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• (DF) Oil Traders Accuse Vesselin Mareshki of Dumping, He Blames Them for Cartel Arrangement
November 21 (BTA) - An oil trader on Tuesday accused National Assembly Deputy Chairman Vesselin Mareshki of unlawfully undercutting business competitors through his two fuel companies. Mareshki struck back by saying that he has alerted visiting European Parliament leaders about a fuel cartel in Bulgaria.
• (DF) Bulgarian Migrant Smugglers Detained in Turkey
November 21 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that three Bulgarians were detained in Turkey on November 17, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. On November 20 the court decided to leave them in remand on charges of migrant trafficking and assisting a criminal organization.
• (DF) European Parliament President Tajani Talks with Bulgarian Leaders
November 21 (BTA) - European Parliament (EP) President Antonio Tajani opened his working visit to Bulgaria Tuesday with a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. He also talked with members of the Government and President Rumen Radev, and addressed the National Assembly. Tajani and the presidents of the eight political groups in the EP are visiting this country in connection with the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018.
• (DF) No Ruthenium-106 Pollution in Bulgaria Currently
November 21 (BTA) - The Health Ministry said on Tuesday that currently there is no pollution of ruthenium 106 on the territory of the country. Russia has admitted that it had recorded ruthenium 106 pollution over parts of its country in late September and early October, confirming the reports of several European agencies which monitor radioactivity.
• (DF) New Payment Services and Payment Systems Bill to Go Before Parliament for First Reading Shortly
November 21 (BTA) - The National Assembly will shortly open a first-reading debate on a new Payment Services and Payment Systems Bill proposed by the Council of Ministers. The news was broken by Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) Deputy Governor Nina Stoyanova at the opening of a Conference on Banks and Business here on Tuesday, the BNB said in a press release.
• (DF) January-September Exports Rise by 14%, Y/Y
November 21 (BTA) - Between January and September 2017, Bulgarian exports increased by 14 per cent compared with January-September 2016, reaching 19.6 billion euro. This puts the country among the EU's top five in terms of export growth, Deputy Economy Minister Luchezar Borissov said on Tuesday, citing Eurostat data.
• (DF) Varna Interior Ministry Officials Demand Higher Salaries, Better Working Conditions
November 21 (BTA) - Security system employees in Varna went on protest Tuesday to demand a raise of salaries and better working conditions. The prison in the Black Sea port has undergone considerable rehabilitation, but that was only for the prisoners, not for the premises where the staff works, the Chairman of the local branch of the Trade Union of Prison Staff in Bulgaria, Nikolai Tonev said. Nothing has changed in spite of all promises over the years.
• (DF) Borissov, Tajani Discuss European Perspective of Western Balkans
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani opened his working visit to Bulgaria Tuesday with a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Tajani and the presidents of the eight political groups in the European Parliament are visiting this country in connection with the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018. The Minister for the EU Presidency, Liliyana Pavlova, is hosting the visit. Diego Canga Fano, Head of Cabinet of Antonio Tajani, and the European Parliament's Secretary General Klaus Welle are also on the delegation. Borissov and Tajani told a joint news conference that they discussed the responsibilities during Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency and the European perspective and connectedness of the countries of the Western Balkans. The meeting focused on migration problems, the fight against terrorism, and economic growth, said Tajani. The sides concurred on all matters. He expressed a readiness to work with the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency and said that he received answers to all questions. The sides also discussed stability in the Middle East, relations with Turkey and the situation in the Balkans.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 21 (BTA)
• (DF) Men are 85% of HIV Positive Bulgarians
November 21 (BTA) - Men are 85 per cent of HIV positive people in Bulgaria, epidemiologist Prof. Hristo Takov said at an event attended by journalists.
• (DF) Bulgarian, Croatian Presidents Talk on the Phone
November 20 (BTA) - In a telephone conversation with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, President Rumen Radev said that during its EU Council Presidency, Bulgaria would seek closer cooperation with Croatia for the implementation of the EU's policies in the Western Balkans, Radev's press secretariat said.
