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Tender For the Supply of 1000 New CCTV Cameras in Sofia Has Been Announced

Friday, October 4th, 2019

A tender for the supply of 1000 new CCTV cameras and information analysis has been announced, Sofia Municipality announced.

They are for the monitoring of kindergartens, schools, hospitals, high-risk areas. The contract is worth BGN 6 million excluding VAT.

The money is from the municipal budget. The project deadline is 3 years – it includes the design, construction, delivery and installation of the cameras. The deadline for submission of bids is November 1 and contractors will be selected by the beginning of 2020 at the earliest. a real-time reaction to detect irregularities.

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Athens Blamed Ankara For the Migrant Crisis

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Greece has blamed Turkey for using the migrant crisis to achieve its own strategic goals. Speaking to parliament, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Turkey can and should control the flow of refugees.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ words have been provoked by a series of events in recent months. First, the number of migrants arriving in Greece jumped repeatedly in August and September, after a nearly three-year slowdown. A fire broke out in one of the largest refugee camps near Thessaloniki.

This forced the Mitsotakis cabinet to take measures, including tighter border controls and deportation of more people. The influx of migrants to Greece stopped in 2016 after the EU and Turkey concluded an agreement to control the flow of refugees.

According to the document, Ankara received three billion euros.

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Boris Johnson to Ask for Brexit Delay if He Fails to Reach an Agreement with the EU by Oct 19?

Friday, October 4th, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for Brexit postponement if no agreement is reached with the EU on the parting on October 19, government documents submitted to a Scottish court show.  

Last month, opposition lawmakers and rebels from the Conservative Party passed a law that obliged the prime minister to demand a postponement. While promising to comply, the prime minister, however, said the UK would leave the EU on October 31 “whatever happens”.

Opponents of Brexit have asked a Scottish court to issue an order compelling the prime minister to comply with the law. According to government documents, Johnson has confirmed that he is obliged to send a letter to the EU requesting a postponement.

Brexiteer Steve Baker, the chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, appeared to suggest that the government could still find a way around a delay as he responded to the court case. 

He tweeted: ’A source confirms all this means is that government will obey the law. It does not mean we will extend. 

‘It does not mean we will stay in the EU beyond Oct 31. We will leave.’  

Mr Baker’s comments combined with the Number 10 source suggest Mr Johnson may ultimately be forced to ask for a delay but that he could at the same time try to scupper it, Daily Mail reported.

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Exhibition of Kolyo Karamfilov at the National Palace of Culture

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Kolyo Karamfilov’s “The Invisible” work at the National Palace of Culture. The exhibition presents works from private collections as well as works not shown so far. The official opening is tonight and can be seen tomorrow by visitors.

The entrance is free.

”The invisible” is a journey, a series of questions. The paintings provoke them. The wings, palm, tear and heart keep the fragile inner world and strong creative position of the artist.

Rosen Karamfilov, son of Kolyo Karamfilov: Every touch of these paintings is a blast. This is the powerful expression of my father and his symbols, his message, his density.

With romanticism, melancholy, and sometimes with irony, Kolyo Karamfilov asks us “who pays the bill for the light” or confronts us “with the unclear amount of lies”.

Rosen Karamfilov, son of Kolyo Karamfilov: And actually the metaphor here is that in each one of us, there is one Pinokio whose nose is getting bigger because the size of the lie in today’s modern times, is very unclear.

According to the artist’s son, the journey looks like a confluence of heaven and earth. And somewhere there is a footprint of the artist’s talent – a modern nomad.

 

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Brexit delayed?

Friday, October 4th, 2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will send a letter to the European Union asking for Brexit postponement if no agreement is reached with the EU on the parting on October 19, government documents submitted to a Scottish court show.  

 

Last month, opposition lawmakers and rebels from the Conservative Party passed a law that obliged the prime minister to demand a postponement. While promising to comply, the prime minister, however, said the UK would leave the EU on October 31 “whatever happens”.

 

Opponents of Brexit have asked a Scottish court to issue an order compelling the prime minister to comply with the law. According to government documents, Johnson has confirmed that he is obliged to send a letter to the EU requesting a postponement.

 

Brexiter Steve Baker, the chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs, appeared to suggest that the government could still find a way around a delay as he responded to the court case. 

He tweeted: ’A source confirms all this means is that government will obey the law. It does not mean we will extend. 

