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27 November 2014, Issue 4091
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|BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM|
Bulgaria Will Not Sign TTIP Unless US Lifts Visa Requirements - Minister
Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski has said that Bulgaria will not sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) unless the US lifts visa requirements. read
Bulgaria Charges Seven with Promoting Islamic State, Propagating War
Bulgarian prosecutors have charged seven people with membership of a criminal group preaching radical Islam and propagating war, local media reported on Wednesday. read
Bulgaria's 2015 Draft Budget Includes Minimum Wage Freeze
Keeping the minimum wage at its 2014 levels and slashing money for salaries in the administration by 10 percent are among the core points of next year's draft budget published on the Finance Ministry's website.read
EU COMMISSION ISSUES FINAL WARNING TO BULGARIA IN FOUR AREAS
The European Commission on Wednesday asked Bulgaria to comply properly with EU law in four areas or face referral to the European Union's Court of Justice.
The four sectors, on which the EU executive body has issued reasoned opinions on Bulgaria, are exchange of information on traffic offences, energy efficiency, citizens' exposure to sulphur dioxide and the setting up of penalties against airlines breaching EU traffic management rules. read more
BULGARIA'S 2015 DRAFT BUDGET INCLUDES MINIMUM WAGE FREEZE
Keeping the minimum wage at its 2014 levels and slashing money for salaries in the administration by 10 percent are among the core points of next year's draft budget published on the Finance Ministry's website.
Technically, lawmakers have not yet moved to overhaul even this year's budget, but a final vote is expected later on Wednesday. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY HOLDING CONDUCTS TOP-LEVEL RESHUFFLE AT SEVERAL COMPANIES
The Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) has carried out a top-level reshuffle at a number of state-owned energy companies.
Georgi Hristozov and Georgi Zlatev have been removed from the Board of Directors of the Maritza Iztok mines (Mini Maritsa Iztok EAD) and are to be replaces by Dian Chervenkondev and Nikolay Dikov, according to a media statement of BEH. read more
MINISTER VOWS COMPREHENSIVE AUDIT OF BULGARIA’S ENERGY SECTOR
Bulgaria’s Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has vowed a comprehensive audit of the sector to establish the financial gap and identify ways of overcoming it.
During a Wednesday sitting of the Branch Council for Tripartite Cooperation, she declared that urgent reforms aimed at coping with the imbalance in the system would be applied as soon as the current situation of the energy sector was clear. read more
RUSSIA WILL BUILD SOUTH STREAM IF EUROPE WANTS TO REDUCE GAS TRANSIT RISKS - MINISTER
Russia will build the South Stream pipeline if Europe needs to diminish transit risks and secure stable gas supplies, according to Russia’s Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukayev.
Ulyukayev, as cited by ITAR-TASS, suggested that the South Stream gas pipeline project would only be built if European consumers wanted to reduce transit risks. read more
BULGARIA TO NEGOTIATE EASING OF VISA REGIME FOR BALKAN TOURISTS
The Bulgarian Minister of Tourism Nikolina Angelkova is planning to hold working meetings with her Balkan counterparts at which to discuss the possibilities of easing the regime on issuing of tourist visas.
Angelkova announced this at the opening of the first edition of the Go2Balkans forum, which is attended by tour operators and other companies in the field of tourism from ten countries of the region, reports dnevnik.bg. read more
US ARMY MIGHT DEPLOY TANKS TO BULGARIA
The US Army is planning to station about 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries, including Bulgaria, next year, a US general has said.
BULGARIA HAS NOT RECEIVED REQUEST FOR DEPLOYMENT OF NATO TANKS
Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry and Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry have not received an official request for stationing tank bases on the territory of the country, according to Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev.
Commenting on allegations of plans to station tank bases in Bulgaria for NATO military trainings, Nenchev assured journalists Wednesday that there was no cause for concern. read more
BULGARIA WILL NOT SIGN TTIP UNLESS US LIFTS VISA REQUIREMENTS - MINISTER
Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski has said that Bulgaria will not sign the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) unless the US lifts visa requirements.
Lukarski argued Wednesday that Bulgaria’s stance on the TTIP was not much different from that of the other EU Member States, the difference being that Bulgaria wanted the visa regime to be included as a key point in the negotiations. read more
BULGARIAN CABINET DISMISSES NEARLY ALL DISTRICT GOVERNORS
Bulgaria's government has decided to replace twenty-four out of twenty-eight district governors.
Bulgaria's interim cabinet, which was in office until the current government of conservative GERB and right-wing Reformist Bloc (RB) took over this month, was widely criticized for embarking on large-scale reshuffles of the administration, including the replacement of more than half of the district governors. read more
BULGARIA DEPUTY DEFMIN 'THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY' - PATRIOTIC FRONT
Orhan Ismailov, an ethnic Turk who has been appointed Deputy Minister of Defense, could disclose secret information to the Turkish intelligence, a nationalist leader has said.
