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(DF) 15 Bulgarian Visa Centres to Open for Tourists in India Next Month

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - So, 02/17/2019 - 17:38
February 16 (BTA) - Fifteen Bulgarian visa centres will be opened in India this March to service Indian tourists wishing to visit this country, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told journalists here after meeting on Saturday evening with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The guest is on a working visit to Bulgaria as part of a four-day tour that also includes Morocco and Spain. Interest towards Bulgaria as a tourist destination has increased substantially after Bollywood films were shot in Sofia, Zaharieva said, adding that this increase is 25 per cent. She expressed her joy over Minister Sushma Swaraj's visit to Bulgaria, who is an example for many young women in her country. The two top diplomats discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. They have agreed on specific cooperation in a number of areas, such as economy, science, education and agriculture. Zaharieva recalled that trade between the two countries has increased by 22 per cent last year compared to 2017. The foreign ministers agreed that bilateral economic cooperation is at a good standing, but much more could be done to improve it, such as opening a direct flight for example. The partnership between India and Bulgaria is very good in the IT sector, the pharmaceutical industry, as Bulgarian companies in these fields work in India, Zaharieva noted. The Bulgarian Minister said that a joint economic forum will be held soon with the participation of business delegations from both countries, adding that a future visit to India is on her agenda. A Foreign Minister of India last visited in Bulgaria 13 years ago and the latest bilateral meeting at the level of foreign ministers was 10 years ago. The visit to Bulgaria by Minister Swaraj follows up on a state visit of the President of India to Bulgaria in September last year, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said. LN/MY

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - So, 02/17/2019 - 15:10
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(DF) Socialists to Leave Parliament Over New Election Rules

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - So, 02/17/2019 - 14:28
February 17 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party's (BSP) National Council decided during a meeting here on Sunday to ask the party's parliamentary group to leave the National Assembly. The proposal was made by BSP's Executive Bureau and was announced during the Council meeting by BSP leader Kornelia Ninova. The Socialists hold 79 seats in the 240-seat Parliament, which needs at least 121 MPs to secure a quorum and continue to function. The National Council said in a statement that Parliament, in the face of GERB, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and the nationalist National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) adopted electoral legislation amendments, which "violate the law, the free choice of Bulgarian citizens and the fair elections safeguards". "Changing election rules to serve the interests of the incumbents prior to elections has become a vicious practice," the Socialists noted. Ninova stressed that the proposal is to have all Socialist MPs leave Parliament. She argued that the public approval of the legislature is only 8 per cent and that it is plagued by serious lobbyism.

(DF) GERB Floor Leader Explains Why His Party Voted to Change Preference Voting Rules

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 02/16/2019 - 17:43
February 16 (BTA) - GERB floor leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov explained Saturday that it was important for his party to vote along with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) for changing the rules for preference voting on February 14, because political stability in the country was at stake. "Those were provisions [in the Election Code] on which some consensus had to be reached for the 44th National Assembly to continue working and to ensure stability for the government's continued successful performance," Tsvetanov told Nova TV. Preference voting allows a voter to mark a candidate of his choice, who, given enough preference votes, can move up the party list of candidates and improve his or her chance of getting elected. The MRF-authored revisions, which were voted conclusively on February 14, increase the required number of votes to allow such rearrangement of the candidates list, making it equal to the number of votes needed for election of a member of the European Parliament, the national parliament or a municipal council - and make such rearrangement next to impossible. Rough estimates show that to move up the party list, a candidate will need 150,000 preferences in European Parliament elections and 15,000 preferences in parliamentary elections, compared to 2,000 or 3,000 preferences now. The proposal was adopted by a vote of 98-58 after a two-hour debate. The votes in favour came from GERB, the MRF and seven MPs of the National Federation for Salvation of Bulgaria, a member of the power-sharing United Patriots coalition. The Bulgarian Socialist Party and United Patriots member VMRO voted against. Tsvetanov said on Nova TV that he told his parliamentary group: "This is the decision we can make and I want us to choose whether we want to have early elections, political chaos in the country and a crisis in Parliament, or to reach a certain consensus." He concluded: "That's life. Sometimes one must take a step back only to take two steps forward." It is not power but the State that was at stake, he said. On Friday, Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borissov attributed the Election Code amendments to the parliamentary group, saying that he had not been involved in any way. Tsvetanov called "fake news" comments that GERB wants to curtail the citizens right to vote and to ensure a default election victory for the party. He said the persistent production of fake news, which "often involves President Rumen Radev and the Bulgarian Socialist Party", is one aspect of the hybrid warfare Russia has conducted against Bulgaria since 2015. In a Facebook post, Socialist Party leader Kornelia Ninova wrote that Tsvetanov stated the truth about a new ruling coalition made up of GERB, the MRF and the United Patriots. DD

