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• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 22 (BTA)
• (NW) Experts, Institutions Warn about Dying Forests in Rhodope Mountains
July 21 (BTA) - The forests in Bulgaria's Rhodope Mountains are dying, warn institutions and scientists. Urgent measures are being taken to address the problem, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry said Friday.
• (DF) Chief of Defence Lt. General Botsev Discusses Bilateral Military Cooperation with Italian, Georgian Counterparts
July 21 (BTA) - The Chief of Defence, Lt. General Andrei Botsev, Friday met with the Italian Chief of Defence Staff of the Italian Armed Forces, Claudio Graziano, and the Georgian Chief of General Staff, Major General Vladimir Chachibaya. Botsev expressed satisfaction with the excellent way in which the troops of the three countries demonstrated their training in the Saber Guardian 17 multinational exercise.
• (DF) Court Case of European Commission vs Bulgaria Ends with Ban on Further Construction in Kaliakra Area
July 21 (BTA) - An EU court case of the European Commission versus Bulgaria ended with a ban on further construction activity in the Kaliakra area on the Bulgarian seacoast, the Environment and Water Ministry reported on Friday. The case had been opened in connection with the building of wind turbines in a protected area.
• (DF) Security Council Holds First Meeting under New Government
July 21 (BTA) - A Security Council under the Council of Ministers held its first meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, on Friday. It adopted the rules according to which meetings will be held, a report about the Council's activities for 2016 was presented and an action plan for 2017.
• (DF) UN Environmental Report Says Bulgaria Has Reduced Household Waste, Air Pollution Considerably
July 21 (BTA) - Bulgaria has reduced household waste generation considerably in recent years, the Ministry of Environment and Water said, quoting a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) report. This is the Third Environmental Performance Review of Bulgaria covering the period 2007-2015. The aim was to assess the performance following the second review in 1999-2000.
• (DF) Prime Minister Tells EC Vice President that Cybercrime Requires More Attention
July 21 (BTA) - The European Commission could pay more attention to the fight against cyber threats and cybercrime, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, who is in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness in the Commission. Borissov added that this would be good for the security of all EU member states, considering the rapid development of technology.
• (DF) Prosecutor General Tsatsarov Moves to Lift Immunity of GERB MP
July 21 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has moved to lift the immunity of GERB MP Zhivko Martinov.
• (DF) BNB Amends Ordinance on Licences, Approvals and Permissions
July 21 (BTA) - The Governing Council of the Bulgarian National Bank has supplemented and amended an ordinance on the licences, approvals and permissions issued by the bank under the Credit Institutions Act.
• (DF) No Reports about Injured Bulgarians in Earthquake That Hit Turkey and Greece
July 21 (BTA) - There are no reports about injured Bulgarians in a 6.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Greece and Turkey in the early hours of Friday, said the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.
• (DF) Bulgaria Asks for EU Assistance with Courts' Structural Reform
July 21 (BTA) - In a June 21 letter, Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform Ekaterina Zaharieva and Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva asked the EC's Structural Reform Support Service for assistance in support of the structural reform of Bulgarian courts, the Justice Ministry said.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 21 (BTA)
• (DF) European Investment Bank Marks 25 Years of Providing Financial Support to Bulgaria
July 20 (BTA) - The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group on Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of its first loan in Bulgaria and reconfirmed its commitment to supporting the country's economy via loans, the provision of advisory services, and through blending of its resources with EU grants, the Bank said in a press release.
• (DF) Government Has Asked EC to Conduct Analysis on Bulgarian Courts
July 20 (BTA) - Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) President Lozan Panov confirmed on Thursday Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov's statement that the Government has asked the European Commission (EC) to conduct an analysis on the structure of Bulgarian courts.
