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30 June 2016, Issue 4579
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|BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM|
Putin, Erdogan Agree to Work Towards Normalisation of Relations
In a telephone conversation held on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan agreed to work towards the normalisation of bilateral relations. read
Bulgarian MPs Adopt Changes to Judicial System Act at First Reading
The Bulgarian parliament adopted at first reading on Wednesday the changes to the Judicial System Act. read
IS GROUP SUSPECTED OF CARRYING OUT TERROR ATTACK AT ISTANBUL’S ATATURK AIRPORT
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that initial indications suggested the Islamic State group was responsible for the terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport that killed at least 36 people.
"The findings of our security forces point at the Daesh organisation as the perpetrators of this terror attack," Yildirim told reporters at the airport, using the Arabic name for the militant Jihadist organization, according to Turkish media reports. read more
LINES OF TRUCKS FORM AT TWO BULGARIA-TURKEY BORDER CROSSINGS
Long lines of trucks have formed at Kapitan Andreevo and Lesovo crossing on Bulgaria’s border with Turkey on Wednesday morning, according to the Sofia-based Nova TV channel.
BULGARIAN PM, EU COUNCIL PRESIDENT DISCUSS THREE MAJOR ENERGY PROJECTS
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and European Council President Donald Tusk discussed on Wednesday the three major energy projects which can be realised in Bulgaria.
10.3 MILLION TOURISTS EXPECTED TO VISIT BULGARIA'S BLACK SEA COAST THIS SUMMER
Forecasts predict that 10.3 million tourists will visit the Bulgarian Black Sea coast from May to October, making for a very successful tourist season.
This was stated by Rumen Draganov, director of the Institute for tourism analyses and evaluation, Darik radio quotes him as saying. read more
NO BULGARIAN CITIZENS HURT IN ISTANBUL AIRPORT TERROR ATTACK – FOREIGN MINISTRY
According to initial information, no Bulgarian citizens were hurt in Tuesday’s terror attack at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, the foreign ministry in Sofia has said.
The Bulgarian embassy in Ankara and the country’s consulate general in Istanbul are in constant touch with the relevant Turkish authorities, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday morning. read more
RUSSIA'S FOREIGN POLICY 'CONFRONTATIONAL' - BULGARIAN FM
Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov has described policies applied by Russia in the Black Sea region "confrontational".
Mitov, attending a parliamentary hearing called by the opposition to discuss the security environment in the Black Sea, said the country's policies, its modernized military capabilities and its readiness to use force posed "a key challenge" to NATO. read more
EU POSTPONES DECISION ON 2018 ROTATIONAL CHAIRMANSHIPS
The EU will not decide on reshuffles to the schedule of rotational presidencies for 2018 before September, member states' leaders have agreed.
The lack of definite timetable for the presidencies, caused by Britain's vote to leave the union, leaves in limbo the exact schedule of the Bulgarian six-month term that was due between July and December 2018. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT CONDEMNS TERROR ATTACK AT ISTANBUL AIRPORT
Bulgarian MPs held a minute's silence on Wednesday to pay tribute to the victims of the terror attack in Istanbul.
Parliament Deputy Speaker Dimitar Glavchev said that Bulgaria strongly condemned the barbaric act of terror against freedom and peace. read more
HEADS OF BULGARIA'S SECURITY AGENCIES TO REPORT IN AFTERMATH OF ISTANBUL AIRPORT ATTACK
The heads of the Bulgarian intelligence agencies and Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova will be subject to extraordinary hearing in parliament in the aftermath of Tuesday's terrorist attack in Istanbul Ataturk airport which claimed the lives of at least 41 people and left hundreds other injured.
This was announced by chairperson of the parliamentary group of the largest ruling GERB party and former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov on Wednesday. read more
BULGARIA'S LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REJECTS FUEL PRICE REFERENDUM
The Legal Affairs Committee with Bulgaria's Parliament has turned down a five-point referendum proposal on fuel prices, pharmacies, and Bulgaria's political system.
BULGARIAN MPS ADOPT CHANGES TO JUDICIAL SYSTEM ACT AT FIRST READING
The Bulgarian parliament adopted at first reading on Wednesday the changes to the Judicial System Act.
