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• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 23 (BTA) -
• (DF) Foreign Minister's Last Round of Meetings in New York
September 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva had a total of 15 bilateral and six multilateral meetings in New York during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry summed up on Saturday.
• (DF) UN Secretary-General Thanks Bulgaria for Supporting Western Balkans' European Perspective
September 23 (BTA) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres praised Bulgaria for its active participation in the UN's work and particularly for being a stability factor in Southeastern Europe and encouraging the European integration of its neighbours, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev's press secretariat reported on Saturday, covering Friday's meeting between Radev and Guterres in New York.
• (DF) Three Government Ministers Elaborate on Policy Plans
September 22 (BTA) - Three government ministers gave a joint news conference in Veliko Turnovo on Friday to elaborate on their plans for future projects.
• (DF) Bulgaria Celebrates Independence Day
September 22 (BTA) - The former Bulgarian capital Veliko Turnovo was the main venue of Friday's observances of the 109th anniversary of Bulgaria's Independence. Celebrations were held across the country. On September 22, 1908, Bulgaria shook off the last remaining vassal dependencies linking it to the Ottoman Empire and became an independent kingdom. The act came three decades after Bulgaria's liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878. In Veliko Turnovo's Church of the Forty Holy Martyrs, where Prince Ferdinand's Independence Manifesto was first read out in 1908, visitors paid floral tributes to the tomb of King Kaloyan (reigned 1197-1207). The flags of Veliko Turnovo University and other institutions received ceremonial blessings. Later, a military ritual was held at the Tsarevets Fortress in the town. The national flag was raised during the ceremony. Vice President Iliana Iotova said in a statement in Veliko Turnovo that September 22 poses a challenge to contemporary politicians. According to Iotova, the proclamation of the Independence is a rare source of national confidence and optimism.
• (DF) Foreign Minister Holds Talks in Sidelines of UN General Assembly Session
September 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva took part in an informal meeting of women ministers of foreign affairs in New York on September 21, Zaharieva's ministry reported. The event took place at the residence of the Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations and was hosted by Liechtenstein's Foreign Minister Aurelia Frick and Sweden's top diplomat Margot Wallstrom.
• (DF) Bill Clinton Vows to Help Advertise Bulgaria to US Business Community
September 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev talked with former US president Bill Clinton in New York on September 21, Radev's press secretariat reported. Emerging from the meeting, Radev told journalists that Clinton promised to help advertise Bulgaria to the business community and the general public in the United States.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 22 (BTA)
• (DF) Funds for 2,400 Schools, 2,100-Plus Kindergartens to Be Allocated under Operational Programme - Prime Minister
September 21 (BTA) - Educational establishments will receive 624 million leva for repairs and new sports facilities like gyms and swimming pools, equipment and energy efficiency. Funds under Operational Programme Regions in Growth will be allocated for 2,400 schools and over 2,100 kindergartens, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said here on Thursday.
• (DF) Deputy Prime Minister Donchev: Debate on Future of CAP Is Part of Debate on EU Budget
September 21 (BTA) - The debate on EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is part of the larger debate on the EU budget, said Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev on Thursday after a forum on post-2020 CAP.
• (DF) Foreign Minister Zaharieva Holds Bilateral Meetings at UN
September 21 (BTA) - During the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred with Elisabeth I. Millard, acting US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and with Foreign Ministers Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia and Gibran Bassil of Lebanon, Zaharieva's Ministry said in a press release on Thursday.
• (DF) Bulgarian President Holds Meetings in New York
September 21 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who is in New York for the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, has held a series of bilateral meetings with UN officials and other international leaders, the President's press secretariat reported.