• (DF) Trade Unions Say Scrapping of Seniority Bonus Not Highly Relevant
July 20 (BTA) - Plamen Dimitrov, President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), told reporters that scrapping the seniority bonus is not highly relevant right now, unlike low incomes and pensions, labour shortages, education and health care reforms.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Estonia, Austria Sign Gender Equality Declaration
July 20 (BTA) - Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov participated in an informal meeting of the EU's employment, social policy and health ministers in the Estonian capital on Wednesday.
• (DF) Breweries Post Sales of Lv 500 Mln for 2016
July 20 (BTA) - Bulgarian brewers have seen steady growth, with sales reaching 500 million leva in 2016. The Union of Brewers in Bulgaria (UBB) accounted for 467 million leva of them. The Union, which celebrates the Day of the Prophet Elijah, July 20, as its professional holiday, says that beer is becoming increasingly popular in Bulgaria, as is evident from both national and EU data.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 20 (BTA) -
• (DF) Corpbank Siphoning Off Goes to Court
July 20 (BTA) - An indictment for the siphoning off of Commercial Corporate Bank (Corpbank) was presented to the Sofia City Court on Thursday. Corpbank's former majority shareholder Tzvetan Vassilev has been charged on 76 counts, including leading a crime group and very serious embezzlement. He has been hiding from Bulgarian justice in Serbia since 2014.
• (DF) Justice Minister Tsacheva: EC's Goals for Bulgaria Are Attainable
July 19 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Bulgaria's Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva commented that the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) depends on Bulgaria's track record in implementing the European Commission's recommendations.
• (DF) Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian Gas Companies Sign Memorandum Related to Vertical Gas Corridor
July 19 (BTA) - Representatives of gas companies Bulgartransgaz EAD (Bulgaria), ICBG AD (Bulgaria), DESFA S.A. (Greece), FGSZ Ltd. (Hungary) and SNTGN TRANSGAZ S.A. (Romania) signed a memorandum of understanding about a project for implementation of the Vertical Gas Corridor. The document was signed Wednesday at a joint meeting in Bucharest, the Energy Ministry told BTA.
• (DF) Municipal Eco-Fund Has LV 1.3 Mln for Purchase of Electric Cars
July 19 (BTA) - The National Trust EcoFund has announced a third call for projects for purchase of electric cars for a total of 1.3 million leva, Environment Minister Neno Dimov told a news briefing Wednesday. The new scheme aims to encourage the use of electric cars for the needs of municipal and state institutions.
• (DF) President Radev: CETA's Ratification by Parliament Must Be Done with Maximum Consensus
July 19 (BTA) - Speaking to journalists here on Wednesday, President Rumen Radev said that having the most accurate information about the EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is of vital importance, while its ratification by Bulgaria's Parliament must be done with maximum consensus. Radev attended the closing stage of the Breeze 2017 international naval exercise.
• (DF) PM Borissov Meets with Bulgarian Ambassadors, Stresses Importance of Connectivity in Balkans
July 19 (BTA) - The Presidency of the Council of the EU is a type of coordination between the 27 Member States and a process that must delve into the problems each one of them has. The EU Presidency is not governing the EU, but offers chances, especially concerning the priorities of the Balkans in this case, which have been on the agenda for years, said here on Wednesday Prime Minister Boyko Borissov during the opening of the traditional annual meeting with Bulgarian ambassadors.
• (DF) Former NDK Director Charged with Misspending Money for Preparation of EU Council Presidency
July 19 (BTA) - The former executive director of the NDK convention centre, Miroslav Borshosh, has been charged with misspending 1.7 million leva of NDK money. Speaking to the press on his way out of the Sofia Investigative Service, he said that the investigator refused to show him the evidence they had collected.
• (DF) Brussels Hails Progress towards Signing of Bulgaria-Macedonia Good-Neighbourliness Treaty
July 19 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Ranking EU officials hailed the progress towards signing a good-neighbourliness treaty between Bulgaria and Macedonia after the Parliament in Skopje opened debates on the draft treaty.
