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29 July 2015, Issue 4296
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Bulgarian MPs Decide Only Question on E-Voting to Appear on Referendum
The referendum, which has been proposed by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, will feature only the question concerning the introduction of remote electronic voting. read
NATO Backs Turkey’s Fight Against ‘Terrorism’
NATO supported Turkey’s increased role in the fight against Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday. “The security of the Alliance is indivisible, and we stand in strong solidarity with Turkey,” NATO said in a statement following a 90-minute emergency meeting of ambassadors from the 28 member states of the Alliance convened at Turkey’s request. read
Bulgarian President Criticises Parliament for Ignoring Citizens' Will
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said on Tuesday that the decision of the parliament to include only the question on electronic voting in the forthcoming referendum, did not take into full account the will of the nation to define the rules on the election of its representatives. read
BULGARIAN MPS DECIDE ONLY QUESTION ON E-VOTING TO APPEAR ON REFERENDUM
The referendum, which has been proposed by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, will feature only the question concerning the introduction of remote electronic voting.
This was decided by the Bulgarian Parliament on Tuesday with 131 MPs voting in favour, 41 voting against, while three abstained, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
MAJORITY STAKE IN BULGARIAN SOFTWARE COMPANY FADATA BOUGHT BY BRITISH INSURANCE CO, US PE FIRM
Bulgarian software company Fadata, a leading vendor of software solutions for financial and insurance business, has new owners - UK-based insurance services group Charles Taylor, and The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm.
Riverside and Charles Taylor have acquired an 80% stake in Fadata, with the current management of the software company retaining a 20% stake, according to a media statement of Fadata. read more
INDUSTRY, RETAIL LEAD DROP IN BULGARIA’S BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX
Bulgaria’s business confidence index fell by 1.8 percentage points in July compared to the prior month due to worsened expectations of managers in industry, retail trade and services sectors, official data showed on Tuesday.
The business confidence index in the industrial sector dropped by 2.9 points in July compared with June as managers said they expect the business climate to be more unfavourable during the next six months. read more
BULGARIAN REGIONAL MINISTER: SECTION OF STRUMA MOTORWAY TO BE LAUNCHED ON FRIDAY
Bulgarian Regional Minister Lilyana Pavlova said on Tuesday that the section of Struma motorway between the town of Sandanski and the border checkpoint Kulata will be most likely launched on Friday evening.
Pavlova noted that the construction of the section of the motorway was still ongoing and works were being carried out round the clock, she said in an interview for private bTV station. read more
BULGARIA’S MAY GROSS FOREIGN DEBT DOWN 4% FROM 2014
Bulgaria’s gross foreign debt decreased by 1.59 B, or 4% at the end of May compared to the end of 2014, reaching EUR 38.18 B, or 88.9% of the projected 2015 Gross Domestic Product, official data showed on Tuesday.
On a year-on-year basis gross foreign debt increased by EUR 975 M, or 2.6% compared with May 2014, according to preliminary data released by the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB). read more
ENERGY WATCHDOG CHAIR – FURTHER POSTPONEMENT OF NEW POWER PRICES IS IMPOSSIBLE
Ivan Ivanov, Chair of the Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (KEVR), has said that there is no option to further postpone the entry into force of new electricity prices.
Speaking after a Tuesday meeting of KEVR, he commented that the demands of trade unions and employers’ associations for a new postponement could not be met as the law did not allow for that step. read more
BULGARIA EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH TURKEY – FM
Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov stated on Tuesday that Bulgaria expresses solidarity with Turkey.
BULGARIAN PRESIDENT CRITICISES PARLIAMENT FOR IGNORING CITIZENS' WILL
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said on Tuesday that the decision of the parliament to include only the question on electronic voting in the forthcoming referendum, did not take into full account the will of the nation to define the rules on the election of its representatives.
Plevneliev reminded that more than half a million Bulgarians had supported in a petition the holding of a referendum on three questions of considerable importance not only for the election process, but also for the democratic development of the country. read more
BULGARIAN DEPUTY PM: ANTICORRUPTION, JUDICIAL REFORM ARE TWO SIDES OF SAME COIN
Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva said on Tuesday that the fight against corruption and the judicial reform represented the two sides of the same coin.
