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28 May 2016, Issue 4551
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Bulgarian President Refers Six-Point Referendum to Constitutional Court


Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has referred to the Constitutional Court three of the questions featured on a six-point referendum which is scheduled to be held with the forthcoming presidential elections in the autumn. read
Bulgaria's IntMin Reports Slight Increase in Migrant Pressure on Border with Turkey


Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said that there has been slight increase in the migrant pressure exerted on the country's border with Turkey in the past few days. read
Russian Gas Pipeline To Greece Might Pass Through Bulgaria - Alexander Novak


Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that the natural gas pipeline planned to run from Russia across the Black Sea to Greece and Italy might pass through Bulgaria or Turkey. read
 
 
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Bulgaria PM Says He Cannot Be 'That Useful' as President

Bulgaria Plans to Refit Two of Its Frigates

Bulgarian Is Spoken by 15 Million People Worldwide

Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova Reaches Her First 1/8 Final at Roland Garros

Online Store to Appeal Fine Imposed by Bulgaria's Competition Regulator

Bulgaria's Prosecution to Demand Custody for Mayor of Galiche

Bulgaria's Ex-President Backs Russian Pipeline via Country

Arrivals of Foreign Visitors to Bulgaria Up in April

DW: Bulgarian Prime Minister Is Brussels' 'Golden Boy'

EU Commission Office in Sofia Evacuated over Fire

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BULGARIAN PRESIDENT REFERS SIX-POINT REFERENDUM TO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has referred to the Constitutional Court three of the questions featured on a six-point referendum which is scheduled to be held with the forthcoming presidential elections in the autumn.

The holding of the referendum, which has been initiated by the popular TV show hosted by Slavi Trifonov (Slavi's Show), was approved by parliament earlier this month after MPs had initially proposed for the referendum to take place earlier than planned. read more


BUSINESS

BULGARIA'S COMPETITION WATCHDOG FINES ONLINE STORE OWNER

The Commission for Protection of Competition of Bulgaria has slapped online retailer eMAG with a hefty fine over misleading advertisement.

This is yet another case of sanctions imposed on eMAG in relation to the advertising campaigns such as "Black Friday", "Crazy Days" and several more that were in place over the past year and at the end of 2014.

The fine relates to Romania-based Dante International, which owns the store.

The commission's ruling followed a claim filed by a competitor who argued eMAG pushed to convince customers that substantial discount would be offered on particular days, which in some cases did not happen, while in others prices were inflated beforehand.

eMAG misleadingly claimed it would offer discounts of up to 70% for some products, while it did so only for 14 of its vast rage of items, while most carried a discount tag of between 30 and 40%.

Another source of discontent for the competitor is the retailer's slogan, which roughly translates as "the easiest way to order, the safest way of delivery, a million ways to rejoice". The commission has ruled that the first part wrongly states no other store has better order arrangements, but also that the retailer does not offer a million products.

The decision can be appealed.

A similar decision was taken last year by the watchdog (but with sanctions being worth much less) over a misleading campaign involving the possibility to win a "trip to the Canary Islands". read more


ONLINE STORE TO APPEAL FINE IMPOSED BY BULGARIA'S COMPETITION REGULATOR

In an official statement distributed to media on Friday, online store eMAG informed that it will appeal the recent decision of Bulgaria's Commission for Protection of Competition (KZK) to fine the company over misleading advertisement campaigns.

The statement notes this is the third time KZK sanctions eMAG, with a total of nine fines imposed this time. The company does not accept the decision of the commission and views it as incorrect and unfounded. read more


ENERGY

RUSSIAN GAS PIPELINE TO GREECE MIGHT PASS THROUGH BULGARIA - ALEXANDER NOVAK

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that the natural gas pipeline planned to run from Russia across the Black Sea to Greece and Italy might pass through Bulgaria or Turkey.

Romania has not been considered as a transit option as this country does not have a common border with Greece, Novak is quoted as saying by TASS news agency. read more


BULGARIA'S EX-PRESIDENT BACKS RUSSIAN PIPELINE VIA COUNTRY

Bulgaria should host a Russian pipeline to avoid becoming a "periphery" in the energy sector, President (2002-2012) Georgi Parvanov said on Thursday.

