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• (DF) National Ombudsman Manolova Comments on Rousse Shipyard, Sofia District Heating Company
May 29 (BTA) - Bulgaria's National Ombudsman Maya Manolova Monday met with the leadership of the local chapter of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) to discuss the problems of the workers of Rousse Shipyard West JSC.
• (DF) Health, Labour and Social Policy Ministers Discuss Further Operation of Medical Expertise for Disabled
May 29 (BTA) - Health Minister Nikolai Petrov and Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov Monday discussed the operation of specialized medical expertise relevant to capacity to work in the country. The sides also discussed the problematic situation with the rescinding of texts in the Ordinance on Medical Expertise, the Ministry of Health said.
• (DF) Energy Minister Petkova, Russian Ambassador Makarov Discuss Energy Cooperation
May 29 (BTA) - Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenoujka Petkova and Russian Ambassador in Sofia Anatoly Makarov discussed bilateral energy cooperation here on Monday.
• (DF) Hauliers Satisfied with Measures Easing Traffic at Kulata Checkpoint
May 29 (BTA) - Hauliers and truck drivers are satisfied with the measures taken by the state bodies to ease traffic through the Kulata checkpoint on Bulgaria's border with Greece. They had gathered here on Monday after the Union of Transport Workers announced it was ready to protest at the long waiting times at this country's border checkpoint with the heaviest traffic. At this point, traffic is normal and there is no tailback of trucks.
• (DF) Sofia Hosts 40th World Congress of Vine and Wine
May 29 (BTA) - Sofia is hosting the 40th World Congress of Vine and Wine between May 29 and June 2. This is the first time it has been chosen as the venue for the event.
• (DF) Hauliers Satisfied with Measures Easing Traffic at Kulata Checkpoint
May 29 (BTA) - Hauliers and truck drivers are satisfied with the measures taken by the state bodies to ease traffic through the Kulata checkpoint on Bulgaria's border with Greece. They had gathered here on Monday after the Union of Transport Workers announced it was ready to protest at the long waiting times at this country's border checkpoint with the heaviest traffic.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 29 (BTA)
• (DF) Foreign Tourists to Increase by 11% from 2016 - Expert
May 28 (BTA) - More than 11.6 million foreign tourists are expected to visit Bulgaria this year, 11 per cent more than in 2016, according to Rumen Draganov, Director of the Institute for Analysis and Assessments in Tourism. Holidaymakers from Germany, Britain, Romania and other countries have already arrived in the Black Sea resorts of Sunny Beach, Golden Sands and Albena. Draganov told reporters that cultural urban and historical tourism accounts for half of all visits. Bulgaria has become a year-round destination due to low-cost airlines, and cultural tourism is the purpose of many visits. Commenting on staff shortages in tourism, he said the problem cannot be solved while the industry pays an average monthly wage of 320 euro in Bulgaria as against 1,400 euro in other European countries. Employers are seeking staff from non-EU countries, including Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and even India and Bangladesh. The National Tourism Board has set itself the task to bring the average wage in Bulgaria's tourism industry level with wages in the EU by 2026.