• (DF) In New York, President Radev Calls on International Community to Address Root Causes of Conflicts and Migration
Addressing the root causes of protracted conflicts requires a holistic UN response encompassing preventive diplomacy, mediation and peace-building, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 20. Radev is leading the Bulgarian delegation to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, whose main theme is "Focusing on People - Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet," the President's press secretariat reported.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 21 (BTA)
• (DF) Bulgarian EU Presidency to Prioritize Energy Cooperation with Western Balkans
September 20 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018 will lay particular emphasis on strengthening the EU's cooperation with the Western Balkans and building necessary energy infrastructure between those countries, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said, as quoted by her ministry on Wednesday. Petkova took part in an informal meeting of EU energy ministers in Tallinn.
• (DF) Prime Ministers of Bulgaria, Poland Speak against Two-Speed Europe
"The European Union should stay united and avoid moving at two speeds", Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told a news briefing after their meeting here on Wednesday. Polish Prime Minister Szydlo commended Bulgaria for the efficient controls of the EU border and said that the country is fully prepared to access the Schengen area.
• (DF) Bulgarian, Ukrainian Presidents Discuss Rights of Bulgarians in Ukraine
September 20 (BTA) - Bulgaria expects that the Law "On Education", adopted in Ukraine, should by no means affect the rights and ability of Bulgarians in that country to study their mother tongue, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said at a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Radev's Press Secretariat said on Wednesday.
• (DF) Parliament Elects SJC Members from Its Quota
September 20 (BTA) - The National Assembly elected Wednesday members of the judges and prosecutors colleges of the Supreme Judicial Council from the parliamentary quota.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 20 (BTA)
• (DF) President Radev Confers with Iranian President Rouhani, King Abdullah II of Jordan
September 20 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev conferred Tuesday with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and King Abdullah II of Jordan within the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly held in New York, Radev's Press Secretariat reported.
• (DF) Socialist Party Will Not Support Government's National Security Report
September 19 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will not support the Government's Annual National Security Report, the party announced at a news conference Tuesday. The report was submitted to the National Assembly on September 13. It identifies Russia's actions as a source of regional instability and as threatening Bulgaria's principal objective: a united, free and peaceful Europe.
• (DF) Economy Minister Karanikolov Meets with Czech Trade Minister Havlicek
September 19 (BTA) - In 2016, commercial exchange between Bulgaria and the Czech Republic stood at nearly 1 billion euro. This emerged at a meeting Tuesday between Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov and Czech Trade Minister Jiri Havlicek, who is paying an official visit here.
• (DF) All Highly-Skilled Specialists Will Be Eligible for EU Blue Card
September 19 (BTA) - Legislative amendments will make all highly-skilled specialists eligible for a EU Blue Card in Bulgaria, said Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov on Tuesday. He was speaking after a roundtable on demographic policies and labour mobility, organized by the Labour Ministry and the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad.
• (DF) Vice President Iotova Attends Opening of Monument to Bulgarian Revolutionary Hristo Botev in Serbian Town of Dimitrovgrad
September 19 (BTA) - Vice President Iliana Iotova participated in the opening of a monument of Bulgarian revolutionary and poet Hristo Botev (1848-1876) in the Serbian town of Dimitrovgrad, which is one of the centres of the Bulgarian minority in Serbia, said the President's Press Secretariat Tuesday.
• (DF) Prime Minister Borissov Meets Russian Prosecutor General Chaika
September 19 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred here on Tuesday with the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yuri Chaika, Cabinet's information service reported. Chaika is paying a two-day official visit to Bulgaria as part of a Cooperation Agreement he had signed back in October 2008 with the then Bulgarian prosecutor general Boris Velchev.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 19 (BTA)
• (DF) President Radev, Foreign Minister Zaharieva Support Call for Reforming UN
September 19 (BTA) - The UN member states must achieve consensus about conducting reforms that would increase the organization's work efficiency and speed up the decision-making process during crises, President Rumen Radev commented for Bulgarian journalists here the expected results of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly, as quoted by his Press Secretariat on Tuesday.
• (DF) Road Infrastructure Agency to Alert Authorities about Fake Documents showing Contractor Selected to Build Toll System
September 19 (BTA) - The Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) said Monday it will alert the State Agency for National Security about the circulation of false documents, according to which a contractor has been selected as part of the public procurement for building the road toll system.