‘It does not mean we will stay in the EU beyond Oct 31. We will leave.’  

Mr Baker’s comments combined with the Number 10 source suggest Mr Johnson may ultimately be forced to ask for a delay but that he could at the same time try to scupper it.

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Bulgaria and Austria Share a Common Vision For the Danube Strategy

Friday, October 4th, 2019

The Presidents of Bulgaria and Austria called for a revival of the Danube Strategy and more active cooperation between the countries located along the Danube. Rumen Radev made an official visit to Austria at the invitation of his colleague Alexander Van der Bellen. In the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Austria, the two Presidents agree that bilateral relations at all levels are excellent.

Bulgaria and Austria share a common vision for the development of the Danube Strategy as a tool to stimulate economic growth in the region. President Radev highlighted the lack of a set budget for the strategy as a problem. According to him, if the efforts of individual countries are combined and the opportunities of the European funds are used, new opportunities for economic development, tourism and cultural exchange will be created.

Rumen Radev: This European river connecting our peoples for centuries has been interrupted. It is time to join forces.
Alexander Van der Bellen: In recent years, it has been too quiet about this Danube strategy. It is time to revive it again and I hope that the Croatian Presidency will do so from the beginning of next year.

The two presidents support the European integration of Northern Macedonia and Albania. Rumen Radev presented the Bulgarian position that our support is not unconditional and will depend on the resolution of controversial issues related to our common history.

Alexander Van der Bellen: We all know that there are still some cultural and political issues between Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria and between Northern Macedonia and Greece. But this should not prevent the start of accession negotiations.

Rumen Radev and Alexander Van der Bellen commented that migrant pressure on Europe is increasing again.

Rumen Radev: I call for a faster European solution to the problems. Yes there is a European answer.

Austria is one of the priority trade and economic partners of Bulgaria. Since 1996, Austrian investments have been € 4.5 billion. This places the alpine country in second place in foreign direct investment in Bulgaria.

Later, President Radev also spoke with the Federal Chancellor, the President of the National Council and the President of the Constitutional Court in Austria.

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142,000 Unemployed in the Second Quarter of 2019

Friday, October 4th, 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, the total number of employed people aged 15 and over is 3 262.8 thousand, of which 1 733.2 thousand men and 1 529.7 thousand women. The relative share of employed persons in the population aged 15 and over is 54.7%, with a share of 60.5% for men and 49.2% for women, the NSI reported.

In the second quarter of 2019, the number of unemployed persons was 142 thousand, of which 82.7 thousand (58.2%) were men and 59.3 thousand (41.8%) were women.

The unemployment rate is 4.2% and compared to the second quarter of 2018 decreased by 1.3 percentage points, with a decrease from 6.1% to 4.6% for men and from 4.7% to 3.7% for women.

In June 2019, the average salary was BGN 1 253 and increased by 0.6% compared to the previous month. Compared to June 2018, the growth was 12.0%.

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Only 1% of GPs in Bulgaria Are under 39 Years Old

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Only 1% of the General Practitioners in Bulgaria are aged 39 or under, data of the Bulgarian Ministry of Health show. 38% of the GPs are aged 60 or above, 17% of them are at the age of 65 or above and 8% of the General Practitioners are aged 70 or above.

The National Association of General Practitioners in Bulgaria insist that the Bulgarian authorities undertake concrete measures to educate experts in this fields and stimulate young people to become interested in this profession, BNR reported.

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53 Women Killed in Turkey in September

Friday, October 4th, 2019

53 women were killed in Turkey in September – the highest number in recent months, according to Turkish private television NTV, quoted by BTA.

According to the platform, “We Will Stop Crimes Against Women,” 11 of the cases were registered as “suspicious deaths”, the motives of 31 cases are still unknown, two were killed due for economic reasons and nine wanted to divorce.

In the majority of cases, women are killed with a cool weapon at their own homes.

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Part of Glasgow Airport Cordoned Off due to Suspicious Cargo

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Emergency at Glasgow Airport. Part of the runway was cordoned off because of a suspicious cargo on a flight arriving from Amsterdam.

According to British media, the cargo was on a plane from Dutch airline KLM which landed in Glasgow. The area is cordoned off and investigators are currently searching the machine. So far there is no information on what the shipment contains, which raised concerns the airport  security.

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