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26 September 2016, Issue 4654
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|BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM|
Bulgarian PM Borisov: I Offered That All EU Borders Be Closed
“The closing down of the Balkan route does not merely mean the closing down of the Bulgarian-Turkish border.read
EU to Invest Billions into Countries Affected by Migrant Crisis
EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva has said the union will provide assistance to the countries that were most affected by the inflow of migrants.read
EU Council Head Calls for Stricter External Border Control
European Council President Donald Tusk has said Europe needs to work out ways to achieve a more effective control on its external borders.read
BANKER LEVON HAMPARTZOUMIAN: BULGARIA'S ECONOMY IS IN GOOD SHAPE AT MACRO LEVEL
People have confidence in the Bulgarian lev, the financial system and the banks. The growth of deposits and credits is proof of that, stated Levon Hampartzoumian on Nova TV.
According to the banker, the growth in credits is smaller and unevenly distributed among cities since enterprising people are to be found mostly in bigger cities. read more
BULGARIANS ABROAD SENT BGN 1 B BACK HOME IN 2016
Bulgarians abroad have sent over BGN 1 B to their relatives in the country since the beginning of 2016, reported bTV, citing BNB data.
The largest amount of nearly BGN 200 M was sent by Bulgarians in the USA, followed by Spain and Greece with BGN 174 M and BGN 68 M, accordingly. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN DOBREV: NO PROBLEMS EXPECTED CONCERNING EC APPROVAL OF NEC LOAN
The Chairman of the Energy Commission in Parliament Delyan Dobrev does not expect any problems to arise concerning the necessary approval of the European Commission for the granting of state aid to the National Electric Company (NEC)
Bulgaria is preparing to grant an interest-free loan to NEC. NEC will use it to pay Atomstroyexport for the equipment ordered for the Belene plant. read more
BULGARIA SHOULD PRIORITIZE GAS LINKS WITH GREECE, ROMANIA - EU OFFICIAL
Bulgaria should work to complete the interconnectors linking its gas transportation networks with Greece and Romania, the EU Commission spokesperson for Specific Energy Union Projects has said.
Adamowicz has thus dashed Sofia's hopes that its Balkan Gas Hub project would get support from Brussels in the short term, saying Bulgaria has to go through the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI) of the EU.
BULGARIAN PM BORISOV: I OFFERED THAT ALL EU BORDERS BE CLOSED
“The closing down of the Balkan route does not merely mean the closing down of the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The external borders of the EU must be dear to everyone as much as their own national frontiers.
I offered them to close all borders in the EU – from the UK to Bulgaria, from Italy to Finland and let in migrants through official border checkpoints only. As stipulated in the law. To fence off all of Europe and help all persons who are in dire straits, those who are not economic migrants but are running from the wars. read more
GERMANY'S CDU, CSU CLOSE TO INTRODUCING LIMIT ON REFUGEE ADMISSION
The ruling German parties – the German Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union - are close to taking a decision on introducing a limit on refugee admission, reported TASS.
CDU, whose leader is Angela Merkel, is ready to discuss a concrete number which would “correspond to the interests of the country”. read more
BULGARIA PM URGES COMMITMENT TO EU-TURKEY MIGRANT DEAL, HOTSPOTS OUTSIDE EUROPE
The migrant deal with Turkey is “by far the lesser of two evils”, Bulgaria’s Prime Minister has said, giving indications he has called on European leaders to give Turkey a visa-free regime.
Borisov has commented on migration issues after a summit bringing 10 European leaders together in Vienna to discuss possible measures in the light of a continuing inflow of migrants. read more
BULGARIA WAITING FOR CANADIAN VISA WAIVER TIMETABLE SOON
Bulgarian MEP Andrey Kovatchev has reiterated that Sofia and Bucharest will refuse to sign a the free-trade deal between EU and Canada unless an indication is given about the removal of Canadian visa requirements for the two respective countries.
BULGARIAN MUNICIPALITIES WITH BAD DEMOGRAPHIC INDICATORS TO INTEGRATE REFUGEES PERMANENTLY
Bulgarian municipalities with bad demographic indicators may integrate refugees permanently. However, it is not clear yet which three pilot municipalities will work on the project of integrating the refugees permanently.
This became clear after the announcement of the Executive Director of the National Association of Municipalities Ginka Chavdarova on BNR. Recently, at a forum on refugees, it was announced that there are 3 municipalities which will work on such a project. read more
SPECIAL TRAFFIC ORGANISATION AFTER END OF FOUR-DAY HOLIDAY
The Ministry of Interior and the Road Infrastructure Agency will attempt to secure the normal return of the persons who travelled during the four-day holiday.
For this reason, a special organisation of traffic has been implemented in the areas where renovation works are taking place, cargo vehicles have been banned and, besides traffic policemen, there will be mobilised officials of the Security Police. read more
PUBLIC BICYCLES SYSTEM TO BE LAUNCHED IN SOFIA
The commission for the selection of a concessionaire for the construction and management of public bicycles in Sofia has opened the documents of four participants: Metropolis Group AD offering annual concession payment of EUR 63,920.87 for a 9-year concession, SOBike DZZD with annual concession payment of EUR 80,000 for a 10-year concession, Velo Archer Sofia DZZD offering EUR 111,111.11 for a 10-year concession and Citizen Association Sofia Bike offering EUR 700,000 for an 8-year concession.
The concessionaire selected must construct 33 stations with 12-14 bicycles, a total of 400 bicycles for initial implementation in the broad city centre and a subsequent expansion in other parts of the city, reported Sofia municipality. read more
BULGARIA, US SIGN AGREEMENT ON DNA PROFILES, FINGERPRINTS EXCHANGE
Bulgaria and the United States have signed an agreement that will allow the exchange of dactyloscopic (fingerprints) data and DNA profiles in an effort to boost cooperation in fighting crime, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry has said.