• (DF) Bulgarian Prosecutor General Tsatsarov, Russian Counterpart Chaika Sign Cooperation Agreement
September 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov conferred here on Monday with his Russian counterpart Yury Chaika at the Palace of Justice, Tsatsarov's Office said in a press release. The two signed a Cooperation Programme between the two institutions for the period 2017-2019.
• (DF) Bulgarian Judges Association Says Election of New SAC President by SJC Was Poorly Motivated
September 18 (BTA) - The largest professional organization of magistrates in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Judges Association, said in a statement Monday that the election of a new President of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) last week was poorly motivated. Just two of the members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) majority who voted for the election of Georgi Cholakov to the SAC presidency publicly provided arguments in favour of their choice.
• (DF) Industrial Energy Consumers Urge Postponement of New Natural Gas Rates
September 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (BFIEC) have sent a letter to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev warning them of grave consequences from a contemplated change in the rates for transmission of natural gas from October 1, 2017. The letter, which was also sent to the news media, says that the matter has been discussed many times with the Energy Minister and the energy regulator but the position od the BFIEC has been ignored.
• (DF) Ombudsman Maya Manolova: Double EU Food Standard Should Be Banned by Law
September 18 (BTA) - Opening a public discussion entitled "Double EU Food Standard: Are the Bulgarian consumers' rights protected?", Ombudsman Maya Manolova said the double standards used by food companies in the EU is not just discriminatory but is insulting to Bulgarian citizens. This infringes on the equality of EU citizens and undermines the very idea of the EU, she said. The forum discussed different food quality in Eastern and Western Europe.
• (DF) Prime Minister Borissov, European Investment Bank Hoyer Open EIB Group Office in Sofia
September 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and European Investment Bank (EIB) President Werner Hoyer formally inaugurated the new EIB Group Office for Bulgaria in Sofia on Monday. The EIB Group's new representation will strengthen and increase EIB Group activities in Bulgaria. It is headed by Andreas Beikos.
• (DF) Defence Minister Karakachanov Goes on Official Visit to Macedonia
September 18 (BTA) - During a one-day official visit to Macedonia Monday Bulgarian Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov met with his Macedonian counterpart Radmila Sekerinska, said Karakachanov's Ministry. The Bulgarian Defence Minister said that his country has been supporting consistently the unity and territorial integrity of Macedonia.
• (DF) Bulgaria Supports Belt and Road InitiativeAnd Will Further StrengthenIts participation - Deputy Foreign Minister
September 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian government supports the Belt and Road initiative and is making an effort to see this country an active participant in its implementation, Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev said. He was speaking at Monday's international conference of the Black Sea dimension of the belt and Road initiative organized by the Diplomatic Institute and 16+1 format of cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries.
• (DF) Yes, Bulgaria! Calls for Boycott of Russian Prosecutor General Chaika's Visit to Bulgaria
September 18 (BTA) - Yes, Bulgaria! activists placed a banner reading "Chaika Out of Europe" on a pedestrian overpass above Sofia's Tsarigradsko Chaussee Boulevard on Monday morning, the party said. The banner was removed shortly after that. The action was taken in protest against a forthcoming visit to Bulgaria by Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 18 (BTA)
• (DF) 18-kilometre Truck Tailback at Bulgarian-Turkish Border
September 17 (BTA exclusive by Nahide Deniz) - There is an 18-kilometre tailback of TIR trucks on the Turkish side, at the Kapikule border checkpoint opposite Kapitan Andreevo. Turkish customs officials say there are no bottlenecks on their side.
• (DF) President, FM Go to New York for 72nd UN General Assembly Session
September 17 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev will make a working visit to the US on September 18-24 and will represent Bulgaria at the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly, his press secretariat said.
