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Parliament approves three new ministers

Parliament approves three new ministers

07:52 | 21.09.2018 | by editor
The National Assembly on Thursday voted positive on cabinet changes on a motion moved by prime minister Boiko Borissov. Rossen Zhelyazkov was elected Minister of Transport, Information Technology and Communications in the place of Ivailo Moskovski. The vote was 213 in favour and 88 against. Petya Avramova replaced Nikolai Nankov as Minister of Regional Development and Public Works on a vote of 205 in favour. Nankov's dismissal was approved by 125 MPs, while 90 (BSP for Bulgaria and...
Bulgaria threatened by industrial capacity of illegal cigarette production

Bulgaria threatened by industrial capacity of illegal cigarette production

07:48 | 21.09.2018 | by editor
There is literally industrial capacity, full mobility and full autonomy of illegal cigarette production in Bulgaria, prosecutor general Sotir Tsatsarov told a hearing of parliament's committee monitoring the revenue agencies and the combating of parallel economy and smuggling. "There are modern machines in Bulgaria, entire production lines, which are also mobile. They can be easily moved from one city to another or to another country," he said. "The production is also fully autonomous, it...
Brucellosis case found in southwestern Bulgaria

Brucellosis case found in southwestern Bulgaria

07:40 | 21.09.2018 | by editor
Bulgaria's Food Safety Agency said on Wednesday that a sheep in a private livestock heard in the village of Voukovo in southwestern Bulgaria has tested positive for brucellosis. The disease is dangerous to both humans and animals. Infected animals must be euthanised immediately under EU legislation. In addition, the Agency has banned the movements of cattle, small livestock and horses between farms in the village except for healthy animals intended for immediate slaughter. All large and...
Smuggled cigarettes’ market share in Bulgaria down to 4.7%

Smuggled cigarettes’ market share in Bulgaria down to 4.7%

07:37 | 21.09.2018 | by editor
The share of contraband cigarettes in the Bulgarian cigarette market dropped to 4.7 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, according to a survey which investigated cigarette sales by collecting and analysing empty cigarette boxes. The findings of the survey were unveiled on Wednesday by an organization dubbed Initiative Against Illegal Trade, in the presence of prime minister Boiko Borissov, ministers, MPs, experts and prosecutor general Sotir Tsatsarov. At the end of 2017, the market...
Parliament accepts 2017 courts’ performance reports

Parliament accepts 2017 courts’ performance reports

07:35 | 21.09.2018 | by editor
Bulgaria's National Assembly on Wednesday adopted the reports on the performance of the courts in 2016 and 2017, submitted by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). A total of 682 130 cases were up for examination by the judicial system for 2017, up from 634 239 for 2016. The Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) ruled on of 9802 cases in 2017, down from 9902 in 2016. The authorisations for deployment of special intelligence methods decreased from 4800 in 2016 to 4701 in 2017. The average...
Poll: Ruling GERB still the leading political force in Bulgaria

Poll: Ruling GERB still the leading political force in Bulgaria

19:58 | 12.09.2018 | by editor
The ruling GERB Party has lost one percentage point of its electoral support compared to July but still has a lead of 3.5 percentage points on its main opponent, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Mediana found in a nationally representative poll among 1006 Bulgarians aged 18 or over, taken on September 1-8. If parliamentary elections were held today, GERB would poll 23.6 per cent of the vote, BSP for Bulgaria 20.1 per cent, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) 9 per cent, and...
United Patriots support their floor leader, decide on preserving coalition

United Patriots support their floor leader, decide on preserving coalition

08:35 | 12.09.2018 | by editor
The power-sharing United Patriots coalition supports its floor leader Volen Siderov and the leadership of the parliamentary group, as well as the Council of Ministers' members representing the coalition. This was mentioned in a decision of the coalition's Political Council which met on Tuesday. The United Patriots, which is GERB's partner in the government, also supports the governance programme and believes that its implementation is key to the cabinet's serving out its full term. The...
Socialists approve their legislative plan

Socialists approve their legislative plan

08:32 | 12.09.2018 | by editor
The BSP for Bulgaria Parliamentary Group has adopted its legislative-drafting programme for the present political season, opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) leader Kornelia Ninova told a news briefing in the village of Banya near Razlog, south-western Bulgaria. Even this week, the Socialists will lay before Parliament a bill against double standards in foods (drafted together with the National Union of Agricultural Cooperatives), a bill on Bulgarian products and retail chains...
Brussels: Sofia has no projects targeting air pollution

Brussels: Sofia has no projects targeting air pollution

08:28 | 12.09.2018 | by editor
Sofia has no projects targeting emission reductions from domestic heating, which is a major source of particulate matter emissions, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) pointed out in a special report entitled "Air pollution: Our health still insufficiently protected," which was presented in Brussels on Tuesday. The auditors checked air pollution management measures in Brussels, Krakow, Milan, Ostrava, Sofia and Stuttgart and found that Sofia's Air Quality Plan does not include any...
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences decides to partially let go of the meteorology institute

Bulgarian Academy of Sciences decides to partially let go of the meteorology institute

09:02 | 11.09.2018 | by editor
The General Assembly of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) voted Monday in favour of the partial removal from the BAS structure of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (NIMH) and its transfer to a new structure created by the Council of Ministers. BAS President Julian Revalski told journalists that this decision gives the government a sign that it can take the necessary steps to completely remove the NIMH from the BAS structure. The decision concerns the Institute's...
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