Press mood stories for Bulgaria

Jul 20, 2018 06:20GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Foreign investments reach EUR 120mn at end-May (Capital Daily)
Employers demand President to veto [new] fuel law (Capital Daily)
Revenues of district heating company in Sofia from electricity sale to go directly to [state-owned] Bulgargaz [to repay district heating company’s debts] (Sega)
[Factions in co-ruling coalition] United Patriots quarrel (Sega)
[Bulgarian MEP] Maydell: Bulgaria is fourth in EU in terms of attracted investments under Juncker plan (24 Chasa)
[District heating company] Toplofikaciya Sofia and Bulgargaz agree on debt [repayment] of municipality company [Toplofikaciya] (Trud)
[Energy Minister] Temenuzhka Petkova: Inercom can appeal competition regulator’s decision [to ban Inercom’s acquisition of CEZ Bulgaria] (Standart)
Jul 19, 2018 06:32GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Higher excise on e-cigarettes approved on first reading [in parliament] (Capital Daily)
Toll fees to depend on road infrastructure quality (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria to seek agreement with EC on case with gas markets [and imposed fine] (Sega)
[Government approves] allocation of BGN 100mn to [state-owned railway company] BDZ for [purchase of] 42 motor carriages (24 Chasa)
Chinese company does not sign contract for Plovdiv Airport concession (24 Chasa)
Planned euthanasia of animals [due to plague doubts] to be postponed (Trud)
Price of e-vignettes to depend on road category and its condition (Monitor)
Provocations regarding plague [issues] are attack against government, says [ruling] GERB (Standart)
Jul 18, 2018 05:59GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Construction of [information] system linking hotels with the National Revenue Agency, the Ministry of Interior, and the National Statistical Institute starts (Capital Daily)
Cabinet and [US-owned power plant] Maritsa Iztok 1 do not agree on [proposed by the government] compensations for ending contract [for state purchases of produced electricity] (Sega)
[PM] Borissov: Cash payments [threshold] to be reduced to BGN 5,000 or BGN 7,000 (24 Chasa)
Rainfalls delay wheat crop collection in Silistra region (24 Chasa)
Bulgaria to apply for banking union today (Trud)
Constitutional Court to decide on Istanbul convention on Jul 27 (Monitor)
[Selected] China’s concessionaire for Plovdiv Airport does not appear [to sign concession contract] (Standart)
Jul 17, 2018 05:23GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Business plans to boycott negotiations on insurance thresholds again (Capital Daily)
Four years after Corporate Commercial Bank closure, conflict of interest in [BNB’s] banking supervision is discovered (Sega)
One-day vignettes not to be introduced (Sega)
Peak of children’ labour in seaside resorts (24 Chasa)
Compensation payments to farmers due to [sheep] plague starts as of Jul 16 (24 Chasa)
Border control to be tightened due to [animal] plague (Trud)
World football cup raises turnover of Bulgarian pubs by 25% (Monitor)
District heating in [capital] Sofia owes BGN 127mn to Bulgargaz (Standart)
Jul 16, 2018 05:58GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
EU: Make reforms while economy is expanding (Capital Daily)
One-day vignettes not to be introduced (Sega)
Housing in Bulgaria: Moderation of [price growth] is too slow (24 Chasa)
Killing sheep in region of Yambol continues [due to plague], [agriculture minister] Porozhanov promises adequate compensations (24 Chasa)
Levon Hampartzoumian [UniCredit Bulbank CEO]: Realistic date of [Bulgaria’s] euro adoption is between seven to ten years [onwards] (Trud)
Lavender crops from region of Dobrudja are lower [by 11% y/y] (Monitor)
Bulgaria’s road to euro – long and studded with conditions (Standart)
Jul 13, 2018 06:42GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgaria receives “yes” for simultaneous entry in banking union, ERM II (Capital Daily)
Another 800 unemployed to be hired with funding from state (Sega)
Farmers to receive up to BGN 84mn discount from excise due on fuels for 2018 (24 Chasa)
[President] Radev to [Turkey’s President] Erdogan: TurkStream’s natural continuation is through Bulgaria (Trud)
Rising [housing] supply delays housing price increase (Monitor)
Car [parts manufacturing] industry to open 45,000 jobs [in next four years] (Standart)
Jul 12, 2018 05:56GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
State surprisingly invests BGN 500mn in dam lake repairs (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria’s readiness for eurozone to be discussed in Brussels [by finance ministers of eurozone countries today] (Sega)
