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Turkish President Erdogan Calls on all Muslims to ‘Protect’ Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Muslims across the world to “visit” and “protect” Jerusalem, slamming what he said was an “unacceptable” infringement on Palestinians’ rights to a holy site, according to the Independent.

The leader’s comments on Tuesday came after days of violence sparked over access to the al-Aqsa mosque in the city’s Noble Sanctuary, known as the Temple Mount in Judaism.

The site is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and as such is a recurrent flash point in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted Monday night to dismantle metal detectors set up outside the sacred compound in response to an attack there by an Arab gunman that killed two Israeli police officers on 14 July.

Palestinians alleged Israel was trying to expand its control at the Muslim administered site, the care of which is overseen by neighbouring Jordan. Israel has denied the accusations.

The new security measures and attempts to deny Muslim men under the age of 50 access to the site for prayers led to mass protests in the contested capital.

At least four Palestinians were killed in street clashes and three Israeli settlers were killed in their West Bank home in the ensuing unrest. On Sunday, two Jordanians were killed by an Israeli guard after one attacked him at the Israeli embassy in Amman, sparking a diplomatic incident with Jordan.


Energy Security Strategy For Supply and Diversification of Gas Sources and Routes – Among the Key Priorities of Bulgaria

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev and Minister of Energy Temenujka Petkova held a meeting with Israeli Ambassador to Bulgaria Iri Lilian in the framework of the energy security strategy for supply and diversification of gas sources and routes, the government’s press service said, quoted by BGNES.

The Bulgarian side presented its priorities in the energy sector and, above all, the need to diversify the supply of natural gas to the country and the region of Southeastern Europe. The project for the European gas distribution center “Balkan” envisages the possibility of gas supply from different sources.

During the meeting was discussed the progress of the gas connection with Greece  as well.

The participants in the meeting confirmed the traditionally good bilateral relations between Bulgaria and Israel and agreed that the possibility of deep cooperation in the energy field will contribute to the development of the economies of both countries.

Earlier today, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova held a meeting with the US Ambassador to Bulgaria Eric Rubin, reported BNR.

During the meeting she pointed out that the ”Construction of the Greece-Bulgarian gas interconnector is among the energy sector top priorities of the Bulgarian government which has a key role to play for the diversification of the sources and routes of natural gas supplies not only to Bulgaria but also to the entire region of Southeast Europe.”

At the meeting she has acquainted the diplomat with progress made in the construction of the inter-system connection and with the further steps to its completion.

The energy minister has said that the project was moving as planned so that the construction of the gas connector could begin in 2018 and its exploitation – in 2020. 


Ministry of Foreign Affairs: No Injured Bulgarian Citizens in the Bus Crash in Hungary

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

There are no data for Bulgarians dead or injured in the crash with a bus in Hungary, the Foreign Ministry has said.

Earlier Hungarian media reported that three people were killed in a highway crash in the eastern part of Hungary. A spokesman for the local police said the incident happened between a minibus with Bulgarian registration numbers and a Polish truck.

As of now there is no detailed information about the reasons that led to the crash. The casualties are two women and one man and their national identity is unknown for now. The rest of the passengers are hospitalized.

The medics say that middle aged man is in intensive care due to substantial injuries to the face and chest. Another one has femoral injuries but there is no danger for his life. 


EU – Turkey High Level Political Dialogue in Brussels to be Hold Today

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

 Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission and Johannes Hahn Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations are hosting the EU – Turkey High Level Political Dialogue in Brussels, IBNA reported.

Turkey is represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevl?t ?avu?o?lu and the Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator ?mer ?elik.

The parties will discuss EU-Turkey relations and common challenges ahead, in particular with regards to regional and international issues. The Dialogue will be followed by a press conference, where there will be released more information



Activist From the Party of Valery Simeonov Arrested For Trafficking of Migrants

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Activist from the party of Valery Simeonov is arrested for trafficking of migrants. She was detained on the ”Trakia” highway three days ago.

Her name is Anelia Veleva – candidate for a member of the National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) in 2014. A year later she also ran for mayor of Kostinbrod but was not elected.

The total number of nine Bulgarians and five foreigners were arrested on Saturday. A number of them, including Veleva, have already been charged with illegal trafficking.

The migrants are from Syrian and Iraq. They had to be taken to the Bulgarian-Serbian border.


Police to Check Roads Across Bulgaria Against Illegal Immigrants, Trafficking of Weapons and Stolen Goods

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Criminalists monitor against the transportation of illegal immigrants, trafficking of weapons and stolen goods, reported BNT. 

The purpose of the inspections is also to reduce road accidents.

Analyses show that major road accidents involving trucks and buses result in more deaths and injuries, compared to other road accidents.

The lorry drivers who were interviewed near Blagoevgrad largely agree that more checks are a good idea.


Road Accident Involving Bulgarian Bus in Hungary

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Three people are dead on the site of the car crash in the early hours of Tuesday on the highway in the eastern part of Hungary, reported Hungary Today, cited by NOVA.

