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Bulgaria’s External Debt Lowest as of Decade

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Statistics of the Central Bank shows that in the end of March 2017 Bulgaria’s external debt was at its lowest since 2009, reaching its lowest level over the past decade as GDP ratio, announced  BNR.

It was EUR 34.2 bln end-March, shrunk by EUR 130M on March 2016 – to 70.2% of GDP.

The gross debt last year was equal to 75.1% of GDP, while in the period 2013 – 2015 it exceeded 90%.

By the end of March the foreign debt dropped to only EUR 6.5 bln, declining on December 2016 by EUR 200M.

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Parliament Approves Resignation of BSP MP Kiril Dobrev

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The Parliament has approved the resignation of its member Kiril Dobrev, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), FOCUS News Agency reported.

The resignation was approved with 182 votes in favour, 2 against and 2 abstentions.

Dobrev announced his decision to withdraw from the parliament on May 14 in response to the idea of BSP leader Korneliya Ninova to avoid combining the posts of MP and a member of BSP’s executive body. Dobrev was then chosen to be deputy chairman of the party.

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2 Border Officers Detained in Operation Against Illegal Migration at Sofia Airport

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Bulgarian authorities have detained six people, including two border police officers, in an operation against illegal migration at the Sofia airport last night. Two others are foreigners who organised the canal, while the other two are people who sought to benefit from the scheme.

For the first time the authorities have revealed a canal for people trafficking through the airport. The scheme involved trafficking of illegal migrants from the Middle East through Bulgaria to the EU. These activities are a threat to the national security and Europe, prosecutor Ivan Geshev, head of the Specialised Prosecutor’s Office, told journalists.

The fee was EUR 5 000 per person, while the fee for border police officers was BGN 4 000, Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said.

 

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4 People Dead, 15 Injured in Road Accidents During the Past Day

Friday, May 26th, 2017

 Four people have died in road accidents in Bulgaria during the past 24 hours, the press centre of the Ministry of Interior announced. 

A total of 15 road accidents occurred in the country, in which there were 15 people injured, while the lives of three others were in danger. In the capitol Sofia, a total of 132 minor and 3 serious road accidents occurred, in which 3 people were injured.

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Code Yellow Warning Issued Over Heavy Rain in 18 Bulgarian Districts

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Code yellow warning was issued over heavy rainfall in 18 districts in Bulgaria, according to the website of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH).

The warning applies for the districts of Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Lovech, Sofia region, Sofia, Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Smolyan, Kardzhali, and Haskovo. The expected amounts of rainfall are between 10 and 20 litres per sq. m, in certain regions up to 40 litres per sq. m. In certain regions, it is possible for thunder to strike.

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Premiers of Bulgaria and Turkey Discuss Situation in Balkans

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim discussed over the phone the situation in the Balkans, reported the Bulgarian National Radio.

The leaders have found that cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey is of particular importance for the stability of the region and for cutting the migration flow to Europe.

They have agreed that keeping agreements for easing pressure on the Bulgarian border will continue.

The Turkish premier has invited Borisov to visit Turkey on 13 June for further talks and has congratulated all Bulgarian Muslims for the month of Ramadan starting on 26 May. 

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At Least 14 Schoolchildren Injured as Bus Overturns in Northern Greece

Friday, May 26th, 2017

At least 14 schoolchildren have been injured in a bus crash in northern Greece, early Friday, Ekathimerini writes.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. on the road connecting the towns of Serres and Kavala as the bus, carrying around 40 passengers including teachers and parents, was heading on an excursion to Alexandroupoli.

According to reports, the driver of the bus who was going the correct way swerved to avoid a head-on collision with a truck, causing the vehicle to overturn.

One child who had been trapped in the vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters. The injured pupils were rushed to nearby hospitals.

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PM Boyko Borisov: ‘Land Forces Most Important For Army’

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has disagreed with criticism from President Rumen Radev over that he is likely to revise his view on the rearmament of the Airforce, BNR announced.

Recalling that a year ago as then-commander of the Airforce, the president maintained the opinion that the Russian MiG 29 aircraft should be repaired and carry out flights until 2028, Borisov pointed out that for this particular reason he planned to commission for the repair job Avionams aircraft repair plant recently made state property.

The Prime Minister also said that not the aviation but the land forces are the most important for any army, and the issue for its rearmament should be discussed at the Advisory Council on National Security at the President of the Republic.

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Dimitar Margaritov, CPC: Dropping of Roaming Should not Affect Tariffs of Mobile Operators

Friday, May 26th, 2017

”The abolition of roaming fees should not in any way affect mobile phone tariffs for customers, as there has been enough time for the operators to recalculate all potential losses as a result of this change.” The comments were made by Dimitar Margaritov, chairman of the Commission for Protection of Customers (CPC), for Novini.bg with regard to the dropping of roaming in the EU from mid-June, CPC’s press office said.

”It is possible, however, that someone be tempted by the change and offer new tariff plans with seemingly very favourable terms, but with additional services with extra charges”, Margaritov warned.

CPC will not allow for the inclusion of any clauses that could cause damage to customers. It will be also watching for unfair commercial practices, for example obstacles demotivating customers from ending their contracts.

Maragaritov said he expects a smooth transition without serious disturbances.

 

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President Radev on Vatican Visit

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Following his participation in the NATO summit in Brussels, Bulgarian President Ruen Radev has arrived in Rome leading a delegation which will visit the Vatican in connection with the Day of the Bulgarian Education and Culture and of the Slavonic Alphabet, reported BNR.

The visit’s agenda includes an audience at Pope Francis, a meeting with the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, as well as visits to San Clemente basilica where is the grave of St. Cyril, San Paolo alla Regola church that Rome has conceded to the Bulgarian community for church service, and Santa Maria Maggiore basilica where in 9 c. Pope Adrian ll blessed the Bulgarian alphabet, the Bulgarian scriptures and the work of the great brothers St. Cyril and Methodius.

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