Environment fees for older cars to be raised by over 10% (Sega)
[Transport Minister] Moskovski: There are seven-eight candidates for [Sofia] airport [concession] (24 Chasa)
[Bulgaria’s EU Presidency] and EU officials [hosting] raise hotel prices by 7% (24 Chasa)
Experts: Bulgarian economy not to feel global [economic] slowdown (Monitor)
Key day for Bulgaria’s future on road to euro [adoption] (Standart)
Jul 11, 2018 06:58GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Proposed] early retirement of judges – privilege, purge or personal service (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria with highest mortality rate in EU (Sega)
China’s ambassador [in Bulgaria]: NPP Belene is only one of options for cooperation [between Bulgaria and China] (24 Chasa)
Over 1,700 foreigners work this summer on [Bulgaria’s] northern Black Sea shore (24 Chasa)
Registered seasonal foreign workers in Bulgaria are 6,389 (Trud)
Media owners to declare [received funding] from parties, state and EU funds (Monitor)
Housing price increase is higher in [Bulgaria’s capital] Sofia than in San Francisco (Standart)
Jul 10, 2018 06:26GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
US’ trade war to have indirect impact on Bulgarian export – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria to look for both Chinese and European investor for NPP Belene (Sega)
Emigration from Bulgaria to stop within five years [national stat office chair says] (24 Chasa)
CPI inflation in Bulgaria slowly rises (Trud)
[President] Radev says [from Ankara at Turkey’s President Erdogan inauguration]: Good neighbourhood relations are key for peace keeping (Monitor)
Demographic crisis! [Bulgaria’s population] falls officially below 7mn (Standart)
Jul 09, 2018 06:13GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Vice President of China National Nuclear Corporation] Ding Zhi Wan: We will participate in NPP Belene tender (Capital Daily)
Municipalities receive BGN 10.7bn from EU projects [since 2007] (Sega)
[China’s PM] Li Keqiang promises lower custom tariffs for Europe [in Sofia] (24 Chasa)
Rainfalls to damage half of wheat harvest (Trud)
[Bulgarian PM] Borissov and [China’s PM] Li Keqiang content with results after 16+1 [meeting between China and Central and Eastern European countries] (Monitor)
[Bulgaria] signs framework agreements on infrastructure projects with China (Standart)
Jul 06, 2018 06:10GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Concessionaire of Sofia Airport to be able to generate revenues of BGN 6.7bn (Capital Daily)
Sofia Airport concession value to reach over BGN 7.6bn (Sega)
Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Greece to create joint company for railway and motorway [fees collection] (24 Chasa)
Grant aid for housing gasification to be raised (24 Chasa)
[Former interior minister] Milen Keremedchiev: We have chance to attract Chinese investments not only in Bulgaria, but in entire region (Trud)
More expensive fuels and rain weather raise bread price (Monitor)
Poverty line in Bulgaria to be raised [by BGN 27] to BGN 348 [in 2019] (Monitor)
[Capital] Sofia under blockade due to summit of 16+1 [group for cooperation between China and CEE countries] (Standart)
Jul 05, 2018 05:56GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Ruling] GERB and United Patriots support MRF and MRF MP Peevski law on media (Capital Daily)
Bulgaria critically delays EU projects [in railway sector] for EUR 451mn (Sega)
[Bulgaria’s] trade with Western Balkans amounts to EUR 14.2bn [in 2017] (24 Chasa)
[Energy Minister] Petkova: Prolongation of [operational] period for NPP Kozloduy’s fifth and sixth blocks is priority (24 Chasa)
Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Romania discuss strengthening of transport connections in region (Trud)
Romania to be included in transport corridor Russe-Thessaloniki (Monitor)
Jul 04, 2018 06:04GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Housing market is broken but the state has no clear idea how to mend it (Capital Daily)
Electricity output and consumption decline, export rises [in H1] (Capital Daily)
Increase of e-cigarettes excise is just lobbyism (Sega)
[Ombudsman] Manolova: [Utility regulator] KEVR takes into account gas price [in power, district heating price formation] only when it rises (24 Chasa)
Unemployment to fall to its lowest level since 1989 [according to UniCredit Bulbank] (Monitor)
People entitled to [state] aid for heating in winter to increase by 25,000 (Standart)
Jul 03, 2018 06:27GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Entrepreneurs can apply for BGN 67.2mn subsidies (Capital Daily)
PM Borissov to present results from [Bulgaria’s] EU Presidency in [front of European Parliament in] Strasbourg (Sega)
