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(DF) VMRO Names Angel Djambazki Mayoral Candidate for Sofia

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 09/21/2019 - 17:55
September 21 (BTA) - Angel Djambazki is VMRO's mayoral candidate for Sofia. In a statement on Saturday, the party's leader, Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov, said Djambazki is a strong candidate with a considerable experience as a municipal councillor. Djambazki said: "Sofia needs a serious and responsible attitude." He added that the party's political goal is to win the capital's mayoral seat and get several borough mayors elected. VMRO will present a detailed four-year programme next Saturday along with the list of candidates for municipal councillors. Djambazki also said that if elected, his first order would be for the demolition of the "illegal Gypsy ghettos". He called the Sofia ghettos "miasmas" which should be removed. The VMRO candidate said the Sofia residents who consider themselves patriots deserve to be represented. He was referring to "the people in Sofia who do not want ghettos, camps and carts, because no failure can be worse than failing to stop a horse-drawn cart from driving in central Sofia - those are the people whose trust we need". He added: "This is our fight and we are fighting it." Regarding the possibility that Ataka leader Volen Siderov may run for mayor, Karakachanov said his attitude towards him has long been known. "We are talking about the campaign for mayor of Sofia, not Moscow. The campaign for Moscow mayor is a different thing," he said, referring to Ataka's pro-Russian positions. Ataka and VMRO, along with the National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria, were partners in the power-sharing United Patriots coalition. However, Ataka left the coalition late this summer following a continued rift between Siderov and the other two parties. LN/DD

(DF) Bulgaria, France Crack Down on Trafficking Scheme for Labour Exploitation

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 09/21/2019 - 15:30
September 21 (BTA) - Bulgarian and French law-enforcers have cracked down on a ring trafficking in humans for labour exploitation, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. On September 17, the Specialized Prosecution Office and the Directorate General for Organized Crime Control of Bulgaria and the French police and judicial authorities broke up one of the largest international organized crime groups engaged in trafficking for labour exploitation and money laundering. The investigation in Bulgaria and France was conducted under an agreement on a joint team with the participation of Eurojust and Europol. Three Bulgarians and one French national were arrested in France. The evidence shows the Bulgarians organized trafficking in workers in the Lyon area. Four employers were found to have hired a total of 167 seasonal workers for grape harvesting. Most of them were needy, poorly educated people from Northeastern Bulgaria. The French national was in charge of finding local employers. The ring used a legal company as a front. The workers were hired and posted to France by a Bulgarian company, to which their wages were transferred by the French employers. The criminal group seized most of the workers' earnings and invested them in trade and in property in France. The workers signed contracts with the Bulgarian company in a foreign language, without understanding their contents, assuming that they would be paid 60 euro a day. They were provided with unlicensed transport to France and were put into tent camps. After their food and transport expenses were deducted from their wages, some workers did not have enough money to return home. The investigation found that the Bulgarian company was registered at an empty plot of land. The police seized from the home of a member of the group documents pointing to criminal activity, including donations in the order of 40,000 euro between its members, statements showing large personal savings, cash receipts from petrol stations and documents showing purchases of large quantities of alcohol and cigarettes. The entire documentation of the accounting firm working with the Bulgarian company was also seized. DD

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 09/21/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, September 21 (BTA)

(DF) Exhibition Marks Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Bulgaria and China

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 09/20/2019 - 14:12
September 20 (BTA) - An exhibition, entitled "Contemplation and Dialogue", , opened in Parliament on Friday, marking the 70 anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and China. The exhibition is organized by the Bulgarian National Assembly, the Chinese Embassy here and Ningbo municipal government, The exhibition displays 120 paintings by 13 artists from Bulgaria and China who were created during a one-month residency in the respective country in order to explore, get familiar and render its culture. Chinese Ambassador here Dong Xiaojun said that Bulgaria is the second country which recognized new China, adding that for many years relations have been based on deep friendly cooperation. Thanks to initiatives such as One Belt, One Road and 16+1 economic relations between Bulgaria and China develop steadily, the area of cooperation are expanding and the two-way trade is impressive, the Ambassador said. RY/PP

