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27 February 2015, Issue 4166
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EU Commission's Juncker, Bulgarian President Discuss Possibilities for Economic Growth
The situation in Bulgaria is not easy, because of the lack of economic growth. The average values have improved as compared to the previous year, but nonetheless Bulgaria is among the list of member states with lowest public debt. read
Construction of Hemus, Trakia Motorways to Resume in March
Work on the Hemus and Trakia motorways will resume in March, when the winter road cleaning regime across the country is partially lifted, according to Lazar Lazarov, Chair of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency. read
11 000 Velingrad Residents Back Petition against Wolfram Mining
A petition against wolfram production in the southern Bulgarian region of Velingrad signed by 11 000 people was submitted to the local Municipal Council, with the signatories insisting that the local authorities stop the opening of the mine. read
EU COMMISSION'S JUNCKER, BULGARIAN PRESIDENT DISCUSS POSSIBILITIES FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH
The situation in Bulgaria is not easy, because of the lack of economic growth. The average values have improved as compared to the previous year, but nonetheless Bulgaria is among the list of member states with lowest public debt.
That was the statement of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at a joint press conference, following a meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Brussels on Thursday. read more
FBI DIRECTOR COMEY TO VISIT BULGARIA NEXT WEEK
James Comey, Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will pay a visit to Bulgaria next week, Sofia-based BGNES news outlet reported on Thursday.
According to insiders, Comey is expected to meet with Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, 24 Chasa daily said. read more
CONSTRUCTION OF HEMUS, TRAKIA MOTORWAYS TO RESUME IN MARCH
Work on the Hemus and Trakia motorways will resume in March, when the winter road cleaning regime across the country is partially lifted, according to Lazar Lazarov, Chair of the Management Board of the Road Infrastructure Agency.
Lazarov told Pressa daily that the right lanes of the motorways had been completed in 2014 and traffic would be channeled through them so that the construction of the left lanes could start. read more
11 000 VELINGRAD RESIDENTS BACK PETITION AGAINST WOLFRAM MINING
A petition against wolfram production in the southern Bulgarian region of Velingrad signed by 11 000 people was submitted to the local Municipal Council, with the signatories insisting that the local authorities stop the opening of the mine.
The petition was initiated by a civic association established for the purpose of preserving the environment in the Velingrad municipality and preventing mining operations there, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more
BULGARIA 19TH IN EU BY AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
Bulgaria is 19th in the EU by agricultural output with a score of EUR 3.8 B, according to Eurostat data, as cited by news portal Romania Insider.
Romania’s total agricultural production reached EUR 15.48 B in 2014, placing the country eight in the EU. read more
BOOKMAKER WILLIAM HILL OPENING BULGARIA OFFICE
William Hill, one of the UK's biggest bookmakers with more than 15 000 employees worldwide, is setting up a Java developers team in Bulgaria's capital Sofia.
TOMMY HILFIGER TO OPEN FIRST OWN STORE IN BULGARIA
US brand Tommy Hilfiger is due to have its first store in Bulgaria this week, according to media reports.
MAX ROLLS OUT NEW BILLING SYSTEM TO OFFER INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS IN BULGARIA
Max, the mobile Internet services provider, said it has launched a new real-time billing system that will enable the company to introduce products so far unseen on the Bulgarian market.
The new billing system based on the Mind platform will allow Max to offer to its customers various services including 4G data sharing within families and companies, prepaid 4G services, high definition voice (VoLTE) and the range of mobile broadband services, the company said in a statement read more
BULGARIAN BUSINESS LEADERS FORUM HANDS OUT 2014 RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS AWARDS
The Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum (BBLF) handed out its Annual Responsible Business Awards for a 12th year in a row on Wednesday.
The ceremony was held at the Sofia Hotel Balkan. read more
POSITIVE RESULTS NOTED FOR BULGARIAN TOURISM AFTER PR CAMPAIGN
Cultural artefacts and sites were stated to be the most common associations tourists have with Bulgaria.
The findings gathered after a communication campaign point to the fact that Germany is one of the major markets in Europe with an overall positive image of Bulgaria as a tourist destination. Romania is a key market in terms of revenue, while tourists in Poland, Russia and Ukraine show an overall positive perception of the country, with more room for development. The program was communicated through TV and print media there and reached over 59 million people, surpassing the 40 million predictions. read more
BULGARIA EXPECTS 3-4% INCREASE IN TOURIST NUMBERS IN 2015 SUMMER SEASON
Forecasts of Bulgaria’s Tourism Ministry for the 2015 summer season point to a 3-4% growth in tourist numbers, according to Minister Nikolina Angelkova.
In a Thursday interview for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Angelkova informed that forecasts indicated a decrease in the number of Russian and Ukrainian tourists, which, however, was to be compensated by an anticipated 40% growth from markets such as Lithuania, Latvia, and Belarus. read more
IT'S BOHEMIAN: BULGARIA'S PLOVDIV IN AMONG WORLD'S MOST ATTRACTIVE CITIES
Plovdiv has entered a list of the most attractive cities to live in according to the ranking of the tourist website It's bohemian.
