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31 October 2014, Issue 4068
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Bulgaria's GERB, RB Ready to Sign Coalition Agreement
Conservative GERB and right-wing Reformist Bloc are ready to strike a coalition agreement after tripartite talks with the Patriotic Front at the National Assembly, leaders say.read
EU to Unfreeze Payments Under Environment OP in Two Weeks
The European Commission will resume payments to Bulgaria under Operational Programme (OP) Environment within two weeks, a senior government official has said. read
BULGARIA'S GERB, RB READY TO SIGN COALITION AGREEMENT
Conservative GERB and right-wing Reformist Bloc are ready to strike a coalition agreement after tripartite talks with the Patriotic Front at the National Assembly, leaders say.
Thursday's talks mark a new shift in the RB's position after the right-wing coalition declared a day earlier it would reject a proposal from GERB to take part in a minority coalition. read more
BULGARIA’S PRODUCER PRICE INDEX UP 0.2% M/M IN SEPT 2014
The Producer Price Index on the domestic market increased by 0.2% on the month in September 2014, according to Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI).
Domestic prices increased in the mining and quarrying industry by 0.8%, in the manufacturing by 0.1% and in the electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply by 0.4%. read more
MOSCOW, KIEV AGREE TO RENEW GAS FLOW TO UKRAINE
Russia and Ukraine have agreed on the conditions under which gas supplies from energy giant Gazprom will be conducted in the winter, Russia's Energy Minister says.
His announcement followed reports that Gazprom and Naftogaz were still at loggerheads over gas supplies after discussing the issue on Wednesday evening.
BULGARIA TO USE EU FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT 5 ENERGY PROJECTS WORTH OVER EUR 4 M
Bulgaria is to implement 5 energy projects worth over EUR 4 M with EU funding.
The EU funding will go to the design studies for the construction of the Bulgaria-Turkey gas grid interconnection, the construction of the Yadenitsa hydropower plant, and transmission lines from the Maritsa East 1 thermal power plant to different parts of the country. read more
BULGARGAZ CUTS GAS SUPPLIES TO BULGARIAN HEATING UTILITIES BY 50%
State-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz has sent letters to all heating utilities to inform about supply cuts necessitated by the reduction in gas deliveries received via the pipeline through Ukraine.
Valentin Terziyski, head or the chamber of energy sector workers at the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA), explained in a Thursday interview for the Bulgarian National Television that the decrease would amount to 50% of the quantities requested by the heating utilities. read more
EU INVESTS EUR 647 M IN KEY ENERGY PROJECTS
EU Member States agreed Wednesday to allocate EUR 647 M to support priority infrastructure projects.
The bulk of the support goes to gas projects in the Baltic region as well as in Central Eastern and Southeastern Europe, according to a media statement of the European Commission. read more
FRANCE’S TOTAL TO START DRILLING AT BULGARIA’S KHAN ASPARUH BLOCK IN 2015
France’s Total will start hydrocarbon drilling at the Bulgarian Black Sea block Khan Asparuh in the second half of 2015, according to Paul Sexton, Exploration Manager at Total E&P Bulgaria.
Sexton, as cited by the BGNES news agency, presented the progress of the exploration activities, saying that the company had wrapped up 3D studies and the data was yet to be analyzed. read more
BANSKO OPENS SKI SEASON ON DECEMBER 13
Bulgaria's ski resort Bansko is ready for the ski season and officially opens it on December 13, said the town mayor Georgi Ikonomov, quoted by the Focus agency.
“We are working on the water treatment system and hopefully will manage to asphalt the streets before the tourists arrive,” the mayor said. read more
BULGARIAN CITIZENS FIGHTING ON IS SIDE, DEFENCE MINISTER SAYS
Bulgaria's caretaker Defence Minister Velizar Shalamanov admitted there are Bulgarian citizens fighting on the side of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation, reports Mediapool.bg.
