Press mood stories for Bulgaria

Jul 21, 2017 06:16GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Supreme Court judges in position against scandalous changes in Judiciary System Act (Capital Daily)
Prosecution brings indictment regarding [bankrupt Corporate Commercial Bank] CCB bank model, without mentioning Peevski [former business partner of CCB head Vassilev] (Capital Daily)
Every fifth young person in Bulgaria neither studies nor works (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria hardens tone towards Macedonia (Sega)
18 people to be sued for CCB [failure] (24 Chasa)
[President] Rumen Radev: Energy deliveries should pass through Bulgaria (Trud)
BGN 2,287 per month necessary for four-member household, gap between poor and rich increases (Trud)
Vignette price to fall for cars, to be raised for heavy-freight vehicles (Monitor)
[GERB MP and former constitutional judge] Georgi Markov: Remuneration of magistrates is very good for poor Bulgaria [standards] (Standart)
Jul 20, 2017 06:34GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
EU renews infringement procedure against Bulgaria for e-documents (Capital Daily)
Limitations on foreigners’ [right] to buy land in Bulgaria to remain for now (Capital Daily)
[Ruling party] GERB to discuss [offering] ban on indebted companies’ transfer (Sega)
[Foreign Minister] Zaharieva: All Bulgarian institutions work for [Bulgaria’s] entry in eurozone and Schengen (24 Chasa)
[Justice Minister] Tsetska Tsatcheva: EU-set objectives on Bulgaria are feasible (24 Chasa)
[Eurostat data] Housing prices in Bulgaria rise by 8.8% for one year (Trud)
PM Boyko Borissov towards our ambassadors: Bulgaria expects EU letter [on approving negotiations on] pipeline from Turkish Stream [through Bulgaria] (Trud)
Cabinet to discuss [good neighbourhood relations] treaty with Macedonia next Wednesday (Monitor)
[Justice Minister] Tsetska Tsatcheva: EC demands [Bulgaria to adopt] anti-corruption law by end-2017 (Standart)
Jul 19, 2017 06:44GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
General Prosecutor’s obligation is to reform prosecution, not court (Capital Daily)
FDI amount to only EUR 120mn in Jan-May (Capital Daily)
Implementation of new methodology on waste tax calculation to cost municipalities at least BGN 300mn (Sega)
[Tourism Minister] Angelkova: Number of Greeks visiting Bulgaria is almost same as number of Bulgarians visiting Greece (24 Chasa)
Investments fall by EUR 405mn for year (Trud)
Outside of EU, highest [Bulgaria’s exports] of fruits and vegetables go to India (Trud)
[Pension] funds, insurers buy BGN 90mn worth of government securities [on domestic market] (Monitor)
Jul 18, 2017 06:24GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
2017: Year of sunflower and maize [record crops] (Capital Daily)
Almost 1mn passengers more [y/y] in H1 at airport Sofia (Capital Daily)
GERB likes [ruling with nationalist] United Patriots more than with [right-wing] Reformist Bloc [as in previous government] (Sega)
Bulgaria and Hungary to increase cooperation in energy sector (24 Chasa)
Skyscrapers to be built in three regions in [capital] Sofia (Trud)
Government securities to be traded on Bulgarian Stock Exchange as of October (Monitor)
Sofia Airport serves 37% more passengers in June than in [June] 2016 (Standart)
Jul 17, 2017 06:51GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Daily opinions: Even higher local taxes in 2017 (Capital Daily)
Ban on foreigners’ rights to buy land likely to be lifted (Capital Daily)
Municipalities raise taxes en masse due to weak financial situation (Sega)
[Coalition partner in government] United Patriots demands authority over Bulgarian Development Bank (Sega)
[GERB parliamentary leader] Tsvetan Tsvetanov: Bulgaria succeeds in highlighting Western Balkans as main priority (24 Chasa)
[Trade union KNSB chairman] Plamen Dimitrov: Wages are raised by 10% in past year, which shows that some employers are already aware of this necessity (Trud)
[PM] Borissov: If we want to be at first speed [in EU], let us attack Eurozone [membership] (Monitor)