• (DF) Sofia Marks Its Day
September 17 (BTA) - The Day of Sofia was marked on Sunday with water blessing and hoisting of the capital's flag near the St Sophia Church. On September 17 the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of St Sophia and her daughters Faith, Hope and Charity, martyred in 126 in the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (117-138).
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 17 (BTA)
• (DF) President Says He Might Wait for Next SJC to Reconfirm Election of New Supreme Administrative Court President
September 16 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev said Saturday he might wait for the new Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to re-confirm the election of a new President of the Supreme Administrative Court before he decrees his appointment.
• (DF) August Unemployment Going Downhill, Employment Agency Says
September 16 (BTA) - Registered unemployment in August stood at 6.65 per cent, The Employment Agency said. This is down 0.08 percentage points compared to July and, even more considerably, 1.3 percentage point year on year.
• (DF) President Radev: Competition for New Fighter Jets to Go Back to Starting Point, Bulgarian Air Force at Risk of Getting Completely Grounded
September 16 (BTA) - The competition for fighter jets is obviously returned to the starting point and this puts the 100-year-old Bulgaria Air Force at risk of getting completely grounded, President Rumen Radev commented for the press in Sofia Saturday.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, September 16 (BTA)
• (DF) Bulgarian Deputy PM Simeonov Visits Budapest
September 15 (BTA) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic and demographic policy, Valeri Simeonov, is visiting Budapest September 15 and 16, said the government press office.
• (DF) President Radev Urges Europe to Drop Idealism When it Comes to Migration and Security
September 15 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said during the final news conference of the 13th Arraiolos Group Meeting of presidents of EU Member States in Valletta, Malta, that when it comes to the security of people, there is no place for compromises and illusions. "The European Union must drop its idealistic approach and analyze the problem in depth," he said as quoted by his Press Secretariat.
• (DF) CITUB President Dimitrov Takes Partin High-level Event on Future of Work in Tallinn
September 15 (BTA) - The President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) took part in the 'Future of Work: Making IT e-Easy' event organised under the Estonian EU Presidency, CITUB said Friday. The forum gathered politicians, trade union representatives, business organisations, scientists and NGOs.
• (DF) Employer Organizations Slam as Misleading Motives for Increase of Gas Transmission Rates
September 15 (BTA) - Four nationally representative employer organizations said Friday that Bulgartransgaz used a misleading excuse for its plan to increase the rates for transmission of natural gas, claiming that this is called for by some EU requirements.
• (DF) NATO Special Operations HQ Commander Visits Bulgaria
September 15 (BTA) - Konstantin Popov, Chairman of the Parliamentary Defence Committee, met with Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, NATO Special Operations Headquarters Commander, GERB's press office said.
• (DF) August Inflation at 0.1%
September 15 (BTA) - The National Statistical Institute reported 0.1 per cent inflation in August compared with July.
• (DF) Bulgaria Strongly Condemns North Korea's Latest Missile Launch
September 15 (BTA) - Bulgaria strongly condemns the DPRK's latest missile launch, the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary and Romania Urge Ukraine not to Introduce Restrictions on Mother-Tongue Study
September 14 (BTA) - Bulgaria, along with Greece, Hungary and Romania, have sent a letter to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry urging it not to introduce restrictions on mother-tongue study which are provided for in a new education law passed by the Ukrainian Parliament, said the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Thursday.
• (DF) Sofia Officially Presents Its Bid to Host European Medicines Agency
September 14 (BTA) - Sofia's bid to host the European Medicines Agency was officially presented Thursday before the EU ambassadors to Bulgaria and the EC Representation to Bulgaria at the Council of Ministers. Attending were Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, the Deputy Health Minister Lydia Neicheva and Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.
• (DF) President Radev Confers with German President Steinmeier on Sidelines of Arraiolos Group Meeting
September 14 (BTA) - On the sidelines of the 13th Arraiolos Group Meeting of presidents of EU Member States in Valletta, Malta, on Thursday, Bulgarian head of State Rumen Radev conferred with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said Radev's Press Secretariat. The two leaders arrived in Valletta ahead of the Arraiolos Group Meeting to meet and discuss bilateral relations.
