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(DF) Transport Minister Petkov: "Over 50,700 People Receive Warm Lunch Yearly"

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 05/23/2019 - 16:32
May 23 (BTA) - Over 50,700 people in 211 municipalities receive warm lunch all year round under the Operational Programme for Food and/or basic Material Assistance, Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov told journalists during his visit to Bansko (Southwestern Bulgaria). Petkov and Bansko Mayor Georgi Ikonomov opened a renovated soup kitchen with the Bansko Home Social Patronage, Petkov's Ministry said Thursday. The soup kitchen provides for the warm lunch of over 250 people in the region.

(DF) Bulgarian Transport Minister Demands 25 Per Cent Increase in Quota of ECMT/CEMT Permits for Road Hauliers

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 05/23/2019 - 13:26
May 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian Transport, Information Technology and Communications Minister Rossen Jeliazkov said that the basic quota of ECMT/CEMT permits for Bulgarian road hauliers should be increased by 25 per cent. Jeliazkov made the demand at the Informal Meeting of Ministers in Charge of Transport of the BSEC Member States held in Leipzig, his Ministry said in a press release Thursday. Jeliazkov argued that the increase of the permits for trucks in the Euro 5 and 6 categories will ensure the gradual advance to a more sustainable and effective road carriage system in Europe. The Bulgarian Transport Minister said that given the latest geo-political events in Europe, Brexit, the likely consequences from the so-called Mobility 1 package, and the fact that some ECMT member states are looking for new markets, the ECMT/CEMT quota may prove a real and practical instrument for opening new opportunities for the international road haulage market. Jeliazkov said that Bulgaria supports the removal of all territorial and administrative obstacles in using the ECMT/CEMT permits. A CEMT permit (CEMT = Conference Europeenne des Ministres des Transports/European Conference of Transport Ministers) allows companies to transport goods across national borders between the 43 CEMT member states. RY/ZH

(DF) GERB 1.3 Per Cent Ahead of Socialists in European Elections - Mediana Poll

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 05/23/2019 - 13:24
May 23 (BTA) - It is sociologically impossible to forecast whether the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) or GERB will win the May 26 European Parliament elections, as GERB takes a mere 1.3 per cent lead over the Socialists - a difference that falls within the stochastic error, the Mediana Agency said on Thursday, commenting on the results of a self-financed nationally representative poll took among 1,008 respondents between May 17 and 21, 2019. The poll found 31.1 per cent support for GERB among those who will go to the polls, against 29.8 per cent for the BSP. Mediana also detected full-scale deployment of all 'clandestine' mechanisms to influence voters: vote buying, voter coercion and corporate vote. As many as 22 per cent of those interviewed said that vote buying or voter coercion systems function in their settlements. One in eight (12 per cent) admits that he or she personally has been offered money or coerced. The results show that 14 per cent are inclined to respond to 'market demand' and sell their vote for 50 leva. One in five (20 per cent) said they will vote but are still undecided about their choice. "It is impossible to say whether these people really hesitate or wish to safeguard their vote against the coercion mechanism," the agency commented. For the time being, three contestants have secured seats in the European Parliament: BSP for Bulgaria, GERB and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (11.4 per cent of those who said they will vote). Another two contestants are close to the 5.8 per cent natural threshold: VMRO (5.6 per cent) and Volya (5.1 per cent). Next come Coalition for Bulgaria (3.6 per cent), Ataka (3.5 per cent), and Patriots for Valeri Simeonov and Democratic Bulgaria (2.6 per cent each). Mediana expects a substantially higher voter turnout than the usual one in European elections, between 2.5-2.7 million. "Both main political forces have clearly stated that the point is not who we will send to Brussels, the point is about a change of power and retaliation. These somewhat token elections have thus proved crucial both for those who fear a change and retaliation and for those who press for this," the sociologists argue. According to the agency, those who want an early departure of the Government (34 per cent) already outnumber those who want it to serve out its term (32 per cent). "A victory for GERB could tone down this process, whereas a loss will definitely create an environment for early elections in the short term," the analysts comment. RY/LG /СН/

(DF) Exacta Polling Agency Survey: Four Political Formations Expected to Send Representatives in European Parliament