• (DF) Parliament Votes in Principle to Restrict Foreign Funding for Organizations of Judges, Prosecutors, Investigators and Court Clerks
July 19 (BTA) - On 116-6 votes with 52 abstentions, on Wednesday the legislature voted in principle controversial revisions to the Judicial System Act which ban foreign financing for professional organizations of judges, prosecutors, investigators and court clerks. The revisions were proposed by MPs of GERB and the United Patriots and triggered an outlash in the non-government sector.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 19 (BTA)
• (NW) Air Traffic Control Registers Record-high Number of Flights at Bourgas Airport
July 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority (BULATSA) registered a record-high number of flights at Bourgas Airport on Saturday. The local air traffic controllers have safely serviced 272 flights in just one day, which has set a record for Bulgarian airports, BULATSA said on Tuesday.
• (DF) Deputy PM Simeonov Presents Bulgaria to Chinese Investors, Representatives at Investment Forum
July 18 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov took part in the China Investment Forum, held in the 16+1 format in the Czech capital, and presented Bulgaria's advantages to a delegation of investors and representatives of institutions from China. The forum serves as a meeting point for Central and Eastern European countries and China, which aims to enhance and create more dynamic dialogue and develop trade and economic relations between the two regions, Simeonov's office reported on Tuesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria Running Late with Armed Forces Modernization - President Radev
July 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria is definitely running late with the modernization of its armed forces, especially compared to its allies in the region, said here on Tuesday President Rumen Radev during the Shabla 2017 international military exercise.
• (DF) SANS Chairman: No Data on Bulgarians Present in Middle East Conflict Zone
July 18 (BTA) - Dimiter Georgiev, Chairman of the State Agency for National Security (SANS), said there were no data on Bulgarians present in the Middle East conflict zone. On Monday, Turkey published a list including 77 Bulgarians banned from entering that country. It is part of an Interior Ministry report on Ankara's fight against ISIS.
• (DF) PM Borissov Has Telephone Conversation with Qatari Counterpart Abdullah
July 18 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had a telephone conversation with his Qatari counterpart Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in connection with the diplomatic crisis that has emerged between some Arab states and Qatar, Cabinet's Press Service reported Tuesday.
• (DF) President Petitions Constitutional Court about CETA
July 18 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev asked the Constitutional Court to interpret provisions in the Bulgarian Constitution in connection with the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the President's press secretariat reported on Tuesday.
• (DF) Finance Ministry Reopens 10.5-Year Government Bonds Issue
July 18 (BTA) - The Finance Ministry has reopened an issue of 10.5-year lev-denominated government securities maturing July 25, 2027, the Ministry said on Tuesday. Government securities worth 89.5 million leva were placed at an auction held on July 17, at a weighted average yield of 1.63 per cent
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 18 (BTA)
• (DF) Airplane Goes off Runway at Bourgas Airport
July 18 (BTA) - An airplane operated by Travel Service and flying in from Brno, the Czech Republic went off the side of the runway after landing at the airport in the Bulgarian seaside city of Bourgas.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Hungary to Advance Energy Cooperation
July 17 (BTA) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for judicial reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred with Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto in Brussels on Monday, Zaharieva's ministry said.
• (NW) South African Embassy to Mark Nelson Mandela Day with 67 Minutes of Community Service
July 17 (BTA) - The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa issued a press release on Monday, saying that it will again celebrate International Mandela Day by undertaking 67 minutes of community service on the former President's birthday, 18 July.
• (DF) Bulgarian-Swiss Trade on the Rise
July 17 (BTA) - Swiss imports from Bulgaria and Romania increased tenfold, while exports to the two countries tripled in the last ten years, the Swiss Federal Customs Administration said in an analysis on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the two countries' accession to the EU. It was quoted by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency.
• (DF) General Labour Inspectorate to Promote Decent Work under EEA & Norway Grants Project
July 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria's General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency said on Monday it will be implementing a project to promote decent work under EEA and Norway Grants' Bilateral National Fund. The project will be worth 84,000 euro and is set for completion by March 31, 2018.
