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5 March 2015, Issue 4171
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Pakistan 'to Table Own Fighters Offer' to Bulgaria
Pakistan is to make its own proposal to Bulgaria concerning the overhaul of its aircraft fleet, media reports suggest.read
Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor, FBI Head Discuss Tackling Terrorism, Corruption
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov discussed on Wednesday measures for fighting terrorism and tackling corruption with FBI Director James Comey, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria. read
BULGARIA'S INTERIOR MINISTER RESIGNS
Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov has handed his resignation, the government's press office has confirmed.
BULGARIA’S CASH CREDIT IN MOBILE MICROFINANCE DEAL WITH UNIT OF PHILIPPINES’ LEADING TELECOM
Bulgaria’s Cash Credit has joined forces with Philippines-based Voyager Innovation to offer mobile-based microfinance services in the Asian country.
Announcing its strategic partnership agreement with Cash Credit, Voyager Innovation said in a statement the partners will jointly aggressively rollout a mobile-based microfinance program within the first half of the year, applying big data analytics to offer innovative financial services to Smart’s combined subscriber base of over 75 million. read more
4000 WORKERS GO ON STRIKE IN ONE OF BULGARIA'S BIGGEST PLANTS
Workers have started an effective strike in one of the biggest factories in the Yambol vicinity and in the country - Yazaki Bulgaria.
No term has been specified as to when the protest will end. read more
IMF MISSION STARTS VISIT TO BULGARIA
A regular IMF Article IV mission starts a ten-day visit to Bulgaria on Wednesday to discuss key short-term and medium-term macroeconomic forecasts and assumptions, the Finance Ministry has said.
The mission headed by Mrs. Michele Shannon will also discuss the government’s policies for ensuring macroeconomic growth and economic recovery drivers, the ministry said in a statement. read more
BULGARIA PM, AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT 'TO UNBLOCK NABUCCO PROJECT'
Bulgaria and Azerbaijan's leaders are to seek a renewal of the Nabucco gas pipeline project which came to a halt a few years back, Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov has announced.
He told reporters that as early as "today [Wednesday] we will go with President [Ilham] Aliyev to the EU Commission to present the project for Nabucco's renewal," most media outlets quoted him as saying. read more
BULGARIA'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR, FBI HEAD DISCUSS TACKLING TERRORISM, CORRUPTION
Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov discussed on Wednesday measures for fighting terrorism and tackling corruption with FBI Director James Comey, who is on an official visit to Bulgaria.
Their meeting was also attended by US Ambassador to Bulgaria Marcie Ries, the prosecution's press service reports. read more
BULGARIAN DEPUTY PM KALFIN VOWS SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS COLLABORATION WITH RUSSIA
During a Moscow visit Wednesday, Deputy PM and Social Policies Minister Ivaylo Kalfin discussed opportunities for improvement of trade and economic relations with Russia.
''The economic relations with Russia are extremely important for Bulgaria,'' Kalfin said. ''I believe that in a time of crisis every chance that the business can take, should not be missed. I am convinced that there are ample cooperation opportunities for both sides.'' read more
FBI'S COMEY SAYS HE AND BULGARIA PM BORISOV 'THINK ALIKE'
FBI head James Comey met on Wednesday Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in Sofia while on a visit officially said to deal with security cooperation.
Comey also pledged to help build "strong ties" between Bulgaria and the US in terms of security and anti-terrorism measures. He added he was sure he "would be back" in Bulgaria many times. read more
AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT ARRIVES IN BULGARIA ACCOMPANIED BY KEY GOV'T MEMBERS
Azerbaijan's President Alham Aliyev is on a visit to Sofia along with ministers of foreign affairs, transport economy, energy and communication.
The full list of Aliyev's delegation includes Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev, Industry and Energy Minister Natig Aliyev, and Ali Abbasov, who currently takes the Communications and Information Technologies portfolio.
PAKISTAN 'TO TABLE OWN FIGHTERS OFFER' TO BULGARIA
Pakistan is to make its own proposal to Bulgaria concerning the overhaul of its aircraft fleet, media reports suggest.
NATO DEPLOYS SHIPS TO BLACK SEA FOR TRAINING WITH BULGARIAN NAVY
NATO ships, assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2), arrived in the Black Sea on Wednesday to operate and train with ships from the Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish navies.
The training will comprise simulated anti-air and anti-submarine warfare exercises, simulated small boat attacks and basic ship handling maneuvres, NATO Maritime Command's press service reports. read more
BORDER POLICE ALLOCATES BGN 1.37M TO NEW VEHICLES TO COUNTERACT REFUGEE WAVE
Chief Directorate Border Police is to counteract the expected refugee influx on the Bulgarian-Turkish border with new off-road vehicles.
The information is based on a tender released in the last days of February, according to a BGNES reporter. read more
BULGARIAN NOW EX-MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR REFUSES TO RETRACT RESIGNATION
Veselin Vouchkov, the now ex-Minister of the Interior announced that he will not be retracting his resignation submitted Wednesday.
The statement was made after he met with the leaders of the right-party Reformatorski Blok and center-right ruling GERB party in Parliament today. read more
THREE NOMINATIONS SAID TO BE CONSIDERED FOR BULGARIA'S NEW INTERIOR MINISTER
There are three potential successors to Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov, 24 Chasa daily reported on Wednesday, several hours after Vuchkov resigned.
According to unofficial preliminary information, the potential candidates are Yordan Bakalov, Kalin Georgiev and Metodi Andreev, 24 Chasa said. read more
BULGARIA PM ACCEPTS INTMIN'S RESIGNATION
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has accepted the resignation of Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov, a Deputy PM says.
