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Taekwondo Multi European Games Open in Bulgaria

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

The 2nd World Taekwondo Europe (WTE) Multi European Games were officially opened here in the Asics Arena Hall on Friday, reports Xinhua. 

The event, which will end on Sunday, gathered 2,000 athletes of kids to seniors from 50 countries and regions, Bulgaria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev said at the opening ceremony.

In recent years, taekwondo has been one of the fastest growing sports in Bulgaria and has brought many successes for the country, Kralev said.

Slavi Binev, President of the Bulgarian Taekwondo Federation and former member of the European Parliament, said in turn that this is the third biggest taekwondo competition in Europe and the fourth in the world.

“Taekwondo is not only a sport, it is a lifestyle, but the more important thing – it is ‘a factory for personalities,’” Binev said.


Bulgarian President Radev and CEC Discussed Preparations for the European Elections

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

President Rumen Radev met with the new leadership of the Central Election Commission (CEC). The President and the members of the Commission discussed all the necessary measures for conducting peaceful, fair and transparent elections for MEPs, reports BNT.

President Rumen Radev said that there should be no compromise of the electronic vote.

The CEC said that debates on how to allocate the machines to the upcoming Eurovision are a total of 3000.

Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria: Conducting free, fair, transparent elections is one of the biggest achievements of democracy. And these achievements should be upheld in every election. Elections are a task for the whole society, but our society will rely heavily on your efforts and high professionalism for organising, conducting and reporting results and,above all, applying the electoral law. 

Stefka Stoeva, Chair of CEC: We have problems with the certification, the public procurement will be checked today by competent external experts and we will start working on the criteria for the distribution of the three thousand machines because this is important. Citizens want to know why some will vote though a machine and others with a paper ballot. This must be clearly explained


Controversial Penalty Earns Bulgaria Draw Against Montenegro

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Bulgaria midfielder Todor Nedelev scored a dubious late penalty to help them earn a 1-1 home draw in their opening Euro 2020 Group A qualifier against Montenegro on Friday, reports Euronews.

The penalty was awarded in the 82nd minute for a foul by Montenegro substitute Vladimir Jovovic on Stanislav Kostov but television replays showed the incident happened outside the penalty area.

Stefan Mugosa opened the scoring when he curled in a brilliant left-foot shot five minutes after the break that gave Bulgaria keeper Nikolay Mihaylov no chance having beaten Vasil Bozhikov and Petar Zanev by putting the ball through their legs.

Bulgaria were unable to get into their stride for most of the second half but 17-year-old debutant Martin Minchev almost secured a late win when he shot just wide.

Bulgaria visit Kosovo on Monday when Montenegro will host England. Gareth Southgate’s side face Czech Republic later on Friday.


Anti-corruption Body Investigates Property Deals of Ruling Majority Politicians in Bulgaria

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Bulgaria’s anti-corruption commission starts an investigation following media publications and alerts from non-governmental organisations regarding the purchase of high-end apartments at prices lower than the market value prices by politicians from the ruling majority, reports BNT.

The politicians subject to the investigation are GERB parliamentary group leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov; Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva; Vezhdi Rashidov, head of Parliament’s committee on culture and a former culture minister and Deputy Minister of Sport, Vanya Koleva.

The check will probe into all data and circumstances published in the media, including the market prices of the properties concerned, the origin of the funds for their purchase, as well as trade in influence and conflict of interest in the adoption of legislative changes by the Parliament. The activity of the sales company “Arteks Engineering” AD, as well as its possible participation in public procurement will be checked as well.

All sale and purchase transactions carried out by the company for the period 2017 – 2019 will be analysed with a view to establishing the prices at which the company usually sold properties and the possible identification of other persons under Art. 6 para. 1 of the Law on Anti-Corruption and Forfeiture of Unlawfully Acquired Assets, who have entered into transactions with the company. Information will be requested from the competent authorities and all construction permits issued to the company for that period.

The anti-corruption commission launches the investigation following media reports that Tsvetanov had bought a luxury apartment at an allegedly below-market value price. Tsvetanov denies wrongdoing. He said he did nothing illegal and sees the issue as part of a smear campaign against ahead of Bulgaria’s May 2019 European Parliament elections.

Tsacheva told journalists on March 21 that she had asked the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the anti-corruption commission to investigate her property acquisition. She said she wanted the results to be made public when the check was over.

The investigation will also look into possible presence or lack of related persons between political parties and Arteks Engineering AD, as well as whether the company has provided pre-election donations.


Bulgarian Citizens Will Pay More For Driving Courses

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Higher fees for driving courses are foreseen by the industry, reported

The reason is a decision of the Council of Ministers to change the way of training of those who want to get permission to drive a motor vehicle, Bulgaria ON AIR reported.

