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28 October 2016, Issue 4682
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NATO Undertakes Largest Deployment Around Russia Since Cold War End
At the meeting of the defence ministers of NATO countries on Wednesday, the UK undertook the obligation to send fighter jets to Romania in 2017, while the USA promised Poland military forces, tanks and artillery - the biggest deployment of the alliance at Russia’s borders since the end of the Cold War, reported Reuters. read
Alfa Research: Bulgaria's Referendum To Yield 3 YES Answers, If Declared Valid
Two weeks before the end of the pre-election campaign, every second person interviewed (51%) has stated that they are not familiar with a single campaign act of the candidates for head of state, showed a nationally representative survey of Alfa Research. read
BELGIUM AGREES TO EU-CANADA TRADE DEAL
Belgian authorities have said there is agreement among its regions on the controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), world media report.
ERNST & YOUNG: 22 MERGER, ACQUISITION DEALS IN BULGARIA FOR JANUARY-JUNE 2016
A total of 22 merger and acquisition deals to the amount of USD 600 M have been concluded in Bulgaria in the period January – June, 2016, exactly the same number as in the same period of 2015, showed a survey of international consultancy company Ernst & Young Global Limited.
“There are more and more companies in Bulgaria which are of interest to the strategic plans of investors. The sales of Bulgarian companies, which give access to market share, a strategically interesting technological solution, business model or innovation which may be implemented by a bigger market player, are not singular cases anymore,” stated the head of the Transaction Advisory Services department at Ernst & Young Bulgaria Diana Nikolova. read more
BULGARIA EX-ENERGY MIN 'DEMOTED' IN PARLIAMENT OVER PENDING ALLEGATIONS
Lawmakers on Thursday voted to free Delyan Dobrev, a former economy and energy minister, from the Energy Committee with Parliament.
NATO UNDERTAKES LARGEST DEPLOYMENT AROUND RUSSIA SINCE COLD WAR END
At the meeting of the defence ministers of NATO countries on Wednesday, the UK undertook the obligation to send fighter jets to Romania in 2017, while the USA promised Poland military forces, tanks and artillery - the biggest deployment of the alliance at Russia’s borders since the end of the Cold War, reported Reuters.
Germany, Canada and other NATO allies also promised to send their own forces. read more
BULGARIA TO TAKE PART IN NATO MEDITERRANEAN OPERATION
Bulgaria will send a frigate to NATO's Operation Sea Guardian in the Mediterranean Sea, Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev has said.
Nenchev is in Brussels, attending a two-day meeting of NATO countries' defense mininsters on Wednesday and Thirsday. read more
NATO EXTENDS AEGEAN SEA OPERATION DESPITE TURKEY’S RELUCTANCE
The Defence Ministers of NATO have decided that the operation of the alliance in the Aegean Sea should be extended and that a new operation must begin within two weeks in the central part of the Mediterranean, announced at a press conference NATO’s General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, cited by BTA, after the end of the two-day ministerial meeting in Brussles.
According to him, the operation in the Aegean Sea directed against the cutting off of the illegal transition of migrants to Europe has proven its political and practical use. From a practical point of view, a significant drop in illegal sea crossings has been recorded, while, from a political point of view, the dialogue between Ankara and Athens has been reinforced. read more
SOFIA SEEKS TO HEADQUARTER EUROPEAN MEDICINES AGENCY
Bulgaria is to submit a demand to EU institutions that the central office of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) be relocated to Sofia, daily 24 reports, citing government sources.
The decision is motivated with the UK's forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union after June's Brexit referendum. read more
FIVE SOCIOLOGICAL AGENCIES TO CARRY OUT EXIT POLLS IN BULGARIA'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
Five sociological agencies will carry out in parallel the counting of the results of the presidential elections at the exits of voting sections (exit poll).
By Thursday, the Central Election Commission (CEC) had registered Alfa Research OOD, Gallup International Balkan EAD, AFIS OOD and Exacta Research Group EOOD. They will have 1,265 interviewers countrywide, according to the spokesperson of CEC Alexander Andreev. read more
ALFA RESEARCH: BULGARIA'S REFERENDUM TO YIELD 3 YES ANSWERS, IF DECLARED VALID
Two weeks before the end of the pre-election campaign, every second person interviewed (51%) has stated that they are not familiar with a single campaign act of the candidates for head of state, showed a nationally representative survey of Alfa Research.
A huge majority of people (82%) know that there are presidential elections and a national referendum on November 6. The new requirement of compulsory voting is known by 77% of eligible voters. read more
SOFIA CENTRE TO BE BLOCKED FOR TRIFONOV CONCERT
The centre of the capital will be blocked from Friday night until Sunday morning because of the concert of Slavi Trifonov, scheduled for Saturday morning at Orlov most (Eagles Bridge).
