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27 February 2015, Issue 4166
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EU Commission's Juncker, Bulgarian President Discuss Possibilities for Economic Growth


The situation in Bulgaria is not easy, because of the lack of economic growth. The average values have improved as compared to the previous year, but nonetheless Bulgaria is among the list of member states with lowest public debt. read
Construction of Hemus, Trakia Motorways to Resume in March


Work on the Hemus and Trakia motorways will resume in March, when the winter road cleaning regime across the country is partially lifted, according to Lazar Lazarov, Chair of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency. read
11 000 Velingrad Residents Back Petition against Wolfram Mining


A petition against wolfram production in the southern Bulgarian region of Velingrad signed by 11 000 people was submitted to the local Municipal Council, with the signatories insisting that the local authorities stop the opening of the mine. read
 
 
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Dispute over Bulgaria's New Debt Leaves Fmr President's Image Tarnished

Helmut Schwärzler Appointed Bulgarian Honorary Consul to Liechtenstein

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FBI Director Comey to Visit Bulgaria Next Week

Parliament Elects Daniela Daritkova as New Healthcare Commission Chief





Positive Results Noted for Bulgarian Tourism after PR Campaign


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France's Louvre to Exhibit Treasures of Thracian King Seuthes III

Bulgaria Drops to 106th in World Press Freedom Index
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"If you write down in the law that the Finance Minister is a crocodile, he will not become a crocodile."

Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov drawing peculiar parallels to explain why the government cannot meet the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS)'s demand for a pay rise in the judiciary.

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EU COMMISSION'S JUNCKER, BULGARIAN PRESIDENT DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

The situation in Bulgaria is not easy, because of the lack of economic growth. The average values have improved as compared to the previous year, but nonetheless Bulgaria is among the list of member states with lowest public debt.

That was the statement of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at a joint press conference, following a meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Brussels on Thursday. read more


FBI DIRECTOR COMEY TO VISIT BULGARIA NEXT WEEK

James Comey, Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will pay a visit to Bulgaria next week, Sofia-based BGNES news outlet reported on Thursday.

According to insiders, Comey is expected to meet with Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, 24 Chasa daily said. read more


BUSINESS

CONSTRUCTION OF HEMUS, TRAKIA MOTORWAYS TO RESUME IN MARCH

Work on the Hemus and Trakia motorways will resume in March, when the winter road cleaning regime across the country is partially lifted, according to Lazar Lazarov, Chair of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency.

Lazarov told Pressa daily that the right lanes of the motorways had been completed in 2014 and traffic would be channeled through them so that the construction of the left lanes could start. read more


11 000 VELINGRAD RESIDENTS BACK PETITION AGAINST WOLFRAM MINING

A petition against wolfram production in the southern Bulgarian region of Velingrad signed by 11 000 people was submitted to the local Municipal Council, with the signatories insisting that the local authorities stop the opening of the mine.

The petition was initiated by a civic association established for the purpose of preserving the environment in the Velingrad municipality and preventing mining operations there, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more


BULGARIA 19TH IN EU BY AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

Bulgaria is 19th in the EU by agricultural output with a score of EUR 3.8 B, according to Eurostat data, as cited by news portal Romania Insider.

Romania’s total agricultural production reached EUR 15.48 B in 2014, placing the country eight in the EU. read more


BOOKMAKER WILLIAM HILL OPENING BULGARIA OFFICE

William Hill, one of the UK's biggest bookmakers with more than 15 000 employees worldwide, is setting up a Java developers team in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.

The team will work in cooperation with other centers across the world, adding new products to the company's portfolio and contributing to its growth, according to money.bg.

Questers, a British company with a Bulgarian entity among minor shareholders, was picke by William Hill as a partner.

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TOMMY HILFIGER TO OPEN FIRST OWN STORE IN BULGARIA

US brand Tommy Hilfiger is due to have its first store in Bulgaria this week, according to media reports.

Most of Tommy Hilfiger's production had so far been available in Peek&Cloppenburg's retail chain.

It is now entering the Bulgarian market via Greek SARKK Group, the importer and distributor of the brand in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Cyprus and Macedonia.

The first Tommy Hilfiger store is due to open Friday in The Mall shopping center in Sofia.