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 05/23/2019 - 12:29
May 23 (BTA) - Two days before voting day in the European elections in Bulgaria, four political formations look certain to have representatives in the next European Parliament: GERB, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) For Bulgaria coalition, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), and the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization-Bulgarian National Movement (VMRO-BNM), a poll of the Exacta Research Group released on Thursday shows. According to the poll, GERB gets 32.4 per cent of the votes of the voters who declared their intention to go to the polls, BSP For Bulgaria, 27.3 per cent, MRF, 13.3 per cent, and VMRO-BNM, 6.5 per cent. This means that GERB would have seven MEPs, BSP, six, MRF three, and VMRO-BNM, one. Volya-Bulgarian Patriots gets 4.5 per cent, Democratic Bulgaria, 4.3. per cent, Ataka and Patriots for Valeri Simeonov, two per cent each, and the Coalition For Bulgaria, 1.8 per cent. The pollsters note that although GERB and BSP entered the election campaign with similar standings, GERB has managed to gain headway and outstrip BSP. What the ultimate difference between the two will be will dependas on the votes of the undecided voters. The poll also shows that the European election is perceived as more important by the supporters of GERB (54 per cent) than by those of BSP (45 per cent). An equal share of the voters of both formations, 42 per cent, plan to mark their preferential choice. The voter turnout is expected to be between 26 and 32 per cent. In Sofia it is expected to be lower than the average. The pollster notes that extraordinary events in the run-up to the election may drive away or attract more voters. The Exacta nationally representative poll was conducted between May 18 and 22, among 1,000 adult Bulgarians from 91 population centres, taking place in semi-standard face-to-face interviews. It was independent from external financing and performed with own financing of Exacta Research Group. RY/ZH

(PE) Press-Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Do, 05/23/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, May 23 (BTA)

(NW) Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece Launch Construction of Gas Interconnector

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 16:22
Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras launched the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) on Wednesday by turning the first sod and signing their names on a pipeline segment near Kirkovo, on...

(DF) Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece Launch Construction of Gas Interconnector

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 15:47
May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras launched the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) on Wednesday by turning the first sod and signing their names on a pipeline segment near Kirkovo, on the Bulgarian side of the two countries' common border. Borissov said that the IGB project is of strategic importance not only for the two countries but also for the Western Balkans and all of Europe. He said the future pipeline will lead to real diversification of natural gas sources and supply routes.

(DF) Bulgaria to Receive LV 33 Mln for New Programme for Energy Efficiency, Security

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 15:34
May 22 (BTA) - Bulgaria will receive a total of 33 million euro, including 28 million in grants, under a new programme for renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy security. The programme was officially launched on Wednesday. The Energy Ministry is programme operator. The programme is funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021.

(DF) Prosecutors to Check Party Subsidies Following Alert from Slavi Show

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 14:06
May 22 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered a probe into alleged violations of the Political Parties Act in connection with the amount of party subsidies provided in 2018, the prosecution service reported on Wednesday.

(DF) Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece Launch Construction of Gas Interconnector

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 13:36
May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov welcomed his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Kirkovo, near the two countries' common border, on Wednesday for the launch of the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), the government press service in Sofia reported.

(DF) Trend Poll: GERB Regains Stability, Lead on Socialists

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 12:29
May 22 (BTA) - GERB has regained partially the support of voters after it was undermined by the scandal with the underpriced apartments acquired by office-holders, and has come ahead of its key rival for the May 26 European elections, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). This transpires from a regular poll by the Trend agency commissioned by the "24 Chassa" daily. The poll was taken May 11-17 among 1,007 repondents.

(DF) Deputy PM Nikolova: Ukraine Confirmed Commitment to Its Bulgarian Minority

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 12:26
May 22 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy Mariyana Nikolova said here at the start of Wednesday's Council of Ministers meeting that the Ukrainian side has confirmed its commitments regarding the Bulgarian community there.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mi, 05/22/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, May 22 (BTA)

(NW) 95% of All Traffic Accidents in Bulgaria Caused by Human Error

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 16:37
Sofia, May 21 (BTA) - There are close to 2.5 million active drivers in Bulgaria and the human factor is among the leading causes of traffic accidents, according to a national survey. This is why it is very important to study the different groups of drivers, the main mistakes t...

(DF) Bulgaria, Romania to Cooperate in Environmental and Biodiversity Protection

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 15:39
May 21 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Environment and Water Minister Neno Dimov and Romania's Vice Prime Minister and Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu and Waters and Forests Minister Ioan Denes Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the protection of water, air quality and biodiversity between their ministries.