(DF) Prosecutor General, Deputy Meet with Eurojust President

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 09/20/2019 - 13:37
September 20 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov and Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev met with Eurojust President Ladislav Hamran here on Thursday, the prosecution service said. The agenda of the meeting was topped by cooperation in the fight against organized crime and corruption, counter terrorism, human trafficking and illegal migration. Attending the meeting were Ivanka Kotorova, head of the Bulgarian National Desk at Eurojust and Tsvetomir Yosifov, head of the international department with the Supreme Cassation Prosecution Office. The sides noted the excellent cooperation between Bulgaria and Eurojust, quoting a number of successful operations against illegal migration, terror financing, tax fraud, cross-border phone scams and against child pornography. The meeting discussed the work of the Bulgarian National Desk at Eurojust, which Hamran commended highly. In 2018, the Bulgarian National Desk at Eurojust worked on 454 international cases which places the country sixth in respect of the volume of work among EU countries after Italy, Germany, France, Austria and Romania. RY/PP //

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 09/20/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, September 20 (BTA)

(DF) Appellate Court Grants Conditional Early Release to Australian Sentenced to 20 Years' Imprisonment for Murder in Sofia

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 09/19/2019 - 16:38
September 19 (BTA) - The Sofia Appellate Court has granted a conditional early release to Australian national Jock Palfreeman, the Court said in a press release on Thursday. A three-judge panel examined Palfreeman's appeal and found that, under the law, he qualifies for early release.

(DF) Road Safety Agency Proposes Drivers with Unpaid Fines to Be Denied Administrative Services

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 09/19/2019 - 12:51
September 19 (BTA) - The State Agency for Road Safety (SARS) Thursday published on its website a report on the state of road safety in Bulgaria. Some of the recommendations made in the report include the adoption of new methods for investigating serious traffic accidents, quick and efficient collection of fines, and the creation of a public registration regime for companies providing motor vehicle service. The report, which the SARS describes as the first thorough analysis made in Bulgaria of the level of road safety, lists specific measures and actions that the competent institutions should take. The document will also serve as a basis for the elaboration of a road safety strategy for the 2021-2030 period. To improve fine collectability, the report recommends that drivers with unpaid fines be denied administrative services by all institutions and that citizens, including foreign nationals, be checked for electronic ticket fines at border control checkpoints upon leaving Bulgaria. According to the analysis, the last ten years have seen an active development in the area of road construction, but the majority of the network still consists of roads built more than 20 years ago. The report also shows that last year, there were 77 sections of Bulgaria's republican roads with a high concentration of traffic accidents. The technical failures that most often cause accidents are a flat tire and brake failure. RY/DS

(NW) Employment Agency Begins New Information Campaign about Opportunities for Vocational Training

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 09/19/2019 - 12:49
September 19 (BTA) - The Employment Agency starts a new campaign to inform employers, organizations providing training services, jobless people and employees about the opportunities for vocational training and key competences trainings, the Employment Agency said in a press release Thursday. Information days called, "Trainings for You", will be held in late September in nine Bulgarian cities. Employers will be able to learn about the preferential terms available for vocational training of workers they want to hire, opportunities for training prior to hiring jobless people, on-the-job training and training of young employees. Participating in the information days will be experts of the Employment Agency and also of the Bulgarian-German Training Centre which offers training courses in five locations in the country. RY/ZH /СН/

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 09/19/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, September 19 (BTA)

(DF) Court Declares as Unconstitutional Customs Act Provision

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 09/19/2019 - 10:28
September 19 (BTA) - The Constitutional Court has declared unconstitutional a provision in the Customs Act, said National Assembly Deputy Speaker Emil Hristov at the beginning of Thursday's plenary sitting. The ruling was reached unanimously by all 11 judges. The case has been opened on a motion by the Supreme Bar Council which challenged the constitutionality of the Transitional and Final Provisions in a bill to amend and supplement the Corporate Income Taxation Act which added a second sentence to Article 10, Paragraph 1 of the Customs Act. Under the disputed provision customs officers cannot be persons who have been charged with or are tried on the grounds of intentional publicly prosecutable crimes. RY/PP


Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 09/18/2019 - 16:22
September 18 (BTA) - The next month could turn out to be pivotal for the development of relations between Bulgaria and North Macedonia, because the Council of the EU may decide to start negotiations on the Republic of North Macedonia's (EU) membership, said here on Wednesday President Rumen Radev at the start of his meeting with the Joint Multidisciplinary Commission of Experts on Historical and Educational Issues between Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

