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18 April 2015, Issue 4208
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Bulgaria’s President Backs Judicial Reform through Constitutional Changes


Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has praised the decisiveness of the attempts of the Prime Minister and the government to trigger a profound and comprehensive judicial reform, including through changes to the Constitution. read
Bulgarian Socialist Party to Try to Appeal New Debt of BGN 16 B at Constitutional Court


The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has drafted an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the new debt of BGN 16 B. read
Foreign Direct Investment in Bulgaria Down 6.9% Y/Y in Jan-Feb 2015


Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to EUR 128.2 million (0.3% of GDP) in January – February 2015, down by EUR 9.read
 
 
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EC to Approve Bulgaria’s Cross-Border Cooperation Programs in June

Bulgarian Population Decreased by 0.6 % in 2014

Israel Offers Bulgaria Collaboration on Medical Cannabis R&D

France's Total Signs Framework Deal to Enhance Education at Two Bulgarian Unversities

Sofia Court Rules Bailout Punishment for Judge Rumyana Chenalova

Bulgaria to Host Debate on EU’s Digital Single Market Plan Next Week

Increased Consumption of Cigarettes and Alcohol in Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov Suffers Heavy Defeat in Monte Carlo

Over 10,000 African Migrants Fled to Italy This Week

Spain Investigates ex-IMF Chief on Fraud, Money Laundering Allegations


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BULGARIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY FILES BGN 180 000 LAWSUIT AGAINST CONCESSIONAIRE OF BANSKO SKI ZONE

Bulgaria’s Environment Ministry has initiated a lawsuit against Yulen AD, the concessionaire of the Bansko ski zone, and is seeking BGN 178 482 in unpaid sums from the company.

The Environment Ministry is seeking unpaid sums amounting to 5% of the annual concession fee. read more


BUSINESS

FRANCE'S TOTAL SIGNS FRAMEWORK DEAL TO ENHANCE EDUCATION AT TWO BULGARIAN UNVERSITIES

French oil and gas giant Total, a partner in a consortium planning to drill for hydrocarbons in Bulgaria’s Khan Asparuh offshore block, signed framework agreements for cooperation with two Bulgarian universities on Friday, BGNES reported.

"Total E&P Bulgaria recognizes that skills development is essential for Bulgaria's economic growth. We are honoured to open this relationship with the University of Mining and Geology St. Ivan Rilski and the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridksi as they show willingness to enhance the education they offer through the injection of high level technical and scientific expertise,” Total E&P Bulgaria General Manager Xavier Faugeras said during the signing ceremony in Sofia. read more


ISRAEL OFFERS BULGARIA COLLABORATION ON MEDICAL CANNABIS R&D

Israel is extending a hand to Bulgaria for cooperation on the research of medical cannabis with the prospect of turning it into a successful industry, a group of academicals from both countries said at a meeting organized by the Israeli Ambassador in Sofia.

“What we propose is to collaborate and bring the technology we developed in Israel in terms of genetic materials, in terms of sophisticated sorting devices in terms of THC levels [THC is one of the most active ingredients in cannabis], relative humidity, to make sure that every time a patient receives medical cannabis, it is going to be with the exact dosage of active ingredients,” according to Prof Oded Shoseyov, a faculty member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem whose research is in plant molecular biology protein engineering and nano-biotechnology. read more


FINANCE

FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN BULGARIA DOWN 6.9% Y/Y IN JAN-FEB 2015

Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria amounted to EUR 128.2 million (0.3% of GDP) in January – February 2015, down by EUR 9.5 million (6.9%) from January – February 2014 (EUR 137.7 million, 0.3% of GDP), according to preliminary data of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB).

In February 2015 foreign direct investment in the country grew by EUR 53.9 million, compared with an increase of EUR 94.7 million in February 2014. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

EC TO APPROVE BULGARIA’S CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMS IN JUNE

The European Commission is expected to approve Bulgaria’s cross-border cooperation programs under the Instrument for Pre-accession assistance in June, according to Deputy Regional Development Minister Denitsa Nikolova.

Nikolova participated in two-day talks with representatives of the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy of the EC, according to a media statement of Bulgaria’s Regional Development Ministry. read more


BULGARIA TO HOST DEBATE ON EU’S DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET PLAN NEXT WEEK

An event focused on promoting the European Commission’s plans to create a digital single market of the EU, will take place in Bulgaria next week.

“The first building blocks of the EU’s Digital Single Market Strategy could be laid in Bulgaria,” the European Commission said in a press release on 17 April. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA’S PRESIDENT BACKS JUDICIAL REFORM THROUGH CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has praised the decisiveness of the attempts of the Prime Minister and the government to trigger a profound and comprehensive judicial reform, including through changes to the Constitution.

