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Bulgaria Shows Great Interest in Azerbaijan’s Global Projects

Friday, September 21st, 2018

(MENAFN – Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 20



Bulgaria shows great interest in the global projects being implemented by Azerbaijan.

This statement was made in Baku on Sept. 20 during the meeting between Azerbaijani Prime Minister Novruz Mammadov and Chairperson of the National Assembly of Bulgaria Tsveta Karayancheva, who is on a visit to the country to participate in the solemn event on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani parliament.

‘Azerbaijan and Bulgaria have strong friendly relations,’ Mammadov said, adding that these relations have reached the level of strategic partnership.

“Currently, political relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria are at a high level,’ he said. ‘Our countries are also successfully cooperating within the international organizations. Of course, interparliamentary cooperation also plays an important role in expanding our relations.”

The prime minister touched upon the trade and economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria and stressed that the trade turnover between the two countries has greatly grown during the eight months of this year.

Mammadov also said that a number of important issues are planned to be discussed at the next meeting of the intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria in Sofia.

Chairperson of the National Assembly of Bulgaria Tsveta Karayancheva congratulated Mammadov on his appointment to the post of prime minister and expressed gratitude for the invitation to participate in the solemn events on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijani parliament.

Karayancheva said that the mutual activity of the parliaments of the two countries plays an important role in the development of relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria.

‘The commissioning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is an important event,’ she said, adding that Bulgaria shows great interest in this project.

The special significance of the “Southern Gas Corridor” project was stressed during the conversation. The views on the construction of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria were exchanged.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the possibilities of cooperation in the field of agriculture, food industry, tourism, investments and implementation of joint infrastructure projects, as well as in other areas of mutual interest.

Trend News Agency


Former Prime Minister: Bulgaria’s Government Instability is a Fact, but there is no Serious Alternative

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Sofia. Government instability is a fact, but there is no serious alternative, former prime minister and professor of constitutional law Georgi Bliznashki told Focus Radio. Regarding tension between the president and the government and another presidential veto overturned, on amendments to the Administrative Procedure Code, Prof. Bliznashki said that the state has to provide quality and accessible justice to its citizens. “When fees get too high, they become unaffordable for ordinary citizens. Who else, if not the president, should raise this question? It is now referred to the Constitutional Court, let’s see how our Constitutional Court, guardian of the Constitution and its values, will find the ‘golden ratio’ in this case,” he said. Commenting on the presidential decree for Mladen Marinov to step down as Interior Ministry Secretary General, Prof. Bliznashki said that waiting for that decree had been unnecessary.


Bulgarian Ossuary in Nis Defiled

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Nis. The Bulgarian ossuary in the Ledena Stena area in Nis was defiled, Focus has reported. The walls were spray-painted with offensive scribbles and some slabs were broken.
This is an act of primitive nationalism, Bulgarian Consul General in Nis Edvin Sugarev commented for Focus News Agency.
The ossuary in Nis contains the remains of 2,015 Bulgarian soldiers and officers who died in the autumn of 1944 in Macedonia and Serbia during the World War II.


New Interior Minister of Bulgaria Promises Continuity

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Sofia. Newly appointed Minister of Interior Mladen Marinov promised continuity in the work of the ministry. “I think that by focusing on human resources and on technological upgrade we will achieve good results,” he told reporters in Parliament after the voting, Focus News Agency reports. Asked who the new Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior would be, Marinov said it was not on the agenda now.



Prosecutor General: Bulgaria has Industrial Capacity and Full Mobility of illegal Cigarette Production

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Sofia. In Bulgaria there is real industrial capacity, full mobility and full autonomy of illegal cigarette production, Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov said at a meeting of the Parliament’s Monitoring Committee on the Revenue Agencies and Combating Parallel Economy and Smuggling, Focus News Agency reported.
“In Bulgaria there are modern machines, whole production lines, which are also mobile. They can be easily moved from one city to another or to another country,” he said. “The production is also fully autonomous, it is of a closed type,” Prosecutor Tsatsarov explained. “In two of the factories the workers are foreign citizens from former socialist states. They live in isolation in the factories,” said Tsatsarov, adding that the factories have security guards and surveillance systems in place. “The factory dismantled in Karnobat is equipped with two modern diesel generators. One is indoors, the other one is outside. They ensure factory’s continuous operation,” the Prosecutor General said.