(DF) PM Borissov Confers with US Vice President Pence in Munich

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 02/16/2019 - 16:57
February 16 (BTA) - Trade relations with the US and the increase in US investments in Bulgaria were on the agenda of the meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told reporters in Munich where he participated in the 55th Security Conference. He was quoted by the government information service. Borissov and Pence also discussed the achievements of Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency in the first half of 2018 and Sofia's position on the situation in Venezuela. Pence expressed approval of Bulgaria's performance at all levels, singling out the work of its special services. He said he intended to visit Bulgaria in 2019. Regarding the Black Sea region, Borissov said the countries should consolidate their efforts, be united in their defence capabilities and increase defence and security spending, but they should also conduct the best possible dialogue with Russia and China. Borissov added that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Bulgaria in early March. LN/DD

(DF) Train Carrying LPG Derails in Plovdiv, No One Injured

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 02/16/2019 - 16:15
February 16 (BTA) - A train carrying liquefied petroleum gas was derailed in the South Central town of Plovdiv on Saturday morning. No one was injured and the local people are not at risk. The train had 24 tank wagons, including two empty ones. After a rail broke, two engines and two tank wagons were derailed at Plovdiv's central station at 4:16 am. They did not overturn but went off the railway. Multiple checks have not found any gas leakage, said Commissioner Georgi Mangarakov, head of Plovdiv's Fire Safety and Population Protection Regional Directorate. The train is owned by Bulmarket, the company whose train exploded in the northeastern village of Hitrino in December 2016, killing seven people and causing extensive damage to property. The same engine was involved in both incidents, said Plovdiv Regional Prosecutor Roumen Popov. The National Investigation Service is looking into a transport offence involving property damage, said the Prosecutor General's Spokesperson Roumyana Arnaudova. All three engine drivers tested negative for alcohol and drugs. Bulmarket manager Peter Ganev said the train was running at 35 km/h, the speed limit being 40 km/h. Initial findings suggest a point problem was the likely cause of the incident. LN/DD

(DF) PM Borissov, EU Commissioner Oettinger Meet, EU Budget for 2021-2027 Dominates Agenda

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 02/16/2019 - 15:13
February 16 (BTA) - Meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and EU Budget and Human Resources Commissioner Gunther Oettinger discussed the negotiations on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027, the government information service said. Borissov said: "We want to be ambitious, so we need an ambitious budget. This is crucial to our future development and to a demonstration by the EU that it can take concerted action in hard times and emerge from the crises even stronger." Bulgaria supports the European Commission's arguments and position for concluding the MFF negotiations by October 2019, said Borissov, adding that a balance should be struck between growth policies and the new priorities. "Being an external border of the EU, Bulgaria is well aware of the need for sufficient funding for the new challenges, especially in security, migration and defence. But it is just as important for the EU budget to invest in growth, employment, competitiveness and convergence," Borissov said. He stressed that Cohesion Policy and the Common Agricultural Policy are priorities for Bulgaria and have proved their added value for the EU as a whole. He emphasized the importance of strengthening the focus on the needs of the least developed regions as this is the only way to boost the EU's economic and social development. Borissov and Oettinger concurred that a balanced MFF reflecting the Member States' needs is attainable.

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Sa, 02/16/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, February 16 (BTA)

(DF) PM Borissov Participates in Munich Security Conference

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 02/15/2019 - 18:02
February 15 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov took part in the opening ceremony of the Munich Security Conference on Friday, said the Government Information Service on Friday. Borissov, along with other heads of State, will attend both days of the conference on February 15 and 16.

(DF) EU Provides Additional Resources for Environmental Projects in Bulgaria

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 02/15/2019 - 17:36
February 15 (BTA) - New LIFE programme funding will unlock more than 3.2 billion euro of additional support to 12 large-scale environmental and climate projects in ten Member States to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy, the European Commission (EC) said in a press release Friday. Bulgaria is among these countries, together with Austria, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, and Slovenia.

(DF) Steven Mehringer: We Fight Fake News with Facts

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 02/15/2019 - 15:16
February 15 (BTA) - Head of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, Communications Services section Steven Mehringer said that dealing with fake news requires a careful strategic approach, at a conference titled NATO: Setting the Record Straight on Fake News at the Central Military Club here on Friday. He discussed the Alliance's understanding of fake news and ways to resolve the problem, .

