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31 January 2015, Issue 4143
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Defence Minister Confirms NATO Is to Station Command Centre in Bulgaria
Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev announced during parliamentary control on Friday that NATO is to station a command centre in the capital Sofia. read
BULGARIA'S FORMER PRESIDENT ZHELYU ZHELEV DIES
Bulgaria's former President Zhelyu Zhelev (1990-1997) has died, the press office of President Rosen Plevneliev announced.
Zhelev, Bulgaria’s first democratically elected President after the fall of the Communist regime, died at the age of 79 on Friday. read more
NEW SOFIA METRO STATION TO INCREASE DAILY COMMUTER NUMBERS BY 25,000
The number of commuters using the underground railway system in Sofia are expected to increase by 25,000 a day when the new Vitosha Station opens next year, city mayor Yordanka Fandakova said on Friday.
The station is being built at the intersection of Tcherni Vrah Boulevard and Srebarna Street in Sofia’s southern Lozenets neighbourhood. It lies at the southward end of an extension to the Blue Line of Sofia metro. read more
DIMITAR KOSTOV NOMINATED TO HEAD BULGARIA'S C-BANK SUPERVISION DEPT
Ivan Iskrov, Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) has submitted to Parliament a proposal for the appointment of Dimitar Kostov as head of the Bank Supervision unit of BNB.
The proposal was tabled at around 4 pm on Thursday, according to the press office of BNB, as cited by Darik radio.
FINANCE MINISTER EXPECTS BULGARIA TO RECORD SURPLUS IN JANUARY
Bulgarian Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov announced on Friday that the revenue collected for January could exceed that for the same month last year by between BGN 400 and 500 M.
Goranov said that in case this happens, it will be the first time to record a budget surplus in the month of January since 2009. read more
BANKER LEVON HAMPARTZOUMIAN: GREEK BANKS IN BULGARIA ARE SAFE
Greek banks opeerating in Bulgaria are not threatened by the policies of the anti-austerity SYRIZA party, leading banker Levon Hampartzoumian said.
''They are following the local rules and have been capitalized, so whatever happens abroad they should remain stable,'' he told private bTV station on Friday. ''We are very far from dramatic scenarios, so people should not worry about that.'' read more
BULGARIAN PRESIDENT REMAINS HOPEFUL OF SOUTH STREAM
Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev expressed hope that the South Stream project would receive the necessary permits for its completion.
Plevneliev said in an interview for Czech daily Lidove Noviny, that Bulgaria has not yet received an official statement from Russia on the cancellation of the project, Darik radio reports. read more
BULGARIAN PM REAFFIRMS MORATORIUM ON SHALE GAS EXTRACTION
Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov assured on Friday that there will be no shale gas extraction in the country until a new eco-friendly method is invented.
His statement was made at the annual forum of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria. read more
KUWAITI COMPANY INTERESTED IN BELENE NPP – BULGARIA ENERGY MINISTER
A Kuwaiti company has expressed interest in the Belene nuclear power plant project, according to Bulgaria's Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova.
Petkova, as cited by Standard daily, made clear that the authorities were to collect more information about the company and its experience in the sphere of nuclear energy in particular. read more
BULGARIAN ENERGY MINISTER REPORTS OF IRREGULARITIES AT ENERGO-PRO EDC
Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced that irregularities have been identified at the energy distribution company (EDC) Energo-Pro, which operates in the northeast of the country.
DEFENCE MINISTER CONFIRMS NATO IS TO STATION COMMAND CENTRE IN BULGARIA
Bulgarian Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev announced during parliamentary control on Friday that NATO is to station a command centre in the capital Sofia.
BULGARIA HAS CAPACITY TO HOST MORE REFUGEES
Merely 61% of the capacity of Bulgarian refugee accommodation centers is currently used, stated Tatyana Kulinova, senior counsel to the State agency for the Refugees (DAB) on Friday.
As of 23 January 2015, 3 672 out of the available 6 000 spots in the centers have been occupied. Syrians, who number 2 751 people, are the largest group provided with accommodation. read more
BULGARIA SHOWS NO PROGRESS IN ADDRESSING PRISON SYSTEM DEFICIENCIES - REPORT
Ill-treatment of individuals both by the police and prison staff in Bulgaria remains a serious problem which require urgent action by the authorities, the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has said.
