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24 April 2014, Issue 3906
Bulgaria's Daily Newspaper since 2001
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Atanas Paparizov Elected Head of Bulgaria's Permanent Mission to WTO
The government has elected Atanas Paparizov head of Bulgaria's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO). read
RETAIL CHAINS CONTRIBUTED BGN 1 B IN VAT TO BULGARIA'S BUDGET
The entry of the modern retail chains in Bulgaria brought mostly benefits to the country's economy, shows a survey of the Institute for Market Economy (IME).
BULGARIA'S DEBT WAS EU'S SECOND-LOWEST IN 2013
The debt of Bulgaria amounted to BGN 14.733 B last year, as the latest statistics show.
The account deficit in 2013 was BGN 1.178 B, or 1.5% of the country's economy, according to data by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) cited by Expert.bg and confirmed by Eurostat. read more
GREECE TO REQUEST APPROVAL FOR CORPORATE TAX CUTS
The Greek government is to ask the Eurozone whether it could introduce a gradual decrease of corporate taxes, with the request due to be made on next euro area meeting on May 5.
Greece's forthcoming taxation proposal was among measures envisaged in a deal between the ruling center-left PASOK and center-right New Democracy that outlines measures to promote economic growth, Kathimerini has revealed. read more
POSSIBLE GAS RESERVES AT BULGARIA'S KHAN ASPARUH BLOCK AT 100 BCM
OMV Spokesperson Robert Lechner has confirmed potential hydrocarbon accumulations in the Khan Asparuh exploration block in Bulgaria's Black Sea.
In an interview for Pressa daily, he confirmed that there was potential for finding hydrocarbon accumulations in the Khan Asparuh block, adding that it was too early to come up with a conclusive statement on the matter. read more
BULGARIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER PLEDGES TO IMPLEMENT SOUTH STREAM PROJECT
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has pledged that Bulgaria will do everything within its power to implement the South Stream project.
EX BULGARIAN PRESIDENT: BULGARIA MUST OPPOSE SOUTH STREAM SUSPENSION
Bulgaria's official stance on the South Stream gas pipeline project has to oppose its suspension, according to former two-term Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
Speaking during a Wednesday visit to Blagoevgrad, he criticized the activities of the socialist-led coalition government and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev, stressing that it had been Stoynev who had offered EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger to take charge of the negotiations for the project. read more
APARTMENT PRICES IN BULGARIA ON THE RISE AFTER 1.5 YEARS' DROP
After 1.5 years of drop, prices of residential property in Bulgaria posted an increase in Q1 2014, shows data of the National Statistics Institute (NSI).
ATANAS PAPARIZOV ELECTED HEAD OF BULGARIA'S PERMANENT MISSION TO WTO
The government has elected Atanas Paparizov head of Bulgaria's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Bulgaria's Permanent Mission to the WTO was established in 1996 within the framework of of Permanent Mission of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. read more
HAMAS, FATAH 'TO FORM UNITY GOVERNMENT'
Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a reconciliation deal, after claiming to represent Palestine as rivals since 2007.
The two movements' representatives announced attempts to form a unity government would be formed in the coming weeks. read more
US INCREASES MILITARY PRESENCE IN CEE, BLACK SEA
The USA will send around 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic States for infantry exercises, said the Pentagon.
FINLAND TO SIGN MEMORANDUM ON NATO ASSISTANCE
Finland is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with NATO, under which it will be able to receive assistance from foreign forces.
The country's Defense Minister Carl Haglund was however ruled out that it could join the alliance. read more
15 PARTIES, 6 COALITIONS, 6 INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES RUN IN EU ELECTIONS
15 political parties, 6 coalitions and 6 independent candidates submitted documents for participating in the European Parliament elections in Bulgaria on May 25.
The deadline for the registration of lists of candidates with the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) expired late on Tuesday, according to reports of Sega daily. read more
ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY TO FINE 87 MUNICIPALITIES OVER EU PROGRAM
Eighty-seven Bulgarian municipalities are to be fined over infringements related to the Environment Operational Program.
The penalties count reach a total of BGN 180 M (EUR 90 M), after abuse during public procurement procedures was found out by the Ministry of Environment and Waters, Investor.bg has reported. read more
SOFIA, STARA ZAGORA FINALISTS IN BLOOMBERG EUROPEAN CITY CONTEST
Bulgaria's cities of Sofia and Stara Zagora are among the 21 final contenders in an innovation contest devised by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies foundation announced the 21 European cities which had been selected among 155 candidates to continue their participation in the 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition aiming to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life. read more
SOFIA ART PROVOCATEURS PAINT GARBAGE CONTAINERS FOR EARTH DAY
The Destructive Creation art team last night painted several garbage containers in downtown Sofia to mark Earth Day.
BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT TO SPEND BGN 7.2 M ON SUBSIDIZED EMPLOYMENT
Bulgaria's Government approved the spending of additional BGN 7.2 M on social policies in 2014, reports BTA.
BULGARIAN CUSTOMS OFFICERS BUST SYNTHETIC DRUG TRAFFICKING CHANNEL
Bulgarian customs officers at the Danube Bridge border crossing point seized over a kilogram of synthetic drugs worth around BGN 37 000.
According to reports of the customs unit in Ruse, the joint operation with officers of the State Agency for National Security (DANS) and Border Police busted a synthetic drug trafficking channel from the Netherlands to Bulgaria. read more
BULGARIAN COURT OVERTURNS MARIJUANA GROWER ACQUITTAL
A second-instance court in Bulgaria has decided to reverse the acquittal of Marin Kalchev, who was earlier tried for owning and growing cannabis at home.
Kalchev is now to pay a BGN 1000 (EUR 500) fine and to cover trial expenses, after fresh ruling by the city of Lovech's District Court. read more
US EMBASSY IN SOFIA'S EX-EMPLOYEE INVESTIGATED OVER 'MAFIA LINKS'
Gregory V. Houston, formerly working for the security of the American Embassy in Bulgaria, was investigated under suspicion of ties to te Bulgarian mafia and illegal activity.
An article in the Newsweek magazine dedicated to a murder of staff at the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, surprisingly involves the name of Houston and makes the revelation. read more
BULGARIAN CLINIC REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN ORGAN TRANSPLANTS RING
A Bulgaria-based clinic was reportedly involved in an illegal organ transplants ring dismantled by Israeli police.
The crime ring was uncovered in an operation conducted with the cooperation of Interpol, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). read more
UKRAINE'S 'ANTI-TERRORIST' OPERATION CONTINUES
The acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov ordered that actions against rebel groups in the east and south of the country be renewed.
His decision was announced short after two men were found dead after being "brutally tortured", in Turchynov's words quoted by the BBC. read more
SOUTH KOREAN FERRY DEATH TOLL TOPS 150
The number of victims of the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol passed 150 and is expected to rise, as divers found new entries to the submerged levels.
POSSIBLE MALAYSIAN PLANE DEBRIS FOUND IN AUSTRALIA
Pieces of debris that "might turn out to be a wreckage" of the Malaysian MH370 flight were found at a beach in the west of Australia, according to local media reports.
Authorities are now to investigate whether the remains actually belonged to the Malaysian plane that went missing in March with 239 people on board while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the newspaper West Australian has revealed. read more
CAS MUDDE: EU FAR RIGHT HAS NO CONVINCING ECONOMIC PROGRAM
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WHOSE FOREIGN MINISTER IS KRISTIAN VIGENIN?
In a series of statements on Tuesday, Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin did his best to support the implementation of the South Stream project.
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