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26 May 2016, Issue 4549
Bulgaria's Daily Newspaper since 2001
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Four Foreign Retailers Face Cartel Probe in Bulgaria
Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has launched a probe into a suspected cartel agreement between four foreign retail chains operating in the country. read
Bulgaria IntMin Reports 30 % Drop in Number of Illegal Migrants in 2016
Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said on Wednesday that the number of illegal migrants detained in Bulgaria this year has decreased by nearly 30 % compared to 2015. read
Bulgaria’s Ex-President Parvanov Hints at Possibility to Run Again
Bulgaria’s former President Georgi Parvanov suggested on Wednesday that the Constitution doesn’t bar him from running again in presidential elections. read
BULGARIA’S 2015 ARMS EXPORTS TOP EUR 640 M, UP 50% Y/Y
Bulgarian exports of military hardware increased by more than 50% last year compared with 2014, a government official has said.
“The enterprises of the Bulgarian defence industry sector have sold products worth more than EUR 640 M,” Deputy Economy Minister Lyuben Petrov told a news conference at the opening of 12th XII International Defence Equipment Exhibition Hemus 2016 in the city of Plovdiv on Wednesday. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT ENDORSES PLANS TO AID INDEBTED LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Bulgaria’s central government will be able to extend interest-free loans to cash-strapped local governments, the Parliament has decided.
To be eligible for interest-free financing, indebted municipalities will have to show plans for their financial recovery that will have to be be endorsed by the finance minister, according to changes to the Public Finances Act passed on second and final reading on Wednesday. read more
BULGARIA’S SERVICES TURNOVER INDEX PICKS UP 8% Y/Y IN Q1 2016
The turnover index in Bulgaria’s services sector adjusted for the number of workdays rose by 8% year-on-year for the first quarter of 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) announced on Wednesday.
The most significant increase was registered in the sub-index measuring activities in Postal and Courier Services (13.1%) and Warehousing and Support for Transportation (10.8%). A decrease was observed in Water Transport and Air Transport services, by 6% and 3.5%, respectively. read more
FOUR FOREIGN RETAILERS FACE CARTEL PROBE IN BULGARIA
Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) has launched a probe into a suspected cartel agreement between four foreign retail chains operating in the country.
KZK is suspecting that Kaufland Bulgaria, Billa Bulgaria, Lidl Bulgaria and Metro Cash and Carry Bulgaria have entered into unlawful agreement, which harms the market and provides favourable conditions for the products sold under the brands of the retail chains. read more
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: BULGARIA IS ONE OF EGYPT'S BIGGEST ARMS SUPPLIERS
In an article released on Wednesday, Amnesty International claims that thirteen of the EU's 28 member states have ignored EU-wide suspension on arms transfers to Egypt and remain among Cairo's main suppliers of arms and policing equipment.
The suspension was imposed after hundreds of protesters were killed by security forces in August 2013. read more
BULGARIAN PROJECT WINS NATURA 2000 AWARD
The Bulgarian project “For the Balkans and the people: Nature Protection and Sustainable Rural Development” has won the Socio-Economic Benefits Award in this year’s edition of the Natura 2000 Awards.
Partners from five EU Member States including Bulgaria jointly won the Cross-border Cooperation and Networking Award with a project to preserve the lesser white-fronted goose, Europe’s rarest waterbird, the European Commission has said in a statement. read more
BULGARIA INTMIN REPORTS 30 % DROP IN NUMBER OF ILLEGAL MIGRANTS IN 2016
Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said on Wednesday that the number of illegal migrants detained in Bulgaria this year has decreased by nearly 30 % compared to 2015.
In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) on Wednesday, Bachvarova added that the present trend is for authorities to detain not so large migrant groups attempting to cross from Bulgaria into Serbia. read more
BULGARIA’S EX-PRESIDENT PARVANOV HINTS AT POSSIBILITY TO RUN AGAIN
Bulgaria’s former President Georgi Parvanov suggested on Wednesday that the Constitution doesn’t bar him from running again in presidential elections.
“We think that there is an interptetation of the constitution which allows a person, who had served two terms of office as President and had spent time on the reserve bench afterwards, to run again,” Parvanov told reporters in Parliament on Wednesday. read more
NEW DEPUTY AGRICULTURE MINISTER TO OVERSEE EU'S FISHERIES POLICY IN BULGARIA
The number of deputy ministers in Bulgaria's agriculture ministry will be increased from three to four.
The decision was adopted at the regular meeting of the government on Wednesday, the government's press service informs. read more
THREE INJURED AFTER MASS FIGHT BETWEEN MIGRANTS IN SOFIA
Three people were injured after a massive fight between migrants took place in the Voenna rampa neighbourhood of the Bulgarian capital late on Tuesday evening.
The interior ministry informed that the fight took place after a scandal had erupted between two groups of migrants – one of them from Iraq and the other one from Afghanistan. read more
BULGARIAN CUSTOMS SEIZE AMPHETAMINES, ANABOLIC STEROIDS AT KAPITAN ANDREEVO CHECKPOINT
Bulgarian customs officers have thwarted an attempt to smuggle seven kilogrammes of amphetamines to Turkey through Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint, the National Customs Agency in Sofia announced on Wednesday.
The amphetaminies, with an estimated value of BGN 210,000 (EUR 105,000), were wrapped in seven packs labeled as table salt. They were found in a purposefully built cache in a Bulgarian-registered car departing for Turkey. read more
BULGARIAN NATIONALIST MP SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS OF PROBATION
Sofia City Court (SGS) sentenced on Wednesday Bulgarian MP from nationalist Ataka party, Desislav Chukolov, to two years of probation.
Chukolov will have to meet with probation officer each week and will have to serve two years of community service. In addition, he will be subject to 25 % deduction from his salary. read more
EC PROPOSES MEASURES TO IMPROVE E-COMMERCE, INCREASE CUSTOMER TRUST
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.
The measures are part of the EU executive’s strategic plan to create a Digital Single Market. read more
EUROGROUP AGREES TO RELEASE NEXT TRANCHE OF GREEK BAILOUT
The finance ministers of the countries from the eurozone approved the disbursement of the next tranche of the EUR 86 B bailout to Greece, which had been agreed between Athens and the international creditors last year. read more
DIMOSTHENIS STOIDIS: ALMOST 2000 GREEK COMPANIES RELOCATED TO BULGARIA LAST YEAR
As the Bulgarian chairmanship of the South-East European Cooperation process (SEECP) is coming to and end on June 01, Novinite is interviewing ambassadors of countries that are parties to the process about bilateral relations.
The first interview we are publishing is with Greece's Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Mr Dimoshenis Stoidis, who cast light on a number of issues ranging from migration and the border blockade to energy and the impact of the crisis on relations between Bulgaria and Greece.
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