• (DF) Balkan Prayer Breakfast Brings Together More than 180 People from 31 Countries
May 28 (BTA) - A working meeting on security was held in Plovdiv as part of the Balkan Prayer Breakfast over the weekend, with more than 180 people from 31 countries on four continents sending a message for peace and prosperity worldwide. Nearly 90 people arrived from the countries of the Western Balkans. Addressing the participants in Sunday's working meeting, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, GERB floor leader and deputy leader of the party, said: "Modern Europe is faced with challenges. Nationalism and populism gave rise to fake news designed to influence the public's attitudes." He stressed that transcontinental cooperation and EU-US partnership are crucial to stability in Europe. Tsvetanov also said: "Such meetings help us build bridges in the name of human values and democracy. Bulgaria and Plovdiv are a model of ethnic tolerance, a symbol of the way we can live together in mutual understanding and respect." EU membership is the good prospect for the countries of the region, said Tsvetanov, citing the positive changes which have taken place in Bulgaria and Romania in the ten years since they joined the EU. Plovdiv Mayor Ivan Totev stressed that the city was designated one of the 2019 European Capitals of Culture with the motto "Together". Totev also said: "Plovdiv is a special city with a very long history, the meeting point of seven civilizations. It is a city with impressive cultural strata and a convergence of emotions. People of many ethnic groups and religions have lived here together for centuries." The Balkan Prayer Breakfast brought together people who have participated in the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, including former prime minister Filip Dimitrov, MPs Asen Agov and Peter Moutafchiev, Plovdiv's former mayor Ivan Chomakov, representatives of the Jewish, Armenian and Muslim communities, and public figures. The Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2018, Liliyana Pavlova, and Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova were among the guests.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 28 (BTA)
• (DF) PM, Ministers Discuss Measures for Addressing Traffic Accidents, Food Quality
May 27 (BTA) - A meeting, attended by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, was held on Saturday at the Council of Ministers between representatives of the Agriculture and Food Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Transport Ministry, the Regional Development Ministry and the Health Ministry. It focused on road safety measures and the difference in the quality of food offered on the Bulgarian market, compared to that in other EU countries.
• (DF) Moody's Affirms Bulgaria's Baa2 Issuer Ratings, Stable Outlook
May 27 (BTA) - Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the Government of Bulgaria's Baa2 long term issuer rating, the Baa2 senior unsecured rating and the (P)Baa2 long term senior unsecured MTN program rating. The outlook remains stable, the Finance Ministry said in a Saturday press release.
• (DF) European Parliament President Antonio Tajani Congratulates PM Borissov on New Government
May 26 (BTA) - European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has congratulated Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on the occasion of his coming in office, the Government information service said Friday. Tajani is quoted as saying that Bulgarians have reconfirmed their confidence in GERB so that ut can continue Bulgaria's European development. This definitive election success goes beyond Bulgaria's boundaries, Tajani says.
• (DF) Truck Drivers Threaten to Block Bulgarian-Greek Border in Protest against Long Wait for Border Crossing
May 26 (BTA) - Truck drivers threaten to block the Kulata checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Greek border over the long wait to cross the border. At a news conference here Friday, the Union of Bulgarian Transport Workers said the problems with crossing the border are aggravating for heavy-duty trucks and they are starting a series of protest actions over this, and a border blockade is not to be ruled out.
• (DF) Pope Francis Receives Bulgarian President Radev, Delegation
May 26 (BTA Special Correspondent Assen Boyadjiev) - The head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis Friday gave an audience to President Roumen Radev and an official Bulgarian delegation he heads for a traditional visit for the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and of Slav Letters, May 24. Radev told journalists he had an extremely interesting and open conversation with His Holiness. He said the visits to the Vatican are a sign of recognition of the contribution of Bulgarians to European civilization by preserving, spreading and continuing the work of the saintly brothers Cyril and Methodius, and it is Pope Francis' belief that this is a tradition which should be continued.
• (DF) CITUB Expects Bulgaria to Join European Pillar of Social Rights
May 26 (BTA) - The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) expects Bulgaria to join the European Pillar of Social Rights, said CITUB leader Plamen Dimitrov here on Friday during a forum on social protection and the role of the social partners, organized by CITUB and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
• (NW) Bulgarian Man Will Go on Motorcycle Tour along Silk Route
May 26 (BTA) - Bulgarian Rousko Rouskov will go on a motorcycle tour along the Silk Route. Beginning on May 28, he will travel through Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Georgia. The notorious Door to Hell and the Pamir Highway, one of the highest mountainous roads, are some of the challenges during the two-month-long trip, which will cover between 17,000 and 20,000 km.
• (DF) Border Policemen Arrested in Operation against Illegal Migration
May 26 (BTA) - Two border policemen were arrested in an operation against a migrant trafficking ring on Thursday, Interior Minister Valentin Radev said in Parliament Friday. He declined to give details while the Interior Ministry and the State Agency for National Security were making searches in the capital.
