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1 August 2015, Issue 4299
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BUSINESS POLITICS WORLD SOCIETY SPORTS FORUM
 
Bill on Establishing Single Anti-Corruption Unit in Bulgaria Fails to Pass 1st Reading


A bill proposing the establishment of a single National Office for Prevention of Corruption uniting all existing anti-corruption entities has failed to pass first reading in Bulgaria’s Parliament. read
Russia, Turkey Reportedly Suspend Negotiations on Construction of Turkish Stream


Russia and Turkey reportedly suspended negotiations on the construction of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline. read
Bulgaria Loses 1M Turkish Tourists a Year due to Cumbersome Visa Issuance Process


Bulgaria loses at least 1 million Turkish tourists a year due to problems with visas, according to Cemal Tekkanat, adviser for tourism at Turkey’s Tourism and Culture Ministry. read
 
 
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Bulgarian High School Students Win Gold, 2 Silver Medals at International Olympiad in Informatics

Bulgaria's Leading Telecom Becomes Sponsor of Levski Sofia Football Club

Inactivity Rate of Young People in Bulgaria at nearly 73% in 2014

Bulgaria to Cut Power Prices for Households by 0.11% from 1 August

Chair of Employers' Association: Power Price Hike Will Cause Protests to Intensify

Bulgaria's Energy Regulator to Announce New Electricity Prices

Englishwoman Reportedly Found Dead in Bulgarian Village, Murder Suspected

Attack on Police Station Leaves Two Turkish Officers, Two PKK Militants Dead

PKK Bombs Railway in Turkey's Kars, Police Kills Three Kurdish Rebels in Agri

Beijing to Host Winter Olympic Games in 2022

USA Extends List of Sanctioned Russian, Ukrainian Individuals, Entities

Bulgaria Turns to Budget Surplus of 1.1% of GDP at End-June

EU Adopts Bulgaria-Serbia Cross-Border Program worth EUR 34 M

Immigration is EU Citizens’ Main Concern – Survey

EU Extends EUR 91,000 to Help Macedonia Cope with Migrant Tide  


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Bulgaria Wins 'Most Impressive Borrower in CEE' Award

Russia Claims Bulgaria Is Seeking to Partition Macedonia
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TOP NEWS
BULGARIA TO CUT POWER PRICES FOR HOUSEHOLDS BY 0.11% FROM 1 AUGUST

Bulgaria’s energy regulator announced on Friday that power prices for households will fall by 0.11% from 1 August.

The drop has become possible after the government and parliament adopted measures that allowed to find reserves in the energy sector, Ivan Ivanov, chairman of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission KEVR, said in a statement following a closed-door meeting of the regulator. read more


BUSINESS

CHAIR OF EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATION: POWER PRICE HIKE WILL CAUSE PROTESTS TO INTENSIFY

Kiril Domuschiev, Chair of the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria (CEIBG), has suggested that a decision of the energy watchdog to increase electricity prices will cause protests to continue into September and to intensify in scale.

Bulgaria’s Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (KEVR) is to announce the new power rates taking effect on August 1 Friday afternoon. read more


FINANCE

BULGARIA TURNS TO BUDGET SURPLUS OF 1.1% OF GDP AT END-JUNE

Bulgaria’s central government budget showed a surplus of BGN 890M equivalent to 1.1% of the projected 2015 GDP, the Finance Ministry announced on Friday.

This compared with a budget deficit of BGN 996.4M, or 1.2% of GDP at the end of June 2014. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA'S ENERGY REGULATOR TO ANNOUNCE NEW ELECTRICITY PRICES

At a closed sitting on Friday afternoon, Bulgaria's Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (KEVR) will determine the new electricity prices, which are to enter into force on Saturday.

The chairperson of KEVR Ivan Ivanov said that the new prices will be different from the ones announced in the report of the regulator, which had to enter into force on July 1. read more


TOURISM

BULGARIA LOSES 1M TURKISH TOURISTS A YEAR DUE TO CUMBERSOME VISA ISSUANCE PROCESS

Bulgaria loses at least 1 million Turkish tourists a year due to problems with visas, according to Cemal Tekkanat, adviser for tourism at Turkey’s Tourism and Culture Ministry.

Speaking Thursday at a Bulgarian-Turkish seminar in the ski resort of Pamporovo, he said that 300 000 Turkish tourists had been to Bulgaria in 2014, while 1.6 million Bulgarians had spent the holidays in Turkey. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

EU ADOPTS BULGARIA-SERBIA CROSS-BORDER PROGRAM WORTH EUR 34 M

The European Commission has approved the Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Program Bulgaria-Serbia 2014-2020.

