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18 April 2015, Issue 4208
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Bulgaria’s President Backs Judicial Reform through Constitutional Changes
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has praised the decisiveness of the attempts of the Prime Minister and the government to trigger a profound and comprehensive judicial reform, including through changes to the Constitution. read
Bulgarian Socialist Party to Try to Appeal New Debt of BGN 16 B at Constitutional Court
The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has drafted an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the new debt of BGN 16 B. read
Foreign Direct Investment in Bulgaria Down 6.9% Y/Y in Jan-Feb 2015
Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to EUR 128.2 million (0.3% of GDP) in January – February 2015, down by EUR 9.read
BULGARIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY FILES BGN 180 000 LAWSUIT AGAINST CONCESSIONAIRE OF BANSKO SKI ZONE
Bulgaria’s Environment Ministry has initiated a lawsuit against Yulen AD, the concessionaire of the Bansko ski zone, and is seeking BGN 178 482 in unpaid sums from the company.
The Environment Ministry is seeking unpaid sums amounting to 5% of the annual concession fee. read more
FRANCE'S TOTAL SIGNS FRAMEWORK DEAL TO ENHANCE EDUCATION AT TWO BULGARIAN UNVERSITIES
French oil and gas giant Total, a partner in a consortium planning to drill for hydrocarbons in Bulgaria’s Khan Asparuh offshore block, signed framework agreements for cooperation with two Bulgarian universities on Friday, BGNES reported.
"Total E&P Bulgaria recognizes that skills development is essential for Bulgaria's economic growth. We are honoured to open this relationship with the University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski and the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridksi as they show willingness to enhance the education they offer through the injection of high level technical and scientific expertise,” Total E&P Bulgaria General Manager Xavier Faugeras said during the signing ceremony in Sofia. read more
ISRAEL OFFERS BULGARIA COLLABORATION ON MEDICAL CANNABIS R&D
Israel is extending a hand to Bulgaria for cooperation on the research of medical cannabis with the prospect of turning it into a successful industry, a group of academicals from both countries said at a meeting organized by the Israeli Ambassador in Sofia.
“What we propose is to collaborate and bring the technology we developed in Israel in terms of genetic materials, in terms of sophisticated sorting devices in terms of THC levels [THC is one of the most active ingredients in cannabis], relative humidity, to make sure that every time a patient receives medical cannabis, it is going to be with the exact dosage of active ingredients,” according to Prof Oded Shoseyov, a faculty member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem whose research is in plant molecular biology protein engineering and nano-biotechnology. read more
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN BULGARIA DOWN 6.9% Y/Y IN JAN-FEB 2015
Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to EUR 128.2 million (0.3% of GDP) in January – February 2015, down by EUR 9.5 million (6.9%) from January – February 2014 (EUR 137.7 million, 0.3% of GDP), according to preliminary data of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB).
In February 2015 foreign direct investment in the country grew by EUR 53.9 million, compared with an increase of EUR 94.7 million in February 2014. read more
EC TO APPROVE BULGARIA’S CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMS IN JUNE
The European Commission is expected to approve Bulgaria’s cross-border cooperation programs under the Instrument for Pre-accession assistance in June, according to Deputy Regional Development Minister Denitsa Nikolova.
Nikolova participated in two-day talks with representatives of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the EC, according to a media statement of Bulgaria’s Regional Development Ministry. read more
BULGARIA TO HOST DEBATE ON EU’S DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET PLAN NEXT WEEK
An event focused on promoting the European Commission’s plans to create a digital single market of the EU, will take place in Bulgaria next week.
“The first building blocks of the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy could be laid in Bulgaria,” the European Commission said in a press release on 17 April. read more
BULGARIA’S PRESIDENT BACKS JUDICIAL REFORM THROUGH CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has praised the decisiveness of the attempts of the Prime Minister and the government to trigger a profound and comprehensive judicial reform, including through changes to the Constitution.
Speaking Friday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s head of state underscored that it was obvious that the judiciary was in need of sweeping reforms that would involve constitutional amendments. read more
BULGARIAN SOCIALIST PARTY TO TRY TO APPEAL NEW DEBT OF BGN 16 B AT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT
The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has drafted an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the new debt of BGN 16 B.