• (DF) Borissov Talks with Romanian Counterpart Tudose
July 17 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose to congratulate him on his election, the government information service said on Monday. The two government leaders discussed possible ways of cooperation under the EU's strategies for the Danube Region and the Black Sea, which are high on the agenda of Bulgaria EU Council Presidency.
• (DF) Tennis: Grigor Dimitrov Back at No. 10 in ATP Ranking
July 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria's top tennis player is back at No. 10 of the ATP Ranking with 3160 points after making it to the fourth round at Wimbledon 2017 last week.
• (DF) Monument to Vassil Levski to Be Put Up in Canada
July 17 (BTA) - A groundbreaking ceremony for a monument to Vassil Levski took place near the Eastern Orthodox church in Brampton, Canada, on July 16, the Bulgarian Consulate General in Toronto said. The monument is dedicated to the 180th birth anniversary of the revolutionary who organized the struggle against Ottoman rule. The initiative came from Bulgaria's Honorary Consul in Mississauga, Ignat Kaneff, and the board of trustees of the St Dimiter Church in Brampton, with support from the Consulate General. Bulgaria is marking the anniversary on July 18.
• (DF) Sofia Airport Posts 37% Increase in Passengers in June YoY
July 17 (BTA) - Sofia Airport has posted a 37.2 per cent year-on-year increase in passengers in June as part of a steady upward trend in recent months, its press office said.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 17 (BTA)
• (DF) Food Wholesale Market Index Reflects Further Seasonal Drop in Fruit and Vegetable Prices
uly 16 (BTA) - The food wholesale market index has dropped by 2.9 percentage points since early July to 1.310 points, Bulgaria's State Commission on Commodity Exchanges and Wholesale Markets reported.
• (DF) Fifteen Illegal Migrants Arrested in Attempted Entry in Bulgaria
July 16 (BTA) - Fifteen illegal migrants were arrested by border police at the southern town of Svilengrad on Sunday morning, the Interior Ministry said.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 16 (BTA) -
• (DF) Bulgaria Puts Off Toll System Start for 2019
July 15 (BTA) - The development of a toll tax system in Bulgaria has been put off for 2019. This emerged from remarks by Regional Development Minister Nikolai Nankov on Nova TV on Saturday. "In the beginning of 2019 Bulgaria should have the resources to develop such a system," he said.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 15 (BTA) -
• (DF) Deputy PM Zaharieva Meets with Representatives of Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Bulgaria
July 14 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva Friday met with representatives of the foreign chambers of commerce in Bulgaria, her Ministry said. Zaharieva thanked the foreign chambers of commerce for supporting the government's will for judicial reform. "We have always sought the public's opinion on our proposals and I believe the business community will continue helping us in this," she said.
• (DF) Turkish Ambassador Gokce Speaks Out on Coup Attempt Anniversary
July 14 (BTA) - Addressing a news conference here on Friday, Turkish Ambassador Suleyman Gokce said that his country is trying to achieve the right balance between freedoms and the need for security. The news conference marked the first anniversary of the failed coup in Turkey.
• (DF) PM Borissov: "We Must Not Allow Europe at Two or More Speeds, or Loss of Cohesion Policy"
July 14 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov addressed Parliament Friday during Question Time answering a question on the White Paper on the future of Europe. "We must not allow a Europe at two or more speeds, or loss of the cohesion [policy]," said he. During the ensuing debate, the Socialists asked the government to prepare until the end of September an impact assessment for all five scenarios in the White Paper put forward by Jean-Claude Junker.
• (DF) Medical Association Criticize Health Insurance Fund over 2016 Budget Surplus
July 14 (BTA) - In a statement on Friday, the Bulgarian Medical Association (BMA) said that the 1.6 million leva surplus in the 2016 budget of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is "an outrage against the health of Bulgarians".