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MAX ROLLS OUT NEW BILLING SYSTEM TO OFFER INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS IN BULGARIA

Max, the mobile Internet services provider, said it has launched a new real-time billing system that will enable the company to introduce products so far unseen on the Bulgarian market.

The new billing system based on the Mind platform will allow Max to offer to its customers various services including 4G data sharing within families and companies, prepaid 4G services, high definition voice (VoLTE) and the range of mobile broadband services, the company said in a statement read more


BULGARIAN BUSINESS LEADERS FORUM HANDS OUT 2014 RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS AWARDS

The Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) handed out its Annual Responsible Business Awards for a 12th year in a row on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at the Sofia Hotel Balkan. read more


TOURISM

POSITIVE RESULTS NOTED FOR BULGARIAN TOURISM AFTER PR CAMPAIGN

Cultural artefacts and sites were stated to be the most common associations tourists have with Bulgaria.

The findings gathered after a communication campaign point to the fact that Germany is one of the major markets in Europe with an overall positive image of Bulgaria as a tourist destination. Romania is a key market in terms of revenue, while tourists in Poland, Russia and Ukraine show an overall positive perception of the country, with more room for development. The program was communicated through TV and print media there and reached over 59 million people, surpassing the 40 million predictions. read more


BULGARIA EXPECTS 3-4% INCREASE IN TOURIST NUMBERS IN 2015 SUMMER SEASON

Forecasts of Bulgaria’s Tourism Ministry for the 2015 summer season point to a 3-4% growth in tourist numbers, according to Minister Nikolina Angelkova.

In a Thursday interview for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Angelkova informed that forecasts indicated a decrease in the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists, which, however, was to be compensated by an anticipated 40% growth from markets such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus. read more


IT'S BOHEMIAN: BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV IN AMONG WORLD'S MOST ATTRACTIVE CITIES

Plovdiv has entered a list of the most attractive cities to live in according to the ranking of the tourist website It's bohemian.

The website listed six of the most inspiring places where one could live for a while in no particular order. read more


POLITICS

PARLIAMENT ELECTS DANIELA DARITKOVA AS NEW HEALTHCARE COMMISSION CHIEF

Bulgaria’s Parliament on Thursday elected Daniela Daritkova as head of its Healthcare Commission, replacing Gen. Stoyan Tonev.

Daritkova is member of Parliament from GERB, the largest party in the minority coalition government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. read more


DIPLOMACY

BULGARIAN PM, GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER DISCUSS ENERGY, TOURISM

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Speaker of Georgian Parliament Davit Usupashvili discussed opportunities for cooperation in the fields of energy security, transport, agriculture and tourism.

Borisov welcomed the Georgian delegation on Thursday, which is on an official visit to Bulgaria, the government's press service reports.
The Prime Minister highlighted that Bulgaria was among the first EU member states, which ratified the Association Agreement between Georgia and the Union. read more


US EMBASSY STANDS UP FOR FOUNDATION ACCUSED OF FINANCING PROTEST NETWORK

The US Embassy in Sofia is following the ongoing investigation into Protest Network and various media outlets which allegedly received funding by America for Bulgaria Foundation, the mission announced Thursday.

In a statement [BG] posted on Facebook, it defended America for Bulgaria calling it "an independent organization" whose activities are fully transparent and available to anyone on its website.

"We are convinced that all inspections will be carried out professionally and in full accordance with the Bulgarian law, and also with respect for civil liberties and freedom of speech," the statement reads further.

The embassy's comments refer to a claim submitted by a Bulgarian media outlet whose publisher and Editor-in-chief maintain that the so-called Protest Network, one of the main entities formed during the 2013 summer protests against Plamen Oresharski's government, received illicit funding from the foundation.

The media outlet is thought to have ties to Delyan Peevski, a lawmaker whose appointment to the Bulgarian counter-intelligence body DANS opened the floodgates of 2013's mass protests, but it publisher consistently denies. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

EU COMMISSION WARNS BULGARIA ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THREE DIRECTIVES

The European Commission made three demands towards Bulgaria in terms of complying with the legislative norms of the Union Thursday.

The representative organ has requested from the Bulgarian government that an explanation is provided in three sections: driving licences, railway transportation safety and field crops disease management. read more


EU STEPS UP MACROECONOMIC IMBALANCE PROCEDURE AGAINST BULGARIA

The European Commission will step up its procedure against Bulgaria due to the excessive macroeconomic imbalances the country has experienced.