He told the Bulgarian National Radio that that high-level Bulgarian officials should pay a visit to Moscow to "come to an agreement" on such a project. "This doesn't contravene European interests, nor does it contravene our civilizational choices... This pipeline has to pass through Bulgaria, because otherwise [we would] remain a periphery."

Parvanov commented amid uncertainty over whether he is to seek a third term in office in the presidential elections this autumn. A day earlier he stopped short of announcing his intentions.

During his two terms, he initiated three major energy projects with Russia which were all later abandoned either by either the Bulgarian or the Russian government.

His remarks on the Russian pipeline also follow publications in Russian media suggesting a new Russian pipeline supplying Greece would have to use Bulgaria as a transit country.

In March, Gazprom signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece's DEPA and Italy's Edison on the delivery of gas to the two respective countries, but "via third countries". With tensions between Russia and Turkey still flaring, Bulgaria could be the only transit option. read more


TOURISM

ARRIVALS OF FOREIGN VISITORS TO BULGARIA UP IN APRIL

An increase in the number of people visiting Bulgaria from abroad was registered in April, national statistics show.

Approximately 558 100 people arrived in Bulgaria in April, an increase of 11.1% compared to the number of visitors in April of last year.

Data published by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) on Friday also shows the share of those traveling for holiday and recreation purpose increased by 41.5%, while the number of those arriving for work-related purposes surged by 29.7%. Trips with other purposes dropped by 16.1%.

EU citizens made up the majority of arrivals, at 55.7% if the total number. In April of last year, EU nationals visiting Bulgaria accounted for 41.9% of the total.

This April, there were an increased number of visits from citizens of Greece (41.8% more), Spain (22.8%), France, the Netherlands, and several others. By contrast, the number of Hungarians visiting Bulgaria dropped by 8.2%, and of Belgian citizens dropped by 7.3%.

Outside the EU, Ukrainians recorded the biggest growth in numbers of visitors to Bulgaria, at 21.5%, according to the NSI data.

Among visitors from Israel, and Macedonia, the biggest share was recorded of people graveling with holiday and recreation purposes, with 93.7% and 84.8%.

Professional purposes prevailed among Italian (51.9%) and Austrian (45.8%) arrivals, while the biggest share of travels to Bulgaria with other purposes was from Germany (49.9%) and Turkey (49.9%). read more


DEFENSE

BULGARIA PLANS TO REFIT TWO OF ITS FRIGATES

The Bulgarian defence ministry is planning to refit two of the frigates currently in service to the navy in order to fully restore their capabilities.

The refitting of Drazki and Verni frigates, both of which used to be in service to the Belgian navy, will be carried at the same time as the acquisition of two new multi-purpose patrol ships. read more


BULGARIA IN EU

DW: BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER IS BRUSSELS' 'GOLDEN BOY'

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has achieved "model student status" among Central and Eastern European leaders, Alexander Andreev writes on Deutsche Welle's website.

The title is a reference to comments by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who has more than once described Borisov as "my golden boy".

Borisov "knows where to find strong [statespeople] - in Brussels, in Berlin (Borisov has a photo of Merkel on his desk), in Washington and in the Vatican," Andreev writes, also recalling: "In a conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Borisov proudly told him, "Three popes have patted me on the head!" EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has also gained notoriety for having kissed Borisov on the forehead."

While Bulgaria's macrofinancial framework is stable and the country accepted mandatory quotas, it also issues statements and takes actions that draw EU approval, with Andreev citing the case with vigilante migrant hunters (who were first commended and then criticized) and the South Stream pipeline which was abandoned (the latter development, however, occurred after a Russian announcement and not after an official statement of rejection coming from Sofia).

At home, Borisov "is able to play the part of a generous father figure who treats his children to new highways or subway stations almost every day" with the help of EU funding, also using the money to wield influence on media outlets.

The article is available here.

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DOMESTIC

BULGARIA PM SAYS HE CANNOT BE 'THAT USEFUL' AS PRESIDENT

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has downplayed again any prospect of running for President in this autumn's elections.

He has told journalists he does not see himself as a "uniting figure" for the right-wing electorate.

"I think there are enough people in GERB [the main ruling party, headed by Borisov] who can be uniting and do a good job," the Bulgarian National Radio quotes him as saying.