(DF) Bulgarian Prime Minister Receives Highest Serbian State Honour

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 02/15/2019 - 12:29
February 15 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Friday received the highest Serbian state honour, the Order of the Republic of Serbia, the government information service in Sofia reported. The distinction was presented to him by President Aleksandar Vucic during a ceremony in Belgrade. The event came on Serbia's national day: Statehood Day. Borissov was honoured for his remarkable contribution to the promotion of peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the two countries. He said he accepted the honour on behalf of all Bulgarians who made great efforts during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2018 to put the European integration of the Western Balkans on the EU agenda, "all of us who believe that Serbia is an integral part of Europe and will shortly become a member of the European Union." According to the Bulgarian government leader, nothing can be better than for neighbours to be members of the EU because they will be able to work together on infrastructure projects, including railways, motorways and natural gas pipelines, as well as tourist exchange. Borissov said: "I can assure you that no matter how difficult the world is, no matter how tough our decisions were, particularly after the wars, I believe and see that Serbia is on the right track, and there is nothing better than peace and friendship between nations." RY/VE

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Fr, 02/15/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, February 15 (BTA)

(DF) Brazil's Foreign Minister Araujo Wishes to Revive Ties with Bulgaria

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 17:20
February 14 (BTA) - Brazil would like to revive its ties with Europe, including Bulgaria, Brazil's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araujo told his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva on Thursday. The two conferred within the Middle East Peace and Security Conference in Warsaw, Zaharieva's Ministry reported. The thousands of Bulgarians in Brazil, concentrated mainly in Sao Paolo, can serve as a bridge between the two countries, Zaharieva said, adding that Bulgaria is an example of a place where there is ethnic and religious coexistence, which is also the message of the Warsaw Conference. Araujo and Zaharieva exchanged ideas from the two countries' experience in sustainable agriculture, tourism development and environmental protection. They also discussed a number of questions on the international agenda, including the crisis in Venezuela. The Bulgarian top diplomat presented Bulgaria's bid to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The two foreign ministers agreed to exchange experience in the pre-accession process. Zaharieva extended an invitation to Araujo to visit Bulgaria, which the latter accepted. The two agreed to work on signing an agreement on the transfer of convicted persons and agreements on allowing the family members of diplomats to work in the host country. RY/MY

(DF) Bulgarian Defence Minister Karakachanov Meets with German Counterpart Ursula von der Leyen

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 17:19
February 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov met with his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen here on Thursday. The conversation took place at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, where a regular meeting of the Alliance's Defense Ministers is currently held, the Ministry of Defence said. Minister Karakachanov expressed the Bulgarian side's desire to intensify bilateral relations in the field of defense and in particular to increase the armed forces' joint activities and German participation in the modernization of the Bulgarian Army. Karakachanov emphasized the possibility that German companies participate in the modernization process of the Bulgarian Navy and Land Forces. He noted the requirement that for any foreign companies participating in these projects a way must be found for Bulgarian companies participate as well. The Bulgarian Minister expressed willingness to intensify cooperation with regard to the Western Balkans, pointing out that it would be of mutual interest. Minister Ursula von der Leyen expressed her gratitude to Bulgaria for an excellent EU Council Presidency. She said that Germany is very interested in the Western Balkans and that the Bulgarian experience and knowledge on the subject would be extremely useful. The German Minister expressed her strong conviction that German companies could be more actively involved in the modernization of the Bulgarian armed forces, explaining that efforts will be made to find the best option for bilateral cooperation if German companies are selected as contractors of certain projects. RY/DT

(DF) Five Measles Cases Reported in Bulgaria as More People Skip Vaccination

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 13:19
February 14 (BTA) - Five cases of measles have been diagnosed in the recent days in Bulgaria as a growing number of people skip vaccination. This transpired Thursday in an interview with Prof. Todor Kantardjiev, Director of the National Centre of Communicable and Parasitic Diseases, on Nova TV. The first patient was a 37-year-old woman and the other are children aged 1-3.

(DF) President Radev: What Is Happening with Election Legislation Is Very Alarming

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 12:51
February 14 (BTA) - Approached by journalists here on Thursday, President Rumen Radev commented that what is happening with the election legislation is very alarming. In his words, it is evident the incumbent are not hiding that they are tempted to win by default through the amendments to the Election Code.

(DF) Second Stage of National Anti-AIDS Campaign Begins

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 11:10
February 14 (BTA) - The second stage of the National Anti-AIDS Campaign began on Thursday under the motto "Learn Your Status", the Health Ministry said. The campaign is part of the Ministry's National Programme for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS, implemented in partnership with regional health inspectorates, municipalities, NGOs, educational establishments, community centres, social institutions, and the media.

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Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 11:00
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(DF) Bulgarian Programmers in World's Top 4 for Variety of Knowledge, Interests

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 02/14/2019 - 10:42
February 14 (BTA) - Bulgaria is among the top four countries in the world where programmers demonstrate the widest diversity of knowledge and interests in various technologies, according to the latest ranking of the DataArt software development company. The ranking is based on statistics of the Skillotron platform, where over 15,000 software specialists from 74 countries around the globe have tested their skills and knowledge.