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23 May 2015, Issue 4237
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Bulgaria, Italy Agree to Deepen Cooperation in Dealing with Migratory Pressure


Bulgaria and Italy will deepen their cooperation in order to deal with the migratory pressure, which is affecting the two countries. read
Ex-Foreign Min Warns against Bulgaria's Harsh Tone on Russia


Recent comments by Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov about Moscow's "irresponsible" approach to the situation in Macedonia are very dangerous, Mitov's predecessor Kristian Vigenin has said.read
Bulgarian Food Safety Agency Head Dismissed amid Extortion Allegations


Plamen Mollov, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), has been dismissed at the proposal of Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva. read
 
 
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Latifa Akharbach: Bulgaria, Africa Have Many Opportunities to Seize Together

Internet Trolls Not Credible, PR Expert Maxim Behar Says

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Bulgarian Farmers Hit By Russia Sanctions May Expect Compensations Totaling EUR 398 000

Average Wage in Bulgaria Increased 4-fold in 2000-2015

Bulgaria’s State-Owned Maritsa East 2 TPP Reported Loss of BGN 38.6 M in 2014

Bulgarians Completed Less Tourist Trips in First Quarter of 2015

Kristalina Georgieva Appointed Co-Chair to UN Humanitarian Financing Panel

World Bank Grants USD 1.2 B in Aid to Albania

Bulgaria’s PM, Georgian Counterpart Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

David Cameron Vows to Seize Pay of Illegal Migrants Working in UK

At Least 30 Casualties as Suicide Bomber Targets Shia Mosque in Saudi Arabia

Bulgaria's Neynski 'In Talks over Turkey Mission'


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Bulgaria Wins 'Most Impressive Borrower in CEE' Award

Russia Claims Bulgaria Is Seeking to Partition Macedonia
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BULGARIA BACKS IDEA FOR GAS RING WITH ROMANIA, HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia have signed a joint declaration supporting the idea to link their countries’ gas transmission systems, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced on Thursday evening.

The idea is to build interconnections of existing gas supply infrastructure that would greatly increase the energy security of all four countries, portfolio.hu quoted Szijjártó as saying Hungarian public television M1. read more


BUSINESS

BULGARIAN FARMERS HIT BY RUSSIA SANCTIONS MAY EXPECT COMPENSATIONS TOTALING EUR 398 000

Fruit and vegetable growers in Bulgaria may expect compensations of up to EUR 398 000 from the EU for the losses incurred as a result of the sanctions imposed on Russia and the country’s response to that policy, according to Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev.

Donchev explained Friday in Parliament that the applications of Bulgarian agricultural producers had amounted to a total of EUR 1.4 B but the EU had only approved a sum that was around five times smaller. read more


BULGARIAN FOOD SAFETY AGENCY HEAD DISMISSED AMID EXTORTION ALLEGATIONS

Plamen Mollov, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA), has been dismissed at the proposal of Agriculture Minister Desislava Taneva.

Mollov was removed from office on Friday by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. read more


FINANCE

AVERAGE WAGE IN BULGARIA INCREASED 4-FOLD IN 2000-2015

The average wage in Bulgaria increased four times from BGN 225 to BGN 800 over the past 15 years.

The energy sector boasts the highest average wage, at BGN 2260, which increased five times and a half in the period 2000-2015, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA’S STATE-OWNED MARITSA EAST 2 TPP REPORTED LOSS OF BGN 38.6 M IN 2014

Bulgaria’s state-owned thermal power plant Maritsa East 2 registered pre-tax loss of BGN 38.6 M for 2014.

The loss of the state-owned thermal power plant increased by 700% in just one year, according to reports of econ.bg. read more


TOURISM

BULGARIANS COMPLETED LESS TOURIST TRIPS IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2015

The number of Bulgarians, who completed tourist trips in the first quarter of 2015, decreased with 15 % compared to the same period last year.

According to preliminary figures of the National Statistical Institute (NSI), which were released on Friday, 578 800 Bulgarians completed tourist trips in the first quarter of 2015. read more


DIPLOMACY

EX-FOREIGN MIN WARNS AGAINST BULGARIA'S HARSH TONE ON RUSSIA

Recent comments by Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov about Moscow's "irresponsible" approach to the situation in Macedonia are very dangerous, Mitov's predecessor Kristian Vigenin has said.

Vigenin commented on Friday morning Russian claims that Bulgaria and Albania might be aspiring to partition Macedonia amid street protests and political infighting. An official statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was followed by a swift reaction by Bulgaria's top diplomat, who fended off his claims.

"We all know that Bulgaria has no intention whatsoever to meddle in Macedonia's domestic affairs," Vigenin, who served under PM Plamen Oresharski in 2013-2014, has said.

Vigenin, however, warned against the "superficial" idea that the US and Russia were clashing in Macedonia: "Processes and issues in Macedonia haven't been piling up since yesterday. It is normal for people to demand a change in the political leadership which brought the country to a dead end."