• (DF) Vice President Yotova Calls for Outright Bulgarian Reaction to Ukrainia's New Education Law
September 14 (BTA) - Vice President Iliyana Yotova Thursday said she expects an outright reaction by the Bulgarian state institutions to a newly education law in Ukraine which she said limits the rights of minorities to study in their mother tongue. Yotova was speaking to journalists in Parliament Thursday.
• (DF) Bulgaria's Maria Gabriel Takes Oath as New EU Commissioner
September 14 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - At a ceremony in Luxembourg, Bulgaria's Maria Gebriel took the oath Thursday as the new member of the European Commission.
• (DF) Sofia City Hall Reports Lv 51 Mln More Revenue Y/Y
September 14 (BTA) - Sofia City Hall has collected 51 million leva more than it did in 2016, Deputy Mayor Doncho Barbalov who is responsible for finances told journalists Thursday. He was speaking after the annual report on the implementation of Sofia's budget for the previous year was passed at a meeting of the municipal council.
• (DF) Parliament Overrides Presidential Veto on Amendments to Environment Protection Act
September 14 (BTA) - Parliament overturned the President's veto on changes to the Environment Protection Act adopted on July 27. The MPs re-adopted the Act Amending and Supplementing the Environment Protection Act by 138-78 votes and two abstentions.
• (DF) BSE Reports Growth of Turnover in August
September 14 (BTA) - The turnover on the main market of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange - Sofia (BSE-Sofia) in August exceeded the total turnover for the first five months of 2017, BSE-Sofia said.
• (DF) Parliament Overrides Presidential Veto on Amendments to Environment Protection Act
September 14 (BTA) - Parliament overturned the President's veto on changes to the Environment Protection Act adopted on July 27. The MPs re-adopted the Act Amending and Supplementing the Environment Protection Act by 138-78 votes and two abstentions.
• (DF) Earthquake Registered near Sofia
September 14 (BTA) - An earthquake measuring 3.5 points on the Richter Scale and epicentred around 25 km southwest of Sofia was registered at 4.53 a.m. local time on Thursday, the National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography reported.
• (DF) Sofia Airport Marks 41% Growth January-June 2017
September 14 (BTA) - In the first eight months of the year, a total of 4,363,140 passengers were handled at the Sofia Airport, 41 per cent up compared to the like period of last year, Transport Minister Ivailo Moskovski said on Wednesday at a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of Sofia Airport.
• (DF) Private Enforcement Agents Fear that Code of Civil Procedure Revisions Will Be Detrimental to Small Debtors
September 13 (BTA) - "The proposed amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) will be detrimental to small debtors. This group of people will find themselves in the hands of unlawful debt collectors, and the large debtors will be shielded and will practically get preferential treatment," according to the Bulgarian Chamber of Private Enforcement Agents (BCPEA).
• (DF) President Radev Confers with Bulgarian-Born Canadian Magnate, Philanthropist Ignat Kaneff
September 13 (BTA) - "Bulgaria highly appreciates Ignat Kaneff's patriotic work and his support for preserving the cultural and intellectual traditions of the Bulgarian community in Canada and for the implementation of a number of educational and health care projects in this country," Bulgarian President Roumen Radev said here on Wednesday as he conferred with the businessman, philanthropist and Bulgarian Honorary Consul based in Mississauga, the President's Press Secretariat said.
• (DF) Household Waste Fee to Be Calculated on Basis of Waste Quantity, Parliament Resolves on First Reading
September 13 (BTA) - The amount of the household waste fee will be calculated on the basis of the quantity of household waste generated, according to Government-proposed amendments to the Local Taxes and Fees Act that Bulgaria's Parliament passed on first reading Wednesday. The vote was 112 in favour (GERB and United Patriots), 38 against and 33 abstentions.
