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27 March 2015, Issue 4190
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Bulgaria 'Stage of Hybrid War over Ukraine,' Official Report Says
Information campaigns and cyber attacks carried out on the sidelines of the conflict in Ukraine are an example of a "new type of fighting a war", Bulgaria's Defense Ministry points out in a document.read
Bulgarian Energy Ministry to Review Westinghouse Contract
The agreement between Bulgarian government and the US-based company Westinghouse regarding the construction of a seventh block to the Kozlodui nuclear power plant will be reviewed. read
GERMANWINGS CO-PILOT DELIBERATELY CRASHED PLANE
Brice Robin, the Marseille public prosecutor, told a press conference that the co-pilot of the Germanwings jet that went down in the French Alps, killing 150 people, had crashed the plane deliberately.
Robin said Thursday that the co-pilot, identified as Andreas Lubitz, 28, a German citizen, had pressed a button to accelerate the Airbus A320’s descent when alone in the cockpit, according to reports of The Guardian. read more
BULGARIA’S VIDIN PLAGUED BY WEEK-LONG GARBAGE CRISIS
Bulgaria’s northwestern municipality of Vidin has initiated steps to terminate the waste disposal contract with concessionaire Titan AS amid a garbage crisis of over a week, according to Dobromir Dilov, interim Mayor of Vidin.
Speaking at a sitting of the Vidin Municipal Council, he made clear that a shortage of funding for waste disposal had caused the concessionaire to dump the waste in several places in the city, and not at the designated landfill, thereby forming several micro-landfills. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY MINISTRY TO REVIEW WESTINGHOUSE CONTRACT
The agreement between Bulgarian government and the US-based company Westinghouse regarding the construction of a seventh block to the Kozlodui nuclear power plant will be reviewed.
The statement was made by Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova Thursday. read more
BULGARIA COALITION PARTNERS TO BACK IVAN IVANOV AS ENERGY COMMITTEE HEAD
The main coalition partners in Bulgaria's government have agreed to support the candidacy of Ivan Ivanov, an energy expert and former lawmaker, to take over the national energy regulator KEVR.
Last year, the regulator was involved in a bitter dispute with power grid operators over their alleged debts to the National Electricity Company (NEK).
BULGARIA, MONTENEGRO TO BOOST COOPERATION IN CULTURE
Bulgaria and Montenegro will boost cooperation in the field of culture by signing an intergovernmental agreement during the forthcoming meeting of delegations from the two states.
Bulgarian Minister Boyko Borisov will meet his Montenegrin counterpart Milo Dukanovic, who will be on an official visit to Sofia on March 27, the government's press service reports. read more
BULGARIA 'STAGE OF HYBRID WAR OVER UKRAINE,' OFFICIAL REPORT SAYS
Information campaigns and cyber attacks carried out on the sidelines of the conflict in Ukraine are an example of a "new type of fighting a war", Bulgaria's Defense Ministry points out in a document.
This time, Russia is mentioned only six times throughout the document: three times in relation to Crimea and broader Ukraine-related developments, once regarding the maintenance of Russian-made aircraft used by the Bulgarian Air Force, and two when discussing multilateral diplomacy. read more
NOVO SELO DRILLS IN MID-APRIL TO BRING 1000 FOREIGN TROOPS TO BULGARIA
About 1000 troops are expected at the Novo Selo military ground for the international drills scheduled to begin April 16.
Earlier, Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev announced the US would spend about USD 30 B on modernizing infrastructure at the Novo Selo range.
EU LAUNCHES PROCEEDING ON AGRICULTURAL LAND OWNERSHIP LAWS IN BULGARIA
The European Commission took a decision Thursday on demanding a clarification on the laws regarding the acquisition of agricultural lands passed in Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithunia and Slovakia.
As announced by the commisison's press office, several of the directives in the laws can be considered as hindrances to the free movement of capital within the borders of the EU. All restrictions to agricultural land ownership need to be substantiated and justified so that no doubt is left on possible discrimination against foreign investors. read more
BULGARIA FAILS TO ADDRESS SHORTCOMINGS IN TREATMENT OF PRISONERS, CONDITIONS OF DETENTION - COE
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has leveled serious criticism at Bulgaria.
In a public statement concerning Bulgaria made on March 26, the CPT draws attention to shortcomings in the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty. read more
BULGARIA PARLIAMENT APPOINTS NEW AUDIT OFFICE HEAD
Tsvetan Tsvetkov, the single candidate to take over the National Audit Office, has been approved by an overwhelming majority in Bulgaria's Parliament.
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS CHANGES TO ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS ACT
The Bulgarian Parliament approved on Thursday at two readings changes to the Electronic Communications Act.
This happened after the Constitutional Court had returned some of the provisions allowing monitoring through the internet and telephone call logs for review. read more
UNUSUAL SUBWAY MAP AMUSES ONLINE COMMUNITY
The subway in Bulgaria's capital Sofia recently started giving bilingual audio directions - in both Bulgarian and English.