• (DF) Labour Minister: Court's Decision to Annul New Minimum Wage Will Be Appealed
May 26 (BTA) - The Supreme Administrative Court's (SAC) decision from last week to annul a government ordinance setting the minimum wage for 2017 at 460 leva will be appealed, said here on Friday Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov. He took part in a forum on social protection and the role of the social partners, organized by the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
• (DF) Academy of Sciences' Analysis of Belene N-Plant Project Due Out by End-September - Energy Minister
May 26 (BTA) - Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences would complete an analysis of the need to build a nuclear power plant at Belene and a financial model for it by the end of September.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 26 (BTA)
• (DF) Two Border Policemen Arrested in Operation against Illegal Migration
May 26 (BTA) - Two border policemen were arrested in an operation against a migrant trafficking ring on Thursday, Interior Minister Valentin Radev said in Parliament. He declined to give details while the Interior Ministry and the State Agency for National Security were making searches in the capital.
• (DF) Borissov, Turkish PM Yildirim Discuss Situation in the Balkans
May 26 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim have discussed the state of play in the Balkans in a phone call, the government information service said on Thursday.
• (DF) National Ombudsman Manolova Reports Three Times More Complaints about Children's Rights Violations in 2016
May 25 (BTA) - National Ombudsman Maya Manolova presented on Thursday her institution's annual report before two parliamentary committees - that on Children, Youth and Sports Matters, and than on Religion and Human Rights. The MPs adopted the document unanimously.
• (DF) President Radev: Enhancing NATO's Contribution to the Fight against Terrorism Is Guarantor of Migrant Flow Reduction
May 25 (BTA special correspondent Assen Boyadjiev) - Enhancing NATO's contribution to the fight against terrorism is a guarantor of reducing the migrant flows, President Rumen Radev told journalists before attending the NATO Summit here on Thursday.
• (DF) Prime Minister Borissov Confers with Russian Ambassador Makarov
May 25 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has conferred here with Russian Ambassador in Sofia Anatoly Makarov, who congratulated him on his election for a third term in office and wished him success, the Government Press Service reported on Thursday.
• (DF) Business People See Brexit as Chance to Negotiate for Free Trade
May 25 (BTA) - Business people in the United Kingdom interviewed by a partner organization to the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) said that Brexit should be an occasion to negotiate for free trade, not for restrictions on immigration.
• (DF) Reactions Escalate in Bulgaria after Controversial Slav Letters Remark by President Putin
May 25 (BTA) - Reactions escalated in Sofia Thursday triggered by a controversial remark by Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday about the origin of Slav letters in which he forgot to mention Bulgaria's historic role. Following the first reaction, by Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, comments were also made by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, government members and analysts, and the social media and forums are bursting with angry reactions.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 25 (BTA)
• (DF) PM Borissov Says It Is a Matter of Calculations to Decide Whether Time Is Right Now to Purchase New Aircraft for Air Force
May 25 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov commended late on Wednesday that it is a matter of calculations to see whether the time is right now to purchase new fighter aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force or to consider instead the needs of the Land Forces and the Navy. Borissov was speaking at a ceremony in which TV Evropa presented him an award for pro-European policy.
• (DF) PM Borissov Speaks by Phone to President Macron
May 25 (BTA) - In a telephone conversation with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, French President Emmanuel Macron greeted the Bulgarian people on May 24, the Day of Bulgarian Culture, Education and Slav Letters, said the government press office Thursday.
• (DF) New Archaeological Park Opens for Visitors in Sofia
May 24 (BTA) - The Serdica West Gate Archaeological Part is open to visitors from May 24, the local authorities said. The event comes in the wake of a large-scale conservation and restoration project.
• (DF) President Radev to Head Bulgarian Delegation to NATO Summit, on Official Visit to Vatican
May 24 (BTA) - President Roumen Radev will head a Bulgarian delegation to the NATO Summit in Brussels May 25, the Press Secretariat of the Head of State said Wednesday. The NATO leaders will meet in Brussels to address the Alliance's role in the fight against terrorism and fairer burden-sharing across NATO.