[Economy Minister] Karanikolov: Ten certificates for investor class A worth of BGN 600mn are issued [so far] in 2018 (24 Chasa)
Revenues from international tourism rise by 11% for first four months of 2018 [Tourism Ministry data] (24 Chasa)
Ombudsman Maya Manolova to refer electricity and district heating prices to prosecution (Trud)
School students under dual education system to sign labour contracts (Monitor)
[PM] Borissov with seven completed promises in Strasbourg (Standart)
Jul 02, 2018 06:46GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgaria is in world top three in terms of trade with duck meat, cherries, work uniforms (Capital Daily)
Competition regulator sees monopoly on media market but does not see [who is] monopolist (Sega)
Poor municipalities do not give up allocating grants to police (Sega)
[Minister of Interior] Valentin Radev: Problem with shortage of policemen has to be addressed (24 Chasa)
New boom of construction, 20,000 housings to be built per year until 2020 (24 Chasa)
Minimum pension to reach BGN 207.6 (Trud)
[PM] Borissov: We cannot accept migrants, Bulgaria is more important for me (Monitor)
Number of uninhabited housing rises, [ministry of regional development looks for] ways for their usage for social needs (Standart)
Jun 29, 2018 06:27GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
CEZ [sale] creates tension in parliament again (Capital Daily)
[State-owned railway company] BDZ to save its headquarters building with funding from Sofia Airport concession (Sega)
Banks to change credit contracts unilaterally as of Jul 1 [due to replacement of SOFIBOR index with other indexes] (Sega)
BNB warns banks due to boom of mortgage credits (24 Chasa)
Bulgarian petrol and gas association: Decreasing shadow economy in sector to lead to higher revenues in state budget (Trud)
[Regional Minister] Nankov to discuss building of third bridge over Danube with Romanian vice-president (Monitor)
UNESCO is not against [construction of] second cable car in [winter resort] Bansko (Standart)
Jun 28, 2018 06:18GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Alpha Research: Bulgarians assess [Bulgaria’s] EU presidency as success (Capital Daily)
National Health Insurance Fund ends 2017 with surplus (Sega)
Prosecution not to pay fees when appealing [administrative acts] in Supreme Administrative Court (Sega)
Eurostat: 53% of companies [in Bulgaria] are [small-sized] with up to 50 people as personnel (24 Chasa)
[Minister of Social Affairs] Bisser Petkov: We are working on new legislation for people with disabilities (Trud)
Bulgaria to pay BGN 2.5mn to Turkey for refugees as of October (Standart)
Jun 27, 2018 06:35GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Debate on no-confidence vote passes in tactical outwitting and nothing substantial (Capital Daily)
Social minister resumes negotiations with mothers [of children with disabilities] (Sega)
Debate on no-confidence vote ends without being started (Sega)
Oil price expected to remain stable after Oct 1, which should calm down electricity and district heating prices (24 Chasa)
[PM Borissov says] minimum wage to reach BGN 650 by end of GERB’s term in office (Trud)
[PM] Borissov: Bulgaria solves problem with illegal migrants (Monitor)
[Capital] Sofia ranks 175th among most expensive cities [in world in Mercer rating for 2018] (Standart)
Jun 26, 2018 06:28GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Gas price to be hiked by 11%, district heating and warm water price to be raised as well (Capital Daily)
Housing lending rises faster on account of record low interest rates (Sega)
MPs to debate no-confidence vote against government [today] (24 Chasa)
Bulgaria produces around 120mn litres of wine per year (24 Chasa)
PM Borissov: Tempting wages attract our workforce to Europe (Monitor)
Invited by PM Borissov, [French President] Macron to arrive again in Bulgaria in autumn (Monitor)
[PM] Borissov: I am waiting [for Ministry of Social Affairs] to propose solution for mothers of children with disabilities (Standart)
Jun 25, 2018 06:00GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
PM Borissov to insist on closure of EU borders to migrants (Capital Daily)
Foreign investors start to withdraw from Bulgaria (Sega)
National Statistical Institute head: [Bulgaria’s population] to fall below 7mn people in 2019 (24 Chasa)
[Economy Minister] Karanikolov: There is [investors’] interest towards more backward regions (24 Chasa)
600 [Bulgarian] companies hire employees from countries outside EU [by mid-June] (Monitor)
[PM] Borissov: Bulgaria proves that it can deal with refugee pressure as first-line country (Standart)
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