Borisov, who was meeting FBI Director James Comey at the time, told reporters that "when a resignation has been submitted", he accepts it. read more
BULGARIA INTMIN RESIGNATION 'NOT FINAL DECISION', MPS SAY
Some lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament have questioned the meaning of Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov's move to resign.
RESIGNATION OF BULGARIA INTMIN VUCHKOV PROMPTS MIXED REACTIONS
Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister Rumyana Bachvarova has called the decision of Interior Minister Veselin Vuchkov to resign on Wednesday "unexpected".
Reactions were not late on the sidelines of Parliament, where opposition MPs interpreted the development as a negative sign. read more
BULGARIAN PARLIAMENT DISMISSES BSP'S PROPOSAL FOR EARLY RETIREMENT
The Bulgarian Parliament dismissed the proposal of opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) for early retirement on Wednesday.
Initially, the amendment to the Social Insurance Code was adopted with 94 votes in favour, 76 votes against, while 15 MPs abstained, daily Dnevnik reports. read more
62 % OF BULGARIANS OPPOSE ISSUE OF NEW BGN 16 B DEBT – SURVEY
According to the latest survey of Mediana agency, 62 % of Bulgarians oppose the issue of new BGN 16 B debt, while only 10 % approve it.
CIA: BULGARIAN POPULATION IS LESS THAN 7 MILLION PEOPLE
According to data published in the CIA World Factbook, Bulgarian population has dropped below 7 million people.
The data was refering to the middle of 2014, and showed that Bulgarian population in fact amounts to 6,724,716 people. According to the CIA website, the information has been gathered based on population census, migration processes, life expectancy and others. read more
SKIERS SPEAK OUT AGAINST FIS REACTION TO DANGEROUS RACE CONDITIONS
After the Super-G races at the Bulgarian ski resort Bansko were cancelled on Friday and Saturday on account of the heavy fog, a number of skiers complained about the harsh conditions and the FIS reaction on Sunday.
Despite the similar situation, ski federation made sure that the competition went ahead anyway, thus posing a danger to a number of skiers, Reuters reported. read more
AT LEAST 110 BULGARIANS TO COMPETE IN EUROPEAN GAMES 2015
At least 110 Bulgarians will represent the country in the first European Games, which are scheduled to take place in Baku between June 12 and 28.
For some of the sports, such as wrestling and judo, the continental games will have the status of European championship. read more
HUNGARY TO CLASSIFY PAKS NPP EXPANSION DEAL FOR 30 YEARS
Hungarian Parliament approved on Tuesday the classification of some data in the contract on the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant for a period of 30 years rather than 15.
Hungary will take EUR 10 B loan from Russia for the upgrade of its only nuclear power plant, which will be constructed by Rosatom, Daily News Hungary reports. read more
US EXTENDS SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA, EU READY TO FOLLOW SUIT
EU leaders and US President Barack Obama expressed readiness on Tuesday to extend the sanctions against Russia in case the Minsk ceasefire is further violated.
This happened at a video conference between Obama and the leaders of Germany, France, UK, Italy and European Council President Donald Tusk, EurActiv reports. read more
EU STATES AGREE TO PUT OFF END TO MOBILE ROAMING CHARGES UNTIL 2018
EU member states on Wednesday proposed to postpone scrapping mobile roaming charges by three years until 2018 at least.
At present, mobile phone customers in the EU face extra roaming charges for calls, text messages or internet usage in member states other than their own. read more
JUNCKER, MERKEL PLAY DOWN TALK OF THIRD GREEK BAILOUT
It is “premature” to talk of a third bailout for Greece, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday, playing down talk of a new rescue package being considered for the debt-ridden eurozone member.
"We are going to focus on implementing what was agreed in the Eurogroup," Juncker said at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Brussels. read more
PROBE INTO NEMTSOV MURDER PURSUING SEVERAL LINES OF INQUIRY
Investigators of the assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are pursuing several lines of inquiry, including a contract killing, the head of the Russian Security Service Alexander Bortnikov has said.
The outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin was shot dead on Friday on a bridge over Moscow river several hundred meters away from the Kremlin walls, one of the most heavily policed areas in the Russian capital. Nemtsov was buried at Moscow’s Troyekurovo cemetery on Tuesday. read more
PEPSICO AND COCA COLA TO CLOSE PRODUCTION FACILITIES IN RUSSIA
A number of companies are now considering closig their production plants in Russia on account of the devaluation of the Russian ruble and the unfavorable economic conditions.
Among them are PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co. AG as reported by the Wall Street Journal. read more
MAJORITY OF RUSSIANS OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION IN DONBASS
Close to 60% of the Russian people are against military deployment of Russian forces in Donbass even if tensions escalate.
Merely 25% of people would support military action with Russian participation, while 16% found the question difficult to respond to. read more
MINE BLAST IN EASTERN UKRAINE 'KILLS 30'
At least 30 people have been left dead by a blast in the Zasyadko coal mine in Ukraine's east, in an area controlled by rebels, according to media reports.
According to Vladimir Tsymbalenko, who oversees technology in the self-proclaimed "People's Republic", has described the toll as "preliminary estimates". In his words, the number of wounded is at least 14.
UKRAINE MPS MULL SETTING UP 'PARLIAMENT POLICE' AFTER TUESDAY FIGHT
A Ukrainian lawmaker has proposed the creation of a "parliamentary police" after a new brawl that ended up violently on Tuesday, Russian media report.
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