In a new report on its visit to Bulgaria in March and April last year CPT also concluded that Bulgarian authorities should also address the issues of inter-prisoner violence and prison overcrowding. read more
BULGARIA, SWITZERLAND TO COOPERATE ON RAISING MOTIVATION OF PROSECUTORS
Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov presented on Friday a project on “increasing the integrity and motivation of prosecutors in the context of the new challenges presented to the fight against organised crime”.
His Excellency Denis Knobel, Swiss Ambassador to Bulgaria, also took part in the presentation, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT DISMISSES DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
The Bulgarian government dismissed the director of the National Employment Agency Asen Angelov.
The dismissal had been proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Ivaylo Kalfin and approved by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reports. read more
YANE YANEV TO ADVISE BULGARIA’S PM BORISOV ON FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
Yane Yanev, leader of the marginal conservative Order Law and Justice (RZS) party, has been appointed advisor at the Council of Ministers.
Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov issued the appointment order for Yanev on Tuesday, according to reports of Darik radio based on the government’s press office. read more
COST OF LIVING IN BULGARIA DROPS FOR FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS – TRADE UNION
The cost of living in Bulgaria recorded a drop for the first time in 25 years, announced the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria (KNSB).
In December 2014, the monthly cost of living was BGN 561 per person in a four-member household (two adults and two children). read more
SOFIA HOSTS FUTURE SHORTS FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY
The Future Shorts Festival comes to Bulgaria for Winter Season 2015, welcoming the lovers of ''the best and most innovative short film, connecting global stories with global audiences.''
BULGARIA DECLARES DAY OF MOURNING FOR LATE EX-PRESIDENT ZHELYU ZHELEV
Bulgaria’s government has declared a national day of mourning for former President Zhelyu Zhelev (1990-1997), who passed away on Friday.
National flags on government buildings will fly at half mast on Sunday, 1 February 2015, the cabinet announced. read more
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PAY TRIBUTE TO LATE BULGARIAN PRESIDENT ZHELYU ZHELEV
The sudden death of former Bulgarian President Zhelyu Zhelev, who died at the age of 79 on Friday, was widely reported in international media.
Bloomberg notes that under Zhelev’s presidency, Bulgaria, described as ''the former Soviet Union’s staunchest ally'', began its transition from communism to market economy and democracy. read more
BULGARIAN HELICOPTER CREW REMAINS CAPTURED IN SUDAN
The six Bulgarians working for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who were captured by Sudanese insurgents on Monday, have still not been released.
FRANCE FILES CHARGES AGAINST TERROR SUSPECT EXTRADITED FROM BULGARIA
French authorities have filed preliminary charges of terrorism against a French citizen extradited from Bulgaria and linked to the two gunmen who conducted the deadly attack against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this month, international newswires reported.
Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, was extradited from Bulgaria to France on Thursday to face charges of participating in an organized crime group with aims to prepare a terrorist act, and seeking to join extremist fighters in Syria. read more
EU MOVES TO EXTEND RUSSIA SANCTIONS OVER UKRAINE
European Union foreign ministers agreed Thursday to extend existing sanctions against Russia by six months until September.
At an extraordinary meeting in Brussels, they agreed to discuss names to be added to the list of individuals affected by EU travel bans and asset freezes. read more
ZHELEV, OR WHY WE SHOULDN’T FEEL ANGUISHED
Anyone among us will be constrained by time to say something historic about Zhelyu Zhelev. What we already know for sure, however, is that if Zhelev is to go down in history, there are three things that make him unique.
First, he was the authority who didn’t allow a single drop of blood to be spilt during the extremely complex period of transition that followed the fall of Communism in Bulgaria. He convinced the aggressive ones to calm down and influenced the calm ones to seek new roads to change. read more
TURKEY COMMEMORATES HOLOCAUST VICTIMS
Commemorating the Holocaust victims, Turkey is calling on the international community to participate in the efforts to increase awareness of the Holocaust so that such a tragedy never occurs in the future.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry has issued a statement on its website on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of The International Holocaust Remembrance Day, conveying condolences to the relatives of the millions of innocent people who lost their lives in the death camps. read more
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