(DF) Bulgartransgaz, Arkad Consortium Sign Contract to Expand Network from Turkish-Bulgarian to Bulgarian-Serbian Border

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 09/18/2019 - 13:56
September 18 (BTA) - Bulgartransgaz EAD and Arkad Consortium Wednesday signed a contract for the delivery of materials, investment project design, development and putting into operation of the extended gas transmission network infrastructure from the Turkish-Bulgarian to the Bulgarian-Serbian border. The contract was signed at the Council of Ministers in the presence of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Bulgaria Mesfer al Ghasi. The contract on the part of Bulgartransgaz was signed by Lyubomir Krustev and for Arkad Consortium - by Hani Abdelhadi [name may be misspelt]. Bulgartransgaz CEO Vladimir Malinov pointed out that this is the beginning of an exceptionally important cooperation with Saudi Arabia, which will guarantee natural gas supplies to Bulgaria, the Balkans and Europe. The contract is worth 1,102 million dollars, Malinov said. It has to be implemented within 615 days after its conclusion. That has to allow Bulgartransgaz to supply Serbia, then Hungary and finally, the hub in Austria. Borissov pointed that this is the so-called 'Balkan Stream' allowing this country to remain on the European natural gas map./RY/BR /СН/

(DF) PM Borissov Confers with Russian Trade and Industry Minister Manturov

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 09/18/2019 - 13:23
September 18 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred here on Wednesday with Russia's Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov. Speaking to journalists after the signing of an agreement between Bulgartransgaz and the Arkad consortium about expanding the natural gas transmission network from the Bulgarian-Turkish border to the Bulgarian-Serbian border, Borissov described Bulgarian-Russian business relations as exceptionally pragmatic, straightforward and fair. The Bulgarian Prime Minister said he is optimistic about the Belene N-plant project, adding that the creation of a consortium is being actively worked on. The Bulgarian side will try to conduct negotiations with all potential strategic investors in the project as soon as possible. According to Borissov, there is a huge chance for this to become a very good project if all its parameters and implementation are within the agreed upon rules. Minister Manturov said that the Russian side has bid to take part in the Belene N-plant's construction, adding that his country is ready to participate in the project as part of an international consortium. "I believe this to be an optimal option," the Russian Minister said. He also noted that Russia is interested in broadening cooperation with Bulgaria in the pharmaceutical industry. Manturov recalled that this year marks the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, expressing his gratitude for the constructive cooperation and interaction with Bulgaria. RY/MY

(DF) Parliament Adopts Report on Interministerial Commission for Export Control and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 09/18/2019 - 13:12
September 18 (BTA) - The National Assembly adopted on Wednesday a report of the Interministerial Commission for Export Control and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction with the Minister of Economy. Of the 102 MPs who voted, 101 were in favor and one abstained. The report states that in 2018, the Commission issued 887 authorizations for defense-related products, with exports and transfers from Bulgaria totaling 766 million euro. The total value of licenses issued for the export and transfer of defense-related products is 1.004 billion euro, with the largest share of exports being to Saudi Arabia, India, Afghanistan, the United States, Turkey and Algeria. The Interministerial Commission also issued 363 import licenses for defense-related products totaling 412 million euro from Serbia, Germany and the United States. Imports totalled at of 177 million euro and came mostly from Serbia, Romania and Slovakia. RY/DT

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 09/18/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, September 18 (BTA)

(NW) Embassies of Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey Organize Conference on Tourism in Sofia

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 09/17/2019 - 18:18
September 17 (BTA) - The Embassies of Indonesia, the Republic of Korea and Turkey in Bulgaria, as the resident Embassies of MIKTA (an informal partnership between Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia), organized a conference on "The Role of Sustainable Innovative Tourism in Promoting Inclusive Growth and Trade & Economic Cooperation," which took place at the St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia on Tuesday. "The creation and popularization of various tourism products in the regions catalyzes their development," Bulgarian Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said at the Conference, quoted by her Ministry in a press release. "Tourism is a sectoral policy and depends on us all: business, central and local government," Angelkova pointed out during the forum. "In a bid to support local communities by encouraging interest in special interest tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has established 27 thematic destinations: eight cultural and historical destinations, 12 wine and cuisine destinations, and seven hydrotherapy and SPA destinations," RY/LG //