Since the subway extension to the airport is scheduled to launch in April, an increased influx of foreigners is expected in town, according to an official statement released Monday. read more
CHILE FLOODS LEAVE 200 BULGARIANS STRANDED
About 200 Bulgarians assisting in the construction of a photovoltaic power system are currently affected by the torrential rains hitting Chile in the last few days.
Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry has not yet officially commented on the situation of the Bulgarian group. read more
BIRD FLU CAUSED DEATH OF PELICANS IN BULGARIA'S SREBARNA RESERVE
Bird flu was identified as the cause of death of the 21 pelicans, which were found dead in Bulgaria's Srebarna nature reserve on Tuesday.
This emerged after the samples, which had been taken from two of the dead birds, were examined by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BABH). read more
ONE GERMANWINGS PILOT 'LEFT COCKPIT' BEFORE FRENCH ALPS CRASH
One of the pilots got out of the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 and could not get back in, the New York Times quotes a "senior military official" as saying.
BULGARIA'S PAZARDZHIK DECLARES PARTIAL STATE OF EMERGENCY
The district governor of Bulgaria's Pazardzhik declared a partial state of emergency on Thursday due to burst dikes.
The protective dikes of river Topolnitsa in the vicinity of Pazardzhik and river Luda Yana near the village of Pishtigovo have burst. read more
BULGARIA'S TOP TENNIS PLAYERS OFF TO SUCCESSFUL START IN MIAMI TENNIS OPEN
Bulgarian tennis player Sesil Karatancheva goes on with her stable performance in the Miami Open tournament.
The second best in the Bulgarian ranking was off to a successful start Thursday, defeating US player Lauren Davis by 6:3, 7:6 (5). Karatancheva will be facing the ranked number 21 in the tournament Garbiñe Muguruza in the next round. read more
SECRETARY OF BULGARIAN ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMISSION CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION
Antoaneta Vasileva, Secretary of the Bulgarian National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, has been charged with corruption, according to the press office of the prosecuting authority.
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office pressed charges against Vasileva in connection with two cases of offence concerning her professional conduct. read more
EX SVILENGRAD CUSTOMS OFFICE CHIEF RELEASED ON BAIL
The Plovdiv Appellate Court has released the former Director of the Svilengrad Customs Office Todor Karaivanov, Todor Karaivanov, on a bail of BGN 5000.
Karaivanov was arrested on January 28 in an operation of the State Agency for National Security (DANS). read more
BULGARIAN POLICE BUSTS BURGLARY RING
Bulgarian police have busted a burglary ring which operated on the territory of Varna, Targovishte, Dobrich, Stara Zagora, Burgas, and Silistra.
The police operation started on March 24, when four members of the crime group were arrested in Varna and in Sliven, according to reports of Darik radio. read more
BBC: ONLY QUALIFIED MUSICIANS ALLOWED TO PLOVDIV'S MAIN STREET
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BULGARIAN WORKERS ARE SAFE AS SITUATION IN CHILE NORMALISES
All 198 Bulgarians working on the construction of a photovoltaic power system in the region of the Atacama desert in Chile, who were affected by the floods that hit the area, are safe.
This was announced by the owner of the Blagoevgrad-based firm Ivan Chapov in an interview for Darik radio on Thursday. read more
AT LEAST 17 'KILLED' IN SAUDI ARABIA-LED MILITARY OFFENSIVE IN YEMEN
Seventeen people could have died so far in Yemen during the offensive of Saudi Arabia and regional allies early on Thursday, AFP reports citing civil defense sources.
POLICE SEARCHES HOUSE OF GERMANWINGS CO-PILOT
According to the local government in Dusseldorf, the most recent regular security check on Lubitz, which had been carried out on January 27, established nothing unusual. read more
BOMB KILLS JOURNALIST IN ISTANBUL, 3 INJURED
An explosion at the office of a magazine linked to an Islamic group has caused the death of one journalist and has left three others injured.
ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT VOTES APPROVAL FOR FORMER FINMIN'S ARREST
The Romanian National Directorate (DNA) has requested that that the former Finance Minister Darius Valcov should be arrested.
Local Senate has officially approved the request, after Valcov himself appeared in front of MPs and made a statement that he would welcome a lawsuit as it will be a chance for him to prove his innocence, as reported by Romania Insider. read more
CROATIAN CULTURE MINISTER RESIGNS OVER FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES
Croatian Culture Minister Andrea Zlatar Violic resigned on Wednesday over financial irregularities concerning her use of the ministry's funds.
Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic accepted the resignation of Violic, who apologised for her inadequate control and non-compliance with financial regulations. read more
IVAN KRASTEV: MASS EMIGRATION HAS DRAMATICALLY HURT BULGARIA'S ECONOMY, POLITICAL SYSTEM
The issue of Eastern European emigration to the UK, as well as its implications in both regions are discussed in the opinion piece by Bulgarian journalist Ivan Krastev for The Guardian.
The brain drain of the East has largely caused heated debates all across the continent. read more
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