• (DF) IMF: Bulgaria's Financial System has Stabilized but Risks Remain for Some Banks and for System
May 24 (BTA) - The IMF made public May 23 its 2017 Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA) for Bulgaria saying that Bulgaria's financial system is now stable following the 2014 collapse of the then fourth-largest commercial banks, but risks remain for some banks as well as for the entire system.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 24 (BTA)
• (DF) Eric Weiner: "My Next Book Is about Wisdom. We Live in Age Awash in Information but with Precious Little Wisdom"
May 24 (Pepa Vitanova of BTA) - Eric Weiner is a popular journalist and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Geography of Bliss, Man Seeks God and The Geography of Genius. Weiner's books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including Bulgaria (Publishing House Faber).
• (DF) Minister Porozhanov Calls for Adequate EU Funding for Agriculture
May 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Rumen Porozhanov has urged the EU to provide adequate funding in the framework of the common agricultural policy in order to make farming sustainable. Porozhanov addressed an informal meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council which was held in Malta's capital Valletta between May 21 and 23, his ministry reported on Tuesday.
• (DF) ECOFIN Confirms that Excessive Macroeconomic Imbalances Exist in Bulgaria
May 23 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) on Tuesday agreed with the European Commission's view that excessive macroeconomic imbalances exist in Bulgaria and five other EU member states (France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, and Portugal).
• (DF) International Research Team Says Oldest Pre-Humans Lived in the Balkans
May 23 (BTA) - An international research team including scientists from Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, France and Australia said that the oldest pre-humans lived in the Balkans 7.2 million years ago. Headed by Prof. Madelaine Bohme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tubingen and Prof. Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the research team announced its findings late Monday.
• (DF) Bulgarian Foreign Minister Meets Greek Counterpart
May 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred with Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias here Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said. The two met on the sidelines of the Second Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability taking place here May 22 and 23.
• (NW) International Research Team Says Oldest Pre-Humans Lived in the Balkans
May 23 (BTA) - An international research team including scientists from Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Canada, France and Australia said that the oldest pre-humans lived in the Balkans 7.2 million years ago. Headed by Prof. Madelaine Bohme from the Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment at the University of Tubingen and Prof. Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the research team announced its findings late Monday.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 23 (BTA)
• (DF) Sofia Sends Its Condolences over Manchester Concert Attack
May 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and other state and party officials sent messages of condolences to the UK over the deadly bombing in Manchester Monday night. The deadly blast in Manchester Arena killed 22. The Foreign Ministry in Sofia said that no Bulgarians are known to have been hurt.
• (DF) Vice President Takes Part in BSEC Summit
May 22 (BTA) - Addressing the 25th Anniversary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the BSEC Member States, Bulgarian Vice President Iliana Iotova said: "The Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) should increase its efficiency and become strong enough in order to change the direction towards a real policy of internal regional cooperation." Attending the forum were presidents and prime ministers of Moldova, Greece, Russia, Romania, Georgia and Turkey.
• (DF) Deputy PM Zaharieva Takes Part in Second Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability
May 22 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva is participating in the Second Rhodes Conference for Security and Stability, which is taking place in Rhodes, Greece, on May 22-23, the Foreign Ministry said.
• (DF) Stara Zagora Voted Best City to Live In for 2016
May 22 (BTA) - The south-central city of Stara Zagora won the Best City to Live In for 2016 title in the tenth anniversary edition of a poll conducted by the commercial Darik Radio. Participating in the poll were the 27 regional centres in Bulgaria which were assessed by various criteria.
• (DF) European Commission Makes Four Recommendations about Bulgaria's Economy
May 22 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission Monday released its country-specific recommendations for each EU economy, including four recommendations to Bulgaria. The Commission expects Bulgaria to further improve tax collection and tax compliance, including through a comprehensive set of measures beyond 2017, and to step up enforcement of measures to reduce the extent of the informal economy, in particular undeclared work.