• (DF) Foreign Minister Takes Part in EU General Affairs Council, Meets with Brexit Negotiator
November 20 (BTA) - Speaking at an EU General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Monday, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva discussed European defence in the context of the joint notification on Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) which Bulgaria and 22 other EU member states signed on November 13. Zaharieva said that a year ago few people believed that PESCO could be launched so soon. "At the same time, however, further efforts are needed to deepen defence cooperation between the EU and NATO," Zaharieva added.
• (DF) Deputy PM Simeonov: Second Gondola Lift to Be Built in Bansko
November 20 (BTA) - A second gondola lift will be built in the Bansko ski area (Southwestern Bulgaria) after the procedure for amending the effective Management Plan for the Pirin National Park is completed, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov told a briefing on Monday.
• (DF) PM Borissov Talks with Serbian President Vucic
November 20 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic over the phone, the government's information service said on Monday. The two discussed the progress of the preparation of Bulgaria's EU Presidency. Special attention was paid to questions about connectedness, infrastructure and improvement of the conditions for making business and investments in the countries in the region.
• (DF) President Radev: Bulgaria Wants to Become Regional UNICEF Centre
November 20 (BTA) - Bulgaria wants to become a regional centre of UNICEF and share its experience in the protection of children's rights with the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, President Rumen Radev told UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria Maria Jesus Conde. Radev received Jesus Conde in the President's Administration in Sofia on Universal Children's Day (November 20), the President's press secretariat reported.
• (DF) Number of Young Teachers Taking Up Teaching Increases Fourfold in Single School Year - Trade Union Leader
November 20 (BTA) - Chairperson of the Trade Union of Bulgarian Teachers Yanka Takeva said that in the current school year, a total of 3,500 young teachers took up teaching in schools, against 800 in the past year. Takeva addressed a national conference on the role of mentorship in young teachers' professional development.
• (DF) Bulgarian Industrial Association Says Minimum Wage Should Be 43% of Average Wage at Most
November 20 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) says the minimum wage should be no higher than 43 per cent of the average wage. They released a position paper Monday on a draft framework agreement on the procedure for determining the minimum wage.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 20 (BTA)
• (DF) PM Borissov Gives Public Lecture, Voices Concern over Failure to Form Government in Germany
November 20 (BTA) - In his first public lecture to students in Sofia's University of National and World Economy, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov expressed concern over the failure to form a government in Germany. He also dwelled on relations between the EU and Turkey. "There is mistrust in the EU about Turkey but this is the strongest army in the southern flank of NATO," said Borissov repeating what he has said on previous occasion.
• (DF) Foreign Protection-Seekers Decline Five-Fold in Bulgaria from Last Year
November 20 (BTA) - Persons from third countries which seek protection in Bulgaria have declined five-fold compared to last year. This transpired from statistics about the applications for protection submitted between January and the end of October 2017, Petia Purvanova, the head of the State Agency for Refugees, told the Bulgarian National Television Monday morning.
• (DF) Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov Wins ATP World Tour Finals
November 19 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov won the ATP World Tour Finals in London, which have a purse of 8 million US dollars. He beat David Goffin (Belgium) 7-5 4-6 6-3. This is the Bulgarian player's most significant title. Just by reaching the final, Dimitrov for the first time in his career achieved third place in the Men's Tennis ATP World Rankings. Dimitrov won all his five matches in London, thus finishing the year with 5150 points.
• (DF) Volya Party Signs Partnership Agreement with Bulgarian Social Democratic Party
November 19 (BTA) - Volya Party leader Vesselin Mareshki and Bulgarian Social Democratic Party (BSDP) Chairman Yordan Nihrizov signed a partnership agreement here on Sunday, Volya said in a press release. The document highlights the reasons for the "deeply divided and antagonistic Bulgarian society" and outlines the steps towards "the right direction in the future".
• (DF) At Emergency Meeting, PM, Government Officials Map Out Measures to Reduce Road Traffic Accidents
November 19 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called an extraordinary meeting on Sunday with Interior Minister Valentin Radev, Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski, Regional Development and Public Works Minister Nikolai Nankov, senior officials of the Interior Ministry, the National Police, the State Automobile Inspectorate and the Road Infrastructure Agency, the Government Information Service said.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 19 (BTA)
• (DF) Justice Minister Talks with US Attorney General
November 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva had a working meeting with US Attorney General Jefferson Sessions in Washington, Tsacheva's ministry reported.
