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(DF) Minister Zaharieva: It Is in Bulgaria's National Interest that Macedonia Join NATO, Start Accession Negotiations with EU

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 17:42
Brussels, December 10 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Approached by Bulgarian reporters here on Monday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that it is in Bulgaria's national interest that Macedonia join NATO and start accession negotiations with the EU.

(NW) Bulgaria Last in EU for Material Living Standard - Economists

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 14:58
December 10 (BTA) - Bulgaria is at the bottom of the EU for material standard of living: between 2010 and 2017 the quality of life indicators for Bulgaria were by four- to sixfold lower than those in the EU28, shows a study by Prof. Vassil Tsanov and Prof. Georgi Shopov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' Economic Research Institute (ERI). The study, which looks into the state and development of the material living standard and energy poverty in Bulgaria, was presented at an international science conference on economic development and policies here on Monday. According to the data, the average coefficient for material living standard in the EU was 46.6 per cent in 2010, compared to 9.9 per cent in Bulgaria, placing the country last in the European Union. The highest standard of living, 90.8 per cent, was reported in Liechtenstein. The 2017 ranking by standard of living was similar: 45.6 per cent in the EU as opposed to 7 per cent in Bulgaria, which was again at the bottom of the Union. The ERI economists said that there were slight changes in the ranking between 2010 and 2017: the differences between the Member States decreased by some 2.2 percentage points, but those between Bulgaria and the EU average living standard increased. While the material standard of living improved notably in the UK, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Malta, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, Bulgaria kept its low indicators. The study's authors also looked into the changes in the material living standard by territory, using three groups of assessment indicators: economic development; incomes and consumption; and inequality and poverty. The ranking by regions changed significantly in the 2010-2017 period. According to the data, Bulgaria's Southwest Region ranked first throughout the period, notable improvements occurred in the North-Central Region and the Northwest Region, while the South-Central Region was among the losing regions. Considerable deterioration of the living standard was recorded in Sliven, Kurdzhali, Smolyan, and Varna, while an improvement was observed in Gabrovo, Pleven, Silistra, and Razgrad. Despite the constant decrease in the living standard since 2010, the number of regions in a critical state has dropped. LI/DS /МЙ/

(DF) Price of Water Services to Increase in 2019

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 14:51
December 10 (BTA) - The price of water services across the country will go up from January 1 2019, according to a report of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission. It will be put up for public consultation on December 17. In Sofia, water will appreciate by 0.231 lv per 1 cu m, from 2.354 lv to 2.585 lv (VAT included), according to the regulator's estimates. The largest increase will be recorded in Burgas - by 0.268 lv per 1 cu m, from 2.729 lv to 2.997 lv. In Varna the price will go up by 0.123 lv to 3.907 lv per 1 cu m. In Plovdiv water will go up by 0.016 lv per 1 cu m, from the current 2.20 lv. Water will appreciate in Montana and Vratsa. However, the regulator says that the proposed price exceeds the socially tolerable level, which is why the price will be pegged at 2.967 lv per 1 cu m in Montana and 3.171 lv per 1 cu m in Vratsa. In contrast, water in Kardzhali will decrease by 0.035 lv per 1 cu m, from 2.42 lv to 2.387 lv/cu m. The regulator said that the new water prices have been set forth in the business plans of the water utility companies. In addition, the regulator will take into account the annual inflation rate and whether companies have made the planned investments. Water in Kardzhali will go down due to unimplemented investments. By the end of December the regulator will determine the new water prices in 2019. LI/PP /МЙ/

(DF) Firefighters Warn that Budget Cuts May Jeopardize Human Lives

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 13:18
December 10 (BTA) - Proposed budget cuts in the Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate General may jeopardize human lives, the firefighters' trade union affiliated with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) in Bulgaria said here, quoted by CITUB Monday.