• (DF) President Radev Confers with Management of E-Government State Agency
May 22 (BTA) - The electronic government is a strategic priority of Bulgaria, an irreversible process and the only way to attain goals of critical importance: effectiveness, transparency, success in tackling corruption, accountability and control, President Rumen Radev said during a working meeting Monday with the management of the E-Government State Agency, Radev's press secretariat said.
• (NW) Vegan Climber Skatov Reaches Everest Summit
May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian climber Atanas Skatov reached the Everest summit in the early hours of Monday Bulgarian time, his team said. This is the second time when the climber, who is a vegan, reaches the peak.
• (DF) Road Toll System Public Procurement Procedure Suspended by Appeals
May 22 (BTA) - The public procurement award procedure to design, build and implement an electronic toll system for vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes has been suspended after three appeals were received on Friday, May 19, the Road Infrastructure Agency said in a press release on Monday.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 22 (BTA)
• (DF) Bulgaria's Responsible Forest Management Standard Approved, Will Take Effect August 16
May 22 (BTA) - The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards and policies unit has announced the approval of a national standard for responsible forest management, developed for Bulgaria, which will take effect in the territory of the country on August 16, 2017, WWF Bulgaria said in a press release.
• (DF) Evgeni Dikov is First Elected Member of Supreme Judicial Council for Next Term
May 21 (BTA) - National Investigation Service Director Evgeni Dikov became the first elected member of the Supreme Judicial Council for the next term. Dikov's bid for the job was supported by 296 out of 444 judicial investigators eligible to vote. The other votes were invalid.
• (DF) Prosecutor General Regrets TZUM Meeting But is Not Ashamed of It
May 21 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov said on Saturday that, as a person, he regrets the controversial TZUM meeting which got him into a scandal, but added that he has nothing to be ashamed of or worry about in this case. The notorious meeting was between Tsatsarov and gas tycoon and newspaper publisher Sasho Donchev.
• (DF) Prosecutor General Regrets TZUM Meeting But is Not Ashamed of It
May 21 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov said on Saturday that, as a person, he regrets the controversial TZUM meeting which got him into a scandal, but added that he has nothing to be ashamed of or worry about in this case. The notorious meeting was between Tsatsarov and gas tycoon and newspaper publisher Sasho Donchev.
• (DF) A Record 423 Kg of Heroin Seized at Bulgarian-Romanian Border
May 21 (BTA) - A very large consignment of 423 kg of heroin was seized at the Vidin border checkpoint on the Danube River between Bulgaria and Romania, Customs Agency Director Georgi Kostov told a news briefing on Sunday. This is the largest amount of an illicit drug ever impounded from a vehicle in Bulgaria, Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov noted.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, May 21 (BTA)
• (DF) Lv 401 Mln Out of Sofia's Lv 1,265 Mln Budget Earmarked for Investments, Deputy Mayor Says in BTA Interview
May 20 (BTA) - "The total budget framework of Sofia Municipality for 2017 is 1,265 million leva, of which 401 million are earmarked for investments," the city's Deputy Mayor for Investments, Doncho Barbalov, said in a BTA interview.
• (DF) President Radev Comments on "Nazi Salute" Scandal, Judicial Reform
May 20 (BTA) - "Condemning Nazism has to be an absolute must, this case can best be handled by an apology," Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told journalists here on Saturday. He was asked for comment on a scandal that erupted earlier this week, after Facebook photos of a deputy minister of regional development and public works, Pavel Tenev, and a head of a Defence Ministry directorate, Ivo Antonov, showing them as giving the Nazi salute, went public and caused an outrage.
• (DF) GERB Floor Leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov Meets with UK Human Trafficking Expert Anthony Steen
May 20 (BTA) - GERB Floor Leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov conferred with British Ambassador in Sofia Emma Hopkins and with Anthony Steen, special advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery with the UK House of Commons and Chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, GERB said in a press release on Saturday.
• (DF) Richard Branson: "The Best Investors in a Country Are the People Who Live There"
May 19 (BTA) - "The best investors in a country are the people who live there," British entrepreneur Richard Branson said, replying to a BTA question upon his arrival at Sofia Airport on Friday. Branson is in the Bulgarian capital to give a talk as part of a competition in which a jury selects a business idea out of a pool of projects, submitted in advance, and presents it to Branson.