• (DF) Ninova Will Back GERB's Constitutional Motion, But Her Party Will Not
November 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) leader Kornelia Ninova will sign the constitutional amendments proposed by the ruling GERB party to lift the statutory limitations for probing possible offences during the privatization process since the start of Bulgaria's transition to a free market economy in the 1990s. However, the BSP will vote against the amendments in the National Assembly.
• (DF) Second Crash in Two Days Adds to Death Toll on Sopot-Mikre Road
November 18 (BTA) - After a road accident in the northern Lovech Region on Friday killed nine people and injured 15, another crash at the same spot between the villages of Sopot and Mikre claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy on Saturday, the Interior Ministry reported.
• (DF) Che Guevara's Daughter Says Europe Cannot Turn Its Back on Migrants
November 18 (BTA) - Europe cannot turn its back on migrants, the eldest daughter of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara said in Sofia on Saturday, addressing the Central and East European countries' Third International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba. Aleida Guevara March said: "We need to understand very well what is going on in the world. Support for the terrorists must be stopped."
• (DF) Agrarian Party to Form Coalition with DSB and Yes, Bulgaria!
November 18 (BTA) - The Governing Council of the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (BANU) decided on Saturday that the party will form a political alliance with the Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB) and the Yes, Bulgaria! Movement, the BANU press office reported.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 18 (BTA)
• (DF) Bulgaria Welcomes Proclamation of European Pillar of Social Rights
November 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov Friday hailed the Proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR). The initiative was proclaimed by the European Parliament, the EU Council and the European Commission at the first ever Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, held in Gothenburg. Petkov participated in the event, his Ministry said.
• (DF) First of Navy's Two Multipurpose Patrol Craft Should Be Completed in 2020
November 17 (BTA) - Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov said here on Friday that the first of two multipurpose patrol craft for the Navy should be built in 2020. The Defence Minister attended the marking of the 120th anniversary of the Varna Naval Base.
• (DF) Nine People Die and 15 Are Injured as Bus and Truck Crash
November 17 (BTA) - Nine people died and fifteen were injured Friday as a bus and a truck crashed head-on near Lovech on a road linking Sofia with the northeast. The cause of the accident is yet to be established, said the Interior Ministry.
• (DF) Parliament Debates Demographic Crisis in Bulgaria, Asks Government to Report Implementation of Strategy
November 17 (BTA) - Parliament held a debate on the demographic crisis in Bulgaria. The debate followed a question by the Left to the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the demographic policy, Valeri Simeonov, about the policies to reverse the current dire trends.
• (DF) Bulgarian Police Assist Spanish Investigation against International Crime Ring for Stealing Cars
November 17 (BTA) - Bulgarian police have contributed actively to an investigation in Spain which has so far resulted in the arrest of 19 members of a criminal group which has been stealing cars and selling them to a number of European countries and the Middle East, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry reported on November 16.
• (DF) 75% of Bulgarians Favour Introduction of Optional GMO-Free Food Standard
November 17 (BTA) - About 75 per cent of Bulgarians favour the possible introduction of an optional GMO-Free Standard to guarantee that food products do not contain any genetically modified organisms, not even in quantities which are below the legal GMO labelling threshold, according to a nationwide representative poll conducted by the Market Links consulting firm and unveiled by the non-governmental organization For The Earth (FTE).
• (DF) Che Guevara's Daughter Visits Bulgarian Parliament
November 17 (BTA) - Aleida Guevara March, the eldest daughter of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, visited Bulgaria's National Assembly on Friday for a meeting with the Bulgaria-Cuba Friendship Group. She was accompanied by the Cuban Ambassador in Sofia Pedro Pablo San Jorge Rodriguez.