• (DF) Socialists Slam Rejection of Legal Amendment Aiming to Improve Low Pay Levels for Researchers, University Professors
July 14 (BTA) - In a strong-worded declaration Friday, the parliamentary group of the Bulgarian Socialist Party called for measures to address the problem with the low pay for researchers and professors in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Agricultural Academy and the higher schools. "It is mainly due to the low pay and inadequate conditions for research that Bulgarian researchers leave this country in large numbers and leave entire research areas lacking of human resources," MP Anelia Klissarova told the plenary on behalf of her group.
• (DF) UK Minister of State Alan Duncan Visits Sofia
July 14 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met here Friday with Sir Alan Duncan, the visiting UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in charge of Europe and America. The two sides agreed that Bulgaria and the UK have fine bilateral relations which were proven through the years, and Britain's divorce with the EU is not going to disturb the partnership between the two countries and peoples, said the government press office.
• (DF) PM Borissov Meets with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
July 14 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov Friday met with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, the government information service said. The European Parliament backed Gabriel's appointment as EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society on July 4.
• (DF) New Monument of Levski Unveiled in Sofia
July 14 (BTA) - A new monument to Bulgarian National Revival hero and freedom fighter Vassil Levski was unveiled in the park of the Georgi Rakovski Military Academy Friday. President Roumen Radev made the inaugural remarks. This year Bulgaria celebrates the 180th anniversary of Levski's birth.
• (DF) Head of Sofia Regional Food Safety Directorate Charged with Official Malfeasance and Coercion
July 14 (BTA) -The Director of the Sofia Regional Food Safety Directorate (Sofia RFSD), Dr. Anton Genov, has been charged with official malfeasance and coercion, the prosecution service said Friday.
• (PE) Press Review
Sofia, July 14 (BTA)
• (DF) UK Minister of State Alan Duncan Visits Sofia
July 14 (BTA) - Meeting with Sir Alan Duncan, the visiting UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in charge of Europe and America here on Friday, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria relies on the UK to remain an important partner in the counter-terrorism efforts, in security and trade. "You are leaving the European Union, not Europe," Zaharieva told the guest as quoted by her Ministry.
• (DF) Italy Offers to Help Bulgaria Fight Corruption, Organized Crime
July 13 (BTA special correspondent Lora Metanova) - Italy in ready to support Bulgaria in the fight against organized crime and corruption. This transpired from remarks by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for the press as he emerged from a meeting with Italian counterpart Sergio Mattarella Thursday. Radev is on a one-day visit to Italy at Mattarella's invitation.
• (DF) European Commission Urges Bulgaria to Improve Waste Water Collection and Treatment
July 13 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission Thursday called on Bulgaria and Cyprus to ensure that urban waste water is adequately collected and treated in 96 and 41 agglomerations respectively, on their territory.
• (DF) EC Seeks Information about Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning Directive by Bulgaria
July 13 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission announced on Thursday it has sent reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland and Greece over the lack of notification about the full transposition of the EU Maritime Spatial Planning Directive in national laws.
• (DF) Brussels Wants Sofia to Transpose New Transparency Rules for Exchange of Tax Rulings
July 13 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission has decided to send reasoned opinions to Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal as these EU member states have failed to communicate the transposition of new measures on the automatic exchange of tax rulings between EU tax authorities.
• (DF) European Commission Urges Bulgaria to Implement Directive on Antitrust Damages Action
July 13 (BTA) - The European Commission has urged Bulgaria to fully implement the Directive on antitrust damages actions (Directive 2014/104/EU) into national law. An identical request is addressed to Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Greece, Latvia, Malta and Portugal, the Commission said Thursday.
• (DF) Volya Leader Mareshki Charged over Unfair Trade Practices
July 13 (BTA) - Bulgarian National Assembly Deputy Chairman and Volya leader Vesselin Mareshki told the media on Thursday that he has been charged with unfair trade practices, aggressive leaflet distribution and attempted coercion. He has been released on his own recognizance.