• (DF) Volya Is Against Concession for Sofia Airport
May 19 (BTA) - The Volya party is opposing the concession award for Sofia Airport, Volya leader Vesselin Mareshki told a news briefing in Parliament on Friday. He said that the deal will be detrimental to the state.
• (DF) Trade Union Describes as "Speculation" to Say that Countries without Minimum Working Wage Have Higher Incomes
May 19 (BTA) - The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) notes it is "a speculation" to say that countries without minimum working wage have higher incomes. On Friday CITUB released a position reacting to recent calls by the business to scrap the minimum wage.
• (DF) BSP Accuses Incumbent of Doing Nothing, Urges Valeri Simeonov's Resignation
May 19 (BTA) - For two months Parliament has not been working efficiently and the Borissov government has no legislation agenda, said BSP floor leader Kornelia Ninova in a declaration read from the rostrum in Parliament on Friday. She said that the MPs had even broken the record for the shortest Parliamentary sitting.
• (DF) Checks Start whether Multinational Companies Offer Inferior-ingredients Foods in Bulgaria
May 19 (BTA) - Sample taking starts on May 22 of some brand foods offered by multinational companies in Bulgaria and in the older member states of the EU, Agriculture and Food Minister Roumen Porozhanov said during Question Time in Parliament Friday, responding to an MP's question.
• (DF) Supreme Cassation Court President Describes Last Constitutional Amendments as Mimicry
May 19 (BTA) - The President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Lozan Panov, described the constitutional amendments passed by the previous Parliament as "mimicry". Panov, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva, and Deputy Prime Minister responsible for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva held a meeting on Friday initiated by Panov.
• (DF) Prosecutor General Tsatsarov Discusses Implementation of CVM Recommendations During Brussels Visit
May 19 (BTA) - Bulgaria has made an impressive progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), said Paraskevi Michou, Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission in charge of Institutional and Administrative Policies, meeting with Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov in Brussels on Thursday.
• (DF) Bulgaria Expects Additional EUR 400 Mln in EU Support for Migration - Interior Minister
May 18 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Zheliyazkov) - Interior Minister Valentin Radev said Bulgaria expects from the EU additional 400 million euro in support for migration over the next ten years. He is in Brussels to attend an EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting.
• (DF) Plovdiv Hosts First Debate on EU Common Agricultural Policy in Next Programming Period
May 18 (BTA) - The first of the series of debates enabling Bulgarian farmers to have the real opportunity to discuss the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over the next programming period was launched Thursday in Plovdiv.
• (DF) Sofia City Hall Adopts Programme for Ambient Air Quality
, May 18 (BTA) - Restrictions may be put in place for movement of vehicles during days when high air pollution is expected, according to the Programme for Ambient Air Quality in Sofia adopted almost unanimously by the Sofia City Hall on Thursday. The programme was developed by experts of the University of Chemical Technologies and Metallurgy in Sofia.
• (DF) Belgian Federal Prosecutor Van Leeuw Discuss Reform of Belgian Prosecution Service
May 18 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov on Thursday met with Belgian Federal Prosecutor Frederic Van Leeuw. Tsatsarov is visiting Brussels at the invitation of his Belgian counterpart.
• (DF) Defence Conference Discusses Problems of Armed Forces
May 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's membership in NATO does not free the country from responsibility to keep its armed forces in combat ability. On the contrary, the NATO member states individually and jointly, call for combat fitter Bulgarian armed forces, Ilia Miloushev, Security and Defence Advisor to President Rumen Radev said, during a scientific conference on "Regional Aspects of Collective Security and Defence" on Thursday.
• (DF) Populist Voting Prevailed in Last Election Campaign - Analysts
May 18, (BTA) - Populist voting prevailed in the last campaign, Transparency International Bulgaria CEO Kalin Slavov told a BTA-hosted news conference Thursday. Slavov added that the main topics around the elections were refugees and social policy, but no one included measures against lobbying in their programme.
