Archive for May, 2015

Bulgaria’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Boasts about Great Interest in Rural Development OP

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Bulgaria’s Deputy Agriculture Minister Vasil Grudev has reported a great interest in the 2014-2020 edition of the EU operational program Rural Development.

In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio Grudev informed that a total of 2400 projects worth BGN 1.1 B had been submitted under the program since April 14.

He noted that although the large number of applications was a good sign, the administration would have to sift through the schemes as the total budget of the program (EUR 300 M in EU funding and around BGN 600 M in national co-financing) would suffice to finance around half of the projects submitted.

Grudev made clear that the measure envisaging support for young farmers would be opened in end-June, adding that it would have a budget of EUR 35 M, and that the priority sectors were livestock farming, fruit and vegetable production, and organic farming.

He said that by 2020 priority treatment would be given to projects in the sphere of livestock farming, organic farming, and fruit and vegetable production.

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Munch or be munched on

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

THE wave of mergers in the technology industry, widely expected, may have finally begun. Yet it did not start as predicted in software, but in hardware. Last week Avago Technologies, a chipmaker which has already gobbled up a number of rivals in recent years, said it would buy Broadcom for a whopping $37 billion—the biggest tech deal since the dotcom bubble in the late 1990s. This week is likely to see Intel, the world’s biggest chipmaker, announcing that it intends to acquire Altera for as much as $15 billion.

Some of the reasons for these takeovers are financial in nature. Chip firms are under pressure to cut costs; scaling up is one way to do this. Avago hopes to save $750m a year as a result of its acquisition of Broadcom. Teaming up will give firms a better bargaining position with their customers, particularly with Apple and Samsung, which rule the roost in the smartphone market. Finance for the deals is easy to come by; Avago will issue $9 billion in new debt. And stock markets are at record heights, providing acquirers to issue new shares to fund the deals and allowing targets to get a good price.

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Roma in Bulgaria’s Garmen Have Started Voluntarily Demolishing Illegal Buildings

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Only 24 houses in the Roma neighborhood of Kremikovtsi in the southwestern village of Garmen are legal, according to the results of joint inspections of power distributor CEZ, Bugaria’s National Construction Control Directorate, and the Social Assistance Directorate.

The owners of the remaining 124 illegal buildings have been given a deadline to demolish them voluntarily or else pay for the government-ordered forced demolition.

The residents have started demolishing some of the buildings, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.
Roma residents of the Kremikovtsi neighborhood say that some 500 locals have already left the country to try to find seasonal jobs in Greece.

Meanwhile the Garmen municipality has announced that the illegal buildings can be legalized if the owners purchase the land on which they have been built at the price of BGN 1.20 per square meter.

A working group established at the initiative of Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova is looking for an appropriate building to accommodate the Roma families that will be left without a home.

Garmen has been the site of ethnic clashes over the past 7 days.

Police stepped up presence in the area after a brawl between Bulgarians and Roma.

Residents of the Garmen municipality urged the local authorities to evict the people living in illegal buildings in the Kremikovtsi neighborhood in a week, threatening to hold a massive protest on June 2.

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Turkey’s Ambassador to Bulgaria Voices Dissatisfaction with Border Fence

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Turkey’s Ambassador to Bulgaria Suleyman Gokce has expressed dissatisfaction with the 30-kilometer border fence and the declaration of the Parliament on the fate of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Television, Gokce noted that it was not of great importance that the declaration of the Bulgarian Parliament from April 24, 2015 did not use the word “genocide” as it was rather a matter of a semantic debate.

The declaration approved by Bulgaria’s National Assembly refers to the “mass extermination” of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the 1910s and early 1920s.

“The Bulgarian Parliament was the only Parliament to adopt such a decision and this cannot be underestimated. Two other countries, Austria and Bolivia, also adopted declarations to that end, but they are not neighbors of Turkey,” he stated, as cited by dnevnik.bg.

Regarding the barbed wire fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border, aimed at stemming the surge in refugees, Gokce acknowledged that Bulgaria was a sovereign country that was free to make decisions on its own, adding that the wall created discontent.

Turkey’s Ambassador to Bulgaria argued that the border fence gave rise to thoughts about the political message that this act was sending.

Gokce emphasized that the number of refugees in Bulgaria was below 10 000, with more than 50% of the total having entered the country from Greece, yet there had been no idea to build a fence on that border.

He pointed out that there were 2 million refugees in Turkey and that Bulgaria would be facing much larger numbers of refugees without the cooperation between the two countries in the sphere.

Gokce claimed that it was precisely the partnership between Bulgaria and Turkey and not the border fence that had led to a reduction in refugee numbers.

He said that he had not yet met with Bulgaria’s new Ambassador to Turkey, Nadezhda Neynski, whom he described as a person enjoying a good reputation, respect, and recognition in Turkey.

Gokce also referred to Neynski as an experienced diplomat.

