analysis of economists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS.
The data are based on 9- month research period. read more
BEH HEAD TO LEAD BULGARIA'S ENERGY WATCHDOG
Boyan Boev is the new chairman of Bulgaria's energy watchdog, the Minister of Economy and Energy, Dragomir Stoynev, announced.
He will complete the term of Angela Toneva, who resigned Tuesday evening. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY REGULATOR CHIEF CALLS IT QUITS OVER STRESS
Bulgaria’s State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) has confirmed its head Angela Toneva has resigned, citing stress.
1 MORE RESIGNS FROM BULGARIA'S ENERGY WATCHDOG
Mihail Dimitrov, member of the board of Bulgaria's energy watchdog has resigned following a similar move of his boss.
The news was announced by the chairman of the parliamentary energy committee Ramadan Atalay from the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY REGULATOR CHIEF RESIGNS - REPORT
The Head of Bulgaria’s State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR), Angela Toneva has resigned, according to media reports.
Toneva, who was appointed as the regulator’s head in June, is believed to have stepped down as a result of outside pressure on DKEVR to reduce electricity prices starting 2014, reports the daily Capital. read more
SERBIA COUNTS ON SOUTH STREAM FOR ENERGY, SAYS PM DACIC
The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia, Plamen Oresharski and Ivica Dacic met in Sofia on Wednesday morning.
Their main topic of discussion was the South Stream gas pipeline, which is set to pass through both Balkan countries. read more
TURKISH PM SPEECH STIRS CONTROVERSY ON BALKANS
A controversial speech of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred a scandal on the Balkans, including in Bulgaria.
During a three-day tour of European Turkey for the launch of his campaign for local elections, Erdogan stressed on the importance of the Thrace region for his country. read more
LITHUANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER CONDEMNS UKRAINE’S USE OF FORCE
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius has condemned the Ukrainian authorities' use of force against "peaceful demonstrators".
"The Ukrainian authorities are publicly demonstrating that they are ignoring the calls of EU and US representatives to refrain from using force", stated Linkevicius in an official statement. read more
SERBIAN PM IVICA DACIC ON VISIT TO BULGARIA
Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is on an official visit to Sofia, accompanied by a delegation of cabinet ministers.
He is scheduled to meet with Bulgarian PM Plamen Oresharski at 10:20 AM, at the Council of Ministers. read more
UK REVAMPS OLYMPICS 2012 EMERGENCY PLANS OVER BULGARIANS, ROMANIANS
Fears of an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants into the United Kingdom as of the beginning of the new year have prompted the government to draw up emergency plans, based on its experience from the Olympics 2012.
“Over the immediate period after the lifting of transitional controls we’re putting in place arrangements across Border Force rather similar to the arrangements with the same kind of management structure as we put in place for the Olympics, just to be absolutely sure that our frontline staff are prepared should there be any surprises,” Mark Sedwill, the Home Office permanent secretary, told MPs .
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT TO DISCUSS SMOKING BAN AMENDMENTS
The Bulgarian Parliament will discuss on Wednesday the proposal for amendments to the full smoking ban.
Ruling Socialist-party (BSP) MPs who have drafted the amendments to the Health Act, hope they will be passed by the end of the year. read more
REFUGEES, THEIR BULGARIAN FRIENDS BECOME 'HUMAN OF YEAR' 2013
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC), a human rights NGO, announced its annual Human of the Year award goes to Syrian refugees and the group Friends of the Refugees.
The Chairman of BHK, Krasimir Kanev, said at the ceremony the refugees were bestowed the prize for their courage and desire to lead a dignified life. read more
BULGARIAN NATIONALIST CHIEF STIRS FRESH 'LAVISH LIFE' SCANDAL
Pictures, reportedly, showing the leader of the Bulgarian extreme-right nationalist Ataka Party, Volen Siderov, on a Cuban beach stirred a fresh scandal in the country.