• (DF) Statistical Institute Reports 0.5% Deflation in June
July 13 (BTA) - The National Statistical Institute reported on Thursday a 0.5 per cent deflation in June of 2017, compared to May.
• (DF) Foreign Ministry Notified about Altercation in Croatia between Bulgarian and Local Football Fans
July 13 (BTA) - In the early hours of Thursday, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has been notified by the Executive Director of the Levski Sofia football club about an altercation between Levski fans and fans of the Hajduk Split football club in the Croatian city of Zadar, as a result of which a car belonging to the Bulgarian fans was set ablaze, the Foreign Ministry reported.
• (DF) Parliament: Police Officers Will Receive Funds for Uniforms for 2011 to 2015
July 13 (BTA) - Police officers who were entitled to receive uniforms but have not will receive the equivalent in leva, Parliament decided passing at second reading revisions to the Interior Ministry Act Thursday.
• (DF) PM Borissov: Bulgaria Will Remain Strongly Committed During Its EU Presidency to Western Balkan Countries' EU Membership Preparation
July 13 (BTA) - The Western Balkan countries' preparation for joining the EU will be one of the priorities during the upcoming Bulgarian EU Presidency next year, said in Trieste on Wednesday Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in front of leaders of the so called Berlin Process, who are holding their fourth Western Balkan Summit in the Italain city, as quoted by the Government Information Service late on Wednesday.
• (DF) Bulgaria, US Discuss Energy Cooperation, Rally Behind Safeguarding Energy Security in Region
July 12 (BTA) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova conferred here on Wednesday with Mary Warlick, Acting Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the US Department of State, the Government Information Service said.
• (DF) Government Turns Down Socialists' Request for Be Granted Right of Use to Bouzloudja Monument
July 12 (BTA) - The Council of Ministers Wednesday voted, 12-7, to reject a request of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) to transfer to it gratuitously a right to use a communist-era monument at Bouzloudja Peak for a period of ten years, the Government Information Service said on Wednesday.
• (DF) Day Two of President Radev's Official Visit to Montenegro
July 12 (BTA Special Correspondent Lora Metanova) - Bulgaria is attractive to Montenegrins as a tourist destination, particularly in terms of winter and mountain sports, President Rumen Radev told journalists Wednesday. Radev is paying a visit to Montenegro at the invitation of his counterpart Filip Vujanovic.
• (DF) Trade Union Proposes Measures to Boost Incomes and Make Social Assistance More Accessible
July 12 (BTA) - The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) insists that the maximum monthly pension in the country should be increased to 1,000 leva in 2018 from the current 910 leva, CITUB Executive Secretary Assya Goneva told a seminar for journalists in Belchin on July 11.
• (DF) Employment Agency Opens Two New Job Promotion Schemes
July 12 (BTA) - The Employment Agency said on Wednesday it has opened two new schemes for employment of vulnerable groups. Employers may submit applications between July 13 and 21.
• (DF) Trade Union Proposes Measures to Boost Incomes and Make Social Assistance More Accessible
July 12 (BTA) - The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) insists that the maximum monthly pension in the country should be increased to 1,000 leva in 2018 from the current 910 leva, CITUB Executive Secretary Assya Goneva told a seminar for journalists in Belchin on July 11. The proposed rise of the cap on pensions is estimated to cost between 42 million and 45 million leva annually. The current limit of 910 leva per month prevents 45,500 pensioners from receiving the income they have actually earned.
• (DF) Prosecution Charges Socialist MP Manol Genov with Vote Buying
July 12 (BTA) - The prosecution has charged Bulgarian Socialist party MP Manol Genov with vote buying. According to the prosecution, he paid between 20 and 25 leva per vote in the last parliamentary elections. The scheme included a prisoner in a correctional dormitory in the southern city of Plovdiv. He carried a phone by which he communicated with the MP, Prosecutor General Spokesperson Roumyana Arnaudova explained.
