Chess Bulgarian Parliament Abolishes Full Smoking Ban

The Bulgarian Parliament passed Tuesday, at second read, the more liberal rules for smoking in public spaces and abolished for good the full smoking ban. The smoking ban was voted by the previous Parliament and was supposed to become effective on June 1, but the c


Chess BNP: Rand, Shekel to Beat Zloty, Koruna on Debt Crisis

South Africa's rand, Israel's shekel and the Turkish lira will outperform eastern European currencies as investors shift assets to emerging markets less vulnerable to the debt crisis in western Europe, BNP Paribas SA said. BNP advises clients to take "long" positi


Chess Greek Company With Lowest Bid for New Trakiya Highway Stretch

Greek company Aktor is the most likely winner of the tender for the construction of the Trakiya highway stretch that will link the Bulgarian cities of Nova Zagora and Yambol. The Bulgarian Transport Agency opened Wednesday all 11 bids for the construction of a new


Chess Bulgaria Transport Ministry Employee Sacked over Act Change

An employee of Bulgaria's Transport Ministry, who was accused of being the culprit behind the scandalous suspension of an amendment of the Bulgarian Automobile Transport Act, identified as Slavka Andreeva, has been fired. On Friday, members of the Bulgarian right-


Chess Bulgaria C-Bank Strikes Back at US Envoy over Ownership Transparency

Bulgaria's central bank has harshly criticized the United States ambassador to the country, who voiced concerns over the lack of ownership transparency in a bank that manages nearly half of the deposits by state-run companies. "We want to firmly declare that there


Chess Bulgaria Financial Inspector Busted in ‘Clerk’ Special Op

A 32-year old financial inspector from the Bulgarian Economy, Energy and Tourism Ministry has been detained in a special police operation codenamed 'The Clerk.' The man has worked for six years and a half in the Ministry and is suspected of manipulating grant appl


Chess Bulgarian Court Postpones Case against Notorious Muslim Brothers

The case against the two notorious Bulgarian Muslim brothers, Ali and Yuzeir Yuzeirov, has been postponed for June 9, the magistrates from the Regional Court in the northeastern town of Popovo ruled Wednesday. Both brothers were in the courtroom, along with 20 wit


Chess Clegg promises ‘power revolution’

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will pledge the "biggest shake-up of our democracy" in 178 years later as he expands on plans for political reform.The Tory-Lib Dem coalition deal backs plans for fixed-term parliaments, more elected peers and a referendum


Chess Property in Bulgaria Predicted to Stabilise in Second Half of 2010

Bargain prices, a good choice of supply and more suitable credit conditions are poised to help lift the real estate market in Bulgaria out of the doldrums, according to analysts. Although they expect some price falls generally they are predicted to stabilise in th


Chess ICANN Snubs Bulgaria’s Cyrillic Internet Domain Name

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has turned down Bulgaria's proposal for a domain name in Cyrillic with a "бг" suffix, a deputy minister said on Wednesday. Bulgaria's Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communicati


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