President of the Union of Train Drivers, Yonko Ivanov, explained that the changes are a consequence of the new European Commission framework to reduce road accidents and to overhaul the driver-vehicle system, leading to zero deaths by 2050 year.

“Bulgaria, as a member of the EU, has to comply with this framework and in all three directions to contribute to the general concept of reducing victims on the road,” Ivanov said in “Bulgaria morning”.

In his words, this decision should be analyzed, by the end of March, the training documentation for drivers of 17 categories – from the A1 to the trams, which are the last category.

The accent was on increasing the number of classes for cars. It is the EU’s recommendation to lift them up to 50 hours, currently they are 31.

Totally new methods in motorcycle training will be introduced – a number of test exams to be removed from category B.


Almost 12 million Passengers Have Passed Through Bulgarian Airports in 2018

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

2018 was a successful year for Bulgarian aviation, characterized by consolidation of market positions and addition of production capacities on the other. This was reported by the chairman of the Association of Bulgarian Airlines Svetoslav Stanulov during the annual report of the association for the state of the sector, writes

In 2018, a total of 11,975 million passengers have traveled through Bulgarian airports, traveling with international scheduled or charter flights. Of these, 6.627 million (or 55.34%) have passed through Sofia Airport. Passengers on domestic flights are about 300,000.

Between Burgas and Varna, a total of 5.215 million (or 43.55%) have passed.

The growth of total passengers transported by international flights to and from Bulgaria in 2018. compared to 2017 is 1,002 million passengers or 9.2%. For Sofia Airport we have an increase of 6.7% and for Varna and Burgas airports the growth is 12.6%.

132.6 thousand passengers were transported from and to Plovdiv Airport last year, compared to 87 thousand in 2017.

In 2018, there was considerable investor activity in airplane maintenance and repair facilities as well. 


Turkey Opened an Amusement Park, 3 Times Larger Than Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Adrenaline lovers from all over the world can now add a new destination to their list, writes

Wonderland Eurasia, which was officially opened in the Turkish capital Ankara, has many impressive attractions, according to the British newspaper Metro.

It’s three times bigger than Disney’s Magic Kingdom, says T + L.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan cut the ribbon on Wednesday, Reuters reports, saying that the new amusement park, located on an area of 1.3 million square meters, “is not just a symbol of pride for Ankara but also for all of Turkey.”

And considering all the attractions that guests can enjoy in the park, it is clear why.

It consists of 26 major attractions, including 14 trains, as well as 2,117 smaller entertainments, according to Reuters.

The park has several scenes for concerts, the Digital Dark Ride – a 75-meter tower, a 20,000-square-foot dinosaur jungle that includes a 70-meter animation Tirex, and others.

In addition to this, Wonderland Eurasia is home to the world’s second largest fountain, reaching a height of 120 meters.

The construction of the park, worth $ 256 million, takes more than five years. The project started almost six years ago and was only completed in 2018.

According to Erdogan, the new park will earn 50 million pounds per year (about $ 9 million), and Park Executive Director believes he will attract 5 million visitors in the first year.

Such amusement parks are receiving more and more attention. The largest indoor theme park in the world is located in Dubai and the largest underwater theme park is located in Bahrain.


Canadian Velocity Minerals Became the Majority Owner of a Bulgarian Gold Extraction Project

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Canadian company Velocity Minerals is now the majority owner of the Rosino deposit, part of the Tintyava area, located on the territory of the municipalities of Ivaylovgrad and Krumovgrad.

According to the company’s official announcement, Vancouver-based company is now the owner of 70% of Tintyava Exploration, and its Bulgarian partner Gorubso-Kardzhali holds the remaining 30% of the shares. “The implementation of the agreement and the acquisition of 70% stake in Tintyava Exploration are important achievements for Velocity by continuing the exploration of the Rosinno deposits with our Gorubso partner,” said Kate Henderson, president of the Canadian company.

An investment of $ 9 million, agreed with Atlantic Gold Corporation, will be directed, and the company also has received all necessary permits to start drilling in Rozino this month. Last year the Canadian company said it expected to earn nearly 130 million Canadian dollars, or about 100 million US dollars to develop a gold mining project in Bulgaria.

The annual output is expected to be on an average of 65,000 troy ounces of gold, and when it reaches the peak it will reach 78,000 troy ounces. The estimated capital costs that will be incurred for the project amount to 97.6 million Canadian dollars. At the beginning of last year, the Council of Ministers authorized Gorubso-Kardzhali to produce metal from the Tintyava area for three years. Then it became clear that over 5.3 million leva will be invested there


Three New Cases of African Swine Fever in Wild Boars in Bulgaria

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) has received laboratory confirmation of new cases of African swine fever in three wild boars in Alfatar, Dobrich region, and Tervel, Silistra region.
Between August 31, 2018 and March 20, 2019, the agency confirmed a total of one outbreak of the disease in domestic pigs, in Varna region, and 27 infected wild boars in Silistra, Dobrich and Varna, the latter found during search in the regions at the order of BFSA’s director. In addition to the search for infected or dead wild boars in specific perimeter areas, the agency has implemented enhanced control for domestic pigs through clinical examinations and laboratory tests.