• (DF) No Bulgarians Injured in Rocket Fire at Kandahar Airport
July 12 (BTA) - No Bulgarian servicepersons were injured when Kandahar Airport in Afghanistan came under rocket fire at 10:01 p.m. local time (8:31 p.m. Bulgarian time) on July 11, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry reported. LI/VE
• (DF) President Radev Pays Visit to Montenegro, Confers with Counterpart Vujanovic
July 11 (BTA special correspondent Lora Metanova) - President Rumen Radev arrived Tuesday to Montenegro on a two-day visit at the invitation of the country's President Filip Vujanovic. Speaking at a news conference after meeting with Vujanovic at the Presidential palace in Cetinje, Radev said that the Western Balkan countries EU and NATO membership is the most important prerequisite for stability, security and economic development in the region.
• (DF) Foreign Minister Zaharieva: Radicalization Should Be Battled by Education, Economic Prospects for Young People
July 11 (BTA) - Education and upbringing are among the most important steps against the radicalization of young people, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said Tuesday. She also mentioned the help of civic society in creating an atmosphere of confidence and dialogue, which is important for the various governments. Zaharieva was speaking at a round table of the Informal Ministerial Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) titled "The fight against violent extremism and radicalisation leading to terrorism" in the Austrian town of Mayerbach, the Foreign Ministry said.
• (DF) Bulgaria, Serbia to Cooperate in Achieving Energy Security in Region
July 11 (BTA) - Bulgaria and Serbia will cooperate in achieving energy security in the region, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova and her Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Antic agreed, Petkova's Ministry reported Tuesday.
• (DF) Labour and Social Policy Ministry Proposes to Unions, Employers to Negotiate on Three Options for Minimum Wage for 2018
July 11 (BTA) - The Labour and Social Policy Ministry suggests three options for a minimum monthly wage for 2018 as a basis of negotiations between trade unions and employers: 509 leva, 492 leva, and 528 leva, Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) Chief Economist Lyuben Tomev said at a seminar for journalists here on Tuesday.
• (DF) Bulgarian EU Presidency Minister Pavlova: No Risk for Bulgaria Losing Presidency
July 11 (BTA) - There is no risk for Bulgaria to lose its upcoming EU Presidency, said Minister for the Bulgarian EU Presidency in 2018 Liliyana Pavlova here on Tuesday, adding that such information in the media is fake news. She commented before journalists the recently circulated information in the media that there are demands among MEPs from various countries to have Bulgaria's EU Presidency withdrawn.
• (DF) Deposit Insurance Fund Effects Lv 30 Mln Partial Early Repayment on Lv 2,000 Mln Loan from Central-Government Budget
July 11 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Deposit Insurance Fund (BDIF) has effected a partial early repayment amounting to 30 million leva on the loan extended by the central-government budget to repay the guaranteed deposits with the failed Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank), the Fund said in a press release.
• (DF) BDZ Completes Repayment of Lv 40 Mln Debt to EUROFIMA
July 11 (BTA) - By remitting 13.650 million leva, Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) has completed the repayment of its 40 million leva debt to the European Company for the Financing of Railroad Rolling Stock (EUROFIMA), the rail operator said in a press release.
• (DF) January-May 2017 Sees 15.7 Per Cent Growth of Exports from Bulgaria, Year on Year
July 11 (BTA) - The value of all goods exported to Bulgaria (to third countries and the EU) amounted to 20,522.5 million leva in the January-May 2017 period, increasing by 15.7 per cent from the like period of 2016. During the same five-month period of 2017, imports in Bulgaria from all countries totalled 23,558.2 million leva (at CIF prices), up 20.1 per cent year on year, the National Statistical Institute reported.
• (DF) Interior Minister Radev Expects New Surveillance Software to Contribute to Security
July 10 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Interior Minister Valentin Radev voiced here on Monday his Ministry's expectations that it will counter terrorism better with the newly acquired surveillance software for work with electronic devices. Radev commented the topic before Bulgarian journalists in the European Parliament.