Jul 14, 2017 06:17GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Brussels launches four [infringement] procedures against Bulgaria and some other countries (Capital Daily)
Bulgartransgas and Serbiagas negotiate on new gas connection (Capital Daily)
All restrictions on EU citizens’ [rights] to buy land in Bulgaria to be lifted (Sega)
[Capital] Sofia lags behind other big cities [in Bulgaria] in terms of business making conditions (Sega)
[GERB MP] Menda Stoyanova: We have 9.8% growth of average working wage (24 Chasa)
[Banking association head] Peter Andronov: Limiting cash payments to create bureaucracy (24 Chasa)
[PM] Borissov: [Bulgaria] to help Serbia for its EU membership (Trud)
Cost of [gas] hub Balkan [construction] to be clear by end-year (Monitor)
Cash payments [threshold] remains at BGN 10,000 (Standart)
Jul 13, 2017 06:45GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Cash payments to be limited to BGN 5,000 (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria’s plan for EU presidency focuses on three Cs [consensus, competitiveness, cohesion] (Sega)
State to pay companies to hire long-term unemployed (Sega)
Minimum working wage remains BGN 460 [considered as of Jan 1, 2017] (24 Chasa)
Subsidies for companies hiring young and uneducated people (Trud)
Eight hours by [speedy] train from [Albania’s] Adriatic coast to Black Sea coast (Monitor)
State already loses from absence of toll system (Standart)
Jul 12, 2017 06:09GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Competition watchdog does not find irregularities on fuel market again (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria fails sharply in property right [protection] rating index (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria is poor because it does not protect property (Sega)
Increasing number of people make use of early retirement option (Sega)
Bulgaria’s population to fall below 7mn very soon (24 Chasa)
Bulgaria and Serbia to collaborate for reaching energy security in region (Trud)
[State-owned railway company] BDZ pays off one of its debts [worth BGN 13.6mn] (Monitor)
[Minister of Foreign Affairs] Zaharieva: Fight against radicalism includes education and income (Standart)
Jul 11, 2017 06:00GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Prosecutor General] Tsatsarov: Indictment regarding Corporate Commercial Bank [bankruptcy] to be tabled by Jul 20 (Capital Daily)
[PM] Borissov talks about large step towards gas connection with Turkey (Sega)
[Tourism Minister] Angelkova: Russian tourists’ interest towards Bulgaria grows by over 40% (24 Chasa)
[PM Borissov at World Petroleum Forum in Istanbul]: Bulgaria to become energy hub for Europe (Trud)
[Mayors of Bulgaria’s Vidin and Romania’s Kalafat] demand reduction of Danube Bridge 2 charges (Monitor)
Minister of Interior Radev: We wait EUR 1.2mn for security cameras and systems on border [from EU] (Standart)
Jul 10, 2017 05:44GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Rising public debt weighs increasingly less on economy (Capital Daily)
Differences in life standard already present within one region [between city of Shumen and smaller municipalities in its region] (Sega)
10.44% of [total] EU funds [to be absorbed by 2023] are already paid (24 Chasa)
Bulgaria and Macedonia closer to signing good neighbourhood agreement (24 Chasa)
[PM] Borissov: Bulgaria is interested in Macedonia being stable with clear euro-atlantic prospects (Monitor)
52% of foreign investments go to [capital] Sofia (Standart)
Jul 07, 2017 06:04GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Competition watchdog accuses [three power distributors] CEZ, EVN and Energo-pro of cartel and monopoly abuse (Capital Daily)
Judicial reform steers course towards [Russia’s President] Putin (Capital Daily)
Waste tax may rise drastically as of 2019 (Sega)
Electronic public tenders may not take place in 2018 (Sega)
Third child [in family] to be state-supported – by free of charge kindergarten and clothes [according to deputy PM Simeonov proposal] (24 Chasa)
[Utility regulator] KEVR chairman Ivan Ivanov: Gas might become cheaper in autumn (Trud)
