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Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Submits Signal Against Bulgaria's PM Gerdzhikov

The Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov who was dismissed on Wednesday has accused the interim PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov and the Interior Minister Plamen Uzunov of putting pressure on him. On Nova TV, Kostov said that Plamen Uzunov threatened him that he will be discredited if he does ...

Consultative Council on South Gas Corridor To Meet in Baku

The third meeting of the Consultative Council on the project South Gas Corridor will start in Baku on Thursday. Representatives of the European Commission, Georgia, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy and Greece will discuss the prospects for transporting 10 billion cubic metres of ...

GERB, BSP Draw Consecutive-Number Ballots for Snap Elections

GERB and BSP will participate in the upcoming snap parliamentary elections with consecutive-number ballots. This became clear from the draw of the Central Election Commission which determined the sequence of the parties in the ballot. The randomness of the draw which resulted in DROM receiving the ...

Women Serving in Turkish Army Allowed To Wear Islamic Headdress

Women serving in the Turkish army will now have the right to wear Muslim headdress when they are on duty, announced the Defence Ministry. Up to now, women wearing headdress in accordance with Muslim traditions were forbidden from serving in the army. The wives of military personnel wearing headdress ...

State Ventures To Invest 50% of 2016 Profits on Behalf of Bulgaria

The government has decreed that state ventures and commercial enterprises have to invest 50% of their profits for 2016 on behalf of the state. The decree excludes health treatment facilities for inpatient aid and Water and Sewerage enterprises due to the fact that these have fulfilled the ...

Azerbaijan Waiting for Bulgaria To Construct Gas Link With Greece

The construction of the gas link between Bulgaria and Greece is expected to start in the beginning of 2018, stated interim Energy Minister Nikolay Pavlov in Azerbaijan. Pavlov pointed out that intensive work is being conducted at the moment on the preparation of the documents for the announcement of ...

Bulgaria Remains Among 12 Countries Subject to Special Monitoring

The European Commission has established yet again an extreme imbalance in Bulgaria's economy. The country remains among the 12 EU member-states which are subject to special monitoring. The bank sector has been stabilised but the legacy of weak supervision has not been overcome. Actions are still ...

Secretary General of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry To Be Dismissed

The Secretary General of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov will be dismissed, reported Interim Interior Minister Plamen Uzunov. The interim cabinet decided on Wednesday to ask President Rumen Radev to issue a decree for the dismissal of Kostov. In the period 2015 – 2016, enough data was ...

Vice Admiral Eftimov: No Increased NATO Presence in Black Sea Region

There is no increased presence of NATO's forces in the Black Sea, stated interim head of defence Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov. According to Eftimov, the focus right now is on training and exercises. We focused on optimising training and exercises conducted in the Black Sea region. We do not perceive an ...

Special Prosecutor's Office Ends KTB Investigation, 18 People Indicted

The team of prosecutors and investigators of the Specialised Prosecutor's Office on the pre-trial proceedings of KTB have completed actions on the investigation. 18 people have been indicted, and final and precise indictments described in over 5,000pages have been presented to every single indicted ...

Tension Between Greece, Turkey in Aegean Sea

Turkey was close to crossing the red line' in its relations with Greece when, last Friday, a Turkish ship fired shots near a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, stated in an TV interview Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kodzias calling on Ankara to rethink again these games'. The Greek diplomat described ...

Bulgarian Court Initiates Trial Against Former Defence Minister

Sofia City Court has given the go ahead for one of the trials against former Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev – the case for the MiG-29 fighter aircraft. Nenchev's lawyer Petar Bozhkov stated that Nenchev is registered as a candidate-deputy and is the leader of a party due to which the trial may ...

Bulgaria's Radev: NATO Exercises in Black Sea No Threat To Tourism

The planned military training exercises of NATO in the Black Sea agreed at the meeting in Warsaw in July 2016 have nothing to do with the idea of the so-called Black Sea fleet. These training exercises do not threaten boats, yachts and tourism', wrote on Facebook Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev. ...

Fire Bursts Out in Varna Mall

A fire has burst out in a mall in Varna. No injuries have been reported. The reason for the fire is the explosion of a gas bottle. Four teams of firefighters have been deployed and the fire has been put out. The director of the mall Ivo Genov explained for BNR that there is no risk of the fire ...

EU To Put End To Tax Avoidance by MNCs

The Finance Ministers of EU member-states have agreed to close loopholes in tax legislation allowing multinational companies to avoid paying taxes on dividends, reported Reuters. The agreement is a step in the direction of terminating the practice of companies declaring their taxes where they find ...

Juncker: Great Britain Will Pay Stiff Price for Brexit

Great Britain will pay a stiff price for leaving the European Union, warned in a speech to the Belgian Federal Parliament the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. These will be difficult negotiations which will continue for two years in order to agree on the terms of Brexit. ...

First Express Train from Istanbul Arrives in Sofia

The first express train from the Turkish city of Istanbul arrived in Sofia on Tuesday after a nine-and-a-half-hour trip, reported Anadolu Agency. The head of passenger service in Istanbul with Turkish State Railways commented that the state-of-the-art express train with four cars will run every day. ...

