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31 August 2016, Issue 4633
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Bulgaria's Main Ruling Party to Name Presidential Pair on Oct 2


GERB party of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said it will unveil its candidates for President and Vice President of the country on October 02.read
Owner of Bulgaria's Biggest Telecom Acquires Levski Football Club


Businessman Spas Rusev has been officially announced as the new owner of Levski PFC, one of Bulgaria's key football teams.read
FRONTEX Head Warns of New Migrant Arrivals via Bulgaria


A stronger migratory pressure can now be felt on the EU's external borders, the head of the common border protection agency has said.read
 
 
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Bulgaria to Present Balkan Gas Hub Options Next Week

Bulgaria's Bokova, Serbia's Jeremić Tied in 3rd UN Straw Poll

Romanian National Rescued after Getting Lost Near Bulgaria's Vladaya

Balkan Insight: Bulgaria's Impossible Balancing Act

Die Welt: Bulgarians Rescuing Schengen Area

Pironkova Gets Off to a Good Start at US Open

Bulgaria Mulls Tightening Restrictions in Migrant Centers

Sofia to Get First Ever Skyscraper in 5 Years

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Balkan Insight: Bulgaria's Impossible Balancing Act

Die Welt: Bulgarians Rescuing Schengen Area


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TOP NEWS
BULGARIAN SOCIALISTS APPROVE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION OF EX AIR FORCE CHIEF

Former Air Force Commander Maj Gen Rumen Radev is to be registered as the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)'s contender in the November 06 presidential elections, party leader Korneliya Ninova has said.

Radev's candidacy has been endorsed through a so-called "initiative committee," Ninova has told the media after a vote held at the BSP National Council.

The Tuesday vote follows rifts opened both between the BSP and left-wing ABV party - and among socialist party members themselves - over the nomination of Radev.

The BSP and ABV have been embroiled in a dispute over whether Radev's name was proposed by the former or the latter party and over how his running mate should be selected.

Separately, other BSP members have argued Ninova took the decision to nominate Radev unilaterally.

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BUSINESS

SOFIA TO GET FIRST EVER SKYSCRAPER IN 5 YEARS

The construction of the first ever skyscraper in Bulgaria will most probably begin by the end of 2016.

The building will be 202 meters high and will offer 40 000 square meters of offic space, which will host 3500 people altogether. read more


ENERGY

BULGARIA TO PRESENT BALKAN GAS HUB OPTIONS NEXT WEEK

Potential investors are to be made familiar with four options drafted by Bulgaria as it aims to launch a "gas hub" project, gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz has said.

All possible versions of the hub, which the government has dubbed Balkan, will be showcased on September 5-6 at a conference organized by the state-owned company, news website Mediapool quotes its head, Georgi Gegov, as saying.

Under Sofia's current plans, the project will be run by a company with the state as a majority shareholder. Other shares will be distributed among potential investors. The venture will only operate the infrastructure built for the hub's purposes.

As many as 35 companies, many of them dealing with gas trade and transit, have confirmed attendance, according to Gegov. Other participants include the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and pension and investment funds.

As of Tuesday morning, representatives of Russian energy giant Gazprom have not said whether they will be attending.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced his country intended on setting up the Balkan Gas Hub after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his country would not build South Stream, a pipeline that was to carry gas to Central Europe via Bulgaria.

However, Borisov later argued Russia was one of the sources of gas needed for the Balkan gas hub project to be feasible.

Reportedly, he discussed the prospects to restart South Stream in a phone conversation with Putin earlier this month. The latter made clear his country would demand iron-clad guarantees that the project would be carried though.

Sofia is also pinning hopes on gas deliveries via Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) that, once built, will be supplied by the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and, possibly, liquefied natural gas delivered to Greek and Turkish ports. The Eastring pipeline, proposed by Slovakia, is seen as another option.

Russia has been reluctant to comment on the project despite numerous demands from Bulgarian authorities, with Energy Minister Alexander Novak questioning earlier this year the gas sources it would use.

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DIPLOMACY

BULGARIA'S BOKOVA, SERBIA'S JEREMIć TIED IN 3RD UN STRAW POLL

UNESCO head Irina Bokova and former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić have both gained the third-best result in a straw poll held by the UN Security Council on Monday.

The third such vote is part of the procedure that will determine the security council's nomination for a successor to Ban Ki-moon as head of the United Nations. read more


DOMESTIC

BULGARIA'S MAIN RULING PARTY TO NAME PRESIDENTIAL PAIR ON OCT 2

GERB party of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has said it will unveil its candidates for President and Vice President of the country on October 02.

The move will come just a week ahead of the start of election campaign that is due on October 09.

The date has been approved by the party's Executive Committee, its decisionmaking body, GERB has announced in a statement to the media.

The conservative party, which is the senior coalition partner in Bulgaria's minority government, has repeatedly refused to name its candidate.