• (DF) Bulgarians' Positive Attitudes towards EU Prevail over Euro-skepticism - Survey
November 17 (BTA) - Ten years after Bulgaria's full accession to the EU Bulgarians are still among the greatest Euro-optimists, the results of a national representative survey of the Alpha Research agency show. The survey was commissioned by the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria and was conducted between September 16 and 25, 2017 among a sample of 1,021 respondents.
• (DF) Parliament Chair Resigns, New Leader Takes Over
National Assembly Chair Dimiter Glavchev resigned on Friday after political clashes between the powerholders and the opposition in Parliament earlier in the week. Glavchev's post was taken over by Tsveta Karayancheva (GERB), who was elected National Assembly Chair by a vote of 138-3, with 71 abstentions, and sworn in later on Friday. Wednesday's clashes in the National Assembly which led to Glavchev's resignation started when Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova asked Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to come to Parliament to clarify his allegation of a few days ago that there are people in Parliament involved in drug trafficking.
• (DF) Social Policy Minister Petkov Participates in Debate on Europe's Social Future in Gothenburg
November 17 (BTA) - Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov Thursday participated in a debate on Europe's social future with representatives of EU institutions and social partners in Gothenburg, Sweden. The forum took place on the eve of the Gothenburg Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth, where the European Pillar of Social Rights (EPSR) is expected to be proclaimed, the Labour and Social Policy Ministry said in a press release Friday.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 17
• (DF) Justice Minister Tsacheva Holds Working Meeting at U.S. Department of State
November 17 (BTA) - Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva held a working meeting with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Europe and EU Affairs Conrad Tribble here on Thursday, her ministry said in a press release Friday. On the first day of her visit to the United States, Tsacheva acquainted Tribble with her ministry priorities during the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2018. He expressed strong interest in the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) and e-evidence.
• (DF) Parliament Chairman Resigns
National Assembly Chairman Dimiter Glavchev said on Friday he has tendered his resignation. The news comes a day after the BSP For Bulgaria parliamentary group filed a petition signed by 88 MPs calling for Glavchev's removal from the post and declaring that they would stay out of the debating chamber of the legislature until Glavchev resigned. Tensions first erupted when Glavchev ordered BSP leader Kornelia Ninova and BSP MP Anton Koutev to leave a Parliament sitting.
• (DF) Interior Minister Radev's Meetings during His Visit to US
November 16 (BTA) - Interior Minister Valentin Radev, who is a paying a visit to the U.S.A., held talks with leaders of the Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, the Interior Ministry said in a press release Thursday.
• (DF) Report: Belene N-Plant Project Is Viable at Price of EUR 10.5 Bln
November 16 (BTA) - Given an investment expenditure of 10.5 billion euro, a 70:30 ratio between attracted and own capital, and an interest rate of maximum 4.5 per cent, the Belene N-Plant project is viable, reads a Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) report on the options for utilization of the Belene N-Plant project assets. The report was presented at the BAS on Thursday by Prof. Alexander Tassev, Director of the Economic Research Institute with the BAS and head of the project.
• (DF) Parliament Adopts Conclusively Concessions Bill
November 16 (BTA) - At its regular sitting on Thursday, the National Assembly adopted conclusively a Concessions Bill moved by GERB MPs. The MPs of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) left the plenary chamber after the majority rejected their proposal that the Energy Minister be empowered to award on the corresponding municipalities the management and use free of charge for up to 35 years of rock-based facing materials from deposits for which extraction concessions have not been awarded or requested.
• (DF) Bulgaria's PM, President Cable Condolences for Flood Tragedy in Greece
November 16 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and President Rumen Radev Thursday sent cables to their Greek counterparts expressing condolences for the tragedy which hit Greece as a result of the recent floodings.
• (DF) Bulgaria Has Made Progress in Improving Population Health Status
November 16 (BTA) - Bulgaria has made progress in improving the health status of its population, according to an analysis of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its findings were presented by Prof. Plamen Dimitrov, deputy head of the National Centre of Public Health and Analyses. The study spans the period between 1985 and 2014.