The website listed six of the most inspiring places where one could live for a while in no particular order. read more
PARLIAMENT ELECTS DANIELA DARITKOVA AS NEW HEALTHCARE COMMISSION CHIEF
Bulgaria’s Parliament on Thursday elected Daniela Daritkova as head of its Healthcare Commission, replacing Gen. Stoyan Tonev.
Daritkova is member of Parliament from GERB, the largest party in the minority coalition government led by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. read more
BULGARIAN PM, GEORGIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER DISCUSS ENERGY, TOURISM
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Speaker of Georgian Parliament Davit Usupashvili discussed opportunities for cooperation in the fields of energy security, transport, agriculture and tourism.
Borisov welcomed the Georgian delegation on Thursday, which is on an official visit to Bulgaria, the government's press service reports.
US EMBASSY STANDS UP FOR FOUNDATION ACCUSED OF FINANCING PROTEST NETWORK
The US Embassy in Sofia is following the ongoing investigation into Protest Network and various media outlets which allegedly received funding by America for Bulgaria Foundation, the mission announced Thursday.
The media outlet is thought to have ties to Delyan Peevski, a lawmaker whose appointment to the Bulgarian counter-intelligence body DANS opened the floodgates of 2013's mass protests, but it publisher consistently denies. read more
EU COMMISSION WARNS BULGARIA ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THREE DIRECTIVES
The European Commission made three demands towards Bulgaria in terms of complying with the legislative norms of the Union Thursday.
The representative organ has requested from the Bulgarian government that an explanation is provided in three sections: driving licences, railway transportation safety and field crops disease management. read more
EU STEPS UP MACROECONOMIC IMBALANCE PROCEDURE AGAINST BULGARIA
The European Commission will step up its procedure against Bulgaria due to the excessive macroeconomic imbalances the country has experienced.
The Commission noted the financial sector turbulence in 2014, which necessitated the taking of decisive policy action and specific monitoring. read more
BULGARIA'S PRESIDENT PLEVNELIEV TO MEET KING PHILIPPE OF BELGIUM
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is on a two-day visit to Brussels where he is to meet the country's reigning monarch and to take part in a political conference.
BULGARIAN PM CONVENED EXTRAORDINARY MEETING OF DEPUTY PMS, FINMIN
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov convened an extraordinary meeting of the four Deputy Prime Ministers and Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov on Wednesday.
The meeting lasted four hours and started shortly after the plenary sitting of parliament, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIAN PRESIDENT CONSIDERS IMPOSING NO VETO OVER NEW BGN 16 B DEBT
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is not considering to impose veto on the issue of new BGN 16 B debt, which was approved by Parliament on Wednesday.
Plevneliev announced this after his participation at the awards ceremony of the Bulgarian forum of business leaders on Wednesday, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
FORMER BULGARIAN PRESIDENT TO RESIGN ABV PARTY'S LEADERSHIP
Former Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov announced that he is going to resign his party's leadership due to the decision of ABV's parliamentary group to support the issue of new debt.
The Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) was initially opposed to the issue of new debt amounting to BGN 16 B, but the party altered its position and voted in favour on Wednesday. read more
BULGARIAN STRIKER DIMITAR BERBATOV SCORES FOR MONACO'S CONVINCING WIN
Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov scored a goal, helping his team Monaco to achieve a convincing 3:1 victory over Arsenal in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 on Wednesday.
Geoffrey Kondogbia opened the score in the 38th minute, while Berbatov made it 2:0 for Monaco with a goal in the 53rd minute. read more
BULGARIA'S BANSKO BANS OPERATING DRONES DURING SKI WORLD CUP
The management of Pirin National Park prohibited the flights of all aircraft for the duration of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, which will be held in the Bulgarian ski resort Bansko.
The order was issued by the director of the park Rosen Banenski and apart from the prohibition of drones, the list also includes the operation of hand gliders, paragliders and helicopters, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIA'S GRIGOR DIMITROV SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT IN ACAPULCO
Bulgaria's top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov was ousted from the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco on Wednesday.
Dimitrov was defeated by Ryan Harrison from the USA with 5:7, 6:4, 0:6 in a match that lasted one hour 45 minutes, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
MACEDONIA JOURNALISTS WIRETAPPED EN MASSE, OPPOSITION LEADER SAYS
More than 100 journalists in Macedonia have been lately subject to illegal wiretapping, Zoran Zaev, the leader of the opposition Social Democrats has argued.
GREECE SUSPENDS TOP FOOTBALL LEAGUE FOR ONE WEEK OVER VIOLENCE
The Greek government reversed its earlier decision to suspend all football action for indefinite period and instead announced one-week suspension of the top football Superleague.
The suspension is on the condition that authorities and clubs will abide by the promises to combat violence, daily Kathimerini reports. read more
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