Following a discussion lasting for three hours, 116 MPs voted in favour of the changes, five were against, while nine lawmakers abstained. read more
BULGARIA EX-JUSTICE MIN HEADS BULGARIA'S TOP TRAINING BODY IN JUDICIARY
Miglena Tacheva, a former Justice Minister, has taken over as head of the National Institute of Justice, Bulgaria's main body providing training opportunities for those working in the judicial system.
Tacheva oversaw the judiciary in the cabinet of Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, between 2001 and 2005. read more
YULIA NENKOVA TO HEAD BULGARIA’S ANTI-TRUST REGULATOR
Bulgaria’s Parliament on Wednesday elected Yulia Nenkova as head of the country’s anti-trust body, the Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK).
Nenkova, deputy mayor of Sofia in charge of rule of law, coordination and control, was elected in a 137-1 vote with 10 abstentions. Since 2010 Nenkova has also been chair of the supervisory board of the government’s Privatisation Agency. read more
CSKA SOFIA RETURNS TO BULGARIA'S TOP FOOTBALL DIVISION
CSKA Sofia has returned to Bulgaria's top football division after its licence was revoked last year due to outstanding debts.
This decision comes after meetings of the licence and legal committees of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS). read more
TURKISH PRESIDENT CONDEMNS ATATURK AIRPORT TERROR ATTACK
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strongly condemned the suicide bombing attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that claimed the life of at least 36 people on Tuesday night.
Erdogan also vowed that Turkey would continue its fight against terror groups, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. read more
SUNNY BEACH SHOOTING 'DONE BY CRIMINAL GANG'
The shooting in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Sunny Beach has been done by an organized criminal gang, the prosecuting authority has found.
ESCAPED PRISONER DETAINED IN BULGARIA'S SILISTRA AFTER SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE
A prisoner, who had escaped from the jail in Varna a month ago, was detained after a shootout with police in the Bulgarian town of Silistra on Wednesday.
The 41-year-prisoner was detected in the centre of Silistra and recognised by police officers. They tried to arrest him, but the prisoner opened fire at them. As police officers started chasing the criminal, a shootout ensued. read more
PUTIN, ERDOGAN AGREE TO WORK TOWARDS NORMALISATION OF RELATIONS
In a telephone conversation held on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan agreed to work towards the normalisation of bilateral relations.
Relations between Moscow and Ankara have been strained since last November when two Turkish F-16 fighter jets downed Russian Su-24 bomber on the Turkish-Syrian border. read more
ONE UKRAINIAN, ONE IRANIAN REPORTED AS VICTIMS OF ISTANBUL AIRPORT TERROR ATTACK
An Iranian and a Ukrainian are among victims of the terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport, the AP reported on Wednesday, citing Turkish officials.
Tuesday's attack involving gunfire and three suicide bombings killed 36 people and wounded around 150 others at the city's main airport. read more
TUSK RULES OUT SINGLE MARKET 'à LA CARTE' FOR UK
EU leaders agree that Britain cannot have access to the common market after leaving the union unless it accepts the principle of free movement, EU Council President Donal Tusk has announced.
On the second day of an EU summit, the 27 member states (British PM David Cameron arrived only for the first day) have made clear the the access to the single market goes hand in hand will all four freedoms underpinning the EU's architecture, namely the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people. read more
SOFIA-ISTANBUL FLIGHTS RESTORED AFTER AIRPORT TERROR ATTACK
Flights between Sofia and Istanbul have been restored, the airport in Sofia has announced, less than 24 hours after a deadly attack in Istanbul.
The measure is in force as of Wednesday evening, with a plane from Istanbul having arrived at 21:05 and a takeoff due at 21:40. read more
SOFIA AIRPORT HEIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES AFTER ATATURK AIRPORT ATTACK
The security measures at Sofia airport have been heightened in view of the terrorist attack which targeted Ataturk airport in Istanbul late on Tuesday.
The simultaneous gunfire and bomb attacks claimed the lives of at least 36 people and left 147 other injured. read more
RUSSIA EXTENDS FOOD IMPORTS EMBARGO TO END-2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree extending the ban on food imports from EU member states and other western countries by 18 months.
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