Electronic medicine market to be launched [next week] (Monitor)
Latvia supports Bulgaria for Schengen and eurozone [entry] (Standart)
Heavy-freight vehicles on motorways [to be prohibited] between Friday and Sunday (Standart)
Jul 06, 2017 06:18GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Almost 1.5mn Bulgarians in working age do not work [in 2016] (Capital Daily)
UniCredit Bulbank: Bulgaria’s export to continue rising (Capital Daily)
Economists [in Raiffeisen Bank] project 3.7% GDP growth [for Bulgaria] in 2017 (Sega)
Only political parties benefit from failure of Roma’s integration (Sega)
[Deputy PM] Simeonov: Education alone is not able to solve issue with Roma population [integration] (24 Chasa)
Confusion with signing agreement [for improvement of bilateral neighbourhood relations] between Skopie [Macedonia] and Sofia [Bulgaria] (Trud)
Agreement [on good neighbourhood] with Macedonia not to be postponed, details to be clarified during weekend (Monitor)
[Bulgaria] to build with Greece [railway] transport corridor Varna- Burgas-Alexandroupolis-Kavala (Monitor)
Eurostat: One third of Bulgarians are economically inactive in 2016 (Standart)
Jul 05, 2017 05:59GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Concession fees on beaches may depend on their attractiveness (Capital Daily)
Electronic public procurement silently postponed to end-2018 (Capital Daily)
Ministry of Interior to compel cautiously Roma students to go to school (Sega)
[Utility regulator] KEVR chair implies [renegotiation and] new contracts with US-owned thermal power plants [in Bulgaria] (Sega)
Ministry of Interior employees to protest nationwide today (24 Chasa)
Administrative Court demands arguments for gas price hike [in April] from [utility regulator and Bulgargaz] (Trud)
[State-owned] railway company BDZ to pay off BGN 19mn debt by end-July (Monitor)
Revenues from tourism [in Jan-Mar 2017 period] rise by 18% y/y [BNB data] (Standart)
Jul 04, 2017 05:35GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Energy minister] Temenuzhka Petkova: Privatisation procedure for Belene [power plant project] may take place by end-2017 (Capital Daily)
Companies may apply for EUR 35mn [subsidy] for innovation (Capital Daily)
[PM] Borissov seeks reconciliation with president [after dispute over new military aircraft selection] (Sega)
MEPs to vote [Bulgaria’s candidate] Gabriel for EU commissioner today (24 Chasa)
350 diplomatic flights with arms [to be delivered] to terrorists pass through Bulgaria [Investigation of Trud finds out international scheme for Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Congo] (Trud)
Ombudsman to demand change in [EU] regulation on food [to end divergence of quality between food in Western and Eastern Europe] (Monitor)
Russia’s agents hamper rapprochement of Bulgaria and Macedonia (Standart)
Jul 03, 2017 06:54GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Shadow economy in Bulgaria amounts to BGN 28bn [International Federation of Accountants’ calculations] (Capital Daily)
Legal blunder threatens to block public tenders (Sega)
Member of police trade union: Policemen not to give up their demands [for higher wages], to protest on Jul 5 (24 Chasa)
[Utility regulator KEVR chair] Ivan Ivanov: District heating and warm water price to decrease if gas price falls (Trud)
Peak of working pensioners registered [at end-March] (Monitor)
20 years of currency board [anniversary] in Bulgaria (Monitor)
[Wages in] energy sector higher than those of ITs (Standart)
Jun 30, 2017 06:25GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
EC infringement procedure [against Bulgaria] due to polluted air to hamper [local] thermal power plants from [receiving derogation from higher eco standards] (Capital Daily)
GERB launches air strikes over President [Radev] [over selection of new military aircraft] (Capital Daily)
Agriculture minister to monitor food prices in Bulgaria and abroad (Sega)
Ministry of Interior trade unions: No agreement on wages, protests to be held (Sega)
Motorway Hemus to be entirely completed in seven years (24 Chasa)
We are not invited to join eurozone for good (Trud)
