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6 December 2013, Issue 3798
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Bulgaria's MPs Approve Budget 2014 Framework, Hope to Boost Growth
Bulgarian parliament adopted the general framework for state budget 2014 on Thursday, claiming it will fuel economic growth.read
Bulgaria's Parliament Ups Security Agency Budget to BGN 112 M
In an ongoing sitting on the state budget in 2014, Bulgarian MPs have allocated a total of BGN 122 802 300 to the Ministry of Economy and Energy. read
Bulgaria MPs Ok 20% Renewable Energy Tax, Defy Protests
Bulgaria's parliament has approved conclusively a highly controversial new tax on revenues of renewable energy producers amid a wave of protests against it.read
DUTCH OPEN LABOR MARKET FOR BULGARIANS, ROMANIANS
The Dutch parliament has voted with an overwhelming majority not to extend the restrictive regime for Bulgarian and Romanian workers later than January 1, 2014, despite strongly negative public sentiments.
Immigrants will be excluded from welfare for first seven years of residency, while residency requirement for nationalization will increase from five to seven years, the deal said. read more
BULGARIA OPPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF SINGLE EU TELECOM MARKET
Bulgaria opposes the establishment of a single telecom market in Europe with common rules for all EU member states at this stage, according to Transport Minister Danail Papazov.
According to a media statement of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Bulgaria's opposition is explained with the different levels of preparedness of the countries and the extra expenses which the measure will require. read more
DRIVELESS CARS ENVISIONED ON SOFIA SUBWAY 3RD LINE
Bulgarian capital Sofia's third subway line will be operated with driveless trains.
The information was announced by the Metropolitan Sofia CEO engineer Stoyan Bratoev. Wednesday Bratoev showed his London colleague Mike Brown around Sofia subway. read more
BULGARIA'S AGRICULTURE MINISTER, EESC MINISTER DISCUSS CAP 2014-2020
Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov met Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, to discuss the EU Common Agricultural Policy in 2014-2020.
At a Thursday meeting, the two discussed opportunities for creating youth employment and encouraging entrepreneurship among young people through EU structural funds, according the press office of Bulgaria's Agriculture Ministry. read more
BULGARIA'S MPS APPROVE BUDGET 2014 FRAMEWORK, HOPE TO BOOST GROWTH
Bulgarian parliament adopted the general framework for state budget 2014 on Thursday, claiming it will fuel economic growth.
BULGARIA'S PARLIAMENT UPS SECURITY AGENCY BUDGET TO BGN 112 M
In an ongoing sitting on the state budget in 2014, Bulgarian MPs have allocated a total of BGN 122 802 300 to the Ministry of Economy and Energy.
A total of BGN 35 939 800 have been earmarked for policies in the sphere of sustainable economic development and competitiveness, a total of BGN 11 225 100 will go to policies in the sphere of efficient external economic relations, a sum of BGN 4 034 000 will be used for the sustainable development of tourism and a total of BGN 61 938 500 will be spent on policies in the sphere of sustainable and competitive energy development, while BGN 9 664 900 will be spent on the budget program "Administration." read more
BULGARIA MPS OK 20% RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX, DEFY PROTESTS
Bulgaria's parliament has approved conclusively a highly controversial new tax on revenues of renewable energy producers amid a wave of protests against it.
On Saturday, representatives of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) announced that they would back the measure in Parliament. read more
EU: BULGARIA MUST RE-NEGOTIATE SOUTH STREAM DEAL WITH RUSSIA
Bulgaria is obligated to renegotiate with Russia the bilateral agreements for the construction of the Gazprom-favoured South Stream gas pipeline, the European Commission has said.
“The Commission has looked into these intergovernmental agreements and came to the conclusion that none of the agreements is in compliance with EU law," Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, director for energy markets at the European Commission, said in the European Parliament, as cited by EurActiv.com.
BULGARIA URGES ACTIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN EC, RUSSIA ON SOUTH STREAM
Bulgaria, being an EU country on the route of the South Stream gas pipeline, remains firmly committed to observing the requirements of EU law.
Bulgaria's Ministry of Economy and Energy issued a media statement Thursday, following recommendations of the European Commission that EU Member States participating in the South Stream gas pipeline project renegotiate their intergovernmental agreements with Russia "from scratch." read more
BULGARIA'S WIND, SOLAR POWER PRODUCERS WANT NEW FEE VETOED
Bulgarian producers of wind and solar power have attacked the new 20% fee of their revenues, demanding that the president impose a veto on it.