(DF) Parliament: "Bulgaria Is Staunch Supporter of Albania's EU Integration"

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 09/17/2019 - 17:00
September 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria is a staunch supporter of Albania's EU integration and believes that it should soon get a date for starting accession negotiations. This position was expressed by Bulgarian National Assembly Foreign Policy Committee Chair Dzhema Grozdanova as she conferred here on Tuesday with a delegation of the Albanian Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee led by its Chair Mimi Kodheli, which is paying an official visit to Bulgaria on September 17 and 18. Grozdanova said, quoted by the National Assembly in a press release, that Bulgaria encourages Albania to press ahead with the reforms it has started in five key areas: public administration, judicial reform, human rights, and fight against corruption and organized crime. "The recognition of a Bulgarian national minority showed Albania's readiness to meet the criteria for a start of the negotiating process with the EU," Grozdanova further said. She added that Sofia also takes a positive view of Tirana's efforts to reform its judiciary and achieve sustainable results in combatting organized crime and corruption. "Bulgaria firmly supports the start of EU accession talks with Albania and with North Macedonia in October 2019," said Grozdanova. Kodheli thanked Bulgaria for its support and for the fact that it was during Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency that EU enlargement was put on the agenda. "Europe needs us, Albania's accession to the EU will contribute to greater security and stability of the Union at large," the guest pointed out. Conferring with the Albanian parliamentarians, National Assembly Deputy Chairman Kristian Vigenin said that all parties represented in the Bulgarian Parliament concur in their desire that the Western Balkan countries should join the EU. He argued that the crisis of confidence in the EU institutions has largely been overcome, and this is a good sign for the Western Balkans. Albania's European perspective topped the agenda of a meeting of the guests with the leadership of the Committee on European Affairs and Oversight of European Funds. Kodheli said that her country feels as a part of Europe but has a lot more to learn from the European democracies. "We have to fulfill the accession criteria. We have undertaken reforms in the judiciary and in combatting corruption, which means that we are on the right path," the Albanian MP said. She also met conferred with Defence Committee Chairman Konstantin Popov. They discussed the development of European security and the security of the Western Balkans. General Popov said that the current volatility on the international stage requires an in-depth and adequate handling of defence and the armed forces. He added that Bulgaria is closely following these processes and is making substantial efforts to procure the requisite financial support for the defence sector. The delegation is also scheduled to confer with Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and, on September 18, with Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov. RY/LN //

(DF) Bill Banning Fur Farms Starting January 1, 2021 Submitted to Parliament

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 09/17/2019 - 15:20
September 17 (BTA) - A bill banning fur farms in Bulgaria starting January 1, 2021 has been submitted to Parliament, head of animal rights organization and a civil initiative for banning fur farming, Petya Altimirska, told a BTA-hosted news conference here on Tuesday. The proposed bill amends the Veterinary Practice Act that has been submitted to Parliament last Friday and is signed by 13 Socialist MPs. The animals still bred for their fur in Europe include minks, foxes, chinchillas and racoon dogs. They live an average of just eight months in the farms, except for the animals used for breeding, whose life-span is around four years, Altimirska explained. The public has matured already for a more humane treatment of animals, said Gabriela Papadopova, who is a member of the initiative committee, according to which so far 1,020 designers and brands have declared their refusal to use or sell fur. Answering a question, Altimirska noted that the already living animals cannot be saved if the ban is adopted, but the unborn ones can. She said that around 200,000 animals will be born across fur farms in Bulgaria next April. IG/MY /СН/

(DF) Prosecution Service: Bulgarian National Radio Broke Obligation for 24/7 Broadcasts

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 09/17/2019 - 13:34
September 17 (BTA) - The Sofia Regional Prosecution Office will look into a possible official misconduct as Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) stopped broadcasting its Horizont Programme on the morning of September 13. The reason given by BNR at the time was scheduled technical maintenance works. A day earlier, Sylvia Velikova, a long-time host of Horizont's morning show and a prominent justice reporter, was taken off air by Director General Svetoslav Kostov, allegedly for her critical attitude to the prosecution service and the only candidate for prosecutor general, Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev. Velikova was to host Horizont's morning show on Friday. Her suspension caused a general outcry and she was restored to her job.