Panic regarding worse food quality [compared to Western Europe] is false (Trud)
Emigrants send almost EUR 300mn [as remittances] in Bulgaria [in Jan-Apr period] (Monitor)
[President] Radev in Romania: Bulgaria is financially stable (Standart)
Jun 29, 2017 05:43GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Government to postpone waste burning project at thermal power plant Sofia by one year (Capital Daily)
Watch Estonia’s EU Presidency, think about [upcoming] Bulgaria’s [EU Presidency] (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria also discovers double food standard [between food sold in Western Europe and Bulgaria] (Sega)
[Capital] Sofia outpaces seaside in terms of number of tourists due to cheap flights (Sega)
National Health Insurance Fund wants to oblige doctors to prescribe cheaper medicines (24 Chasa)
National Council for Tripartite Cooperation [employers’ organisations, trade unions and government] to discuss minimum wage threshold (Trud)
Two former chairs of [utility regulator] KEVR charged [with serving interests of concrete companies] (Monitor)
Parliament creates commission [to investigate military aircraft selection procedure] (Standart)
Jun 28, 2017 05:22GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgaria does not want obligatory energy efficiency targets [in EC’s new energy package] by 2030 (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria is silent whether EC should negotiate Northern Stream 2 project [with Russia] (Capital Daily)
GERB warns judges not to interfere in [political quota] of Supreme Judicial Council members selection (Sega)
[Defence minister] Karakachanov: Parliament to decide which military aircraft offer to approve (24 Chasa)
War between [ruling party] GERB and [President] Radev flares up (Trud)
Energy efficiency is long-term priority for Bulgaria [energy minister Petkova says] (Monitor)
[GERB MP and chair of parliamentary budgetary commission Menda Stoyanova]: Without wage hikes, labour shortage to continue (Standart)
Jun 27, 2017 05:57GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
No project for anti-corruption law, only strange concept for new mega organ (Capital Daily)
PM firmly refuses higher wages for policemen (Sega)
Economists and financial experts argue against limitations on cash payments (Sega)
Shortage of doctors – main problem of healthcare system
[Utility regulator] KEVR to discuss gas price hike as of Jul 1 (Trud)
[Bulgaria’s population] to melt to 3.8mn at end-21st century (Monitor)
[Government to allocate new] policemen’s working uniforms and fuel [usage] without limitations (Monitor)
Bulgarians with lowest life expectancy in EU (Standart)
Jun 26, 2017 06:21GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Poverty line falls to BGN 308 in 2016 (Capital Daily)
Public employees appointed on mass scale without competition (Sega)
Tender for Balkan gas hub research to be announced in July (24 Chasa)
State already issues debt [on domestic market] with almost 0% interest rate (24 Chasa)
GERB declares war to [President] Radev for military aircraft [choice of Gripen] (Trud)
Bulgaria and Greece affirm work on [gas] interconnector [building] as priority (Monitor)
Bulgaria expects record [strong] tourist season (Standart)
Jun 23, 2017 06:43GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Limitation on cash payment approved [by MPs] on first reading (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria seeks sponsors for EU presidency (Sega)
[Deputy PM, Foreign Minister] Ekaterina Zaharieva: Prosecution inclusion in executive power to be mistake (24 Chasa)
[Bulgarians] to pay maximum BGN 1,000 in cash as of 2019 (Trud)
Emil Karanikolov, economy minister, in interview for Trud: Government to reduce 67 [administrative] fees for businesses and citizens (Trud)
Payments over BGN 5,000 to be paid only through banks [as of Aug 1] (Monitor)
Poverty in Bulgaria rises, gap between poor and rich increases [stat office analysis] (Standart)
United Nations forecast: Bulgaria’s [population] to drop to 2.8mn [in 2100] (Standart)
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