Borisov has made clear he is not "attracted" by the idea of becoming head of state. "Nor do I consider that I can be as useful there as [I am] now. Moreover, you can see for yourself what is the level of people claiming power at the moment."

Speculation is still mounting over whether Borisov intends to run. Incumbent Rosen Plevneliev, who was endorsed by GERB in 2011, last week said he would not seek another term, while the Prime Minister maintains he would never sacrifice political stability for his own gains.

Earlier this year, he had said he would prohibit any discussions on candidates until the summer.

This week, however, he explained GERB was planning to announce the name of a candidate in September, or right before the start of the presidential campaign. read more


SOCIETY

BULGARIAN IS SPOKEN BY 15 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

According to a study of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAN), around fifteen million people across the world speak the Bulgarian language.

Seven million of them live in Bulgaria, three other million inhabit the Bulgarian language continuum, which comprises the historical provinces of Moesia, Thrace and Macedonia, while the remaining five million speakers are Bulgarian emigrants living across the world. read more


INCIDENTS

EU COMMISSION OFFICE IN SOFIA EVACUATED OVER FIRE

A fire broke out in a building next to the European Commission's representative office in Bulgaria, local media report.

Heavy smoke from an adjacent building entered the office and triggered fire alarms.

No injuries are reported either in the building that was caught in flames or at the EU Commission office.  read more


SPORTS

BULGARIA'S TSVETANA PIRONKOVA REACHES HER FIRST 1/8 FINAL AT ROLAND GARROS

The highest ranking Bulgarian female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova reached for the first time in her career the fourth round of Roland Garros.

In a match from the third round played on Friday, Pironkova defeated decisively Sloane Stephens from the USA with 6:2, 6:1. read more


BULGARIA'S PIRONKOVA TO FACE SLOANE STEPHENS IN 3RD ROUND OF ROLAND GARROS

Tsvetana Pironkova, the highest-ranking Bulgarian tennis player, is facing Sloane Stephens in the third round of Roland Garros on Friday, 17:00 Bulgarian times.

This is the second time in a row for Pironkova, currently 102nd in the WTA ranking, to win two Roland Garros matches in the same tournament. On Wednesday she defeated Johanna Larsson, currently 62nd, in the second round, after securing a victory over Sara Errani (18th as of Friday).

Stephens, however, has defeated Pironkova in all three matches the two have played. read more


CRIME

BULGARIA'S PROSECUTION TO DEMAND CUSTODY FOR MAYOR OF GALICHE

Bulgarian prosecuting authorities will demand that the mayor of the village of Galiche, Tsenko Chokov, should remain in custody after being arrested in a police operation on Thursday.

Chokov has already been indicted on charges of heading an organized criminal gang, the Chief Prosecutor's spokesperson, Rumyana Arnaudova, has told private NOVA TV broadcaster.

However, the indictment has not yet been filed with a court.

As many as 11 others were detained in the same operation, his son, Martin Chokov, being among them.

Apart from the mayor, prosecutors will demand custody for five more of those detained, Arnaudova has explained.

Separately, Chokov is facing charges of usury, extortion, and inflicting actual bodily harm.

His lawyer has told bTV station the charges are based on old proceedings that have already been suspended.

read more


VIEWS ON BG

HUFFINGTON POST: BULGARIA, A STROLL IN THE PARK

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WORLD

WESTERN EXPERTS CONSIDER IRINA BOKOVA AMONG MOST SUITABLE CANDIDATES FOR UN CHIEF

A discussion held in the British Parliament on Tuesday identified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as one of the most suitable candidates for being selected as the next United Nations (UN) Secretary-General.

According to the participants in the discussion, the nomination of former Slovenian President Danilo Turk was also among the most suitable options, 24 Chasa daily informs. read more


SOUTHEAST EUROPE

BULGARIA'S INTMIN REPORTS SLIGHT INCREASE IN MIGRANT PRESSURE ON BORDER WITH TURKEY

Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said that there has been slight increase in the migrant pressure exerted on the country's border with Turkey in the past few days.

Speaking to journalists in parliament on Friday, Bachvarova revealed that a group of thirty migrants have been detained near the Black Sea town of Primorsko. read more



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