(DF) Nearly 7,000 ha Damaged by Hail Since Start of 2019

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 13:03
May 21 (BTA) - The areas damaged by hail storms since the start of 2019 total 7,000 ha up to this moment, Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Dessislava Taneva said Tuesday in Svishtov (North-central Bulgaria), quoted by her Ministry in a press release. She explained that the necessary actions have been taken in the regions where the weather conditions allow, and commissions from the regional agricultural directorates are already evaluating the losses. Taneva noted that the areas declared for aid under the direct payments campaign, which is currently running, total about 3.8 million ha for the whole country, and a total of 107,000 applications have been submitted up to this moment. The Minister said that farmers whose crops were 100 per cent damaged will be compensated through the state aid for compensating farmers' losses for completely destroyed crops as a result of natural disasters or adverse weather conditions. The compensation is higher for crops under insurance. The budget for the aid will total 4 million leva. Taneva, Interior Minister Mladen Marinov and the director of Fire Safety and Civil Protection Chief Directorate visited two villages damaged by the strong hail storms, Morava and Dragomirovo. "The anti-hail protection currently covers a total of 1,700 ha of nearly 5 million ha arable land. The cloud seeding mode with planes will be possible when a national system is built to cover all of the territories. For the system to work, there needs to be a shared financial responsibility and consensus between the State and the farmers," Taneva noted. RY/TH

(DF) Bulgaria-Pakistan Intergovernmental Economic Committee Holds Second Session

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 12:29
May 21 (BTA) - Opening the second session of the Bulgaria-Pakistan intergovernmental committee for economic cooperation on Tuesday, Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister Lilia Ivanova said that Pakistan is an important Asian partner for her country. In the past years, two-way trade has been following an upward trend and reached 34 million US dollars last year but remains well below the potential, the Deputy Minister said. She said there are ample opportunities for expanding export to the huge market of Pakistan (over 200 million people) to include more foods such as refined sunflower oil, canned fruit and vegetables, dairy products and grains, as well as cosmetics, machines, farming equipment and medicines. She said that Bulgaria hails the establishment of joint ventures in these areas. Official Bulgarian statistics shows that Bulgarian export to Pakistan totalled 13.4 million dollars in 2018 and was dominated by tobacco, clothing, engines and pumps. At the same time Pakistani import into Bulgaria totalled 20.7 million dollars and included bed linen and cotton textiles, among others. During her visit to Islamabad Ivanova met with Abdul Razak Dawood, Adviser for Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production and Investment at the Ministry of Commerce, and with Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Federal Minister of Food Safety and Research. The two sides signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation, which is expected to help step up economic cooperation. RY/LN/

(DF) Sofia Maternity Hospital Becomes Balkan Reference Centre for New Breast Cancer Screening Method

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 11:51
May 21 (BTA) - Sofia's Maichin Dom maternity hospital has been newly certified to operate as a reference centre in the Balkans for a new breast cancer screening method: contact thermography. With this certificate the hospital is authorized to give expert opinion on thermograms from hospitals in all other Balkan countries.

(PE) Press Review

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Di, 05/21/2019 - 11:00
Sofia, May 21 (BTA)

(DF) Relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine Rest on Solid Foundation - Deputy PM Nikolova

Bulgarien Aktuelle Nachrichten - Mo, 05/20/2019 - 16:10
May 20 (BTA) - The traditionally good relations between Bulgaria and Ukraine rest on a solid foundation and have deep roots, Bulgaria Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy Mariyana Nikolova told Ukraine's newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky during his inauguration ceremony at the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) on Monday, the Bulgarian Government's information service reported in a press release. During the meeting, held at Zelensky's invitation, Nikolova voiced her belief in the future positive development of bilateral relations. She also sent Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's congratulations, who wishes Zelensky a successful term in office and fruitful joint cooperation and partnership in the interest of the two countries' peoples. President Zelensky assured Nikolova that there is full continuity and building upon the existing relations in bilateral political and economic dialogue, as well as the protection of the rights of the Bulgarian national minority in Ukraine. Zelensky expressed interest in the development of the tourism exchange between the two countries. President Zelensky's inauguration ceremony was attended by over 100 international delegations, among which were the presidents of Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, parliament chairs, prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, ministers and other distinguished guests. After his inauguration, the new Ukrainian President welcomed the heads of the foreign delegations and diplomatic missions in the Mariyinsky Palace. LI/MY