• (DF) President Radev: Bulgarians Have Long Ceased Relying on CVM Reports, They Shift Responsibility
November 16 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev commented Thursday that Bulgarians have long ceased to rely on the European Commission reports on Bulgaria's progress in reforming its judiciary and fighting organized crime and corruption - because they shift the responsibility.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 16 (BTA)
• (DF) Socialists Move for Expulsion of Parliament Chair
Novemnber 16 (BTA) - The MPs of Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) for Bulgaria have moved a petition for the expulsion of Parliament Chair Dimiter Glavchev. They said they have collected 88 signatures in support of the petition and that MPs of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms have joined forces with them. This has been the Socialists' second attempt to precipitate the resignation of Dimiter Glavchev.
• (DF) Businesses in Bulgaria Grow More Optimistic about Year to Come
November 15 (BTA) - Businesses in Bulgaria have grown more optimistic about the year to come and expect larger sales abroad and steady employment levels. Companies in this country are doing far better now than in the post-2009 survival period. The conclusions were drawn in a survey by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry among 602 companies in Bulgaria. It was conducted as part of the large-scale European Economic Survey 2018 involving over 50,000 businesses in 23 European countries.
• (DF) Interior Ministry's, Firemen's Unions Object to Proposed Legislative Amendments
November 15 (BTA) - In letters to the MPs, the Trade Union Federation of Interior Ministry Employees and the Fireman Trade Union have criticized proposed amendments to the Interior Ministry Act providing for firefighting crews of two to operate in settlements with a population of up to 5,000. The firemen claim that this would pose a risk both to crews and the public.
• (DF) Unemployment in October Is Below 7%
November 15 (BTA) - In October, unemployment was 6.7 per cent, up by 0.2 percentage points from September, said the Employment Agency on Wednesday. Compared with October 2016, unemployment declined by 1.2 percentage points.
• (DF) Bulgaria's Government Is Focused on Creating Conditions for Foreign Investors - Energy Minister
November 15 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Government is working purposefully to create appropriate conditions to attract foreign investors, Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said on Wednesday. She was speaking at the opening of the annual meeting of the European Petroleum Industry Association (EUROPIA) at Grand Hotel Sofia.
• (DF) Average Life Expectancy in Bulgaria Rises to 74.7 Years
November 15 (BTA) - The average life expectancy in Bulgaria has increased to 74.7 years, child mortality is declining and fertility rate is close to the EU average, suggests a 2016 report on the implementation of the updated National Demographic Development Strategy, the government information reported Wednesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria, The Netherlands Prioritise Provision of Equal Access to Medicines for EU Nationals
November 15 (BTA) - Ensuring equal access to medicines for all citizens of the EU is a priority for both Bulgaria and the Netherlands, said the two countries' prime ministers, Boyko Borissov and Mark Rutte, the Government Information Service reported Wednesday.
• (DF) European Commission's CVM Report on Bulgaria: EC Cannot Yet Conclude that Benchmarks are Satisfactorily Fulfilled
November 15 (BTA corr. Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission issued Wednesday its latest report on steps taken by Bulgaria to meet its commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) set up when the country joined the European Union in 2007.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 15 (BTA)
• (DF) Government Will Hand Out Christmas Bonuses to Pensioners
November 15 (BTA) - Social Minister Bisser Petkov told the media that he and Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov will suggest at Wednesday's cabinet meeting Christmas bonuses for pensioners who receive less that 321 leva.
• (DF) Vice President Yotova Meets Representatives of Bulgarian Community in Albania
November 15 (BTA correspondent Assen Boyadzhiev) - Vice President Iliana Yotova said that Bulgarian institutions will do everything to ensure the rights of the Bulgarian minority in Albania. She was speaking at a meeting with representatives of the Bulgarian community in Albania at the Bulgarian Embassy in Tirana on Tuesday evening.
• (DF) Bulgarian President Radev Meets British Ambassador Hopkins
November 14 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev met with British Ambassador here Emma Hopkins at the presidency on Tuesday. The Bulgarian head of State expressed hope that following Brexit Bulgaria and the UK will continue their efficient cooperation in key areas of mutual interests such as defence, migration, fight against terrorism, judicial reform, economy and investments.