The program will help reach key objectives for the region: efficient management of natural resources, increased cross-border networks and interactions, boosted tourism, preserved cultural and natural heritage and investments in youth, education and skills, according to a media statement of the European Commission. read more


DOMESTIC

BILL ON ESTABLISHING SINGLE ANTI-CORRUPTION UNIT IN BULGARIA FAILS TO PASS 1ST READING

A bill proposing the establishment of a single National Office for Prevention of Corruption uniting all existing anti-corruption entities has failed to pass first reading in Bulgaria’s Parliament.

The bill expands the group of persons obliged to submit asset declarations and expands the range of circumstances to be included in the declarations, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more


SOCIETY

INACTIVITY RATE OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN BULGARIA AT NEARLY 73% IN 2014

The inactivity rate of young people aged 15-24 in the EU-28 varied from 32.6% in the Netherlands and 38% in Denmark to nearly 73% in Bulgaria and Italy, according to Eurostat data for 2014.

Around 58% of the men and women in this age group, or 32,4 million people in the EU-28, were economically inactive during that time. read more


EDUCATION

BULGARIAN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WIN GOLD, 2 SILVER MEDALS AT INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIAD IN INFORMATICS

Bulgarian high school students have won one gold and two silver medals at the XXVII International Olympiad in Informatics in Almati, Kazakhstan.

The competition took place on July 26 – 31, 2015, according to a media statement of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Education and Science. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIA'S LEADING TELECOM BECOMES SPONSOR OF LEVSKI SOFIA FOOTBALL CLUB

The executive board of the leading telecommunications company in Bulgaria – VIVACOM unanimously decided to become the sponsor of Levski Sofia football club for the next calendar year.

The players of Levski will be wearing jerseys bearing the name of the new sponsor in the derby against the reigning football champion Ludogorets in Razgrad on Saturday. read more


CRIME

ENGLISHWOMAN REPORTEDLY FOUND DEAD IN BULGARIAN VILLAGE, MURDER SUSPECTED

The dead body of a woman believed to be English has been found near her house in the village of Malomir, in Yambol Region in southeastern Bulgaria, 24 Chasa news daily reported on Friday.

A murder is suspected as the body is rumoured to have been partially burnt, according to the newspaper. read more


WORLD

PKK BOMBS RAILWAY IN TURKEY'S KARS, POLICE KILLS THREE KURDISH REBELS IN AGRI

Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) rebels have bombed a railway line in Turkey’s eastern province of Kars and then fired at repair workers, killing one, the BBC reported.

The attack, which took place on Thursday, is the latest in the surge in violence after a fragile two-year ceasefire between PKK and the Turkish government broke last week. read more


BEIJING TO HOST WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN 2022

Beijing was chosen as the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics at the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

The Chinese capital beat the only other candidate – Almaty, with Beijing garnering 44 votes, while the largest city in Kazakhstan received 40 votes. read more


USA EXTENDS LIST OF SANCTIONED RUSSIAN, UKRAINIAN INDIVIDUALS, ENTITIES

The USA extended the list of sanctioned Russian and Ukrainian individuals and institutions in an attempt to maintain pressure on Russia for Moscow's alleged support of separatists in Ukraine.

The administration of US President Barack Obama added on Thursday the names of 26 people and entities that will be subjected to economic sanctions, the New York Times informs. read more


RUSSIA, TURKEY REPORTEDLY SUSPEND NEGOTIATIONS ON CONSTRUCTION OF TURKISH STREAM

Russia and Turkey reportedly suspended negotiations on the construction of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline.

According to media reports, the negotiations were suspended after Russia failed to sign a key agreement on the discount of gas prices. read more


EU

IMMIGRATION IS EU CITIZENS’ MAIN CONCERN – SURVEY

European Union citizens see immigration as the major challenge facing the bloc currently, according to Spring 2015 Standard Eurobarometer survey published on Friday.

Asking citizens about their main concerns, immigration is now at the top of the most frequently cited topics at EU level, the EU Commission said in a statement summarizing the findings of the survey. read more


EU EXTENDS EUR 91,000 TO HELP MACEDONIA COPE WITH MIGRANT TIDE  

The European Commission said on Friday it is extending close to EUR 91,000 in humanitarian funding to Macedonia to help tackle a migrant influx.

The funding that will cover basic needs such as food, water, hygiene kits and primary health care services will be provided to Macedonia’s Red Cross Society to help the organization assist some 4,600 people over the next three months. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

ATTACK ON POLICE STATION LEAVES TWO TURKISH OFFICERS, TWO PKK MILITANTS DEAD

An armed attack on a police station in the southern Turkish province of Adana left two police officers and two Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants dead.

Around eight PKK militants armed with long-barreled guns attacked the police station in the town of Pozanti early on Friday. read more



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