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28 May 2015, Issue 4241
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FIFA Issues Statement Regarding Switzerland Arrests
FIFA's spokesperson Walter De Gregorio deemed the unexpected arrests of the organization's officials to be a positive event. read
EU, Switzerland Sign Agreement Ending Bank Secrecy
The agreement signed Wedneday states that information regarding financial accounts will be automatically exchanged between the EU and Switzerland starting 2018. read
Macedonian Opposition Leader Zaev Expects Crisis Will Be Over by End-June
Zoran Zaev, leader of Macedonia’s opposition Social Democrats, expects the political crisis in the country to be resolved by the end of June. read
EU COMMISSION UNVEILS MIGRANT RELOCATION & RESETTLEMENT PLAN
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed measures designed to improve the management of migration, including through relocation and resettlement of a total of 60,000 migrants.
Bulgaria’s combined allocation under the two schemes is 788 people. read more
BULGARIA UNVEILS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TO CHINA’S QINGDAO CITY GOVT
A Chinese provincial government delegation is visiting Bulgaria to study investment opportunities offered by the EU member state, the Economy Ministry in Sofia announced on Wednesday.
The delegation comprising local government officials from the city of Qingdao, in Shandong province in eastern China, and representatives of Qingdao Free Trade Zone met with Bulgaria’s Economy Minister Bozhidar Lukarski. read more
BULGARIA RANKED 55TH OUT OF 61 COMPETITIVE ECONOMIES
In 2015, Bulgaria has been ranked on the 55th spot in terms of competitiveness indicators, thus showing a slight improvement from last year's 56th spot.
The data has been released by the Yearbook of World Competitiveness, administered by the Swiss International Institute for Management Development (IMD). read more
LAUNCH OF POWER EXCHANGE WILL NOT LEAD TO 30-40% PRICE SPIKE – WATCHDOG CHAIR
It is unrealistic to suggest that electricity prices will increase by 30-40% after the launch of the power exchange, according to Ivan Ivanov, Chair of Bulgaria’s Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (KEVR).
Ivanov, as cited by private TV station bTV, told journalists Wednesday that although there were people who probably wanted such price spikes, the trading platform would remove any concerns about this. read more
OMV INTERESTED IN USING BULGARIAN PIPES TO TRANSPORT ROMANIAN GAS
Austrian OMV has asked Bulgarian state-owned gas transmission operator Bulgartransgaz about opportunities to transport natural gas from Romania via Bulgarian gas pipelines, according to Georgi Gegov, CEO of Bulgartransgaz.
Gegov, as cited by Pressa daily, said at an energy conference on Tuesday that the inquiry had been made by Reinhard Mitschek, Senior Vice President for gas logistics at OMV. read more
MACEDONIA WILL ONLY JOIN TURKISH STREAM AMID AGREEMENT BETWEEN RUSSIA, EU ON IT - GRUEVSKI
Macedonia will join the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project when the European Commission and Russia reach agreement on the scheme, according to Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
In an interview for local news portal Pres 24 he says that Macedonia is a country that makes decisions of strategic importance on the basis of its Euro-Atlantic orientation. read more
LUKOIL 'MANIPULATING BULGARIA OIL, DIESEL FUEL PRICES' - EX-PM
Lukoil Bulgaria is responsible for "artificial" prices of petrol in the country, a research team led by former PM Ivan Kostov has claimed.
BULGARIANS MADE MORE BUSINESS, HOLIDAY TRIPS ABROAD IN APRIL
According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were released on Wednesday, Bulgarians made more business trips and holiday travels abroad in April.
Bulgarians completed 369 000 trips abroad in April, which represented an increase of 14.2 % compared to the same month in 2014. read more
PREVENTING ETHNIC TENSIONS IN MACEDONIA ESSENTIAL TO BULGARIA – ЕX FOREIGN MINISTER
Former Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has argued that it is essential for Bulgaria that the conflict in Macedonia does not escalate into ethnic tensions.
“The opposition in Macedonia believes that if elections are prepared by the same government in the same way, then the results will be the same. It is essential to us that the tensions there do not escalate into ethnic tensions. We must live with the awareness that the fates of people are decided by themselves,” Vigenin said in a Wednesday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio. read more
CABINET PROPOSES FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER AS NEW BULGARIAN AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY
The government proposed the former Foreign Minister Nadezhda Neynsky to be appointed as the Bulgarian ambassador to Turkey.
The decision was taken at the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers, which took place on Wednesday, the government's press service informs. read more
BULGARIA’S CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF TO ATTEND ANNUAL BALKAN COUNTRIES CHODS CONFERENCE
Vice Admiral Rumen Nikolov, Chief of Defence Staff of Bulgaria, will participate in the Annual Meeting of the Chiefs of Defence/General Staffs of the Balkan Countries on May 27-28 in Budva, Montenegro.
Apart from the Chiefs of Defence of the nine founders of the initiative for enhancing military cooperation on the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Montenegro), the conference will also be attended by the Deputy Chairman of NATO's Military Committee, Mark Schissler, Allied Joint Force Command Naples commander, U.S. Navy Adm. Mark Ferguson III, and the Chiefs of Defence of Croatia and Slovenia. read more
BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION COUNCIL
The Bulgarian government announced on Wednesday the establishment of a National council on anti-corruption policies with advisory, coordinating and control functions to the Ministerial Council.
The council will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies on preventing and countering corruption, the government's press service informs. read more
BULGARIAN SOCIALIST OPPOSITION REFUSES HEADING CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES COMMITTEE
The opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) refused to head the parliamentary committee on constitutional amendments.
BULGARIA CUSTOMS HEAD TO MANAGE KAPITAN ANDREEVO BORDER CROSSING
Customs agency head Vanyo Tanov will personally be in charge of organization at the Kapital Andreevo border crossing point at Bulgaria's border with Turkey.