Bulgaria's parliament voted on Thursday to impose a 20% charge on income from wind and solar power installations next year, saying this is a shortcut to keeping down electricity bills. read more
ROMANIANS THREATEN TO SET HOUSES ABLAZE IN PROTEST AGAINST CHEVRON FRACKING
Villagers in remote Romanian commune of Pungesti have said they are driven to despair by US energy giant Chevron's starting of shale gas exploration in the area.
In October, Chevron had given up plans to prospect for shale gas, but resumed them in November. read more
BANSKO SKI SLOPES OPEN PARTIALLY FRIDAY
Two ski slopes in Bulgaria's Bansko resort will open on Friday, while the official opening of the season will take place on December 14.
"The slopes Yulen and Banderishka Polyana will be the first to open, while the grand opening will be on the 14th", revealed Ivan Obreykov, marketing director of the Bansko ski zone, cited by Standartnews. read more
BULGARIA TO SEND COMMANDO UNIT TO AFGHANISTAN
The Bulgarian army is training a team of navy commandos to be sent in the NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
Training is under way, which is set to be completed by the end of the year, said a navy reconnaissance unit commander Capt. Stancho Dimitrov, as quoted by the Focus Information Agency. read more
MARGINAL BULGARIAN PARTY EAGER TO TABLE BERLUSCONI MEP BID
Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi will be invited to run for the European Parliament on the ticket of a small, consеrvative and rather controversial party, currently out of parliament, it emerged on Thursday.
"I'll go further, Berlusconi deserves to be the head of our list of candidates at the European elections". read more
BULGARIAN REFUGEE AGENCY HEAD: POOR CONDITIONS HELPED US GET MORE AID
The head of Bulgaria's State Agency for Refugees (DAB) admitted that he had purposefully shown international organizations the worst face of Bulgaria's refugee problem.
"I purposefully sent all international observers to Harmanli, so they can see the terrible conditions, and decide to help. I realize this is not the best approach, but this policy helped us raise tens of millions of Euro for humanitarian aid", stated Nikolay Chirpanliev for bTV. read more
EU WELCOMES UKRAINE'S 'DEEP EUROPEAN ASPIRATIONS'
EU Council President Herman van Rompuy stated that Ukrainians' "deep European aspirations" are clear and that the EU was ready to respond to them.
Rompuy's statement followed German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's comment that the EU's doors remain still open for Ukraine. read more
UK CARRIES ON CRUSADE AGAINST BULGARIANS, ROMANIANS, WANTS NEW EU RULES
Britain wants to change the rules governing the free movement of people across the EU, Home Secretary Theresa May will tell European ministers, BBC reported.
May will speak in Brussels, ahead of the lifting of movement controls on Bulgarians and Romanians. read more
BULGARIA TO INSPECT EU FUNDED ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS FROM 2010 - 2013
The temporary suspension of payments under the EU Operational Program "Environment" was triggered by irregularities in projects from the period 2010-2013.
In a Thursday interview for private TV station bTV, Environment Minister Iskra Mihaylova made clear that the reasons for the funds freeze had been outlined in a letter of the European Commission to Bulgaria. read more
BULGARIA PRESIDENT TO ANALYZE BUDGET 2014 BEFORE VETO DECISION
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has vowed to come up with a stance on Budget 2014 after a careful analysis of the draft.
Plevneliev, as cited by the Bulgarian National Television, gave no categorical answer on a question whether he would veto Budget 2014. read more
BULGARIAN OPPOSITION WANT PARLIAMENT VICE-SPEAKER FIRED
The parliamentary group of former Bulgarian ruling party GERB have filed a request for the stepping down of Bulgarian Socialist Party MP Maya Manolova from the position of Parliament Vice-Speaker.
GERB MPs are objecting to what they have called Manolova's systematic conducting of parliamentary sittings in breach of the house's internal rules. read more
BULGARIAN STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST INTERIOR MINISTRY DRAFT
About 150 people gathered at the self-proclaimed “Early Risers” students protest in front of the Bulgarian Parliament Thursday.
