Press mood stories for Bulgaria

Apr 25, 2018 06:14GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Cutting EU subsidies for agriculture to affect big farmers (Capital Daily)
Every third Bulgarian lives at risk of poverty (Sega)
Bulgaria falls by two more places in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index (Sega)
Real estate deals rise by 11.5% [y/y in Q1] (24 Chasa)
[PM] Boyko Borissov: I am proud with political elite on Balkans (Trud)
Cattle-breeders demand change in standard on milk products (Monitor)
Trade unions: Import of workers to freeze wages (Standart)
Apr 24, 2018 06:07GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Former EC commissioner] Kristalina Georgieva: Eurozone is positive about Bulgaria’s candidacy [for ERM-II] (Capital Daily)
[New] Inspection discovers differences [in quality] of food in Bulgaria and in Western [Europe] (Capital Daily)
Cigarettes smuggling starts to rise again (Sega)
Approximately 50,000 Bulgarians work in outsourcing industry, average wage is BGN 2,400 (24 Chasa)
Government debt falls to 25% of GDP (Trud)
[Ombudsman] Manolova wants state funding for ombudsman (Monitor)
Apr 23, 2018 06:24GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
State hospitals to receive additional bonuses despite [accumulated] debts (Capital Daily)
Every third company is victim of [economic] crime (Sega)
US [report] on Bulgaria: Widespread corruption and dependent magistrates (Sega)
Five regional cities increase their population in 2017, town of Shumen loses highest number of residents (24 Chasa)
Planned annual routine repair of 5th bloc in NPP Kozloduy starts (Trud)
Deputy Minister of Interior: Capital punishment should not be re-introduced (Standart)
Apr 20, 2018 06:27GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Government plans to spend] BGN 8bn for infrastructure, BGN 6bn for regions (Capital Daily)
2018 starts weakly in terms of foreign investments (Sega)
Flights from 20 new destinations to be launched to [seaside cities] Varna and Burgas this summer (24 Chasa)
[Economy Minister] Karanikolov: Business climate in country improves (Trud)
Consulting council for national security decides to plan more money for army [in 2019-2021] after five-hour meeting (Monitor)
Apr 19, 2018 06:00GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Approximately 85% of companies [in Bulgaria] expect higher revenues in 2018 [according to Deloitte survey] (Capital Daily)
UniCredit: Bulgarian economy is among best examples in region (Capital Daily)
District heating price to be increased again in July (Sega)
[Bulgarian petrol and gas association chair] Valentin Zlatev: No fuel price increase is expected (24 Chasa)
Sales of new cars [in Bulgaria] rise by 26% [in Jan-Mar] (Trud)
German tourists in Bulgaria rise by 5.3% [in 2017] (Monitor)
Incomes grow, inflation eats them away (Standart)
Apr 18, 2018 06:41GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Inercom: Deal with CEZ [for CEZ Bulgaria acquisition] advances (Capital Daily)
Mayor of [capital Sofia popular quarter] Mladost Dessislava Ivancheva is arrested for bribe (Capital Daily)
Environment Ministry puts in action plan for construction in Southern Black Sea shore region (Sega)
Dangerous 20% growth of mortgage loans, 411 [properties] are sold per day (24 Chasa)
[Opposition BSP leader] Kornelia Ninova: Snap parliamentary elections to be held by end-2018 (Trud)
[Turkish President] Erdogan thanks [Bulgarian PM] Borissov for summit meeting between EU and Turkey in Varna (Standart)
Apr 17, 2018 06:45GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Institute for Market Economy: Regions with strong economies boost peripheral municipalities’ [performance] (Capital Daily)
Companies again complain from fast growth of wages (Sega)
[Finance Minister] Goranov: There are no lay-offs in National Revenue Agency, only restructuring (24 Chasa)
NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe to arrive in Bulgaria (Trud)
Bulgarian National Bank: Card payments rise by 44% in past three years (Monitor)
President [Radev]: There is no transparency in public spending (Standart)
Apr 16, 2018 06:50GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Mondi refutes [Bulgarian] economy ministry for planned investment [of EUR 600mn] (Capital Daily)
Witnesses are increasingly defenceless, department in charge of their defence is increasingly more secret (Sega)
Bulgaria [ranks] sixth in EU in terms of housing price increase (24 Chasa)
MP Krum Zarkov: In parliamentary commission for CEZ we will demand [CEZ Bulgaria future buyer Inercom’s owner] Ginka Varbakova to inform about stage of deal (Trud)
[PM] Borissov to [help] alleviating tension between Kosovo and Serbia (Monitor)
Former [Health] Minister Petar Moskov to appear in court (Standart)
Apr 13, 2018 05:55GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgaria in 2017: Fewer people, older people, while youngsters continue to emigrate (Capital Daily)
[Parliamentary] commission [for CEZ deal] to demand more time to research [CEZ sale] deal (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria’s population to fall below 7mn people by end-2018 (Sega)
First Investment Bank has interest in funding CEZ acquisition [by Inercom] with EUR 80mn (Sega)
Over 40% of imported food is more expensive in Bulgaria than in EU (24 Chasa)
[Tourism Minister] Angelkova: Revenues growth from accommodation [in hotels] is 14.6% for first two months of 2018 (Trud)
Bulgaria to be divided in four [administrative] regions (Monitor)
Apr 12, 2018 06:15GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Household electricity price to become more expensive, question is by how much (Capital Daily)
Freedom House: Democracy in Bulgaria falls to its level from 2003 (Capital Daily)
[Power distributor] CEZ demands shocking high increase of electricity price (Sega)
[Energy Minister] Petkova: Change of ownership of CEZ not to impact electricity price (24 Chasa)
Market of agricultural land stirs up after winter lethargy (Trud)