His interlocutor in the Friday morning broadcast was MEP Andrey Kovatchev (EPP), who supported the actions of Mitov praising them as "adequate".

Kovatchev for his part said that whatever happens to PM Nikola Gruevski's government, it won't mean outright support should be thrown in Bulgaria or Europe on any other Macedonian politician.

He also reiterated his calls for a change in Macedonian attitude to the word "Bulgarian", where in his words it is still considered an "insult."

"They are trying to build their state very aggressively there. I don't want to say things which in this situation might be misused," Vigenin added to support Kovatchev. read more


BULGARIA'S NEYNSKI 'IN TALKS OVER TURKEY MISSION'

Nadezhda Neynsky, a former Bulgarian Foreign Minister (1997-2001), has said she has entered talks to take over Bulgaria's Embassy in Ankara.

Neynsky told the Bulgarian National Television on Thursday that she could not comment on the procedure, but added she was "ready to work for the Bulgarian national interest".

Nadezhda Neynsky (who during her tenure was known with her maiden name Mihaylova) how heads a party called Sinyo Edinstvo (Blue Unity), which was initially part of junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc (at the time RB wasn't in the government) but withdrew from the alliance over policy disputes. Between 2009 and 2014 she was a MEP for the so-called "Blue Coalition", a RB predecessor.

Incumbent Krasimir Tulechki has been in office since September 27, 2010.

Earlier this week reports emerged that some Bulgarian officials were seeking to secure Neynski a place in a Bulgarian mission.

Neynsky also commented on Moscow's claim that Bulgaria and Albania might be seeking to partition Macedonia, explaining Russia wished to trigger a diplomatic scandal between Sofia and Skopje.

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BULGARIA’S PM, GEORGIAN COUNTERPART DISCUSS BILATERAL COOPERATION

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili discussed bilateral cooperation in Riga during the Eastern Partnership Summit.

Borisov emphasized the good bilateral relationship and the potential for its development both through enhanced contacts between the different ministries and via the Bulgaria-Georgia Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation, according to the press office of the Bulgarian government. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIAN DAIRY FARMERS TO STAGE NATIONAL PROTEST, BLOCK ROAD

Bulgarian dairy farmers will stage a national protest on Friday due to the low purchasing price of milk and the lack of state strategy and support for the livestock breeding sector.

The producers are intending to block the traffic on the road between the towns of Dimitrovgrad and Haskovo on two occasions. read more


KAPITAN ANDREEVO BORDER CROSSING POINT SWITCHES TO CARD PAYMENTS ONLY FOR TOLL FEES AS OF JUNE

Starting 8 a.m. on June 1, 2015, toll fees and vignette stickers for trucks at Bulgaria’s Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point will only be paid at a “points of sale” (POS).

Drivers will be able to pay by VISA, Visa Electron, V PAY, MasterCard, Maestro, and Borica debit and credit cards issued by providers of payment services operating on Bulgarian territory, according to a media statement of the Customs Agency. read more


SPORTS

BULGARIAN FOOTBALL UNION TO DETERMINE FATE OF CSKA SOFIA

The Executive Committee of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS) will determine the fate of CSKA Sofia on Friday.

The Licencing Committee of BFS revoked the licence of CSKA and three other teams from the A Group on Wednesday. read more


WORLD

KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA APPOINTED CO-CHAIR TO UN HUMANITARIAN FINANCING PANEL

EU Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva was appointed as co-chair of the newly-established UN High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the establishment of the panel on Thursday, the UN News Centre reports. read more


AT LEAST 30 CASUALTIES AS SUICIDE BOMBER TARGETS SHIA MOSQUE IN SAUDI ARABIA

There were at least thirty casualties as a suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

According to media reports, the bomber targeted the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh in the country's Eastern Province at a time when there more than 150 people were praying, the BBC and Al Jazeera report. read more


IS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR SUICIDE ATTACK ON SHIITE MOSQUE IN SAUDI ARABIA

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia.

The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the suicide bomber, according to reports of the BBC News. read more


EU

BULGARIA, ITALY AGREE TO DEEPEN COOPERATION IN DEALING WITH MIGRATORY PRESSURE

Bulgaria and Italy will deepen their cooperation in order to deal with the migratory pressure, which is affecting the two countries.

This was agreed at a meeting between Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi on Friday, the government's press service informs. read more


DAVID CAMERON VOWS TO SEIZE PAY OF ILLEGAL MIGRANTS WORKING IN UK

British Prime Minister David Camerion has unveiled new measures aimed at cutting immigration to the UK.

The measures announced on Thursday included making working illegally a criminal offence and giving authorities the power to seize illegal earnings. The new criminal offence will apply to migrants who have entered the UK illegally and also those who came to the country legally but are in breach of their conditions or have overstayed, the BBC noted in its coverage of the news. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

WORLD BANK GRANTS USD 1.2 B IN AID TO ALBANIA

The World Bank Group is allocating USD 1.2 B to Albania under the 2015-2019 Country Partnership Framework (CPF), the international institution has announced.

