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Bulgaria’s PM Vows to Reduce Administrative Burden for the Business

Bulgaria’s PM Vows to Reduce Administrative Burden for the Business

07:43 | 24.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Bureaucracy and business never get on well, let alone in a parliamentary democracy as young as Bulgaria. In a bid to improve the business climate in the EU's poorest member state, Bulgaria's caretaker PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov has vowed to adopt a set of measures, aimed at reducing the administrative burden for business startups and SMEs. This transpired after Prof. Gerdzhikov's meeting with representatives of the Bulgarian Employers' Organization, yesterday. One of the measures is...
Boss that Killed His Employee Remains Behind Bars

Boss that Killed His Employee Remains Behind Bars

07:29 | 24.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Stoil Stoilov, a 44-year old construction entrepreneur from Sofia, is going to remain behind bars, the Appellate Court Has ruled. The man has been charged with aggravated battery and voluntary manslaughter. Earlier this week, he beat to death one of his construction workers for allegedly having stolen a set of tools from one of Stoilov's construction sites. According to national broadcaster bTV, the victim did steal the tools, because he had not received his wage for the past three...
Toplofikatsiya Sofia to Compensate Its Customers for Poor Service

Toplofikatsiya Sofia to Compensate Its Customers for Poor Service

07:08 | 24.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Sofia's central heating utility, Toploficatsiya, is going to compensate its customers affected by the series of technical faults at the beginning of this month that caused disruption in the supply of central heating and hot water to the disricts of Mladost 1 and 1A, Musagenitsa, Darvenitsa, Studentski Grad, Vitosha, Geo Milev, Slatina, Sitnyakovo, Ivan Asen II, Yavorov, the central part of Poduene RD, Lozenets, Dianabad, Iztok, Izgrev, as well as Parts of Druzhba 1 and 2. The news has...
Georgi Kostov: I have been blackmailed

Georgi Kostov: I have been blackmailed

11:14 | 23.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Georgi Kostov, Bulgaria's Interior Ministry Chief Secterary, who was dismissed on Wednesday, said his resignation was first requested as early as last week. "At 9 am on February 15th I was called at Interior Minister Plamen Ozunov's office, where he told me I should table my resignation, because, as he said "the state leadership had no faith in me". I refused to do that and he said he would initiate a procedure for my dismissal and that I would be discredited. He added that former...
Bulgaria’s PM: I’ve never called for Georgi Kostov’s resignation

Bulgaria’s PM: I’ve never called for Georgi Kostov’s resignation

09:08 | 23.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Bulgaria's caretaker PM Prof Ognyan Gerdzhikov said he had never requested the resignation of Interior Ministry's Chief Secretary Georgi Kostov. "How can I insist on his resignation, if I have never been at the Interior Ministry and I do not know how it works? Neither do I know who he has done to deserve such a motion against him," PM Gerdzhikov said. He also said his predecessor, Boyko Borisov, deserves a Noble Prize nomination for his statement that the caretaker Cabinet is helping...
BG Govt. Slaps IM Chief Secretary over Abuse of Power

BG Govt. Slaps IM Chief Secretary over Abuse of Power

14:05 | 22.02.2017 | by Standartnews
The Bulgarian government is going to propose to President Rumen Radev to issue a decree for the dismissal of Interior Ministry's Chief Secretary Georgi Kostov over malfeasance in office. It has been established that Kostov abused its official powers when he requested the resignations of the heads of the interior ministry's district directorates in the towns of Vidin, Pernik, Montana, Pleven and Lovech. Kostov's deputy will take over until a new IM Chief Secretary is appointed.
Pamporovo Marks March 3rd with Mass Ski Race

Pamporovo Marks March 3rd with Mass Ski Race

11:19 | 22.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Bulgaria's winter resort of Pamporovo is preparing to mark the national holiday, March 3rd, with a mass ski race down its snowy slopes. All participants will be dressed in traditional Bulgarian folklore costumes and will be carrying the national flag. A group of skiers and snowboarders will roll a giant national flag down Mount Snezhanka. Shortly before noon on March 3rd, the participants will set of from the Snezhanka tower on ski run number 6 to a place called Studenets, where the...
Koprivshtitsa Festival Becomes Part of UNESCO Cultural Heritage

Koprivshtitsa Festival Becomes Part of UNESCO Cultural Heritage

09:58 | 22.02.2017 | by Standartnews
The traditional folklore festival in the Balkan town of Koprivshtitsa has been put on UNESCO's list of intangible cultural heritage. At a festive ceremony in Paris, France, the organization's Director-General Irina Bokova handed in a special certificate to Koprivshtitsa Mayor Gencho Gerdanov. "The Koprivshtitsa Folklore Festival is the fifth Bulgarian element to find a place on UNESCO's list of intangible world cultural heritage, along with The Chiprovtsi Carpets, the Grandmas of...
Bulgaria Not Paying NATO for Air Policing

Bulgaria Not Paying NATO for Air Policing

09:38 | 22.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Yesterday, Bulgaria's President Rumen Radev posted the following message on his official Facebook profile, commenting the oncoming NATO Black Sea exercise: "As the general elections are coming closer, there have been some speculations about national security, related to the oncoming NATO military exercise in the Black Sea and the joint air policing. I'd like to emphasize that the decision for paid policing of Bulgaria's sky by partner aircraft was taken and sent to the NATO HQ in...
New EU Regulation Threatens Bulgaria’s Thermo-electric Plants

New EU Regulation Threatens Bulgaria’s Thermo-electric Plants

18:12 | 21.02.2017 | by Standartnews
Recently proposed amendments to EU's Industrial Emissions Directive (IED, 2010/75/EU) regarding the industrial CO2 emissions, including that of thermoelectric plants, is threatening to lay off 10,000 Bulgarians employed in the energy sector. The unrest follows a decision of the European parliament of 15th of February to accept a proposal on the reform of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The proposal is meant to ensure a more cost-effective system of emission reductions and an...
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