He also cited as an evidence the fact that Korman Ismailov from the Freedom and Dignity People's Party (NPSD, part of co-ruling Reformist Bloc) who raised the deputy's candidacy, had studied in the Turkish city of Konya where Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had supervised his Master's thesis. However, Davutoglu has never taught there. read more
IVAYLO KALFIN APPOINTED CHAIR OF NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TRIPARTITE COOPERATION
Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Policy, has been appointed Chair of Bulgaria’s National Council for Tripartite Cooperation.
Vladislav Goranov, Finance Minister, will also be a representative of the government on the Council, according to the press office of the Council of Ministers. read more
BULGARIAN MPS TO HAVE FINAL VOTE ON 2014 BUDGET
A second vote whether to update this year's state budget is scheduled for Wednesday.
UNESCO ADDS PRODUCTION OF CHIPROVTSI CARPETS TO ‘INTANGIBLE HERITAGE’ LIST
The production of Chiprovtsi carpets has been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Chipovtsi carpet is a type of handmade carpet with two absolutely identical sides. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT BOOSTS HEALTHCARE BUDGET WITH BGN 100 M
The National Assembly voted to increase the budget of the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) with further BGN 100 million.
The update of the NZOK's budget for 2014 was approved by the members of Parliament without debates at a second reading. read more
LIVERPOOL –LUDOGORETS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH IN SOFIA ENDS 2:2
Wednesday’s Champions League Group B match between Ludogorets and Liverpool ended in a draw.
LIVERPOOL LEADS TO LUDOGORETS 2:1 IN FIRST HALF
Liverpool leads 2:1 to Ludogorets in the first half of the match at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.
LUDOGORETS, LIVERPOOL FACE OFF IN DECISIVE ENCOUNTER
The reigning Bulgarian champion Ludogorets faces English side Liverpool in a decisive Champions League Group B match, that is to determine which of the two teams is to continue its participation in the European tournaments.
Before the Wednesday game, the two teams occupy the bottom two places in Group B, with an equal number of points – 3, but the English side has a better goal difference. read more
BULGARIA CHARGES SEVEN WITH PROMOTING ISLAMIC STATE, PROPAGATING WAR
Bulgarian prosecutors have charged seven people with membership of a criminal group preaching radical Islam and propagating war, local media reported on Wednesday.
The group, which was found to have propagated ideas relating to Islamic State organisation, comprised Bulgarian nationals of Roma origin who used Arab names to communicate among themselves. read more
PAZARDZHIK IMAM CHARGED WITH MEMBERSHIP OF WAR-PROPAGATING GROUP
Bulgarian prosecutors have formally charged imam Ahmed Musa Ahmed with membership of a group propagating war and anti-democratic ideology.
Criminal charges will be also brought against another five people detained in a large-scale operation conducted by the Chief Prosecutor's Office and the State Agency for National Security, or DANS, in several Bulgarian cities on Tuesday BNR radio station reported on Wednesday. read more
FIVE DETAINED IN PAZARDZHIK RELEASED, IMAM REMAINS UNDER ARREST
Five of the six people detained in the city of in Pazardzhik for suspected propagation of anti-democratic ideology, have been released, BNR radio station reported on Wednesday.
Imam Ahmed Musa Ahmed, seen as the spiritual leader of Muslims in the Roma neighbourhood of the city in southern Bulgaria, remains in police custody. The maximum period of police detention under Bulgarian law is 72 hours. read more
BULGARIA NATIONALIST LEADER VOLEN SIDEROV GIVES UP IMMUNITY
Volen Siderov, who heads the ultra-nationalist party Ataka, has renounced the immunity he enjoys as a lawmaker in order to face prosecution.
LEBANESE POLICE ARRESTS 'DANGEROUS' BULGARIAN DRUG EXPERT
The Central Narcotics Bureau busted a drug ring in Lebanon that had employed a Bulgarian chemist to produce Captagon pills for export to a country in the Gulf, Lebanese police said on Tuesday.
A statement of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) said that the Central Narcotics Bureau had been notified that a Bulgarian chemist specialising in manufacturing Captagon pills and freebase cocaine had entered Lebanon. read more
SECOND NIGHT OF UNREST IN FERGUSON, PROTESTS HELD ACROSS US
Tensions have escalated again in Ferguson, over the past hours, with protesters marching there and also in a number of US cities.
TONY BLAIR URGES WEST-RUSSIA COOPERATION AGAINST ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
The West should cooperate with Russia in confronting Islamic extremism, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said.
In an interview for the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Blair pointed to Islamic extremism as presenting the largest long-term threat to security. read more
JUNCKER UNVEILS EUR 300 B INVESTMENT PLAN AHEAD OF NO CONFIDENCE VOTE
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has announced what he describes as an investment package of EUR 315 B for the next three years.
Experts composing an "investment committee" will be in charge of evaluating Juncker's proposal.
CATALONIA 'COULD BREAK AWAY IN 18 MONTHS' - PRESIDENT
Catalan government head Artur Mas has voiced his intention to call early elections as a step toward gaining independence from Spain.
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