BULGARIA MIGHT HAVE TO PRINT LOCAL VOTE BALLOT PAPERS IN ROMANIA
Bulgaria is facing a shortage of ballots for this autumn's local vote to be held across the country, officials have warned.
BULGARIA'S GARMEN BRACES FOR MASSIVE ANTI-ROMA PROTEST
Security has been stepped up in the village of Garmen, southwestern Bulgaria, ahead of a protest against illegal buildings and settlers in a Roma neighborhood.
BULGARIA ADVERTISED FOR ILLEGAL GRIZZLY BEAR HUNTING
Bulgarian Tourism Ministry has been advertising hunting of Grizzly bears and American deer, as well as salmon fishing, as announced by the NGO Balkani Wildlife Society, the Bulgarian National Radio reported.
HIP HOP, NEO SOUL DIVA LAURYN HILL TO PERFORM IN SOFIA
The long awaited concert of hip hop and neo soul star Ms Lauryn Hill will take place in Sofia's Arena Armeets on July 15.
Sofia will be a part of the neo soul queen's new series of concerts across the world after a long break. read more
AZERBAIJAN’S HEYDAR ALIYEV FOUNDATION DONATES BGN 2.5 M FOR RESTORATION OF TRAPEZITSA FORTRESS
Bulgaria has signed an agreement with a delegation of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation on a donation for restoration works at the Trapezitsa Fortress in Veliko Tarnovo.
The fund donated BGN 2.5 M for the restoration and conservation of the fortress so that it could welcome visitors in the following tourist season. read more
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS HONORS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY
The Festival of the Arts in Sofia will be hosted by the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel in Sofia on May 30 and 31. It is set on bringing joy and entertainment to children on their holiday.
They will get the chance of participating in various artistic activities, including workshops for jewelry making, home decoration, ceramics, sweets and paintings. read more
BULGARIAN CUSTOMS SEIZE ESTIMATED BGN 15 M WORTH OF SMUGGLED ANABOLIC STEROIDS
Customs officials at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 checkpoint in Vidin, at the border with Romania, have seized nearly 15,000 vials marked as containing anabolic steroids being smuggled in a Slovak-registered van.
The vehicle carried packages of dog food to Slovakia, according to the cargo manifest. The starting point of the trip was not disclosed. read more
BLICK.CH: WHO WILL STOP SCRAP BULGARIANS?
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NATO CHIEF URGES RUSSIA TO AVOID SNAP MILITARY DRILLS
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has urged Russia to avoid holding snap military drills.
Russia on Monday launched snap exercises to test the combat readiness of air defence and air force units in its Central Military District.Some 12,000 personnel and 250 aircraft are taking part in the four-day exercises which coincide with an earlier announced military drill of NATO forces over the Arctic that also started on Monday. Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov has said that Moscow notified the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) about its drills. read more
FIFA ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING SWITZERLAND ARRESTS
FIFA's spokesperson Walter De Gregorio deemed the unexpected arrests of the organization's officials to be a positive event.
"This for FIFA is good," De Gregorio said in a news conference following the scandalous arrests, as quoted by the Business Insider."It’s not good in terms of image, it’s not good in terms of reputation, but in terms of cleaning up, everything we did in the last four years, this is good." read more
FIFA OFFICIALS ARRESTED IN ZURICH SPECIALIZED OPERATION, NYT
Several top officials of FIFA were arrested early morning Wednesday in Zurich on account of corruption accusations.
Swiss authorities conducted a specialize doperation and arrested more than ten officials, the New York Times reported. read more
BRITISH QUEEN ANNOUNCES EU REFERENDUM TO BE HELD BEFORE END OF 2017
British Queen Elizabeth II announced on Wednesday that the planned referendum on the UK's continued membership to the EU will take place before the end of 2017.
DANISH PRIME MINISTER CALLS EARLY GENERAL ELECTION IN JUNE
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called on Wednesday an early general election to take place on June 18.
It is expected that her centre-left coalition will face a formidable challenge from the opposition, the BBC reports. read more
EU, SWITZERLAND SIGN AGREEMENT ENDING BANK SECRECY
The agreement signed Wedneday states that information regarding financial accounts will be automatically exchanged between the EU and Switzerland starting 2018.
This step has largely been considered a major breakthrough in the fight against money laundering and tax evasion, as rpeorted by Financial daily. read more
EU COMMISSION PROPOSES DRAFT 2016 BUDGET AMOUNTING TO EUR 143.5 B
The European Commission proposed on Wednesday a draft EU budget for 2016, amounting to EUR 143.5 B.
The budget is aimed to support the recovering European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond, the Commission's press service reports. read more
MACEDONIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ZAEV EXPECTS CRISIS WILL BE OVER BY END-JUNE
Zoran Zaev, leader of Macedonia’s opposition Social Democrats, expects the political crisis in the country to be resolved by the end of June.
Speaking to reporters in the tent city set up by the opposition in front of the government headquarters in Skopje to press their demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Zaev said that the European Council of Ministers has decided that the crisis needs to be resolved by the end of June. read more
MACEDONIA LEADERS' 4-HOUR TALKS END WITH NO RESULTS
A third meeting of Macedonian political leaders has failed to produce any tangible results, local media outlets say.
RUSSIAN OFFICIAL DECLARES MISTRAL DEAL DEAD
Russia has given up on its EUR 1.2 B deal with France for the procurement of two Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, a senior Russian government official has said.
"Russia won’t take them, it’s an accomplished fact," Russian newswires quoted Oleg Bochkaryov, deputy head of the Military Industrial Commission, as saying on Tuesday. The commission is the government body in charge of overseeing Russia’s defence industry. read more
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