(DF) Bulgargaz EAD Proposes 3.51% Hike of Natural Gas Price

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 13:06
December 10 (BTA) - State-owned supplier Bulgargaz EAD has approached the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission with a proposal to endorse a price of 44.80 leva/MWh exclusive of VAT, excise duty, network access and transmission charges for the first quarter of 2019, the company said on Monday.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 12/10/2018 - 11:00
Sofia, December 10 (BTA) -

(DF) Illegal Printing Operation Busted in Kostenets

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - So, 12/09/2018 - 16:13
December 9 (BTA) - An illegal operation for printing documents was dismantled during a police operation the southwestern town of Kostenets on December 4, the Interior Ministry said.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - So, 12/09/2018 - 15:51
Sofia, December 9 (BTA)

(DF) 113 Bulgarian Municipalities Win Vouchers for Free WiFi in Public Spaces in WIFI4EU Initiative

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 12/08/2018 - 17:30
December 8 (BTA) - The Bulgarian municipalities place at the top of the list in the EU in terms of won vouchers for free WiFi in public spaces awarded in the WIFI4EU initiative, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said on Friday, quoted by the EC Representation in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian municipalities whose applications were successful are 209, and the municipalities with approved financing are 113, which translates in a high success rate of 54 per cent, Gabriel said.

(DF) Sergein Stanishev Re-elected as President of Party of European Socialists for Third Term in Office

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 12/08/2018 - 17:10
December 8 (BTA) - Former Bulgarian prime minister and ex-chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Sergei Stanishev was re-elected for a third term in office as the President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) duirng PES' Congress in Lisbon on Friday, Stanishev's PES office said in a press release.

(DF) VMRO Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Karakachanov Warns His Party Will Not Allow Compromises with History

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 12/08/2018 - 16:52
December 8 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister in charge of public order and securuty and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov, who is also the leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Bulgarian National Movement (VMRO-BND, part of the power-sharing United Patriots coalition) issued a sharp position, quoted by VMRO's press office, reacting to a statement in the Parliament of the Republic of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia of the country's Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, who said that the agreement with Greece known as the Prespa Agreement gives identification of the presence of Macedonian language "and no one has the right to oppose this". In the position Karakachanov advises Zaev "not to misuse the topic of the Macedonian language" and thus jeopardize Macedonia's prospect for joining the EU and NATO.

(DF) Chinese Companies Interested in Investing in Sofia Region

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 12/08/2018 - 15:41
December 8 (BTA) - Sofia Regional Governor Ilian Todorov has conferred with representatives of the State Agriculture Department of the Chinese Jiangxi province and with officials of some of the biggest companies in the farming sector in Jiangxi, the Sofia Regional Administration said in a press release.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 12/08/2018 - 11:00
Sofia, December 8 (BTA)

(DF) Court Leaves in Remand Evgenia and Nikolai Banev

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 18:01
December 7 (BTA) - The specialized court on Friday left in remand Nikolai and Evgenia Banev. The court's decision is appealable. The two are the owners of the bankrupt inorganic chemicals producer Polymeri AD and have been charged with money laundering, gross tax evasion, embezzlement, mismanagement, and firearms possession among other offences.

(DF) Criminal Group Charged with Counterfeiting Documents

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 16:45
December 7 (BTA) - The Specialized Prosecution Office (SPO) has charged five persons with document counterfeiting, the SPO said Friday.

(DF) Bulgaria Requests from Serbia Information on Water Quality in Dragovistica River

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 16:40
December 7 (BTA)- Bulgaria has used diplomatic channels to request information from Serbia on the water quality in the Dragovistica River and about the extracting operations which can be potentially polluting to the river, the Environment Ministry said on Friday.

(DF) Energy Minister Petkova at Hearing on Procedure for Selecting Strategic Investor for Belene N-Plant

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 16:39
December 7 (BTA) - During a parliamentary hearing on the procedure for the selection of a strategic investor in the Belene nuclear power plant on Friday, Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said that the whole region will need Belene's power output and that it is advisable to try and carry out the project for construction of a new N-plant at Belene. Petkova said the project procedure will be fully developed and ready for launching at the beginning of 2019, and the investor will be selected at the end of 2019.

(NW) NSI Survey: Quarter of Bulgarians Have Never Used Internet

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 16:36
December 7 (BTA) - Despite the dynamic development of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Bulgaria, more than a quarter (26.7 per cent) of people have never used the Internet, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) reported Friday. More than half of Bulgarians aged between 16 and 74 (54.9 per cent) did not attend computer courses or other forms of training to improve their computer skills over the past 12 months. The data comes from a 2018 NSI survey on ICT use.

(DF) 70% of Bulgarians Support Anti-government Protests - Gallup International

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 14:43
December 7 (BTA) - A majority of 70 per cent of Bulgarians support recent protests against the government, according to Gallup International data announced on Friday. Twenty-seven per cent oppose the protests and the rest are undecided. The company conducted an independent phone opinion poll between November 28-30 among 801 people country-wide.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 12/07/2018 - 11:00
Sofia, December 7 (BTA)

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