• (DF) Government National Security Report Garners Varied Political Comments Related to Russia
September 13 (BTA) - Politicians from the various parliamentary groups reacted differently to the findings in the government's Annual National Security Report. The report positions the actions of Russia as a source of regional instability and one threatening Bulgaria's main goal - a united, free and peaceful Europe. The report was submitted at the National Assembly Wednesday.
• (DF) Interior Ministry Would Need Nearly Lv 140 Mln a Year for 15% Pay Rise
September 12 (BTA) - The police trade unions and the Interior Ministry again talked wages on Tuesday but did not reach an agreement. The trade unions suggest that the minimum wage at the Ministry be linked to the country's minimum or average wage. Deputy Minister Stefan Balabanov said that a definite answer could not be given because any revision to the Interior Ministry Act must follow a certain procedure.
• (DF) Venice Commission Representatives, Bulgarian MPs Discuss Progress of Judicial Reform
September 12 (BTA) - Representatives of the Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and members of the parliamentary groups in the Bulgarian National Assembly discussed the judicial reform after the latest constitutional amendments. The meeting took place here on Tuesday at the Commission's request.
• (DF) Bulgaria Water Quality Improved, but Significant Funds Still Needed - European Court of Auditors
September 12 (BTA Special Correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The quality of drinking water available to consumers in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania has improved in recent years thanks to EU funding, but a significant amount of money still needs to be invested, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors released on Tuesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria's Total Exports Grow 13.8 Per Cent, Imports 17 Per Cent in January-July 2017
September 12 (BTA) - In the January - July 2017 period, all goods exported from Bulgaria were valued at 29,772.4 million leva, up 13.8 per cent from the comparable period of 2016, according to preliminary data released by the National Statistical Institute on Tuesday. In July 2017, exports totaled 4,604.6 million leva, up 9.8 per cent, year on year.
• (NW) Bulgaria Will Produce Less than 10,000 Tonnes of Honey in 2017
September 12 (BTA) - The production of honey in this country will fall below 10,000 tonnes this year, Union of Bulgarian Beekeepers (UBB) Chairman Mihail Mihailov predicted in a BTA interview.
• (DF) Electricity Production, Consumption Up in January-September 2017, Year on Year
September 12 (BTA) - Between January 1 and September 10, 2017 Bulgaria produced 31,361,720 MWh of electricity, 3.36 per cent more than the 30,343,383 MWh produced during the comparable period of 2016, according to figures released by the Electricity System Operator (ESO AD).
• (DF) Bulgaria Will Continue to Support Georgia's European, Euro-Atlantic Path - Foreign Minister
September 11 (BTA) - Georgia's State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Viktor Dolidze, is paying a visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Conferring with the guest on Monday, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria has always supported Georgia in its European development and will continue to do so.
• (DF) New President Elected at Supreme Administrative Court
September 11 (BTA) - A new President was elected at the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) Monday. Georgi Cholakov was supported by 20 members of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) leaving the other contender for the office, Sonia Yankoulova, with only five votes.
• (DF) Trade Union, Civic Organizations and Political Parties Start Petition for Lower VAT and Nontaxable Income
September 11 (BTA) - The influential Podkrepa Labour Confederation, civic organizations and representatives of political parties Monday called for introduction of a nontaxable income theashold and for lowering the VAT for staple and baby foods, water, basic medicines, school books and other books.
• (DF) Education Minister Warns of Risks of "Demographics of Illiterates Spiral"
September 11 (BTA) - The reproduction rate of mothers with less than elementary education is 3.5 times higher than those of the others in Bulgaria and this spiral of "the demographics of the illiterate" is one of the greatest threats to preserving the Bulgarian nation and the country, Education and Science Minister Krassimir Vulchev said. He was speaking at a Monday discussion on education and demography.