• (DF) Socialist Leader Ninova Wants Deputy PM, Interior Minister Out, Non-Committal about GERB-Initiated Constitutional Amendment to Prosecute Privatization Crimes
November 14 (BTA) - At a news conference here on Tuesday, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) leader Kornelia Ninova demanded the immediate resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov and Interior Minister Valentin Radev over problems with border protection.
• (DF) Prime Ministers Borissov, Gentiloni Give Excellent Marks to Bulgarian-Italian Relations
November 14 (BTA) - Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov of Italy and Paolo Gentiloni of Italy gave excellent marks to bilateral political and economic relations, the Government Information Service said on Tuesday. Borissov is paying a one-day working visit to Italy.
• (DF) Vice President Iotova: "Implementing Mechanism for Albania's National Minorities Protection Law Will Be Developed within Six Months"
November 14 (BTA Special Correspondent Asen Boyadjiev) - "A mechanism and regulatory framework for the application of Albania's Law on the Protection of National Minorities will be developed within six months," Bulgarian President Iliana Iotova told journalists here on Tuesday after talks with Albanian President Ilir Meta, with Parliament President Gramoz Ruci and with Prime Minister Edi Rama.
• (DF) Romania Hails Bulgaria's Effortsin Relation to Security,Migration Flow Control
November 14 (BTA) - Romania gives high marks for Bulgaria's efforts in the field of security and control of migration flows, said Romanian foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu during a meeting with Bulgarian Parliament Chairman Dimiter Glavchev here on Tuesday
• (DF) Bulgarian European Commissioner Gabriel, Senior Interior Ministry Officials Discuss Counteracting Cybercrime
November 14 (BTA) - European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel visited the headquarters of the Chief Directorate for Organized Crime Control and conferred with senior officials of the Cybercrime unit, the Interior Ministry said in a press release Tuesday.
• (DF) Finance Ministry Reopens 4-Year Government Securities at Negative Yield
November 14 (BTA) - An issue of 4-year government securities maturing on February 22, 2021 was reopened at a November 13 auction, the Finance Ministry reported. For the first time, the annual average weighted yield achieved at the auction was in negative territory, at minus 0.19 per cent.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 14 (BTA)
• (DF) National Assembly Chairman Visits Romania
November 13 (BTA) - Meeting with Romanian Senate President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu on Monday, Bulgarian National Assembly Chairman Dimiter Glavchev said the two countries have a historically conditioned friendship, joined the European Union simultaneously, hold identical views, and have the same problems to solve, the Bulgarian legislature reported.
• (DF) GERB to Initiate Constitutional Amendment on Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to Privatization-Related Offences
November 13 (BTA) - GERB will propose amendments to the Constitution abolishing statutory limitations for privatization-related offences, National Assembly Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Danail Kirilov MP of GERB told a news conference here on Monday.
• (DF) No Reports So Far of Bulgarian Casualties in Iran-Iraq Earthquake
November 13 (BTA) - No reports have been received so far of any Bulgarian citizens injured or killed in an earthquake that hit an Iran-Iraq border region late Sunday evening, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Monday, citing information from the Bulgarian diplomatic missions in Tehran and Baghdad.
• (DF) Monthly Cost of Living for Four-Member Household Stands at Lv 2,301 in Third Quarter of 2017
November 13 (BTA) - The monthly cost of living for a four-member household in Bulgaria, including two adults and two children, was 2,301 leva in the third quarter of 2017, or 575.28 leva per household member. This was the amount of money necessary for an average household to meet its basic needs such as food, housing, healthcare and education, the Institute for Social and Trade Unionist Studies (ISTUS) with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) said in a report which was unveiled by CITUB President Plamen Dimitrov and ISTUS expert Violeta Ivanova at a news conference on Monday.
• (DF) Report on Bulgaria's Progress within Cooperation and Verification Mechanism
November 13 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Zheliyazkov) - The European Commission said that it will present on Wednesday the reports on the progress of Bulgaria and Romania within the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, November 13
• (DF) Military Appellate Prosecution Office Has Not Established Violations at Military Medical Academy
November 13 (BTA) - The Military Appellate Prosecution Office has not established violations at the Military Medical Academy, reads a ruling sent to the media on Monday. It was prompted by a recent scandal with former health minister Nikolai Petrov.