Speculation has been rife whether Borisov will choose to run himself or will put forward close affiliates within the party.

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SOCIETY

FRONTEX HEAD WARNS OF NEW MIGRANT ARRIVALS VIA BULGARIA

A stronger migratory pressure can now be felt on the EU's external borders, the head of the common border protection agency has said.

The march of "more migrants" en route to Bulgaria from Greece or Turkey has been singled out as an issue, but the numbers are small compared to those in the Western Balkan countries last summer, he has added.

"To date we have sent some 112 employees to Bulgaria, but we need at least 100 more," Fabrice Leggeri has told Die Welt [DE] in an interview.

His words come as Bulgaria's Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova has said the country has demands some 300 FRONTEX staff to be deployed, but sees the number 200 as more realistic.

"Overall, we are going through a dispersion of the inflow. The migrants and smugglers are finding new routes," according to Leggeri.

He has also warned that the numbers of irregular migrants will increase substantially if the EU-Turkey deal falls through.

But he has also insisted there is "no evidence" so far of any deliberate moves by Turkey to send migrants into Europe.

"Throughout July we have counted around 1800 migrants arriving in Greece. To compare, in Fabruary and even in March as many were coming on a daily basis," he has said, praising Turkey's good cooperation with both FRONTEX and  Greek authorities.


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BULGARIA MULLS TIGHTENING RESTRICTIONS IN MIGRANT CENTERS

Bulgaria is working to change the regulations at some of the migrant accommodation centers across the country to boost "discipline and security", Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova has said.

The step could restrict movement out of or into the camp for its inhabitants, she has made clear.

Her comments follow an incident at the facility in Harmanli, southeastern Bulgaria, and an announcement that the "structure" of the inflow of irregular migrants into Bulgaria has been shifting, with numbers of Iraqi and Afghan nationals rising.

It will be precisely Harmanli that reorganization will begin with, daily 24 Chasa quotes Bachvarova as saying.

Accommodation centers in Bulgaria allow residents to leave freely and come back.

In Harmanli, however, a "curfew" has already been announced following a mass brawl that left three injured.

Many incidents in the camp are caused by residents who are under he influence of alcohol, the police chief in Harmanli has told NOVA TV in the aftermath of the scuffle.  

Nationalist VMRO party has already insisted rules should be tightened at all facilities and particularly in Harmanli, where they have been organizing a forthcoming protest of locals calling on camp authorities to enforce "discipline" on the migrants.

Separately, the center in Harmanli is to be expanded to make room for 300 more people. read more


INCIDENTS

ROMANIAN NATIONAL RESCUED AFTER GETTING LOST NEAR BULGARIA'S VLADAYA

A 22-year-old Romanian who disappeared in the area of Vladaya, not far from the capital Sofia, has been found, Bulgaria's Mountain Rescue Service says.

The man, who is in Bulgaria under an international exchange program, got lost after going out for a walk, rescue service officials have told Focus News Agency.

The search operation lasted seven hours, having begun at 05:00, more than four hours after the service was alerted for his disappearance. read more


SPORTS

OWNER OF BULGARIA'S BIGGEST TELECOM ACQUIRES LEVSKI FOOTBALL CLUB

Businessman Spas Rusev has been officially announced as the new owner of Levski PFC, one of Bulgaria's key football teams.

Rusev, 62, has received voluntarily all shares of the trio that ran the club over the past year.

This has been the second transfer of ownership in a bit more than a year after June 2015.

Long-time owner Todor Batkov then passed the club into the hands of three shareholders: Ivo Tonev, Aleksandar Angelov, and Nikolay Ivanov.

Rusev, who bought the leading Bulgarian telecom Vivacom early this year, is quoted by 24 Chasa as saying at a press conference.

He has vowed to avoid interference in the debt-ridden team's professional affairs.

"My task is to ensure the appropriate working conditions for the football players and the club's team," Rusev has argued.

Estimates of Capital Daily suggest Levski Sofia has a total debt of BGN 20 M (approximately EUR 10 M) either to the National Revenue Agency of Bulgaria or to other parties.

Last year, before being acquired by Rusev, Vivacom became the official sponsor of Levski.

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PIRONKOVA GETS OFF TO A GOOD START AT US OPEN

Bulgaria's best-ranking female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova has begun her participation at the US Open.

She has defeated WTA's No 166, Virginie Razzano of France 6:1, 6:2, in a 75-minute match.

Pironkova currently ranks 71st.

In the next round, she will face either Johanna Konta (UK) or Bethanie Mattek-Sands (US). read more


VIEWS ON BG

BALKAN INSIGHT: BULGARIA'S IMPOSSIBLE BALANCING ACT

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DIE WELT: BULGARIANS RESCUING SCHENGEN AREA

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SMILES

A BEAUTIFUL NECKLACE

After waking up, a woman told her husband:

“I just had a dream that you gave me the most beautiful diamond necklace. What do you think it means?” read more



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