• (DF) Cooperation between Bulgaria, Greece Promotes Diversification of Natural Gas Supplies in Southeastern Europe
July 10 (BTA) - The diversification of routes and sources for natural gas supplies in Southeastern Europe has become possible thanks to the excellent cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece. Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova and Greek Minister of Energy and Environment Giorgos Stathakis rallied around the idea during a meeting here on Monday.
• (DF) President Radev: Government Wants to Drag Out Rearmament Projects
July 10 (BTA) - Speaking to the media on Monday, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said the government is shying away from implementing the projects for the upgrade of the armed forces and is trying to drag them out instead.
• (DF) Public Financial Inspection Agency Presents Q2 Report
July 10 (BTA) - The financial inspectors of the Public Financial Inspection Agency (PFIA) have checked 237 public procurements worth 300,508,036 leva in the second quarter of 2017. They have established 45 cases in which public procurement procedures were not held or were unfounded. These are worth 5,142,006 leva. Damages to the tune of 386,050 leva have been established, 353,852 of which were repaid during the probes.
• (DF) EC Awards Additional EUR 1.22 Mln to Help Improve Conditions for Refugees in Bulgaria
July 10 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The European Commission (EC) has awarded an additional 1.22 million euro in emergency assistance to support UNHCR's activities in Bulgaria to help improve reception conditions and the protection environment of asylum seekers and refugees, the Commission said Monday.
• (DF) Bulgarian Industrial Association Calls for Withdrawal of Administrative Procedure Code Amendments
July 10 (BTA) - In a statement on Monday the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) urged for the withdrawal of a bill to amend the Administrative Procedure Code and then for putting it up for public discussion. The statement has been sent to National Assembly Chairman Dimiter Glavchev and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
• (DF) Prosecutor General: Tension in Assenovgrad Result of Long-tolerated Feeling of Impunity
July 10 (BTA) - The tension in the southern town of Assenovgrad is not ethnic, but it is convenient to present it as such, said here on Monday Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov. His personal view is that the tension is the result of a long-tolerated feeling of impunity. This perception of impunity is not only the result of committed crimes that go unpunished, but continues across Bulgarian towns and villages, where illegal construction and a number of administrative violations in Roma neighbourhoods are being tolerated and viewed more condescendingly, Tsatsarov said. He is in Bourgas to attend a conference of the Supreme Judicial Council.
• (DF) PM Borissov Attends 22nd Petroleum Forum In Istanbul
July 10 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is attending on Monday the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul, mottoed "Bridges to Our Energy Future". The 5,000-plus delegates from around the world are discussing all aspects of the oil industry, including its social, economic and environmental impact.
• (NW) Beech Forests in Central Balkan Range National Park Included in UNESCO Primeval Beech Forests List
July 10 (BTA) - At its 41st Session in Krakow, Poland, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee Inscribed the Central Balkan Range National Park on UNESCO's World Heritage List under the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe item. It also approved the extension of the World Heritage site of the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany, which now stretches over 12 countries: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, the Ministry of Environment and Water said.
• (DF) Sofia Hosts Defence, Aeorospace Industry and Research Conference
July 10 (BTA) - A conference on Defence and Aerospace Industry and Research under the auspices of President Roumen Radev opened Monday in Sofia. The event was opened by the President who expressed hope that the conference will contribute to Bulgaria's integration in leading European projects in the field of security and defence.
• (DF) Bulgaria Wins Three Titles at Varna Under-21 Karate Tournament
July 9 (BTA) - Bulgaria won three titles and a total of 18 medals at the KWU Varna Cup 2017, an international kyokushin karate tournament for cadets (ages 18 to 21) held in the Kamchia resort on Friday.
• (DF) Prime Minister Borissov to Attend World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul
July 9 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will be in Istanbul on July 10 to attend the 22nd World Petroleum Congress. Borissov has been invited to the event by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Bulgarian government press service reported on Sunday.

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