• (DF) Fake Documents Scheme Busted in Sofia and Plovdiv
November 12 (BTA) - A criminal group involved in making and distribution of fake documents was intercepted by officers of the Criminal Police, the Economic Police and the Investigative Service with the National Police Force Chief Directorate, the Economic Police with the Regional Police Force Directorate in Plovdiv and the Sofia Inspectorate of the Interior under the supervision of the Sofia Regional Prosecution Office, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.
• (DF) Foreign, Defence Ministers to Participate in Foreign Affairs/Defence Council in Brussels
November 12 (BTA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov will participate in the Foreign Affairs (including Defence) Council in Brussels on November 13, their ministries said on Sunday.
• (DF) Balkan Liberals Call for Europe and Balkans Free of Nationalism and Radicalism
November 11 (BTA) - A conference of Balkan liberal parties in Sofia ended with a declaration calling to make Europe and the Balkans a zone free of nationalism and radicalism, said the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) on Saturday. The motto was "Western Balkans - Inseparable Part of United Europe".
• (DF) GERB Deputy Leader Tsvetanov: President Radev Seeks Confrontation Between Institutions
November 11 (BTA) - GERB deputy leader and floor leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov on Saturday said that President Rumen Radev is seeking confrontation between institutions which is unacceptable. Tsvetanov was speaking to the media in Lovech where he unveiled a conference on the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and its effects on Bulgaria. His statement was in response to a Friday interview of President Radev on the Panorama show of the Bulgarian National Television.
• (DF) Bulgarian Medics on Humanitarian Mission Detained in Bosilegrad
November 11 (BTA) - Bulgarian medics on a humanitarian mission were detained in the Serbian town of Bosilegrad for several hours on Friday, said prof. Lozan Mitev, chair of the Western Outlands civic committee. IMRO released a statement in connection with the detention.
• (DF) Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Condemns Desecration of Soviet Army Monument in Plovdiv
November 11 (BTA) - In a statement on Friday the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry denounced the latest act of vandalism against a monument to the Soviet Army in the southern town of Plovdiv, which was covered with Nazi symbols and anti-semitic slogans.
• (DF) UNESCO Regional Centre in Sofia Continues Work for Six More Years
November 10 (BTA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Bulgarian Culture Minister Boil Banov signed in Paris an agreement on continuing the work of UNESCO's Regional Centre in Sofia for the preservation of intangible cultural heritage, Banov's Ministry said in a press release. The agreement is for a new six-year period.
• (DF) Italian Foreign Minister Alfano: "Priorities of Bulgarian EU Presidency Are Our Priorities Too"
November 10 (BTA)- On the second day of her two-day working visit to Italy, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, Zaharieva's Ministry said in a press release. At the meeting Alfano said that the priorities of the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency are Italy's priorities too. He also said that he highly valued the political views of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov whom he described as one of the strong leaders of Europe.
• (DF) The Balkans Can Be Consolidated Based on Togetherness, Not Nationalism
November 10 (BTA) - An international conference of Balkan Liberals entitled "Western Balkans - Inseparable Part of United Europe" is held in Sofia. It is hosted by the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF). Participating in the conference are leaders of Liberal parties from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
• (DF) EU Commissioner Gabriel Launches Public Consultation on Fake News on November 13
November 10 (BTA) - "On November 13, I will launch a public consultation on fake news and will announce the formation of a EU-level expert group," EU Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Mariya Gabriel told journalists at Parliament on Friday. She met with four National Assembly Committees: on Foreign Policy, on Internal Security and Public Order, on European Affairs and EU Funds Oversight, and on Transport, Information Technology and Communications.
• (DF) Deputy PM Simeonov Comments Measures to Tackle Demographic Crisis
November 10 (BTA) - Speaking during Question Time in Parliament Friday, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy Valeri Simeonov said that the efforts for solving the demographic problems of Bulgaria in the next three and a half years will be focused in increasing births, reducing youth emigration and having a new immigration policy.