The Commission noted the financial sector turbulence in 2014, which necessitated the taking of decisive policy action and specific monitoring. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT PLEVNELIEV TO MEET KING PHILIPPE OF BELGIUM

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is on a two-day visit to Brussels where he is to meet the country's reigning monarch and to take part in a political conference.

The head of state is to attend an event of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) on Thursday and Friday, his press office has said.

Apart from a meeting with His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium, talks with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk are also on Plevneliev's agenda.

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BULGARIAN PM CONVENED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF DEPUTY PMS, FINMIN

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov convened an extraordinary meeting of the four Deputy Prime Ministers and Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov on Wednesday.

The meeting lasted four hours and started shortly after the plenary sitting of parliament, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


BULGARIAN PRESIDENT CONSIDERS IMPOSING NO VETO OVER NEW BGN 16 B DEBT

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is not considering to impose veto on the issue of new BGN 16 B debt, which was approved by Parliament on Wednesday.

Plevneliev announced this after his participation at the awards ceremony of the Bulgarian forum of business leaders on Wednesday, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


FORMER BULGARIAN PRESIDENT TO RESIGN ABV PARTY'S LEADERSHIP

Former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov announced that he is going to resign his party's leadership due to the decision of ABV's parliamentary group to support the issue of new debt.

The Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) was initially opposed to the issue of new debt amounting to BGN 16 B, but the party altered its position and voted in favour on Wednesday. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIAN STRIKER DIMITAR BERBATOV SCORES FOR MONACO'S CONVINCING WIN

Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov scored a goal, helping his team Monaco to achieve a convincing 3:1 victory over Arsenal in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Geoffrey Kondogbia opened the score in the 38th minute, while Berbatov made it 2:0 for Monaco with a goal in the 53rd minute. read more


BULGARIA'S BANSKO BANS OPERATING DRONES DURING SKI WORLD CUP

The management of Pirin National Park prohibited the flights of all aircraft for the duration of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, which will be held in the Bulgarian ski resort Bansko.

The order was issued by the director of the park Rosen Banenski and apart from the prohibition of drones, the list also includes the operation of hand gliders, paragliders and helicopters, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


BULGARIA'S GRIGOR DIMITROV SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT IN ACAPULCO

Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov was ousted from the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco on Wednesday.

Dimitrov was defeated by Ryan Harrison from the USA with 5:7, 6:4, 0:6 in a match that lasted one hour 45 minutes, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

MACEDONIA JOURNALISTS WIRETAPPED EN MASSE, OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS

More than 100 journalists in Macedonia have been lately subject to illegal wiretapping, Zoran Zaev, the leader of the opposition Social Democrats has argued.

Macedonia's government has been at the center of a scandal after Zaev hurled accusations of pressure on the judiciary and eavesdropping on thousands of citizens who, apart from reporters, include religious leaders and politicians.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski maintains Zaev is seeking to stage a coup d'etat inspired by a foreign intelligence service.

On Wednesday Zaev unveiled new evidence purportedly showing the extent to which Macedonian media are being pressured by governing politicians.

In his words, the PM's voice can be heard in one of the recordings as Gruevski is allegedly holding a conversation with Transport Minister Mile Janakievski involving a suggestion of money transfers that Zaev describes as "abuse of office".

"Both pro-government and professional critical journalists in Macedonia" are being snooped on, the opposition leader believes.

There are also "recordings" involving other government ministers and media representatives. However, the leader outlined short summaries instead of playing them citing the "seriousness" of the revelations: "Which does not mean we will not do this in the future."

According to daily Utrinski Vesnik, Zaev has provided an example that the cabinet is exerting "total control" on the media landscape.

This is the fourth piece of "evidence" Zaev made public. PM Gruevski later on Wednesday called his opponent "just an instrument, a kamikadze": "This is a big game, too big for him. And I am not someone who acts under threats and blackmailing."

Zaev also took a similar step in mid-February providing recordings that allegedly proved interference in Macedonia's judiciary. read more


GREECE SUSPENDS TOP FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR ONE WEEK OVER VIOLENCE

The Greek government reversed its earlier decision to suspend all football action for indefinite period and instead announced one-week suspension of the top football Superleague.

The suspension is on the condition that authorities and clubs will abide by the promises to combat violence, daily Kathimerini reports. read more



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