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7 March 2014, Issue 3866
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Former EU Funds Min To Lead GERB EU Elections List
Bulgaria's former EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev was appointed EU elections 2014 list leader of center-right opposition GERB party. read
CRIMEA PART OF RUSSIA, SAYS REGIONAL DEPUTY PM
A decree making Crimea part of the Russian Federation was voted in the regional Parliament on Thursday.
Russian armed forces are "the only lawful armed force on the territory", Crimea Deputy PM Rustam Termigaliev was reported as saying. read more
EUROZONE RECORDS SLIGHT GROWTH IN Q4 2013 - EUROSTAT
The Euro area shows signs of recovery, recording a 0.3% growth in the gross domestic product in Q4 of 2013, according to data released by Eurostat Wednesday.
Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.5% in the Euro area. read more
NEW EUROPE BRIDGE INCREASED BULGARIA-ROMANIA TURNOVER
The New Europe Bridge, previously known as the Danube Bridge 2, has increased commodity turnover between Bulgaria and Romania.
Bilateral trade between the two countries now exceeds EUR 3B. Romanian export to Bulgaria grew by 9%, and Bulgarian export increased by 6%, Romanian Embassy counselor Victor Dediu revealed Thursday, Bulgarian Standard News reports. read more
ECB RAISES EUROZONE GROWTH OUTLOOK
The Eurozone GDP is expected to grow 1.2% in 2014, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi announced Thursday.
At his monthly press conference in Frankfurt, the ECB's chief asserted that economic recovery is under way, even though it is not at the desired pace, Businessweek has reported. read more
EC PUTS ITALY, FRANCE ON ECONOMIC WATCH-LIST, PRAISES SPAIN
Italy and France have been placed on an economic "watch-list" by the European Commission.
High debt and deficit levels are the reason for the EC's decision to put the second and third-largest Eurozone economies among 14 nations with "imbalances", according to a report published on Wednesday and cited by EUObserver. read more
BULGARIAN MUNICIPALITIES DEMAND 2-3% OF PERSONAL INCOME TAX
The National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) has demanded that 2-3% of the personal income tax be redirected to local authorities.
Todor Popov, Chair of NAMRB, explained Thursday that the measure would bring an additional BGN 500 – 600 M into the budget of the local authorities. read more
BULGARIA TO NOT SEE ELECTRICITY PRICE HIKES IN YEARS – SOCIALIST MP
Socialist MP Yavor Kuyumdzhiev has assured that electricity prices in Bulgaria will not increase for years.
"Anybody may request an increase in power rates but what matters is what the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) permits, and the demands of power distributors are unrealistic," Kuyumdzhiev said Thursday in an interview for Nova TV. read more
ROSATOM VOWS REGULAR NUCLEAR FUEL SUPPLIES DESPITE UKRAINE CRISIS
Russia's state-run nuclear corporation Rosatom has said it is prepared to use new supply routes and alternative transportation methods to bring nuclear fuel to Bulgaria.
Rosatom press secretary Sergey Novikov assured that the company would fulfill its fuel supply commitments before foreign nuclear power plants in spite of the ban to ship nuclear fuel cycle products by rail across the territory of Ukraine imposed by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine on January 28. read more
USS TRUXTUN SAILS IN THE BLACK SEA FOR EXERCISES WITH BULGARIA'S NAVY
The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Truxtun is bound for the Black Sea for military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces.
BULGARIAN MEP WARNS OF NEGATIVE IMPACT OF EU VISA SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA
The EU cannot plug the holes in Ukraine's economy, according to Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivaylo Kalfin.
Speaking at a meeting with Bulgarian journalists in Brussels, Kalfin argued that Ukraine could get assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the IMF was the body which could solve the country's immediate problems. read more
EU FUNDING TO BOOST BULGARIA'S E-GOVERNANCE
The European Union will grant Bulgaria EUR 127M for the establishment of e-governance in the next EU programming period 2014-2020.
The funds will be provided under the new Good Governance operational program, Standard daily reports. read more
BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT FINANCIAL ADVISER CALLS IT QUITS
Dimana Rankova is leaving the team of Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev, where over the past two years she has been his Adviser for Financial Policy.
The information has been confirmed by Bulgaria's Head of State press office, Dnevnik reports. Rankova has stated personal reasons for her resignation and denied allegations that her decision was triggered by dissatisfaction with the fact that her expert opinions have been ignored by the Chief of the Cabinet to the President Ekaterina Zaharieva. read more
FORMER EU FUNDS MIN TO LEAD GERB EU ELECTIONS LIST
Bulgaria's former EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev was appointed EU elections 2014 list leader of center-right opposition GERB party.
Former Bulgarian Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borisov announced the news in front of Bulgarian journalists in Dublin. read more
MASKED MAN RELEASES SWARM OF BUTTERFLIES IN BULGARIA'S PARLIAMENT
A masked man released a swarm of big colorful butterflies in the Parliament building in Sofia Thursday at noon.
The peculiar event happened just before the lunch break of MPs, according to reports of the BGNES news agency. read more
TORI AMOS TO PERFORM IN SOFIA
The alternative rock singer Tori Amos will perform in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 20.
SAND SCULPTURES FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE IN BURGAS
For the seventh year in Bulgaria's city of Burgas will take place the Sand Sculptures Festival.