• (DF) Bulgarian-American Defence Industry Forum Held in Sofia
November 10 (BTA) - A Bulgarian-American defence industry forum was held here on Friday, co-organized by the Defence Ministry and the American-Central European Business Association. Speaking at the forum, Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov said that the projects for modernizing Bulgaria's armed forces should have started at least ten years ago and already be done.
• (DF) Average salary in Third Quarter Down 0.3 Per Cent to 1,037 Leva from Q2 Figure
November 10 (BTA) - The average salary in the third quarter of 2017 stood at 1,037 leva, 0.3 per cent down from the figure for the second quarter, according to preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute.
• (DF) Kiril Ananiev Elected Health Minister
November 10 (BTA) - Parliament voted 121-85 to elect Kiril Ananiev Health Minister. Ananiev, who was deputy finance minister until now, is replacing Nikolai Petrov who resigned amid a scandal over the controversial award of public procurement contracts during his tenure as head of the Military Medical Academy in Sofia.
• (DF) Deputy PM Zaharieva Confers with European Commission First Vice President
November 9 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva met with European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, the press centre of the Foreign Ministry said. The two discussed their future joint work during the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council. Zaharieva will preside over the General Affairs Council which has as its main task to prepare the European Council meeting and discuss a number of horizontal issues related to the EU policies.
• (NW) Exchange - Rates
Sofia, November 9 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on November 9 to 5 p.m. on November 10, 2017. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation an...
• (NW) Deputy PM Zaharieva Confers with European Commission First Vice President
Brussels, November 9 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva met with European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans, the press centre of the Foreign Ministry said. The two discussed their future joint work during the Bulga...
• (DF) Kiril Ananiev Nominated for Health Minister
November 9 (BTA) - Deputy Finance Minister Kiril Ananiev has been officially nominated for Health Minister. The parliamentary press office told BTA that a draft decision for a personnel change in the government has already been submitted to Parliament's Records Office.
• (NW) Bulgaria Accedes to Geneva Declaration on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development
Geneva/Sofia, November 9 (BTA) - Bulgaria jointed the Geneva Declaration on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development. The document was adopted by the Ministers and the Heads of ECE national delegations participating in the seventy-eighth session of the Committee on Housing an...
• (DF) Deficit of Lv 623.5 Mln Budgeted in 2018 State Budget Bill
November 9 (BTA) - Parliament adopted on first reading 126-96, one abstention, the State Budget Bill for 2018. The Bill was supported by the MPs of GERB, United Patriots and Volya, while BSP for Bulgaria and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) were against. One Left MP abstained
• (DF) EC Revises Upwards Forecast for Bulgaria's Real GDP Growth in 2017 to 3.9 Per Cent
November 9 (BTA) - The European Commission released Thursday its Autumn Forecast which showed that the euro area economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, with real GDP growth forecast at 2.2 per cent, which is substantially higher than the forecast made in the spring (1.7 per cent). The EU economy as a whole is also set to beat expectations with robust growth of 2.3 per cent this year (up from 1.9 per cent in spring).
• (DF) Volya Not Supportive of Socialists' No-Confidence Motion against Government
November 9 (BTA) - Volya is not going to support the Socialists' no-confidence motion against the government. This was announced by the two groups following talks in Parliament Thursday. Zhelyo Boychev of the Socialists' group said that their arguments are not shared by Volya. Volya leader Vesselin Mareshki said that as they are "pragmatics and professionals", they "cannot participate in idle talk", which was obviously a reference to the upcoming no-confidence debate.
• (DF) President Radev: Achievements of Modern World Are Thanks to Democratic Elections
November 9 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev Thursday unveiled the 26th international conference of the Association of European Election Officials (AEEO), mottoed Conscious Voters in the Digital Age and hosted by the Bulgarian Central Election Commission (CEC).
• (DF) Bulgaria's Total Exports Up 12.3 Per Cent in January-September 2017, Y/Y
November 9 (BTA) - In the January - September 2017 period, the value of all goods exported from Bulgaria amounted to 38,598.2 million leva, up 12.3 per cent from the comparable period of the previous year, the National Statistical Institute reported on Thursday. In September 2017, total exports added up to 4,502.9 million leva, up 8.0 per cent from the like month of the previous year.

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