A motion needs to be backed by at least 48 MPs to reach the Constitutional Court, with BSP having a total of 39 MPs, according to dnevnik.bg. read more
INCREASED CONSUMPTION OF CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL IN BULGARIA
Over the course of 2014 Bulgarian households have decreased the consumption of bread and bakery products but have increased the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.
The data has been reveled through a research conducted by the National Statistical Institute in 2014. read more
BULGARIAN POPULATION DECREASED BY 0.6 % IN 2014
According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were published on Friday, the Bulgarian population decreased by 0.6 % in 2014.
The population measured 7 202 198 people at the end of 2014, which represented a decrease with 43 479 people compared to 2013. read more
SERBIAN GOVERNMENT JET FAILURE FORCES PRESIDENT NIKOLIC TO CANCEL VATICAN VISIT
Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic cancelled his visit to the Vatican on Friday after his plane had to return to Belgrade due to an engine failure, state news agency Tanjug reported.
According to unofficial information, one of the engines of Serbian government jet Falcon had stopped functioning when the plane was cruising at an altitude of 10,000 metres above the Adriatic Sea, Tanjug said. read more
BULGARIA'S GRIGOR DIMITROV SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT IN MONTE CARLO
Bulgaria's top tennis player Grigor Dimitrov suffered a heavy defeat at the quartefinals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament.
SOFIA COURT RULES BAILOUT PUNISHMENT FOR JUDGE RUMYANA CHENALOVA
Sofia City Court has released judge Rumyana Chenalova after a preventative bailout meаsure has been imposed in the sum of BGN 8,000.
Judge Chenalova has been accused of professional misconduct and document-related offense since January 2015. read more
OVER 10,000 AFRICAN MIGRANTS FLED TO ITALY THIS WEEK
The influx of refugees to Italy has drastically increased over the past few days, with most of them fleeing the civil war in Libya, according to the Italian Coast Guard.
Nearly 10,000 migrants have been rescued from boats sailing across the Mediterranean to Italy in the past four days alone, while another 900 are believed to have drowned while crossing, including 400 people aboard a boat that capsized on Monday. Almost 4,000 died on the journey in overcrowded boats across treacherous waters between Africa and Italy. read more
SPAIN INVESTIGATES EX-IMF CHIEF ON FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING ALLEGATIONS
Spanish authorities launched an investigation of former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato on allegations of fraud and money laundering.
Rato was taken from his home in Madrid on Thursday by officers from Spanish tax authorities, while police searched his home and office, the BBC reports. read more
JULIAN ASSANGE TO BE INTERROGATED BY SWEDISH PROSECUTORS IN LONDON
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has agreed on being interrogated by Swedish prosecutors in London, as stated by his lawyer, quoted by the CNN.
Asange has been hiding at the Embassy of the Republic of Equador in the British capital since 2012. read more
UN CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN AS SPECIAL ADVISER RESIGNS
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted on Thursday the gravity of the situation in Yemen and called for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the conflict.
This comes as Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Yemen, announced his resignation from the position, the news centre of UN informs. read more
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GERMANWINGS VICTIMS TO BE HELD IN COLOGNE
A memorial service for the victims of the crashed Germanwings plane will be held at Cologne Cathedral on Friday.
The service will gather relatives of the victims and the congregation is expected to number 1500 people, the BBC reports. read more
KOSOVO FM TO ATTEND BELGRADE CONFERENCE, RISKS BEING ARRESTED
Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced on Thursday that the Foreign Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci risks being arrested if he attends a conference in Belgrade next week.
Stefanovic explained that in case Thaci comes to Serbia, the Interior Ministry will take action in accordance with the law and bring him to justice, Tanjug state news agency reports. read more
ANOTHER UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD, MURDER SUSPECTED
The editor in chief of the Ukrainian publication Neteshinskiy Vestnik has been murdered, as reported by the Bulgarian National Television.
The body of Olga Moroz has been found in her home in the city of Neteshin. Investigators have found traces of violence. The reasons behind the murder have not yet been established, but according to the police the most probable seems to be her work in the media. read more
TELERIK'S VASSIL TERZIEV SHARES BUSINESS EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD FROM BULGARIA TO PALO ALTO
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