On Tuesday, the PIK news agency published photographs of Siderov and several of his lawmakers on the famous Cuban Varadero beach at the time State budget 2014 was being voted in the Parliament. read more
BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY PEOPLE PROTEST BY BUILDING 'BOOK WALL'
Nearly 300 Bulgarian university lecturers and students demanded once again Wednesday the resignation of the Socialist-led government.
The rally started at noon at the campus of Sofia University. read more
BULGARIA’S LUDOGORETS ARRIVE IN ZAGREB TO FACE DINAMO
Bulgaria's champions Ludogorets Razgrad have arrived in Croatia ahead of their last Europa League group game against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.
The match will be a formality, since Ludogorets have assured their 1st place finish in the group, while Dinamo will finish bottom, regardless of the result. read more
BULGARIA: BUCOLIC BEAUTY ON THE EDGE OF EUROPE
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DEFIANT PRO-EU PROTESTERS IN KIEV REBUILD BARRICADES
Despite the overnight crackdown by authorities, pro-EU protesters in downtown Kiev have rebuilt their barricades Wednesday
Earlier, police and the special unit Berkut abandoned their attempt to remove by force antigovernment demonstrators from their tent camps and barricades in the Ukrainian capital, saying they were trying to free up a passage through Independence square for traffic. read more
UKRAINIAN PM ASKS 20 B FROM EU TO INK ASSOCIATION DEAL
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has asked financial assistance from the EU in the amount of EUR 20 B.
Azarov told a government meeting Wednesday that Ukraine was still open to signing the European integration deal if the European Union agreed to provide the money. read more
UKRAINIAN GOVT DENIES JOINING RUSSIA'S CUSTOMS UNION
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has firmly denied his country was preparing documents for joining the Customs Union led by Russia.
Azarov, cited by the Focus news agency, has stated that he wanted to immediately stop and prevent further speculations that Ukraine was negotiating with Russia and was preparing the accession documentation, adding he assumed full responsibility for his words. read more
KIEV RIOT POLICE WITHDRAWS, ATTEMPT TO OUST PROTESTERS FAILS
Hundreds of anti-government protesters inside city hall in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, have pushed back riot police trying to dislodge them, BBC reported.
Clashes erupted hours after riot police moved in to clear protesters from nearby Independence Square - prompting the US to express "disgust". read more
3 CZECH PARTIES INK COALITION AGREEMENT
Three Czech parties have announced that they have inked a deal to form a coalition government after months-long political crisis in the country.
According to Euractiv, the Social Democrats have reached the coalition deal late Tuesday, agreeing to leave taxes on companies and high earners unchanged next year to help clear the way for a center-left government to take power. read more
NELSON MANDELA BODY ARRIVES IN PRETORIA
South Africans have gathered in Pretoria Wednesday morning to see the coffin carrying the late Nelson Mandela's body.
Mandela’s body will lie in state in the government building for the next 3 days. As many as 2 000 people are expected to pour every hour to bid a final farewell to their hero, reports NBC News. read more
ASHTON WITNESSES KIEV CLASHES, IMPRESSED BY UKRAINIANS' FIRMNESS
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who witnessed a night of scuffles in Kiev as police tried to dislodge protesters, said she has been impressed by the protesters' determination.
"I was among you on Maidan [Independence Square] in the evening and was impressed by determination of Ukrainians demonstrating for European perspective of the country," she said in a statement posted on Facebook. read more
MORE CLASHES IN KIEV, PROTESTERS FIRE ICY WATER AT POLICE
New clashes have erupted outside city hall in the Ukrainian capital Kiev after a night of scuffles as police tried to dislodge protesters.
UKRAINIAN POLICE PUSH OUT PROTESTERS OVERNIGHT
Ukrainian security forces have moved in on thousands of protesters in Kiev’s central square in the early hours of Wednesday.
Riot police were seen breaking up the barricades and pushing back the masses, around 1 AM, writes The Wall Street Journal. read more
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