This is a substantial share of its GDP, which amounted to about USD 13.6 B in 2014 according to national statistics.

According to a press statement released Thursday, the aim is to support "Albania’s aspirations to achieve equitable growth and integration into the European Union."

The World Bank Group (WBG) includes in Albania includes the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation (IFC, the private sector arm) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) providing investment risk insurance.

In the list of reforms in Albania on which the WB is putting an emphasis are "restoring macro-fiscal sustainability, stimulating private sector growth, and creating an accountable government".

The 2015-2019 framework comprises three main areas: fiscal sustainability and financial stability; stimulating private sector growth; strengthening of public sector management and service delivery.



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MACEDONIAN OPPOSITION LEADER DISMISSES SPECULATION OF PARTITIONING

Macedonian opposition SDSM leader Zoran Zaev dismissed the speculation of partitioning or federalisation of the country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed on Wednesday that there were plans for the partitioning of Macedonia between Bulgaria and Albania. read more


RUSSIA

RUSSIA WARNS GOOGLE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK OF POSSIBLE BLOCKING OF SERVICES

Russia has warned Google, Twitter and Facebook to comply with laws requiring internet companies to transmit data on Russian bloggers who have more than 3,000 readers a day, Reuters has reported.

Russia’s communications, media and IT regulator Roskomnadzor has sent official notice to the three social media companies, reminding them to close down sites or pages that the watchdog deems to be calling for “unsanctioned protests and unrest”. read more


OPINIONS

'MACEDONIANS ONLY WISH TO LIVE NORMALLY'

Macedonians in Macedonia place much more importance on living well than on nationality, an emphasis Russia cannot understand, a Bulgarian journalist wrote Friday.

Starting with his personal recollections about Arben Xhaferi, who led Macedonia's Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) prior to the incumbent Menduh Thaci, Georgi Daskalov seeks to fend off Russian allegations Bulgaria might seek to annex Macedonia or part of it, in an opinion piece [BG] for daily Standart.

Xhaferi joked about partitioning Macedonia in his private conversations with Daskalov, while "15 years later Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says [these things publicly]".

In the journalist's words, despite obvious "injustice" with regards to the development of Macedonia after World War Two, realities in Macedonia make claims of any partitioning sound absurd.

"Even if it seems implausible - Albanians are Macedonians too and want [to be] neither with Tirana nor with Pristina. While Macedonian Macedonians are neither Bulgarians nor Serbs, they are like nothing else in the world", he writes, adding the latter are torn between their nostalgia for the Tito era and others are aspiring to get a Bulgarian passport in search of directions in their life.

"This has nothing to do with nationality. It has to do with the normal human desire to live well. This is something Russians will find hard to understand." read more


EXPERT VOICES

INTERNET TROLLS NOT CREDIBLE, PR EXPERT MAXIM BEHAR SAYS

"How could you believe a lie said by an anonymous person?" PR Expert and Novinite publisher Maxim Behar has said during a TV discussion about Internet trolls.

Mr Behar, who is also the founder and CEO of leading Bulgarian PR company M3 Communications Group, Inc, has made the comment in public broadcaster BNT's breakfast show, days after most of the large Bulgarian political parties signed a declaration stating they give up the use of trolls to spread their ideas.

Nearly every party in Bulgaria's Parliament has regularly been accused of paying for comments to be posted in media outlets, forums, and social networks.

In Mr Behar's words, it is the worst thing for a politician to say things they won't deliver, and this is what happens when people hired by parties to write on the Internet are leading their employers' campaigns.

"I'd agree to enter a dispute with people who don't have a face or a name, but there must be a message. On Facebook, if the person is real, you could start an argument with them," he added.

But he also warned that, in a digital age when via the use of social media, such as Facebook or Twitter, young people might be much more aware of the world than their parents, it is hardly believable that someone should trust anonymous messages.

Alongside other experts familiar with the field, he agreed that political campaigns on the Internet will get more and more aggressive, though their success could be questionable. read more


DIPLOMATIC CHANNEL

LATIFA AKHARBACH: BULGARIA, AFRICA HAVE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO SEIZE TOGETHER

Africa as a continent has a total surface area of 30.2 million square kilometers – bigger than China, India, Europe and the United States combined. And yet too many people associate it only with poverty, conflicts and – more recently – Ebola.

Latifa Akharbach, ambassador of Kingdom of Morocco and Dean of the Group of African Ambassadors to Bulgaria, is now adamant this stereotype has to change for the well-being of Bulgaria, Europe and the world alike. With the Africa Day (May 25) celebrations prepared by the Group in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Mrs Akharbach and the other 12 envoys believe this is the right moment to put Africa in the spotlight. read more



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