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19 December 2014, Issue 4110
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BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM
 
Putin Says Russia’s Economic Woes Will Be Over in Two Years


President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to diversify Russia’s oil-and-gas dependent economy and said he was confident the weakening rouble will recover. read
RB Warns Proposed Change to Pension Law Might Destabilise Coalition


The Reformist Bloc (RB), the junior partner in Bulgaria's minory government coalition, on Thursday warned that the proposed controversial amendments to the pension insurance law might destabilise the coalition. read
Bulgaria Gets Nod for EUR 2 B in EU Funding for Transport Projects


Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Thursday the European Commission has approved EUR 2 B in financing under the 2014-2020 Operational Programme Transport for Bulgaria. read
 
 
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EU Slaps New Sanctions on Crimea Targeting Energy, Tourism

Bulgarian Football Union Approves Ivaylo Petev Unanimously

No Talks Yet On Gas Hub At Border with Bulgaria, Turkey’s Ambassador Says   

Bulgaria Is Blameless For South Stream – MP

More Than Half of Bulgarians Have Positive Image of EU – Eurobarometer

Tsvetan Tsvetanov Blames 'Russian Interests' for Fall of Previous Borisov Government

Bulgaria's Socialist Party Demands Cancellation of Sanctions against Russia

Spain's 'Cultural Earthquake' to Rock Sofia in 2015

Bulgaria's Child Mortality Is 2 Times Higher Than EU's

EU Parliament Approves Union's Budget for 2015

Greek Parliament Fails to Elect President in First Round

Arrested Bulgarians in Belgrade Have Been Released

High Rates, Volatile Rouble Increase Risks to Russia’s Economy, Fitch Says


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Bulgaria to Negotiate Easing of Visa Regime for Balkan Tourists

Bulgarian TPP Carries Highest Pollution Cost in Europe
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PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA’S ECONOMIC WOES WILL BE OVER IN TWO YEARS

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged to diversify Russia’s oil-and-gas dependent economy and said he was confident the weakening rouble will recover.

He blamed Western economic sanctions imposed over Moscow’s support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the slump in oil prices as the reasons for the recent fall in the rouble. read more


ENERGY

NO TALKS YET ON GAS HUB AT BORDER WITH BULGARIA, TURKEY’S AMBASSADOR SAYS   

No discussions have been held with Turkey about the potential construction of a gas distribution hub on its border with Bulgaria, Turkey’s Ambassador in Sofia Suleyman Gokce said on Thursday.

In an interview with Bulgaria On Air TV station Gokce was asked whether a gas hub could be built on Turkey’s border with Bulgaria for possible distribution of Russian gas to Europe under Russia’s plan to build a pipeline to Turkey across the Black Sea to replace the cancelled South Stream project that would have had EU member Bulgaria as entry point for deliveries. read more


BULGARIA IS BLAMELESS FOR SOUTH STREAM – MP

Bulgaria is not guilty for what happened to the South Stream project, Delyan Dobrev – former energy minister and current GERB MP told the BNT public broadcaster breakfast show.

“Bulgaria is blameless, because Bulgaria is trying to place the project within the EU legal framework,” Dobrev said, adding that EU law as on Bulgaria's side. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

BULGARIA GETS NOD FOR EUR 2 B IN EU FUNDING FOR TRANSPORT PROJECTS

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said on Thursday the European Commission has approved EUR 2 B in financing under the 2014-2020 Operational Programme Transport for Bulgaria.

The approval opens the way for going ahead with major land transport infrastructure projects. read more


MORE THAN HALF OF BULGARIANS HAVE POSITIVE IMAGE OF EU – EUROBAROMETER

The latest Eurobarometer shows that 51 % of Bulgarians have a positive image of the European Union (EU).

In this respect Bulgaria ranks high compared to the 28 member states, sharing fourth place with Luxembourg, preceded only by Poland, Romania and Ireland. read more


DOMESTIC

RB WARNS PROPOSED CHANGE TO PENSION LAW MIGHT DESTABILISE COALITION

The Reformist Bloc (RB), the junior partner in Bulgaria's minory government coalition, on Thursday warned that the proposed controversial amendments to the pension insurance law might destabilise the coalition.

“GERB jeopardises the parliamentary majority and the stability of government,” said the spokesperson of the RB Radan Kanev in Parliament, criticising the intentions of GERB to amend the pension insurance laws without proper consultations. The proposed change was agreed at a sudden meeting between GERB leader Boyko Borisov and the trade unions on Sunday. read more


BULGARIA'S SOCIALIST PARTY DEMANDS CANCELLATION OF SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) demands that Bulgaria initiates the cancellation of the EU sanctions against Russia, said the party press office.