Foreign Minister Zaharieva in Tokyo: Bulgaria and Japan are Deepening their Cooperation in a Number of Areas

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva held a number of meetings on the first day of her visit to Japan where both countries expressed their readiness to exchange expertise in different areas, to support the Western Balkans with concrete projects, to deepen their cooperation in education, culture, sport and equality between men and women, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“Bulgaria will not forget Japan’s support during the transition period, thanks to which various projects worth more than 1.4 billion leva have been financed,” Deputy Prime Minister Zaharieva said at his meeting with Shinichi Kitaoka, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency .

“We want to continue our cooperation with projects in the Western Balkans focusing on young people and small and medium-sized enterprises,” she added.

“You are a successful model for many countries, as you have become a donor after a relatively short period of receiving aid,” pointed out Shinichi Kitaoka. He expressed his readiness for the Japan International Cooperation Agency to continue working with Bulgaria on various projects in the Western Balkans meeting the Sofia agenda adopted by EU leaders during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

In February this year. the first Bulgarian-Japanese Initiative on the topic – a seminar on the Western Balkans on flood prevention and response to these disasters, co-organized by the Directorate-General for Fire Safety and Protection of the MoI with the Ministry of the Interior, was funded by the Bulgarian MFA within the framework of Official Development Assistance.

Ekaterina Zaharieva and Shinichi Kitaoka discussed other areas of future cooperation – training of experts, the Japan International Co-operation Agency coordinates Japan’s Official Development Assistance Policy, as well as providing preferential loans and grants to the Japan Bank for International cooperation. The agency has over 1800 staff, 97 overseas offices, works on projects in 150 countries and has a budget of about 1 trillion yen (about $ 8.5 billion).

Since 1989, the Agency has funded training of 842 Bulgarian experts in Japan, sending 243 Japanese experts to Bulgaria and over 200 volunteers, equipment supply, technical cooperation projects and research.

For the first time a representative of the Bulgarian government was also accepted by the governor of Tokyo. The position is handled by a lady, Yuriko Koyke, a former adviser to the Prime Minister of National Security, former Minister of Defense and the Environment. Among her priorities as a governor are the preservation of the environment and sustainable development of Tokyo, as well as the organization of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

“We know that Bulgaria is very strong in gymnastics and artistic gymnastics and we hope the country will perform well,” Ms. Koyke said at the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Zaharieva. “I know Bulgaria is a country with very strong women who are represented on many levels in public life. You are on the 18th place in the world ranking for empowering women, Japan is behind and I hope to learn a lot from you “she continued.

“I am sure that the Tokyo 2020 Games will be very successful, I wish success to all athletes, especially Bulgarian and Japanese,” said Ekaterina Zaharieva. “Bulgaria has much to share about the role of women in politics and business,” she said.

The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that the first wedding of Olympic Games between athletes was in Tokyo in 1964 – by Nikolay Prodanov and Diana Yorgova, and their president became the President of the International Olympic Committee Avery Brindj.

Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva also took part in the initiative for making the medals of the Olympics from metals extracted from old mobile phones. She and all members of her delegation donated their old phones for recycling, which will be used to make nearly 5000 gold, silver and bronze medals.

“In 45 schools in Tokyo, children are learning about Bulgaria, we want to deepen this cooperation,” said the Tokyo governor and asked for cultural exchanges, especially the visit of various artists from Bulgaria.

Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva hosted a reception at the Bulgarian embassy, ??which marked the beginning of the celebrations of three anniversaries in the Bulgarian-Japanese relations – 110 years since the first official contacts, 80 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations and 60 years since their recovery.

During the reception, who had gathered Bulgarian diplomats and friends, Minister Zaharieva awarded five Japanese citizens for their contribution to our country – conductor Mitsuyoshi Oikawa, musician folklorist Shiro Ishizuka, sculptor Massaji Asaga, Honorary Consul of Bulgaria in Osaka Yuzuru Hirano and the driver at the embassy Teruaki Shiota, who has been driving Bulgarian ambassadors for 36 years in the country of the rising sun.

Minister Zaharieva held a meeting with the three Honorary Consuls of Bulgaria in Japan and talked to Japanese businessmen willing to import products from Bulgaria as well as investors of the largest Japanese sushi production plant in Europe, which is located in Plovdiv.