Despite Rainy Summer, Turnover Grows by BGN 34 Million Alone on Northern Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Varna. Despite the rainy summer, the revenue agency has registered an increase of over BGN 34 million in turnover alone for the northern Black Sea coast, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov said in Varna after a meeting with institutions and tourism businesses, Focus Radio has reported. He described the tourist season as successful and pointed out a reduction in violations and crime such as thefts and intellectual property offences this summer. With regard to brands and intellectual property offences, there is a 50% reduction compared to the previous season, he said.

Focus News Agency 



Ugandan Volleyball Ace Ongom Joins Bulgaria Club

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Ugandan volleyball powerful right attacker Ivan Ongom has joined Marek Union-Ivkoni Volleyball Club in Bulgaria.

This comes after a year since he joined Rwanda’s top tier side Gisagara Volleyball Club for a season.

Before he had moved to Rwanda, he had previously featured for UCU Doves and Sport–S in Uganda.

At Marek Union Ivkoni, he joins Kathbert Malinga, another Ugandan on the team and the third after Daudi Okello’s earlier exploits.

Ongom was unveiled in a number 13 jersey which he is expected to don for the season.

He was part of the Gisagara’s team that fell to hosts KAVC in the finals of the 2018 KAVC International tournament at Lugogo Indoor Stadium, in Kampala.


According to a New Ranking Europe’s least Relaxing City is Sofia

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

City breaks can make for relaxing getaways when you head for the leafy parks, watch the world go by at the alfresco cafes and stroll along the canals but new research has revealed the most hectic European destinations for visitors.

Bulgarian capital Sofia was found to be the least relaxing city in Europe, with the highest city population density of 6,400 people per km?, a small 354km coastline and mediocre scores for happiness (6.4 out of 10), living standards (5.6 out of 10) and public transport satisfaction (6 out of 10).

Surprisingly, Sofia was followed by popular tourist destinations Amsterdam and Paris as the least relaxing European city breaks in the research by SpaSeekers.

The spa booking website ranked 28 cities in Europe by analysing the number of people per km, how happy the locals are, living standards, access to public transport, the amount of coastline nearby and the number of travellers using the local airport.

Despite its low city population density (3,300 per km?) and relatively high satisfaction levels, Amsterdam’s 63,625,664 annual airport passengers result in a stressful city break experience, according to the data.

Likewise, Paris’ 65,933,145 annual airport passengers at the popular Charles de Gaulle Airport can often result in a chaotic and congested experience.

London also made it on the top 10 list of least relaxing city breaks and was placed eighth for its crowded atmosphere (5,600 per km2) and busiest European airport.

Meanwhile, the most relaxing cities in Europe were also revealed, with Copenhagen topping the list, followed by Luxembourg City, Tallinn, Helsinki and Zagreb.

There were no UK cities named in the most relaxing destinations and Vilnius, Riga, Stockholm, Athens and Valletta made up the remaining top 10 destinations respectively.

The 10 least relaxing city breaks in Europe, according to SpaSeeekers:

1. Sofia, Bulgaria

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

3. Paris, France

4. Madrid, Spain

5. Bucharest, Romania

6. Berlin, Germany

7. Prague, Czech Republic

8. London, UK

9. Warsaw, Poland

10. Dublin, Ireland


Bulgarian Police Detain Driver Transporting 16 illegal Migrants

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Sofia. A man from Sofia has been detained after the police found in his car 16 foreign nationals with no identity papers yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Interior said. The man, who has a criminal record, was driving on the main road 1-1 to Mezdra. In his car, there were 14 men, a woman and a child who said they were Afghans and Iraqis. Their identity is being established. The driver has been detained for 24 hours and his car – seized.


PM: Decision on Hungary Taken at Government Operative Meeting has no Legal Value but has Moral Significance

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Salzburg. The decision on Hungary taken at an operative meeting of the Bulgarian government has no legal value but has moral significance, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told reporters in Salzburg, quoted by Focus News Agency. The decision means that if a procedure is ever triggered, the government will stand on the side of Viktor Orban, the prime minister said. “[Viktor Orban] should also take a step back on the university and some green and non-governmental organisations, on which everyone in Europe insists,” said Borissov. He rejected criticism from President Rumen Radev and opposition leader Kornelia Ninova that the government’s position on Hungary was different at home and at EU level.