3 EU Countries Demand That Lower-Quality Foods Not Be Sold in Eastern Europe

The Czech Republic has joined the initiative supported by Hungary and Slovakia calling on the European Commission to adopt a law banning food and beverages companies from selling products of different content and quality under the same label and brand. According to the official representatives of ...

EC Threatens To Sue 5 Countries Over Air Pollution

The European Commission has warned for the final time Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK about systematic violation of the restrictions of the European Union regarding air pollution, announced the press centre of the commission. These are the five European countries which exceed the admissible ...

270 Refugees Evacuated in Harmanli Centre Due To Fire

270 refugees from the centre in Harmanli have been evacuated because of a fire. The signal about the incident was submitted slightly after midnight. The fire broke out in a warehouse on the first floor. 270 of the residents in the building were evacuated to other rooms. This is the second fire in ...

Interim Govt Not To Nominate Bulgarian EU Commissioner

At present, the caretaker government will not nominate a candidate for Bulgarian European Commissioner, announced interim PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov. The issue was discussed with President Rumen Radev. "For now, we will not nominate a European Commissioner. At a later stage, a European Commissioner might ...

Introduction of Fingerprint Identification in Outpatient Sector Postponed

Bulgaria's Health Ministry has postponed the introduction of fingerprint identification in the outpatient sector. The decision will protect the healthcare system from collapse in terms of medical, technical, information and financial stability, stated Health Minister Ilko Semerdzhiev. The Health ...

Bulgarians Wishing To Vote Abroad Have One Week Left To Apply

Bulgarians living abroad have one week left to file applications in order to participate in the upcoming snap parliamentary elections on March 26. The deadline is February 28. So far, over 15,000 applications have been filed, showed data published on the website of the Central Election Commission . ...

Greece May Rely On New Rescue Programme

Greece may rely on a new rescue programme. Athens and the IMF have resolved their differences which will allow the fund to participate in the new loan for the country, reported bTV. In exchange, the Greek government will have to continue with the unpopular reforms which are causing severe ...

Trakia Highway Closed Due To Cistern Crash

There are no injured persons and no gas leaks after a cistern turned over along the Stara Zagora - Nova Zagora road on Tuesday morning, reported BGNES. Trakia highway has been closed temporarily in both lanes. The cistern is about to be re-loaded and removed from the traffic lane, announced the ...

Inspections To Be Launched of Tunnels Along Lyulin, Hemus Highways

An inspection of all tunnels along the Lyulin and Hemus highways is about to be launched. The examination will be carried out by a specialised unit for inspection. It will include experts from the Transport Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Road Infrastructure Agency, as well as the University of ...

EC Threatens To Sue 5 Countries Over Air Pollution

The European Commission has warned for the final time Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK about systematic violation of the restrictions of the European Union regarding air pollution, announced the press centre of the commission.These are the five European countries which exceed the admissible ...

270 Refugees Evacuated in Harmanli Centre Due To Fire

270 refugees from the centre in Harmanli have been evacuated because of a fire.The signal about the incident was submitted slightly after midnight. The fire broke out in a warehouse on the first floor. 270 of the residents in the building were evacuated to other rooms.This is the second fire in the ...

Interim Govt Not To Nominate Bulgarian EU Commissioner

At present, the caretaker government will not nominate a candidate for Bulgarian European Commissioner, announced interim PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov.The issue was discussed with President Rumen Radev."For now, we will not nominate a European Commissioner. At a later stage, a European Commissioner might be ...

Introduction of Fingerprint Identification in Outpatient Sector Postponed

Bulgaria's Health Ministry has postponed the introduction of fingerprint identification in the outpatient sector.The decision will protect the healthcare system from collapse in terms of medical, technical, information and financial stability, stated Health Minister Ilko Semerdzhiev.The Health ...

Bulgarians Wishing To Vote Abroad Have One Week Left To Apply

Bulgarians living abroad have one week left to file applications in order to participate in the upcoming snap parliamentary elections on March 26. The deadline is February 28.So far, over 15,000 applications have been filed, showed data published on the website of the Central Election Commission ...

Greece May Rely On New Rescue Programme

Greece may rely on a new rescue programme. Athens and the IMF have resolved their differences which will allow the fund to participate in the new loan for the country, reported bTV.In exchange, the Greek government will have to continue with the unpopular reforms which are causing severe ...

Trakia Highway Closed Due To Cistern Crash

There are no injured persons and no gas leaks after a cistern turned over along the Stara Zagora - Nova Zagora road on Tuesday morning, reported BGNES.Trakia highway has been closed temporarily in both lanes.The cistern is about to be re-loaded and removed from the traffic lane, announced the ...

Ilham Ahmed: Sudan Wants to Revive Ties with Bulgaria at All Levels

Novinite has met with Sudan's Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Ilham Ahmed, whose country is marking 61 years of independence – but also the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Khartoum and Sofia. Ms Ahmed, whose mission in Sofia started in September 2014, is also accredited to Serbia, ...