• (DF) Startup Companies Will Tap Lv 20 Mln for Innovations
May 18 (BTA) - Startup companies will be able to tap nearly 20 million leva to develop innovations under the Innovation and Competitiveness Programme, the Economy Ministry said. Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov on Thursday handed out the contracts.
• (DF) Volya and BSP Demand Deputy PM Simeonov's Resignation amid Nazi Salute Scandal
May 18 (BTA) - The parliamentary Volya party on Thursday urged United Patriots Co-Chairman and Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov to withdraw from the executive branch of government after his recent statements in connection with an ongoing Nazi salute scandal. The Bulgarian Socialist Party joined Volya's call, with Alexander Simov MP arguing that "Valeri Simeonov has no place in the government."
• (NW) Lone 80-year-old Bulgarian Sailor Completes Round-world Trip
May 18 (BTA) - Eighty-year-old Bulgarian sailor Vasil Kourtev and his yacht "Odessos" were welcomed home on Wednesday after sailing around the world for two years. The "trip" began on August 5, 2015. The sea lion has sailed 26,000 nautical miles. "I had a dream and I achieved it. I am a happy man!" were Kourtev first words when he stepped on firm land in Varna. He was welcomed by relatives, friends and representatives of various institutions.
• (DF) Public Board Says March 26 Elections Were Better Organized than Previous General Elections
May 17 (BTA) - A public board with the Central Election Commission (CEC) believes that the March 26 general elections were better organized than the previous general elections held in 2014, CEC said Wednesday.
• (DF) Deputy Minister Resigns over Nazi Salute Picture
May 17 (BTA) - Deputy Regional Development Minister Pavel Tenev resigned Wednesday after an old photo of him doing the Nazi salute went public and caused an outrage. "I believe that the tension that was created works against the government and I asked to be relieved of office," he said in a statement.
• (NW) PM of Pakistan Congratulates Bulgarian Counterpart on Re-election corrected headline
Sofia, May 17 (BTA) - The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on his re-election as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Embassy of Pakistan said Wednesday. In his message the Pa...
• (NW) PM of Pakistan Congratulates Bulgarian Counterpart on Re-election
May 17 (BTA) - The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on his re-election as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Embassy of Pakistan said Wednesday.
• (DF) Supreme Administrative Court Cancels 2017 Minimum Wage
May 17 (BTA) - The Supreme Administrative Court Wednesday annulled a government ordinance setting the minimum wage for 2017 at 460 leva.
• (NW) PM of Pikistan Congratulates Bulgarian Counterpart on Re-election
Sofia, May 17 (BTA) - The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has sent a message of congratulations to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on his re-election as Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Embassy of Pakistan said Wednesday. In his message the Pa...
• (DF) Disabled Children's Parents Stage Fifth Nationwide Protest
May 17 (BTA) - Parents of disabled children Wednesday staged a fifth nationwide protest, supported by over 20 organizations from more than ten cities.
• (DF) GERB Withdraws Support for Development of Agricultural Land along Black Sea Coast
May 17 (BTA) - GERB is withdrawing its support for the motions to amend the Agricultural Land Protection Act which have triggered both sharp political reactions (from the Bulgarian Socialist Party/ BSP) and protests of various associations and organisations since last week. The decision of the parliamentary group was announced by Agriculture and Food Committee Chair Dessislava Taneva at a Wednesday briefing in the National Assembly.
• (DF) Parliament Adopts BTA's Annual Report
May 17 (BTA) - The National Assembly on Wednesday adopted the annual report on the operation and the finances of the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) in 2016.
• (DF) NATO Secretary General Receives Bulgarian Foreign Minister
May 17 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva was received by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the organization's headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday evening for the first time since the minister's appointment.
• (DF) Prosecution Authority Finds Allegations of Supreme Cassation Court President Inadmissible
May 16 (BTA) - "While we do not contest the right of Supreme Court of Cassation President Lozan Panov to make requests to State institutions, including to the Head of State, we find his allegations of bias in the work of the prosecution authority as inadmissible and unacceptable," reads a position of the Prosecution Office, submitted to the media.
