Archive for February, 2019

NATO Secretary General Arrives on a Visit to Bulgaria

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives on a visit to Sofia on Thursday evening at the invitation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, the government information service said. They will hold a working dinner to discuss co-operation in the security and defense and stability of the Western Balkans and the region.

The same topics will be in the focus of the talks between Borisov and Stoltenberg and on Friday when the two will hold a four-eye meeting in the building of the Council of Ministers.

An extended meeting will be held between the two delegations, which will include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva, Patrick Turner – Deputy Secretary General for Planning and Defense Policy and Lorenz Meyer-Minemann – First Deputy Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary-General.

Stoltenberg will arrive in Sofia from Kosice (Slovakia), where the presidents of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary meet for the Bucharest B9 initiative. The event is part of NATO’s 70th anniversary celebrations and the completion of the Alliance’s accession process to the nine countries 15 years ago.


EC: Bulgaria Does Not Adequately Investigate Potential Financial Crimes

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Bulgaria is slowly catching up with the other countries, despite its good economic situation. This is the opinion of the European Commission and is part of the annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the countries of the Union.

The most serious problems or “excessive imbalances” are found in Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Bulgaria, together with 9 other member states, is in the “macroeconomic imbalances” group.

Our country has taken measures to strengthen the banking sector, reports the EC, but a number of these measures have to be put into practice.

Bulgaria does not adequately investigate potential financial crimes related to money laundering. No progress has been made in establishing the reasons for this, the report said.

The EC also emphasizes the risk of issuing Bulgarian citizenship documents.

Studies about the people who want to receive a European document in our country as well as about the origin of their funds are not enough, the text says.

The state of the labor market has improved, but serious social problems remain unresolved. Many Bulgarians continue to have difficulty in accessing health care, the EC said. Administrative reform is slowly developing, and the fight against corruption remains a major pledge.

In the spring, the specific EC proposals for each country are expected for the period 2019 – 2020.


Rumen Radev at a Meeting of Presidents From 9 Central and Eastern European Countries

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

President Rumen Radev is in Slovakia to attend the summit of presidents from 9 Central and Eastern European countries, reported the Bulgarian National Television.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also attends the forum. The heads of state are discussing the security of the old continent and neighbouring areas within NATO’s collective approach.

The focus of their attention is also on the possibilities to counteract the hybrid threats.


If There is No Brexit Deal: European Citizens Retain Their Rights

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Britain will guarantee the rights of European citizens on its territory, and those of the British in the EU will also be preserved, even if the country comes out of the union without a deal, reported the Bulgarian National Television. 

This was one of the proposals that British MPs approved last night. They supported Theresa May’s new partnership for Brexit, but a number of concessions were made.

According to this plan, the agreement May negotiates with Brussels and the package of amendments that will succeed in the meantime, will be voted once again, not later than 12 March.

If it does not receive a green light this time, on March 13, MEPs will decide whether they want to get out of the EU without a deal. If they refuse, May 14 will put forward a proposal to postpone Brexit.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would support a second referendum on Brexit, but would continue to seek other alternatives.


U.K. Calls For Diplomatic Solutions of the India-Pakistan Tensions

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Foreign Office Minister urges India and Pakistan to de-escalate tension in region, The Hindu reports. 

The British government has expressed its deep concern about “rising tensions” between India and Pakistan, and called for urgent restraint from both sides and “diplomatic solutions,” but has steered clear from coming down on one side or the other or to play an intermediary role on the wider Kashmir issue, as it acknowledged the need to deal with “underlying” issues,” particularly with regards to that region. 

Foreign Office Minister Mark Field noted that India was entering a “pre-election” period and that remained a “factor of concern.” 
“That is one of the reasons we want to see a de-escalation at the earliest possible opportunity,” Mr. Field said during a question and answer session in the House of Commons on Wednesday. 

He also said that he would express concerns about the safety of Kashmiri people based across India who had faced violence and threats since the attack.

“I am happy to express those direct concerns when I speak with the High Commissioner,” Mr. Field said. The Minister urged for dialogue and for the two countries to find “diplomatic solutions.”

The opposition Labour Party’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said that while India had been absolutely right to take action against the terrorist group and to urge Pakistan to do the same, long-standing human rights concerns also had to be dealt with.



Sunny Weather Across the Country. Temperatures Between 8°C and 13°C

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Sunshine today, maximum temperatures between 8°C and 13°C. This is the weather forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology told Focus News Agency.

Light wind, moderate in the Danube Plain from west-northwest.

Day temperatures will rise, reaching highs between 8°C and 13°C.


BHP promotes 3 women to senior executive team in reshuffle

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The miner has a goal to achieve a 50% female workforce by 2025

Oil prices gain as US inventories plunge

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Pemex narrows losses but production struggles remain

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Bulgarian PM Talks with a Saudi Prince on Energy and Agriculture

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov held a telephone conversation with Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz al Saud, an advisor to the Saudi Arabian Royal Court, reported the Bulgarian National Radio. 

During the telephone conversation at the request of the Saudi Prince, the possibilities for building bilateral cooperation in a number of areas of mutual interest such as energy, agriculture, tourism, innovation and high technology, were discussed, the government’s press service announced today.

Prime Minister Borisсov highlights the opportunities for investment in Bulgaria, among which is the project for the construction of the European gas hub “Balkan”.

The Prime Minister has expressed the hope of creating a joint venture between the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Saudi Arabia Investment and Farming Company. According to Borisсov, the joint venture will be able to support business contacts and negotiations between companies on both sides.

In his words, on the one hand, this will enable investment in the Bulgarian agriculture, livestock and processing industries and, on the other hand, in the interest of Saudi Arabia’s food security.

Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz al Saud was on a visit to Bulgaria in December last year. He then spoke with Prime Minister Boyko Borisсov to the Council of Ministers in pursuance of the agreements reached during the official visit of the Bulgarian Prime Minister to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the end of November 2017.


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