Inspections To Be Launched of Tunnels Along Lyulin, Hemus Highways

An inspection of all tunnels along the Lyulin and Hemus highways is about to be launched.The examination will be carried out by a specialised unit for inspection. It will include experts from the Transport Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Road Infrastructure Agency, as well as the University of ...

The Duisburg Casino in Germany Turns 10

  The Duisburg Casino was built to tap into the underserved gambling market in Germany. Germany has almost as many casinos as Denmark, but several times as many residents as its neighbour. The Duisberg Casino is one of around seventy casinos in Germany, but it is one of the most popular in the ...

Trial Starts in Turkey Against 47 People Accused of Attempting To Kill Erdogan

The trial against 47 people accused of attempting to murder President Recep Erdogan on the night of the failed coup attempt has started in southeastern Turkey on Monday. 38 of the suspects are former military. They may receive life sentences on charges which include attempted murder, an attempt to ...

EU Grants EUR 18 M in Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine

The European Union has announced that it will allocate EUR 18 M in humanitarian aid for the population that suffered from the war in the eastern regions of Ukraine. At least half of the funds will be used to help residents in the territories outside the control of the Ukrainian government. Together ...

Iraq's Embassy Hosts Photo Exhibition in Support of Mosul Offensive

The Embassy of Iraq staged on Sunday a photographic exhibition to muster support for the liberation of Mosul, bringing together Iraqi community members. Organized by Baghdad's Ambassador to Sofia, H.E. Kahtan Janabi, the event took place on the same day Iraq's Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi ...

Report on Inspections of Public Procurement Orders Not To Be Made Public

The report from the inspection of the ministries carried out by the interim government will not become public. The extended version of the report was published on Monday but, in fact, it repeats the statement of interim PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov from last week and does not even present a general picture ...

New Ceasefire Agreement To Enter Into Force in Ukraine

A new ceasefire agreement must enter into force in Eastern Ukraine as of Monday, reported BNR. It was negotiated by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine during a meeting at the Conference on Security in Munich. The diplomatic group known as the Normandy Four also agreed to ...

Increased Police Presence Along E-79 Due To Casino Robbery

There is increased police presence along the E-79 road in relation to the armed robbery of a casino located at the border cross checkpoint Kulata near Petrich, reported BGNES. In the Poligona area of E-79 at the entrance to Blagoevgrad, armed policemen are stopping and checking vehicles, mainly ...

Flu Peak in Bulgaria Expected in April

With the increase in temperatures, a new flu wave is expected, warned the director of the National Centre on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases Professor Todor Kantardzhiev. He predicted that the peak of the flu will be in April. Kantardzhiev specified that the expected virus subtypes are ...

Bulgaria Requests Opening of Voting Sections in 17 German Cities

The Bulgarian Embassy in Berlin has requested permission from the German authorities to open voting sections in 17 cities in addition to the sections in the diplomatic and consular missions of Bulgaria in the federal republic, stated a written reply by the Foreign Ministry in response to BNR's ...

Foreign Investments in Bulgaria Shrink by 60% at End-2016

According to preliminary BNB data, foreign investments in the Bulgarian economy amounted to EUR 682.8 M at the end of 2016. This is a drop of 59.7%, compared to a year earlier. There is a drop in all categories but the biggest decrease was reported for long-term investments of international ...

President Radev, PM Gerdzhikov To Discuss EU Commissioner Nomination

President Rumen Radev and interim PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov will meet on Monday to discuss whether an attempt should be made for the caretaker government to nominate a Bulgarian European Commissioner. This was announced by PM Gerdzhikov on Nova TV. Gerdzhikov specified that Radev and he have agreed to ...

Austrian Ambassador Roland Hauser Tops Novinite.com's Personalities in the News Poll

Austria's Ambassador to Sofia Roland Hauser has turned out to be the most popular personality in Novinite's 2016 poll. Apart from winning the contest's Diplomacy category, Mr Hauser has obtained the biggest share of votes among all nominees. Mr Hauser has been exceptionally active in initiatives ...

Bulgaria Pays EUR 1 M for Court of Human Rights Verdicts

Bulgaria has paid nearly EUR 1 M for verdicts ruled by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in 2016, showed data from the Justice Ministry, reported BGNES. Compensations paid for 2106 amount to a total of EUR 960,100 or BGN 1,877,800. This amount includes friendly settlements and unilateral ...

Austrian Ambassador Roland Hauser Tops Novinite.com's Personalities in the News Poll

Austria's Ambassador to Sofia Roland Hauser has turned out to be the most popular personality in Novinite's 2016 poll. Apart from winning the contest's Diplomacy category, Mr Hauser has obtained the biggest share of votes. Mr Hauser has been exceptionally active in initiatives held all around ...

Report on Public Procurement Orders To Be Published

The report of the Inspectorate of the Council of Ministers on the public procurement orders of the former cabinet will be published on Monday. Some of the results of the inspections were made public by Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov on Friday. The interim PM pointed out that certain irregularities ...