Spokesperson of the local police explained that the incident happened between a bus with Bulgarian registration number and a Polish truck.

As of now there is no detailed information about the reasons that led to the crash. The casualties are two women and one man and their national identity is unknown for now. The rest of the passengers are hospitalized. The medics say that middle aged man is in intensive care due to substantial injuries to the face and chest. Another one has femoral injuries but there is no danger for his life. 


Mercedes will Produce Batteries in One More Factory

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Earlier this year, Mercedes announced that the major plant at Unterturkheim would be transformed into production of electric motors. Now the company is starting to make batteries there. Reported Investor.

The Unterturkheim plant is one of the oldest and largest plants of the conventional-engine car company and its re-orientation to electric models is significant. The company has reached an agreement with local workers’ unions to unlock 250 new e-mobility jobs.

 A little earlier, Daimler announced that it would build a giant battery factory in Germany. They was also announced an investment of $ 740 million in a battery factory in China. The new production capacities are announced at a time when the Smart brand is going all the way to the production of electromotors, and by the end of the decade, the first products of the new Mercedes EQ.

By 2025, Mercedes-Benz expects all electric cars to account for between 15% and 25% of their sales, which is a more aggressive strategy than many competing manufacturers.


Small Balls of Hardened Fuel Oil Found on the Beaches of Nessebar and Ravda

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

There is an urgent investigation by RIOSV Bourgas due to pollution with fuel oil at the southern beach of Nessebar and the central beach of Ravda. After close inspection of the whole beach strip small hardened balls of fuel oil mixed with seaweed were found. Reported Focus. 

The sea water looks clear and samples were taken to be analyzed for petroleum products. There were orders for immediate cleanup of the beach strip. According to the Marine Administration of Bourgas the cause for the pollution is old contamination outside the territorial waters of Bulgaria which was brought to the shore by strong wind and stormy sea. 


GRECO: ‘Bulgaria Has Implemented Satisfactorily 12 of the 19 Recommendations’

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

In view of the foregoing, GRECO (Group of States Against Corruption) concludes that Bulgaria has implemented satisfactorily twelve of the nineteen recommendations contained in the Fourth Round Evaluation Report. Of the remaining recommendations, six have been partly implemented and one has not been implemented.

The document was adopted by GRECO / Group of States Against Corruption / at its 75th plenary session, which took place in Strasbourg from 19 to 23 June.

Of the other recommendations, six are partially implemented and one is not implemented, the report said. Bulgaria has not complied with the recommendation according to which ”GRECO recommended that the application of supplementary remuneration within the judiciary be subject to clear, objective and transparent criteria.”

”As regards the legislative process, a framework has been created for the involvement of civil society in the legislative process with the setting up of the Public Council, within the National Assembly, composed of civil society representatives, to facilitate public consultation, as well as the requirement for MPs to substantiate their proposals for amendments. In addition, the timeline for the examination of draft laws has been extended so as to allow for more time for interested parties to engage in the examination of bills in parliamentary committees at first and second readings”, according to the report.

A procedure has been put in place to tackle breaches of ethical rules by MPs, with a parliamentary committee being able to impose sanctions in case of infringements. Further, an independent review into the prevention of conflicts of interest and verification of asset declaration of MPs has been carried out and has informed the 18 preparation of the draft Law on the Prevention of Corruption and Forfeiture of Illegal Assets on these two issues. However, this bill is still to be adopted.

Insofar as judges and prosecutors are concerned, Bulgaria has taken a number of steps to implement GRECO’s recommendations, some of which have been completed whilst others are still in progress. The structure of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has been modified through amendments to the Constitution with the creation of the Judges College and the Prosecutors College, as way of avoiding that one profession influences career-related decisions regarding the other.

That said, it is to be regretted that representatives elected by the National Assembly are members of both colleges and even more so that their number equals that of elected judges and prosecutors in both colleges, preventing the elimination of any risk of undue political influence on the careers of judges and prosecutors. 107. As to integrity checks of judges and prosecutors, additional rules have been laid down, with practical tools and methodology being finalised.

Further, additional checks have been introduced, in particular through regular asset declarations. The principle of random case allocation has been put in place in respect of both judges and prosecutors. Steps have been taken to strengthen both initial and on-going training of judges and prosecutors on corruption matters.

An assessment of the effectiveness of the supervision and enforcement of integrity standards of the judiciary has been undertaken, and the SJC Inspectorate has been given additional powers of verifications over judges’ and prosecutors’ asset declarations and conflict of interest declarations, with the Judges College and Prosecutors College being able to undertake disciplinary proceedings. Some steps remain nonetheless to be taken and, for instance, the five-year term before judges acquiring life tenure needs to be significantly reduced. 108. In view of the above, GRECO notes that further significant material progress is necessary to demonstrate an acceptable level of compliance with the recommendations within the next 18 months.