The BSP parliamentary group tabled in the National Assembly a draft proposal on the need of reconsideration of the EU policies on sanctions against Russia. read more


TSVETAN TSVETANOV BLAMES 'RUSSIAN INTERESTS' FOR FALL OF PREVIOUS BORISOV GOVERNMENT

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, former interior minister and deputy PM in the first government of Boyko Borisov (2009-2013) claimed the events from the beginning of 2013 that led to the fall of the government were provoked by “certain Russian interests”.

“We can presume that the events in the beginning of 2013 were provoked by certain Russian interests, connected to the South Stream gas pipeline,” Tsvetanov told the Nova TV breakfast show. read more


BULGARIAN MPS TO DELIBERATE AMENDMENTS TO INTMIN ACT

The Bulgarian Parliament is to discuss at first reading the amendments to the Interior Ministry Act, which were tabled by the main ruling GERB last month.

According to one of the proposed amendments, the State Agency for National Security (DANS) is to retain its partial ability to use special intelligence means (SRS), electronic daily Dnevnik reports. read more


CULTURE

SPAIN'S 'CULTURAL EARTHQUAKE' TO ROCK SOFIA IN 2015

An exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso will be one of the central events in the 2015 cultural calendar organized by the Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Embassy in Sofia.

This was officially announced by Javier Valdivielso, the head of Cervantes Institute in Sofia, during a Wednesday event unveiling the Spanish cultural program for next year. read more


HEALTH

BULGARIA'S CHILD MORTALITY IS 2 TIMES HIGHER THAN EU'S

Child mortality in Bulgaria is two times higher than that in the rest of the EU, said deputy Health Minister Vanyo Sharkov, quoting Eurostat data.

According to Sharkov, the data also shows that in Bulgaria twice as many people die from heart, ishemic and brain diseases. read more


INCIDENTS

WOMAN FINDS HAND GRENADE IN SOFIA

A woman found a hand grenade in a house in Sofia's Strelbishte residential district, reports the Interior Ministry.

She notified the police who sealed off the area. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIAN FOOTBALL UNION APPROVES IVAYLO PETEV UNANIMOUSLY

Ivaylo Petev was approved as coach of Bulgaria's men national football team on Wednesday.

Petev's contract is for the duration of three years, starting from 1 January 2015, electronic daily Dnevnik reports. read more


SMILES

RUBLE JOKES

Russians joking bitterly with the dramatic situation of the ruble.

- What would you like to change in your past, if you could?
- My rubles. read more


CREDIT RATING

Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia's credit rating from AAA to AHAHAHA. read more


EU

EU SLAPS NEW SANCTIONS ON CRIMEA TARGETING ENERGY, TOURISM

The European Union on Thursday announced additional economic sanctions against Crimea-based companies over what the bloc calls illegal annexation of the region by Russia.

The new restrictions, announced ahead of an European Council summit in Brussels later on Thursday, ban all EU investment in the Black Sea peninsula and European cruise ships from calling at its ports as further strengthening of the bloc’s policy of non-recognition of Russia's annexation of the region from Ukraine in March. read more


EU PARLIAMENT APPROVES UNION'S BUDGET FOR 2015

The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the 2015 budget of the European Union (EU) on Wednesday.

The agreement represents a final compromise between the Parliament and the Council of the EU, which foresees EUR 145.3 billion in contributions and EUR 141.2 billion in payments for next year. read more


BULGARIAN, BRITISH PMS TO MEET DURING EU COUNCIL SUMMIT

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is to meet his British counterpart David Cameron during the upcoming summit of the European Council that takes place on Thursday and Friday in Brussels.

This was announced by the press service of the Bulgarian Council of Ministers, but no further details were provided as to the nature of their meeting. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

GREEK PARLIAMENT FAILS TO ELECT PRESIDENT IN FIRST ROUND

The Greek Parliament failed to elect the country's President at the first round of voting on Wednesday.

The only presidential candidate Stavros Dimas, who had been nominated by the coalition government partners New Democracy and PASOK, failed to attract the necessary number of votes to be elected at the first round. read more


ARRESTED BULGARIANS IN BELGRADE HAVE BEEN RELEASED

The seven Bulgarians, followers of the Buddhist movement Falun Gong, that were detained in Belgrade on Tuesday, have been released on Wednesday evening and are expected to return to Bulgaria.

They were arrested on allegations of their planned participation in an anti-Chinese protest, private bTV station reminds. read more


RUSSIA

HIGH RATES, VOLATILE ROUBLE INCREASE RISKS TO RUSSIA’S ECONOMY, FITCH SAYS

The recent jump in Russia’s interest rates, the weakening of the rouble and falling oil prices have increased risks to Russia’s economy, Fitch Ratings said on Thursday.

The increase in Russia's central bank key lending rate to 17% from 10.5% “will deepen the severity of the recession in Russia, while oil prices present downside risks,” the global rating agency said in a statement. read more



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