• (DF) Vice President Iotova Meets Bulgarian Community in Venice
September 11 (BTA) - "It is high time that the numerous documents and strategies about Bulgarians abroad were translated into tangible policies," Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Iotova said at a meeting with the Bulgarian community in Venice, the Presidential Press Secretariat said in a press release on Sunday.
• (DF) Bulgarian Tourism Minister to Attend 22nd General Assembly of World Tourism Organization
September 10 (BTA) - Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova will take part in the 22nd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Chengdu, China, between September 12 and 17, 2017, Angelkova's Ministry said in a press release on Sunday.
• (DF) Socialists Mark September 9
September 9 (BTA) - On Saturday, the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) solemnly marked September 9, the day in which back in 1944 the communist-dominated Fatherland Front took the power in Bulgaria and imposed a Socialist governance.
• (DF) Foreign Minister: Creation of Employment and Prospects before Young People Should Be Included in Measure to Fight Radicalization
September 9 (BTA) - The creation of jobs and more prospects before the young people is among the most efficient ways for fighting radicalization and extremism along with the development of appropriate educational programmes, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said at the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Tallinn, quoted by her Ministry.
• (DF) Bulgargaz Proposes 7.29 Decrease of Natural Gas Price in 4th Quarter of 2017
September 8 (BTA) - In accordance with the terms and conditions of the Ordinance on the regulation of natural gas prices Bulgargaz EAD, a subsidiary of the Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD, proposed to the State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission to approve a natural gas price of 343.22 BGN per thousand of cu.m. (exclusive of the prices for access, transmission, excise duty and VAT) for the fourth quarter of 2017, the company said. This is a decrease by 7.29 or 26.99 BGN per thousand of cu.m. in the third quarter.
• (DF) Bulgaria Attends Strategic Coordination Meeting Within PCC SEE Region
September 8 (BTA) - Deputy Minister of Interior Milko Berner is taking part in the Police Cooperation Convention for Southeast Europe which began on Thursday in Slovenia, the Interior Ministry said.
• (DF) 130 Films from 15 Countries Entered for 5th Slavic Fairy Tale Festival
September 8 (BTA) - The competition programme of the 5th Slavic Fairy Tale Film Festival features 130 films from 15 countries, including many Bulgarian films. The festival dedicated to Russian literary scholar Dmitry Likhachev is taking place on September 8-11 at the Russian Cultural and Information Centre in Sofia.
• (DF) Bulgaria's GDP Grew 1% in Q2 Compred with Q1 - Eurostat
September 8 (BTA) - In the second quarter of 2017 Bulgaria's GDP grew by 1 per cent compared with the first quarter, according to seasonally adjusted Eurostat data. An initial estimate put GDP growth at 0.9 per cent. Year on year, the growth figure remained unchanged at 3.6 per cent.
• (DF) EU Chief Diplomats Discuss Resolute Concerted Action in Response to North Korea
September 7 (BTA) - Tension in the Korean Peninsula and the threats to global security after DPRK's sixth nuclear test topped the agenda of the first panel of the Informal Meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers (Gymnich) in Tallinn, attended by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva.
• (DF) Krassimir Karakachanov Attends Informal Meeting of EU Defence Ministers
September 7 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov attended the Informal Meeting of Defence Ministers in Tallinn on Thursday as part of Estonia's EU Council Presidency, his Ministry said.
• (DF) Private Enforcement Agents Face More Disciplinary Proceedings in 2017
September 7 (BTA) - The Disciplinary Committee of the Chamber of Private Enforcement Agents said there were 66 disciplinary proceedings against private enforcement agents between January and August 2017, as against 46 in the whole of 2016.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia Energy Ministers Discuss Gas Supply Projects
September 7 (BTA) - Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia will deepen their cooperation on projects ensuring the security of gas supplies to Southeast Europe. This was agreed by the energy ministers of three Balkan countries: Temenouzhka Petkova of Bulgaria, Giorgos Stathakis of Greece, and Alexander Antic of Serbia.