“We have information from our allies that there are Bulgarian citizens fighting for the IS,” Shalamanov said. “This is very alarming.” read more
BULGARIA, AUSTRIA BACK SOUTH STREAM PROJECT COMPLIANT WITH EU LAW
Bulgaria and Austria both believe Europe needs energy diversification and support a South Stream gas pipeline project that would comply with EU law, their presidents said on Thursday.
Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev said at a joint news conference after talks with visiting Austrian head of state Heinz Fischer that the building of interconnection gas links with Bulgaria’s neighbours is of paramount importance in view of Sofia’s goal to reduce the country’s almost total dependence on Russian gas supplies. read more
EU TO UNFREEZE PAYMENTS UNDER ENVIRONMENT OP IN TWO WEEKS
The European Commission will resume payments to Bulgaria under Operational Programme (OP) Environment within two weeks, a senior government official has said.
According to caretaker Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU funds Iliyana Tsanova the news was communicated by Regional Policy CommissionerJohannes Hahn, capital.bg reported on Wednesday. read more
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN SOFIA CHEAPEST IN EU CAPITALS
The public transport in Sofia is the cheapest, compared to the other EU capitals, shows a Belgian survey, quoted by the BTA wire service.
Most expensive is the transport in Copenhagen – a 24-hour card costs EUR 17. Next is Stockholm – EUR 12. read more
EPP GROUP CHAIRMAN: BULGARIA NOT READY FOR GRAND COALITION
Joseph Daul, who heads the European People's Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, has urged Bulgarian politicians to form a government after uniting around certain priorities.
BAKALOV 'READY TO REMAIN INTMIN' IN BULGARIA'S NEXT CABINET
Caretaker Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov said on Thursday he was ready to retain the post in the next government, but "on certain conditions".
Bulgarian politicians are still to form a government and to reach an agreement which parties are to enter the cabinet.
BULGARIA’S INTERIOR HAS FOCUSED ON FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING- CARETAKER MINISTER
The efforts of Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry have been aimed at countering human trafficking since the beginning of August, according to caretaker Interior Minister Yordan Bakalov.
Speaking Thursday in Parliament, he informed that 472 people had been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking since the beginning of 2014, with 218 of the total detained in August and September. read more
PHOTO FROM BULGARIANS' 2013 PROTESTS FEATURED IN HOLLYWOOD FILM
Stefan Stefanov's photo of a crying girl holding a policeman from last year's anti-government protests in Bulgaria was selected for the Hollywood production.
“The Giver”, starring Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Jeff Bridges is an anti-utopia telling the story of a society devoid of emotions. The sequence featuring Stefanov's photo is illustrating the history of humanity and includes the “tank man” photo from Tiananmen Square, skydiving footage, photos from other protests across the world. read more
BULGARIA'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR TO REQUEST IMMUNITY OF 7 MPS, 1 MEP
Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov is to submit early in November demands that seven lawmakers who were sworn in this week be stripped of immunity.
Investigations against lawmakers concern various criminal offenses, he also explained. read more
NATO REPORTS 'UNUSUAL' INCREASE OF RUSSIAN WARPLANES OVER EUROPE
NATO headquarters said on Wednesday the alliance had tracked and intercepted four groups of Russian warplanes "conducting significant military manoeuvres" in European airspace over the past two days, reports AFP.
The planes, which included strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft, were detected over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea on Tuesday and Wednesday. read more
TURKEY’S Q3 TOURISM REVENUE RISES 11% Y/Y
Turkey’s tourism revenue increased 11% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2014, reaching USD 12.85B, the Turkish Statistical Institute said on Thursday.
Foreign visitors contributed 81.8% of total tourism revenue, while the remainder was obtained from Turkish citizens living abroad. read more
SWEDEN RECOGNIZES PALESTINIAN STATE
Sweden on Thursday became the first EU member state in Western Europe to recognise the Palestinian state.
While the Palestinians welcomed Stockholm’s move, Israel summoned its ambassador to Sweden for consultations to express its disappointment. read more
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