Under the document, an equal and reciprocal exchange of information needed for the prevention and investigation of serious crime cases will be secured between law enforcement institutions of the two countries. read more
HEMUS HIGHWAY BLOCKED
There is an enormous queue of vehicles on the Hemus highway, from Yablanitsa in the direction of Sofia.
Traffic is very heavy at the Vitinya and Topli dol tunnels. read more
BULGARIAN MALE ARRESTED IN GREECE FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
A 21-year old Bulgarian man has been arrested in Northern Greece on charges of human trafficking, reported Ekathimerini online edition.
Twenty seven illegal migrants were discovered in the truck driven by the Bulgarian. All of them are Syrian. read more
ABV DEPUTY CHAIRMAN RUMEN PETKOV: INTERIOR MINISTRY CANNOT ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTIONS
The Interior Ministry cannot answer a simple question – how many foreigners reside in Bulgaria and what the source of their income is in order to do so, stated the Deputy Chairman of ABV Rumen Petkov at a press conference on the problems of security in Bulgaria and anti-terrorism.
“How many foreigners are there who live in hotels, apartments, how much do they pay and where does the money come from,” asked Petkov. read more
SOCIALIST PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RADEV: WE NEED DECISIVE CHANGE IN REFUGEE POLICY
“A decisive change is needed and it must happen at these elections. We are the alternative to the government. There is no other alternative,” stated the presidential candidate nominated by an initiative committee and supported by BSP General Rumen Radev. read more
BULGARIAN UNION OF BANAT LEADER NIKOLAI MIRKOVIC PASSES AWAY
“It is with profound sorrow that I announce that the leader of the Bulgarian Union of Banat and the most prominent figure in contemporary Bulgarian life in Romania General Nikolai Mirkovic passed away on Saturday night,” said Professor Plamen Pavlov from the Veliko Tarnovo University.
General Mircovic served two mandates as deputy in the Romanian Parliament. He was also Secretary of the Lower Chamber of Deputies, added Pavlov. read more
BULGARIAN WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL TEAM QUALIFIES FOR EUROVOLLEY
The national women's volleyball team of Bulgaria will be able to participate in the European volleyball championship next year after beating Switzerland on Friday.
It took the Bulgarians five games to defeat their opponent 3:2 (20:25, 25:17, 23:25, 25:15, 15:12), with local sports websites suggesting they had underestimated the Swiss team. read more
EU COUNCIL HEAD CALLS FOR STRICTER EXTERNAL BORDER CONTROL
European Council President Donald Tusk has said Europe needs to work out ways to achieve a more effective control on its external borders.
EIB OKS EUR 7.3 B FOR INVESTMENT IN EUROPE
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has said it has approved EUR 7.3 B in loans for investment across Europe and around the world.
EU TO INVEST BILLIONS INTO COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY MIGRANT CRISIS
EU Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva has said the union will provide assistance to the countries that were most affected by the inflow of migrants.
BULGARIA'S PM TO CALL FOR MIGRANT CENTERS OUT OF EU AT VIENNA MEETING
Curbing the flow of migrants into Europe will be the focus of a meeting held by the leaders of ten countries on Saturday.
In an interview aired late on Friday by Austrian public broadcaster ORF, Borisov has said he will push for the establishment of reception and accommodation centers for migrants located out of the EU.
HUNGARIAN PM ORBAN: EU MUST BUILD GIANT CITY FOR REFUGEES IN LIBYA
“The EU must build a giant city for refugees on the Libyan coast in order to control the process of granting asylum to people from Africa before they reach Europe,” stated Hungarian PM Viktor Orban at a meeting of 10 heads of state in Vienna on Saturday.
Orban, who closed the southern border of Hungary with barbed wire, announced that the EU must take “total control” over its external borders. He suggested that the Libyan government manage the camp. read more
DESECRATED BULGARIAN MEMORIAL PLAQUE 'WAS ILLEGAL', SKOPJE SAYS
Macedonia's Foreign Ministry has declared "illegal" a Bulgarian memorial plaque placed on Kaimakchalan peak, at the Macedonian-Greek border, which a journalist from Skopje claims to have demolished.
MACEDONIA'S PM 'PROMISED TO REACT' ON BULGARIAN MONUMENT DESECRATION
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said his Macedonian counterpart Emil Dimitriev assured him there would be a response from authorities to the desecration of a memorial plaque allegedly committed by a Macedonian journalist.
TURKEY RAISES CONCERNS OVER US ARMING OF SYRIAN KURDS
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he is concerned about Washington's decision to provide weapons to organizations posing a threat to Turkey.
NEW QUAKE HITS ROMANIA'S VRANCEA
A 3.1-magnitude earthquake has hit the area of Vrancea in Eastern Romania, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre has said.
MOODY'S DOWNGRADES TURKEY TO 'JUNK RATING'
Turkey's long-term issuer and senior unsecured bond ratings have been cut by one notch to Ba1, the rating agency said in a press release on Friday.
The outlook is "stable", in view of the government's balance sheet which will allow for the "absorption of shocks and flexible responses" and of the "large and flexible economy which continues to register positive growth and the government’s strong fiscal track record.” read more
STRONG EARTHQUAKE HITS EASTERN ROMANIA
There have been no reports of injured people after a strong earthquake hit the area of Vrancea in Romania, a known seismic zone.
BULGARIAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM TO RESTORE KAIMAKCHALAN MONUMENT
UKRAINE DEMANDS 'SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP' WITH NATO
Ukraine has filed a "special partnership" request with NATO, state news agency UNIAN has said.
The document was sent in an official letter from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, before a Ukraine-NATO Commission meating in Brussels. read more
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