He said that although it was important for Turkey to fulfill EU membership requirements, the decision on its EU accession was political.

Gokce suggested that Bulgaria and Greece were the countries that were most interested in making sure that Turkey was admitted into the EU.

He went on to say that Turkey would be visited by around 1.5 million Bulgarians in 2015, while at least 750 000 Turkish citizens would arrive in Bulgaria over the same period.

Gokce informed that Turkey boasted some 42 million tourists a year and was sixth in the world by this indicator, adding that the success of the local tourist product was attributable to creativity and hard work.

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PM, Finance Minister Praise Bulgaria’s Achievements to IMF, World Bank Representatives

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Bulgaria‘s Prime Minister emphasized Bulgaria’s progress in the fight against corruption and the informal economy and the efforts of the government to guarantee financial stability at a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Sofia.

Laura Tuck, Vice President for the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries, Mamta Murthi, and Poul Thomsen, Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department, met Saturday in Sofia with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, and Bulgarian National Bank Governor Ivan Iskrov.

“We work to guarantee political stability in Bulgaria and the improvement of the country’s international reputation. In the first six months of our term in office we concentrated efforts on the solution of urgent problems, but we are now taking a long-term perspective,” Borisov said at the meeting, according to a media statement of the government.

“We created a specialized anti-smuggling unit including experts from our special services, the National Revenue Agency, the Customs Agency, the Interior Ministry, and the prosecuting authority. The result of these targeted efforts is a budget surplus of nearly BGN 1.2 B in end-May. Compared to the same period of 2014 we collected over BGN 2 B more,” Borisov noted.

“We reformed the special services which had been functioning without statutes for the past 25 years. We have excellent teams of experts working on EU funds absorption, which allows us to make significant progress in the construction of strategic infrastructure in Bulgaria. Every month we are opening new sites, be it motorways, water purification plants, or subway lines, and they are much cheaper than the average prices in Europe,” Bulgaria’s Prime Minister declared.

The election of a new Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank was also on the agenda of Saturday’s meeting.

Borisov assured that the authorities were doing their best to make sure that the new BNB Governor was backed by all political parties and expressed confidence that the process would be completed soon.

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PM Borisov, Finance Minister Goranov Praise Bulgaria’s Achievements to IMF, World Bank Representatives

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Bulgaria‘s Prime Minister emphasized Bulgaria’s progress in the fight against corruption and the informal economy and the efforts of the government to guarantee financial stability at a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in Sofia.

Laura Tuck, Vice President for the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries, Mamta Murthi, and Poul Thomsen, Deputy Director of the IMF’s European Department, met Saturday in Sofia with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov, and Bulgarian National Bank Governor Ivan Iskrov.

“We work to guarantee political stability in Bulgaria and the improvement of the country’s international reputation. In the first six months of our term in office we concentrated efforts on the solution of urgent problems, but we are now taking a long-term perspective,” Borisov said at the meeting, according to a media statement of the government.

“We created a specialized anti-smuggling unit including experts from our special services, the National Revenue Agency, the Customs Agency, the Interior Ministry, and the prosecuting authority. The result of these targeted efforts is a budget surplus of nearly BGN 1.2 B in end-May. Compared to the same period of 2014 we collected over BGN 2 B more,” Borisov noted.

“We reformed the special services which had been functioning without statutes for the past 25 years. We have excellent teams of experts working on EU funds absorption, which allows us to make significant progress in the construction of strategic infrastructure in Bulgaria. Every month we are opening new sites, be it motorways, water purification plants, or subway lines, and they are much cheaper than the average prices in Europe,” Bulgaria’s Prime Minister declared.

The election of a new Governor of the Bulgarian National Bank was also on the agenda of Saturday’s meeting.

Borisov assured that the authorities were doing their best to make sure that the new BNB Governor was backed by all political parties and expressed confidence that the process would be completed soon.

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Bulgaria, Romania to Order Expensive Medicines Jointly as of end-2015

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Bulgaria and Romania will start ordering jointly expensive pharmaceuticals in end-2015 in a bid to secure lower prices through larger quantities, according to Health Minister Petar Moskov.

Moskov made clear Saturday that the two countries would try to persuade other European countries to join the pharmaceutical union at a later stage.

He noted that supplies of mass medication would be negotiated by the Health Ministry, adding that the authorities would seek the lowest price possible.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister, as cited by Darik radio, admitted that the Ministry would buy generic drugs.

He declared that by changing the policy on pharmaceuticals he was opposing a business worth BGN 1 B in unwisely spent funds.

Moskov also said that Bulgaria’s National Health Insurance Fund would only sign contracts with hospitals that could offer comprehensive treatment to patients.

He pointed out that the option of privatizing some hospitals would b brought back on the agenda.

Moskov also explained that patients would only be allowed to make additional payments for treatment via health insurance funds and they would not be able to pay hospitals directly.