• (DF) MEP Dzhambazki Accuses Dutch Peer of Libel against Bulgarian Border Authorities
September 7 (BTA) - Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki, Deputy Chairman of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO), has sent a letter to his Dutch counterpart, Kati Piri, of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, asking her to explain why she accused in a report Bulgarian border guards at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the border with Turkey of corruption, IMRO said Thursday.
• (DF) Economy Minister Karanikolov Discusses Investment Opportunities in Bulgaria with German Business Executives
September 7 (BTA) - "Germany is a strategic and leading foreign-trade partner of Bulgaria, and German companies are reliable investors because they assume long-term commitments," Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov said here on Thursday at a meeting with representatives of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.
• (DF) Some 10,000 People to Get Training in High Tech Meeting Employers' Demand under Operational Programme Scheme
September 7 (BTA) - Some 10,000 people are expected to receive training in high technology, ICT and the processing industry meeting employers' demand under a Specific Trainings procedure in Operational Programme Human Resources Development, Bulgarian Deputy Labour and Social Policy Minister Zornitsa Roussinova told journalists here on Thursday.
• (DF) Prosecution Service, National Revenue Agency Launch Check into Kalin Mitrev Case
September 7 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered a check, prompted by media reports, into payments effected by Azerbaijani companies to accounts of Bulgaria's representative to the EBRD Kalin Mitrev, the prosecution service said in a press release on Thursday.
• (DF) 50 Asylum Seekers Have Been Relocated to Bulgaria so far under EU Emergency Mechanism
September 7 (BTA) - Fifty asylum seekers have been effectively relocated to Bulgaria from Greece by September 1, 2017 under the EU temporary emergency relocation scheme, launched in 2015, compared to a formal pledge for 860, according to figures released by the European Commission on Wednesday.
• (DF) Ankara to Cooperate with Sofia in Guaranteeing Energy Security
September 6 (BTA) - "The Republic of Turkey is prepared for any energy cooperation with the Republic of Bulgaria which will lead to security of energy supply," Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak said here on Wednesday. Albayrak, who paid a one-day visit to this country, was received by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova, the Government Information Service said in a press release.
• (DF) Finance Minister Goranov Orders Check into Bulgarian Connection to Azerbaijani Laundromat
September 6 (BTA) - Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov has ordered a check into the disclosures of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) entitled "Azerbaijani Laundromat", the Minister said in a position circulated to the media on Wednesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Greece Sign Memorandum on Rail Transport Corridor
September 6 (BTA special correspondent Antoan Nikolov) - Bulgarian Transport, Information Technology and Communications Minister Ivaylo Moskovski and Greek Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Christos Spirtzis signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Bulgaria and Greece on the development of the the Thessaloniki-Kavala-Alexandroupolis-Bourgas- Varna-Rousse rail link here on Wednesday. Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria and Alexis Tsipras of Greece attended the signing ceremony.
• (DF) Bulgarian Public Works Minister Nankov Confers with Qatari Transport Minister Al Sulaiti
September 6 (BTA) - Bulgarian Regional Development and Public Works Minister Nikolai Nankov conferred here with Qatari Transport and Communications Minister Jasim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti. The two discussed the results achieved in bilateral cooperation and shared ideas about future joint projects, Nankov's Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday.
• (DF) Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Attends Inauguration of Hamad Port in Qatar
September 5 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Regional Development and Public Works Minister Nikolai Nankov visited Qatar on Tuesday. He was among the official guests at the inauguration of Hamad Port. The ceremony was held under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who personally attended the event, Nankov's ministry reported.
• (DF) Bulgarian, Nepalese Foreign Ministries Sign Consultation Mechanism Agreement
September 5 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Ambassador to India, Petko Doynov, signed in the presence of the Charges d'affaires of Nepal, Bharat Kumar Regmi, a Memorandum of Understanding between the two ministries, the Foreign Ministry said. On the Nepalese side, the document was signed by Foreign Secretary Shankar Das Bairagi.

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