BULGARIAN MUSEUM PUBLISHES ANCIENT ROMAN RECIPES
The Ruse history museum published a series of postcards with ancient Roman fortresses along the nowadays Bulgarian stretch of the Danube, with Roman recipes on the reverse side.
BULGARIA RANKS FIRST IN UNFORTUNATE EU HEALTH STATISTICS
Bulgaria ranks first in EU terms of stroke mortality rates, according to the Health Strategy 2014-2020.
Some 160 out of 100,000 Bulgarians die of stroke, compared to the average EU mortality of 51 people, Bulgarian Pressa reports. read more
BULGARIA’S PIRONKOVA SUFFERS 1ST ROUND LOSS IN INDIAN WELLS
Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova suffered a rough defeat in the first round of the tennis tournament in Indian Wells.
Pironkova lost 2:6, 1:6 to USA's Madison Keys in a match which lasted only 53 minutes. This was the first meeting between the two players. read more
2 MASKED MEN ROB BANK OFFICE IN BULGARIA'S YAMBOL
Two masked men have stolen an estimated BGN 80 000 from a bank office in the southeastern Bulgarian city of Yambol.
The office of Municipal Bank is located in the building of the Yambol Municipality in the city center, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). read more
CRIMEA REFERENDUM SET FOR MARCH 16
The referendum on the status of Crimеa was once more moved to an earlier date and will be held on March 16.
US IMPOSES VISA SANCTIONS OVER CRIMEAN SECESSION
The White House has announced visa restrictions on Russians and Crimeans over Crimea's decision to secede from Ukraine.
"Anyone who is threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine will be affected by the restrictions", USA Today has reported. read more
UN ENVOY HARASSED IN CRIMEA
A special UN envoy cut short his mission in Crimea after being harassed by armed men and ordered to leave the region, Wednesday.
Robert Serry said the car he was traveling in was blocked by unidentified armed men in camouflage uniforms after he visited the headquarters of the Ukrainian navy in Simferopol. read more
ERDOGAN ADMITS MEDDLING IN TURKISH JUDICIARY AMID NEW LEAK RECORDINGS
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has confirmed the authenticity of a tapped phone conversation which allegedly proves his involvement in judiciary affairs.
Erdogan's confessions came short before a new "leak" recording with his voice emerged on the Internet on Wednesday night and hinted at other cases where he has abused administrative authority, Turkish newspaper Hurriet Daily News has reported. read more
EU FREEZES BANK ACCOUNTS OF EX-GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS OF UKRAINE
The EU freezes the bank accounts of 18 former government officials of Ukraine as of Thursday.
TENSIONS IN DONETSK AS PRO-RUSSIANS SEIZE GOVT BUILDING
Tension has been rising in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk as pro-Russian demonstrators seized a government administration building on Wednesday.
Some of the activists barged through the police protecting the area and entered the government building by smashing windows and entrances, Euronews reports. The Ukrainian flag on the roof was replaced by a Russian one. read more
US WARSHIP GIVEN PASSAGE THROUGH TURKISH BLACK SEA STRAITS
A US warship was allowed on Wednesday to pass through the Turkey-controlled Black Sea straits.
The ship, which enters the Black Sea amid escalating tensions on the Crimean Peninsula, is expected to travel through the straits within the next few days, as Turkish newspaper Zaman has reported. read more
IMF GRANTS NEW LOAN TO ROMANIA, NEW GOVERNMENT SWORN IN
Romania and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed on a USD 4 B loan to Bucharest.
The credit package deal was struck after President Traian Basescu gave his approval, as Bulgarian website Investor.bg reports. read more
SERBIAN GOVT APPROVES USD 1B UAE LOAN
The government of Serbia approved unanimously the USD 1B loan from the United Arab Emirates late on Wednesday.
Owing to the loan, Serbia will save USD 40M annually, or approximately USD 400M over the period of ten years, Finance Minister Lazar Krstic pointed out, Serbian Tanjug reports. read more
ROMANIA PROPOSES NEGOTIATIONS OVER CRISIS IN UKRAINE
Ukraine's neighbor Romania has offered to mediate between Kiev and Moscow, with the country's President Traian Basescu proposing to lead those negotiations.
"In case they decide to create a format of negotiation for easing off tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as a consequence of the actions taken in Crimea, Romania must belong to the format of negotiation," said Basescu on Thursday in a statement made before leaving for Brussels where he will attend the European Council dealing with the situation in Ukraine, Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES reports. read more
USA TO DEPLOY EXTRA FIGHTER JETS IN LITHUANIA
The United States will send 6 additional fighter jets to Lithuania in order to reassure its Eastern European allies over increased fears from Russia's incursion in Ukraine.
The planes, which are currently at Lakenheath air base in Britain, will be positioned in the air base in Siauliai, Lithuania, US Defense officials said quoted by the LA Times. read more
A WAX STATUE OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT TO BE DISPLAYED IN SKOPJE
The new archaeological museum of Skopje will display wax figures of Alexander the Great, his father Philip II, his mother Olympia, and other alleged Macedonians.
VENEZUELA CUTS TIES WITH PANAMA
Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he cuts the diplomatic and commercial ties with Panama, because of “a conspiracy” against him.
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