Speaking Friday in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s head of state underscored that it was obvious that the judiciary was in need of sweeping reforms that would involve constitutional amendments. read more


BULGARIAN SOCIALIST PARTY TO TRY TO APPEAL NEW DEBT OF BGN 16 B AT CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has drafted an appeal to the Constitutional Court against the new debt of BGN 16 B.

A motion needs to be backed by at least 48 MPs to reach the Constitutional Court, with BSP having a total of 39 MPs, according to dnevnik.bg. read more


INCREASED CONSUMPTION OF CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL IN BULGARIA

Over the course of 2014 Bulgarian households have decreased the consumption of bread and bakery products but have increased the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.

The data has been reveled through a research conducted by the National Statistical Institute in 2014. read more


SOCIETY

BULGARIAN POPULATION DECREASED BY 0.6 % IN 2014

According to the latest figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were published on Friday, the Bulgarian population decreased by 0.6 % in 2014.

The population measured 7 202 198 people at the end of 2014, which represented a decrease with 43 479 people compared to 2013. read more


INCIDENTS

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT JET FAILURE FORCES PRESIDENT NIKOLIC TO CANCEL VATICAN VISIT

Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic cancelled his visit to the Vatican on Friday after his plane had to return to Belgrade due to an engine failure, state news agency Tanjug reported.

According to unofficial information, one of the engines of Serbian government jet Falcon had stopped functioning when the plane was cruising at an altitude of 10,000 metres above the Adriatic Sea, Tanjug said. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIA'S GRIGOR DIMITROV SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT IN MONTE CARLO

Bulgaria's top tennis player Grigor Dimitrov suffered a heavy defeat at the quartefinals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament.


Dimitrov was defeated with 1:6, 3:6 by Gael Monfils from France in a match that lasted less than an hour, daily Dnevnik reports. read more


CRIME

SOFIA COURT RULES BAILOUT PUNISHMENT FOR JUDGE RUMYANA CHENALOVA

Sofia City Court has released judge Rumyana Chenalova after a preventative bailout meаsure has been imposed in the sum of BGN 8,000.

Judge Chenalova has been accused of professional misconduct and document-related offense since January 2015. read more


WORLD

OVER 10,000 AFRICAN MIGRANTS FLED TO ITALY THIS WEEK

The influx of refugees to Italy has drastically increased over the past few days, with most of them fleeing the civil war in Libya, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

Nearly 10,000 migrants have been rescued from boats sailing across the Mediterranean to Italy in the past four days alone, while another 900 are believed to have drowned while crossing, including 400 people aboard a boat that capsized on Monday. Almost 4,000 died on the journey in overcrowded boats across treacherous waters between Africa and Italy. read more


SPAIN INVESTIGATES EX-IMF CHIEF ON FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING ALLEGATIONS

Spanish authorities launched an investigation of former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato on allegations of fraud and money laundering.

Rato was taken from his home in Madrid on Thursday by officers from Spanish tax authorities, while police searched his home and office, the BBC reports. read more


JULIAN ASSANGE TO BE INTERROGATED BY SWEDISH PROSECUTORS IN LONDON

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has agreed on being interrogated by Swedish prosecutors in London, as stated by his lawyer, quoted by the CNN.

Asange has been hiding at the Embassy of the Republic of Equador in the British capital since 2012. read more


UN CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN YEMEN AS SPECIAL ADVISER RESIGNS

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted on Thursday the gravity of the situation in Yemen and called for an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the conflict.

This comes as Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Yemen, announced his resignation from the position, the news centre of UN informs. read more


MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GERMANWINGS VICTIMS TO BE HELD IN COLOGNE

A memorial service for the victims of the crashed Germanwings plane will be held at Cologne Cathedral on Friday.

The service will gather relatives of the victims and the congregation is expected to number 1500 people, the BBC reports. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

KOSOVO FM TO ATTEND BELGRADE CONFERENCE, RISKS BEING ARRESTED

Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced on Thursday that the Foreign Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci risks being arrested if he attends a conference in Belgrade next week.

Stefanovic explained that in case Thaci comes to Serbia, the Interior Ministry will take action in accordance with the law and bring him to justice, Tanjug state news agency reports. read more


UKRAINE

ANOTHER UKRAINIAN JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD, MURDER SUSPECTED

The editor in chief of the Ukrainian publication Neteshinskiy Vestnik has been murdered, as reported by the Bulgarian National Television.

The body of Olga Moroz has been found in her home in the city of Neteshin. Investigators have found traces of violence. The reasons behind the murder have not yet been established, but according to the police the most probable seems to be her work in the media. read more


INTERVIEW

TELERIK'S VASSIL TERZIEV SHARES BUSINESS EXPERIENCE ON THE ROAD FROM BULGARIA TO PALO ALTO

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