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What’s your climate change business plan?

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

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Verisign Hosts One of Two Upcoming Contests

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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Verisign is hosting one of two contests in the coming weeks. Verisign will be choosing five monthly finalists, a total of 15 finalists in three months, for prize giveaways coming soon. Read on for details.

And the game is still on to win a Samsung Digital Signage TV for your business. Small Business Trends will be giving away two of these beauties, so enter for a chance to snag one of your own. Be sure to check in for the weekly question and tweet your answer using the hashtag #SSTVGiveaway. Each answer is an entry so keep the tweets coming!

To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.



Featured Events, Contests and Awards

FREE Lunch with Google!FREE Lunch with Google!
June 16, 2015, Calgary, Canada

Google will be making its first visit to Alberta at the brand new Charbar Restaurant in YYC! This is a one day, free event from 11:30-3:00, and will be a wonderful opportunity to join Adster Creative to welcome the Google team! #adsterinyyc


VERISIGN’s #InternetOfficial ContestVERISIGN’s #InternetOfficial Contest
June 23, 2015, Online

Five monthly finalists, 15 finalists in three months, will each receive $5,000 and an opportunity for a grand prize of $30,000. To enter, register a new descriptive, memorable, original .COM domain name — and that’s it, you’re entered for a chance to win.


Want a Samsung Digital Signage TV for Your Business? We’re Giving 2 Away!
July 6, 2015, Twitter, Online

Is your business’s signage outdated? Is it only capable of telling part of the story about what you have to offer customers? Or maybe a bright eye-catching sign would better convey the products and services you have to offer, and increase sales. If so, your chance to change all that is NOW. Small Business Trends is giving away not one but TWO brand new Samsung SMART Signage TVs. Two lucky winners will soon be transforming their business signage!


Moz ConMoz Con
July 13, 2015, Seattle, Washington

Not your average stuffy networking event, MozCon features three days of forward-thinking, actionable sessions in SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, and more. MozCon speakers share advanced advice on everything from building a loyal community to making data-driven decisions in your marketing.


BlogHerBlogHer
July 16, 2015, New York, New York

A conference celebrating women who blog. The mission is to create opportunities for women in social media to gain community, education, exposure and economic empowerment. The event will be co-hosted along with SheKnows Media in New York City at the New York Hilton.


Adobe MaxAdobe Max
October 3, 2015, Los Angeles, California

MAX provides strictly unplugged, old-school inspiration with a mix of people from creative leaders, designers, broadcast and video pros, tech and business strategists, photographers, and more. This shared energy and passion sparks new ideas, drives new partnerships, and breaks new ground every year. MAX attracts inspirational and iconic speakers that share their personal stories. GRAMMY-award winning band Kings of Leon will be there and you can connect with 5,000 other creatives at daily social events.


DreamforceDreamforce
October 13, 2015, San Francisco, California

Whether you’re a company of five or a Fortune 500, you’ll learn a lot of innovative ways to improve your business at Dreamforce. With over 1,400 sessions and thousands of live solutions from the world’s largest cloud ecosystem, Dreamforce has tailored content specific to your business size and type, for any role in your company.


Global Small Business ForumGlobal Small Business Forum
October 23, 2015, Chicago, Illinois

The Global Small Business Forum 2015 held in Chicago will help entrepreneurs and small business owners export successfully and network with their peers. It will answer such questions as: What’s the best way to ship goods? How will I get paid? Do I need a license? Should I sell direct or indirect? Does my business have what it takes to sell in China?


World Business Forum New York 2015World Business Forum New York 2015
November 12, 2015, New York, New York

In 2015 the World Business Forum will present two days of powerful stories; of individuals who face shocks – both personal and organizational – and who use those shocks to achieve the extraordinary. Speakers include Sir Richard Branson, Jim Collins, a former faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Walter Isaacson, once the 14th editor of TIME magazine in 1996 and named Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, Adam Grant, author of the New York Times bestseller Give and Take and Herminia Ibarra, Professor of Leadership and Learning and Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD.


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Cherno More Varna Wins Bulgarian Cup after 2:1 vs Levski Sofia

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Cherno More Varna defeated Levski Sofia 2:1 after extra time to win the Bulgarian Cup before 16,000 spectators at Lazur stadium in Burgas on Saturday night.

Cherno More defender Stenio dos Santos was shown a second yellow card in the 39th minute, leaving the Varna team with 10 players.

Antonio Anete scored 1:0  for Levski 72 minutes into the game before Bakary levelled two minutes into the overtime.

Mathias Coureur broke through Levski defence to score the winning second goal for Cherno More in the 118th minute.

Levski and Cherno More faced each other for the first time in the final race for the Bulgarian Cup, according to statistics released by gong.bg. Today’s victory will allow Cherno More to play in the Euro League this summer, starting from the second qualifying round.

 

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