EIGHT PROTESTERS DETAINED IN BULGARIA’S CAPITAL SOFIA
Eight people have been detained in Bulgaria's capital Sofia during Thursday's anti-government protests.
The information, released by the Ministry of Interior, says that they have been brought to the closest police precincts and it will be decided if they will remain in custody or released with warnings. read more
TENSIONS IN FRONT OF PARLIAMENT AS BULGARIAN STUDENTS RALLY
Bulgarian students have come out Thrusday in the latest of a string of protests in front of Parliament, requesting the resignation of Bulgaria's PM Plamen Oresharski.
Tensions ran high several times, as some participants pulled at iron fences placed by the police around the house, and threw tomatoes and lit papers at the building. read more
TWO BULGARIAN STUDENTS ARRESTED AFTER SKIRMISHES WITH POLICE - REPORT
Two female Bulgarian college students are reported to have been arrested after tensions heated up in front of Parliament Thursday afternoon.
According to reports, the two were detained after throwing red paint at police officers. read more
HEAVY NORTH EUROPEAN STORM CLAIMS FIRST VICTIMS
The heavy storm which hit Northern Europe Thursday took its first victim in Scotland.
A truck driver died in a crash near Edinburgh, after the powerful storm reached Scotland and parts of England. read more
RUSSIA’S ZENIT LATEST IN LINE FOR BULGARIAN YOUNGSTER
Russia's Zenit St. Petersburg is the latest team to show interest in Bulgarian youngster Simeon Slavchev.
Zenit are ready to pay EUR 4 M in January to sign the talented 20-year old Litex Lovech player, writes the Italian Tutto Mercato Web. read more
FULHAM COACH PRAISES BULGARIA’S BERBATOV, RULES OUT TRANSFER RUMORS
Fulham's new coach Rene Meulensteen praised Bulgaria's Dimitar Berbatov for his performance in Wednesday night's 1:2 defeat against Tottenham.
Berbatov assisted for Fulham's goal in the 57th minute, when Ashkan Dejagah took the lead. However, the "Cottagers" went on to lose the game 1:2, which left them in 18th position after 14 rounds. read more
TWO POLICEMEN ARRESTED IN SOFIA FOR BRUTAL BEATING
Two policemen have been arrested in Sofia for brutally beating a civilian, supposedly for personal reasons.
"When there is misconduct on the part of our servants, we take the appropriate measures. We have responded immediately by revoking their uniforms and weapons", the Interior Ministry's Chief Secretary, Svetlozar Lazarov told the Bulgarian National Television. read more
BLAST NEAR YEMEN DEFENCE MINISTRY IN SANAA
An explosion and fighting have been reported near Yemen's defence ministry building in the capital Sanaa, BBC reported.
Smoke was seen rising from the complex in Bab al-Yaman district, at the entrance to the old city. read more
CASUALTIES RISE IN YEMEN ATTACKS
A series of attacks in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have killed at least 29 people and injured more than 70.
First, a suicide bomber blew up at the gates to the complex of the Defence Ministry. This incident was followed by a gun battle at a nearby hospital. read more
US BACKS UKRAINIAN PRO-EU PROTESTS
US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland stated that the US backs the Ukrainian pro-EU oriented activists.
"We support the Ukrainian people who see their future in Europe. This is Ukraine's moment to meet the aspirations of its people or disappoint them," Nuland added at the OSCE meeting in Kiev Thursday. read more
LAVROV: EUROPE WAXES HYSTERICAL OVER UKRAINE'S SOVEREIGN CHOICE
Some European leaders are overplaying in their reaction to Ukraine's decision to pull out of signing an Association Agreement with the EU, said Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Thursday Lavrov spoke after the ministerial meeting of the OSCE held in Ukrainian capital Kiev, reported RIA Novosti. read more
NORTHERN EUROPE BRACING FOR HEAVY STORM
Powerful storms are expected to hit northern Europe later on Thursday and lead into Friday.
The British meteorological services warn of possible winds up to 145 kph. The most affected areas are expected to be in northern England and western Scotland, reports DPA. read more
TURKISH COFFEE ENTERS UNESCO'S INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE LIST
Turkish coffee has been included in the in the List of Immaterial Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.
The issue was decided at the UNESCO committee's session in Baku, according to the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA). read more
BULGARIA'S REFUGEE AGENCY CHAIR: SYRIA CRISIS UNLIKELY TO END SOON
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