[Government allocates additional] BGN 1.68mn for advertising Bulgaria as year-round tourism destination (Monitor)
Change: Employment contract for four hours per day [to be introduced for one-day employment contracts] (Standart)
Apr 11, 2018 06:09GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Right-wing small parties] DSB, Yes, Bulgaria and Greens unite in union Democratic Bulgaria (Capital Daily)
[Ruling] GERB proposes illegal construction sites to be legalised (Sega)
Bulgarians from abroad send over EUR 1.15bn in Bulgaria [in 2017] (Sega)
Passengers at Sofia Airport rise by 8% in March (24 Chasa)
[EU Presidency Minister] Lilyana Pavlova: First three months of [Bulgaria’s] EU presidency pass successfully (Trud)
Investors tend to orient towards smaller towns (Monitor)
Apr 10, 2018 06:04GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Electricity production and consumption fall, export rises [in Q1] (Capital Daily)
Property taxes might be raised as of 2019 (Sega)
Programme for saving underdeveloped regions is bluff (Sega)
New customs’ system is already operational (24 Chasa)
Real estate prices in [capital] Sofia rise by up to 14% for one year (Trud)
Bulgaria grants citizenship mainly to Russians, Ukrainians and Turks (Monitor)
Apr 05, 2018 06:54GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Building renovation programme continues with weak state control (Capital Daily)
Some food products in Bulgaria are over 45% more expensive than in EU (Sega)
[Energy Minister] Temenuzhka Petkova: We support everything accelerating energy market liberalisation (24 Chasa)
Qatar interested in investing in [Bulgaria’s] energy sector (Trud)
Unemployment in Bulgaria falls to 5.3% [in February, according to Eurostat] (Monitor)
[State-owned railway company] BDZ Holding expects new BGN 40mn [from state to repay its debt] (Standart)
Apr 04, 2018 06:49GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
State no longer wants to buy CEZ, only to control (Capital Daily)
[State-owned] BDZ to buy 41 new power car trains (Capital Daily)
Finance Ministry expects fuel prices to rise by over 5% [by end-2018] (Sega)
[Azerbaijan’s state-owned petrol company] SOCAR is willing to invest in [Bulgaria’s] gas network (24 Chasa)
Electricity price for households might rise by 16% [due to thermal power plant Varna demand for high prices] (Monitor)
[President] Radev: Western Balkans should be focus of EU policy (Standart)
Apr 03, 2018 06:58GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Thermal power plant Varna may cost consumers BGN 250mn per year (Capital Daily)
People with monthly income of over BGN 5,000 rise by 60% for past five years (Capital Daily)
Gambling pays only BGN 177mn taxes compared to revenues of BGN 3bn per year (Sega)
42% of companies do not believe there are fair public tenders (Sega)
Unemployed people to be paid to study for barmen or waitresses (24 Chasa)
Business to protest against [expensive electricity] from US power plants (Trud)
Business wants public tenders to be electronic, to prevent corruption (Monitor)
[Bulgaria] exports IT services to Western countries, electricity appliances to Eastern countries (Monitor)
Mar 29, 2018 06:48GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgarian population to melt by one-fifth till 2040 (Capital Daily)
Both Washington and Moscow content with Bulgaria’s position regarding Skripal case (Sega)
[Future] toll system to triple funding for investments in road infrastructure (24 Chasa)
[Education Minister] Vulchev: It is important [to raise] teachers’ wages to over average [wage] in Bulgaria (24 Chasa)
Construction of 100m-high buildings close to metro stations [in capital Sofia] is permitted (Trud)
One-third of construction entrepreneurs in Bulgaria have financial difficulties (Monitor)
Toll charges to raise prices of [passenger and cargo] transport (Standart)
Mar 28, 2018 07:39GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Every importing company to be obliged to have e-signature (Capital Daily)
GERB accelerates under pressure presentation of energy bill (Sega)
National Health Insurance Fund plans limits on [Bulgarian citizens’] treatment in EU (Sega)
Teachers’ starting wage to be [raised] to BGN 1,250 after three years (24 Chasa)
Bulgarian companies invested EUR 110mn in real estate in 2017 (Trud)
[Another 170km of] Motorway Hemus to be completed within three years (Monitor)
National Revenue Agency: Revenue collection improves (Standart)
Mar 27, 2018 06:52GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Turkey and EU have talks and do not agree on anything in [Bulgaria’s coastal city of] Varna (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria imports mostly cars, technology, chemical products and fuels (Capital Daily)
[State-owned] Bulgargaz threatens to take [utility regulator] KEVR to court due to gas price [if it approves lower than demanded hike] (Sega)
[Turkey’s President] Erdogan assures [Bulgarian PM] Borissov that he has no claims to existing boundaries and Kardzhali (24 Chasa)
Every third BGN 1 in state budget to be spent on pensions in 40 years (Trud)
Households consume 40% of electricity produced in Bulgaria (Monitor)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Bulgaria has not decided to expel Russian diplomats (Standart)
Mar 26, 2018 06:54GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
EU to allocate EUR 109mn for 74 projects [in regions close to border] between Bulgaria and Romania (Capital Daily)
Employment in refugee centres in Bulgaria is currently at 17% (24 Chasa)
[Foreign Minister] Zaharieva: Security to be main [discussion] topic at meeting with Turkey in Varna (24 Chasa)
[EU Presidency Minister] Pavlova: Main task of meeting [in Varna] today is re-establishment of trust between EU and Turkey (24 Chasa)
State spends BGN 34mn for [lawyers’] defence at arbitrages in 2017 (Trud)
Airport Sofia with six new direct lines (Monitor)
[Deputy PM] Donchev: State has to enter in CEZ [Bulgaria] with a minimum [stake of] 34% (Standart)
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