Kuneva stated this at a roundtable discussion organised by the Centre for the Study of Democracy, daily Sega reports. read more
REFORM OF VOTING RULES, JUDICIARY KEY TO SOLVING BULGARIA'S PROBLEMS – PRESIDENT
Nearly all of Bulgaria's problems have their origin in the judicial system and electoral law, President Rosen Plevneliev has said.
This is the first time he has compared changes to voting rules and the judicial reform, two issues which he supports avidly.
BULGARIA’S PRESIDENT TO PRESENT REFERENDUM QUESTIONS IN PARLIAMENT
Bulgaria’s President Rosen Plevneliev will present his proposal for referendum questions on election legislation on Tuesday in Parliament.
Plevneliev will address MPs during an extraordinary parliamentary meeting, according to the President’s press office. read more
CLOSE TO 2.5 MILLION BULGARIANS LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE - STUDY
More than 2 460 000 Bulgarians or 34 % of the country's population live below the poverty line of BGN 295 per month.
This is revealed by the latest figures of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (KNSB). read more
4-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE IN GREECE FELT IN BULGARIA
An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale was registered Tuesday morning in Greece near the country’s border with Bulgaria, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
The earthquake struck at 7:03 a.m. on Tuesday. read more
MONUMENT TO ELIAS CANETTI UNVEILED IN BULGARIA'S RUSE
A statue depicting Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti was unveiled over the weekend in the town of Ruse, northeastern Bulgaria.
SOFIA BREATHES FESTIVAL TO START THIS SUNDAY
For a sixth year in a row August will be marked by the Sofia Breathes urban culture festival.
THRACIAN POLEARM AMONG ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS IN BULGARIA'S PERPERIKON
Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed a peculiar close combat bladed weapon used by the Thracians, Prof Nikolay Ovcharov has said.
WILDFIRE RAGES NEAR BULGARIA'S BOBOSHEVO
A wildfire has been raging near the village of Sopovo, located in the municipality of Boboshevo in western Bulgaria.
The fire initially originated in pastures, but later spread to beech and oak forests, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
PROSECUTING AUTHORITY RESUBMITS INDICTMENT AGAINST EX-DEPUTY PARLIAMENT SPEAKER HRISTO BISEROV
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has resubmitted an indictment against Hristo Biserov, former Deputy Parliament Speaker and former MP from liberal party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office submitted the indictment against Biserov on April 9 but on May 5 it was returned for revision. read more
NATO BACKS TURKEY’S FIGHT AGAINST ‘TERRORISM’
NATO supported Turkey’s increased role in the fight against Islamic State (IS) on Tuesday.
“The security of the Alliance is indivisible, and we stand in strong solidarity with Turkey,” NATO said in a statement following a 90-minute emergency meeting of ambassadors from the 28 member states of the Alliance convened at Turkey’s request. read more
GADDAFI SON SAIF AL-ISLAM SENTENCED TO DEATH
Saif al-Islam, a son of Libya's slain leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, has been sentenced to death over war crimes a Libyan court believes he committed during the 2011 uprising.
After Gaddafi was toppled in 2011, Saif al-Islam fled to Niger, but was extradited from there last year. read more
NATO EXPRESSES SOLIDARITY WITH TURKEY OVER TERROR ATTACKS
NATO expressed solidarity with its member Turkey on Tuesday over recent terror attacks in the country as Alliance ambassadors gathered for a meeting to discuss the Turkish military campaign against the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels.
"Terrorism can never be tolerated or justified; we stand in strong solidarity with our ally," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an opening statement. read more
PEACE PROCESS WITH KURDISH MILITANTS CAN’T CONTINUE - TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN
Turkey can't continue a peace process with the Kurdish rebels who are attacking Turkish targets, the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
It is impossible to continue “the peace process with those who target our national unity and brotherhood,” Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday before leaving on an official visit to China, according to hurriyetdailynews.com. read more
TURKEY-IRAN PIPELINE BLAST HALTS GAS SUPPLIES
An explosion late on Monday suspended gas transport along a pipeline between Turkey and Iran, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said.
GREEK EMBASSY: GREECE HAS DONE A LOT FOR BULGARIA
The Greek Embassy in Sofia has sent out a statement to media outlets to point to Greece's contribution to the Bulgarian economy.
The statement, however, makes no reference to official (or unofficial) Bulgarian comments or positions with regard to the situation in Greece. read more
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