Over 20 check points, 100 representatives of the organiser, 70 employees of Sofia Municipality and a sufficient number of policemen will guarantee the safety and security of citizens during the event. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT OKS VAT EXEMPTION FOR DONATED FOODS NEAR EXPIRY DATE
Foods donated by retailers to non-profit organizations will not be levied with a value-added tax (VAT) if the products are thirty days or less out of their expiry date, Bulgarian lawmakers have decided.
Bulgaria's Ombudsman, Maya Manolova, has hailed the move, describing as outrageous that fact that "such an amount of food goes in the garbage instead of reaching the hungry ones in Bulgaria." More than 250 000 tons of food that went beyond its expiry date is just thrown away every year by retailers, instead of being donated, national data shows. read more
BULGARIA'S INTERIOR MINISTRY LAUNCHES OPEN LINES FOR SIGNALS RELATED TO ELECTORAL VIOLATIONS
The Interior Ministry is launching open lines for receiving information from citizens about various violations related to the upcoming elections, announced the ministry.
In the process of fulfilling its tasks in the period of preparation and carrying out of the elections for president and vice president of Bulgaria and the national referendum, the Interior Ministry will open as of 12:00 hrs on Thursday 24-hour lines. read more
BULGARIA'S ELECTIONS TO COST BGN 250,000 MORE DUE TO ELECTORAL CODE AMENDMENT
The upcoming presidential elections will cost nearly BGN 250,000 more due to one of the amendments to the Electoral Code, announced the Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Alexieva.
The reason is that MPs decided that the vote in the square “I do not support anyone” will be counted as a valid vote in the elections. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT TO BEGIN EVERY SESSION WITH NATIONAL ANTHEM
Lawmakers have agreed to open every session of Bulgaria's Parliament with the national anthem.
BULGARIAN MPS APPROVE AID FOR UNEMPLOYED WHO FIND WORK FAR FROM HOMETOWN
Lawmakers in Bulgaria have passed amendments aimed at providing incentives to unemployed people looking for work across the country.
The new legislation will define "unemployed" as someone registered at an employment office, is looking for a job and is ready to begin work within a fortnight after being notified of a possible opening by the agency.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL AID TO BE PROVIDED WITHIN 30 MINUTES
The Health Ministry intends for every Bulgarian citizen to have access to emergency medical aid within 30 minutes, reported bTV.
The construction of all new emergency centres in the country will be completed next year. read more
BULGARIA'S NUCLEAR INSTITUTE: NEW CYCLOTRON TO BECOME OPERATIONAL IN 2 YEARS
The new modern cyclotron at the Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN) is expected to become operational within two years.
The equipment for it was manufactured and delivered to Bulgaria in January 2016 and it was as early as then that the construction of a special building for the cyclotron was announced. The cyclotron was supposed to become operational in 2017. read more
A SOVIET JOKE
Q: Why does toilet paper need to be two-ply?
A: One ply goes to the sewers and the other to KGB for analysis. read more
SLOVAKIA CALLS EMERGENCY EU MEETING AFTER WALLOON SUPPORT FOR CETA
The Slovakian rotating presidency of the European Council has called an emergency meeting in Brussels of the representatives of European countries after Belgium declared the agreement of Wallonia to support the CETA treaty.
The main focus of the emergency meeting will be the agreement reached between Belgian leaders and the Belgian Walloon region, which, so far, opposed CETA, insisting on greater guarantees for the maintenance of standards in areas like the environment, agriculture and the rights of European workers and consumers. read more
THINK-TANK DISTANCES ITSELF FROM INVESTIGATION INTO EU'S GEORGIEVA
The Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) has retracted an article exploring the past of the EU Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva.
NO REPORTS OF INJURED BULGARIANS IN ITALY QUAKES - AMBASSADOR
There has been no information about Bulgarians injured in the series of tremors that hit Central Italy on Wednesday evening, Bulgaria's Ambassador to Rome has said.
STRONG QUAKES HIT CENTRAL ITALY
Two tremors have shaken the central region of Italy, local media report.
There have been no immediate reports of injuries. read more
TURKEY'S MILITARY OPERATION IN SYRIA TO CONCENTRATE ON RAQQA
The Turkish military operation in support of Syrian opposition fighters in northern Syria will concentrate on the city of Raqqa controlled by Islamic state, announced Turkish President Recep Erdogan.
Erdogan specified that, at the moment, the rebels are advancing towards the important city of al-Bab in order to clear the city from Islamic State fighters. After taking al-Bab, they will head towards the city of Manbij, which was conquered by Kurdish militias in August, and “then, they will head to Raqqa”. read more
GREEK MONEY 'BOOSTS BULGARIAN, ROMANIAN BANKS'
Capital flight from Greek banks last year has boosted deposits in Bulgaria and Romania, English-language Kathimerini says.
Deposits in Bulgaria rose 10% last year, while in its neighbor Romania the value was 8%. read more
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