• (DF) Foreign Minister Zaharieva Confers with EU Council President Tusk
May 16 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred here with European Council President Donald Tusk, who congratulated her and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on their elections. The EU Council President voiced confidence that he will continue working with Borissov's Government as he has done in the past, describing the Bulgarian Prime Minister as a stable and predictable partner, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
• (DF) EC President Proposes that Mariya Gabriel Take Over Digital Economy Portfolio
May 16 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday interviewed Mariya Gabriel, the candidate proposed by the Bulgarian government as European Commissioner to replace former member of the Commission Kristalina Georgieva. The interview was held at the European Parliament offices in Strasbourg.
• (DF) Defence Minister Karakachanov Visits 68th Special Forces Brigade
May 16 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Krassimir Karakachanov and Deputy Chief of Defence Major General Plamen Atanasov visited here on Tuesday the 68th Special Forces Brigade. The two observed combat training of the special operations forces and acquainted themselves with the training facilities.
• (DF) Unfair Commercial Practices Exceed 72% - Consumer Rights Association
May 16 (BTA) - Experts from the National Consumer Protection Association (NCPA) have established over the past two weeks that unfair commercial practices on the market exceed 72 per cent, the NCPA said Tuesday.
• (DF) President Radev Convenes Consultative Council on National Security on May 30
May 16 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev will convene the Consultative Council on National Security on May 30, the president's press secretariat said on Tuesday. The meeting will discuss the risks and threats to national security and measures to boost it.
• (DF) Permanent Undersecretary of Defence Vasilev Dismissed
May 16 (BTA) - The Permanent Undersecretary of Defence, Rumen Vasilev, was dismissed on Monday on the Defence Minister's orders, the Defence Ministry told BTA Tuesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria Hosts European Network of Ombudspeople for Children Forum
May 16 (BTA) - Ombudsman Maya Manolova Tuesday opened a meeting of the European Network of Ombudspeople for Children (ENOC). For three days Bulgaria will host the forum, which was organized in partnership between her institution, ENOC and UNICEF. Representatives of ombudspeople from 17 countries will participate in the event.
• (DF) Bulgaria Has Partially Implemented Recommendations by European Commission against Racism and Intolerance
May 16 (BTA) - Council of Europe's anti-racism commission (ECRI) on Tuesday published its conclusions on the implementation by Bulgaria of priority recommendations, set out in 2014.
• (DF) Water in Six Villages in Dimitrovgrad Municipality Has Elevated Alpha Radiation
May 16 (BTA) - Elevated alpha radiation has been detected in the drinking water in six villages in Dimitrovgrad Municipality, said Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kounchev in Haskovo on Monday. He was participating in an open meeting with representatives of an ad hoc parliamentary committee, mayors and experts to establish potential and specific cases of water contamination, their causes and the consequences for the health of the public.
• (DF) Two Professors at Plovdiv's University of Food Technologies Detained for Bribe Solicitation
May 16 (BTA) - Two professors from the University of Food Technologies were detained on Monday on suspicions of soliciting bribes from students.
• (DF) 50 Kg of Drugs Seized in 48 Hours
May 15 (BTA) - Customs officers have intercepted two attempts at drug smuggling at the Bulgarian-Turkish border over the past 48 hours.
• (DF) Unemployment Registered at 6.9% in First Quarter of 2017
May 15 (BTA) - Bulgaria had 224,400 unemployed people in the first quarter of 2017, putting the unemployment rate at 6.9 per cent, the National Statistical Institute reported on Monday.
• (DF) Forum Marks 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Bulgaria and Azerbaijan
May 15 (BTA) - A conference on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Bulgaria's diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan, held at Europe House in Sofia, highlighted the two countries' prospects for bilateral partnership and multilateral cooperation. The event was organized by the Diplomatic Institute under the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Azerbaijan's Embassy in Sofia, and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.

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