Press mood stories for Bulgaria

Oct 16, 2018 06:46GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Commercial register at risk of new breakdown, to be upgraded urgently (Capital Daily)
Parliamentary budgetary commission to discuss new [formula] for calculating car tax (Sega)
[GERB’s parliamentary group leader] Tsvetanov in [town of Smolyan]: BSP’s [no-confidence] vote has no chance to succeed (24 Chasa)
MEP Andrey Novakov: EU to allocate [to Bulgaria] 8% higher funding after 2020 (Trud)
Defence Minister: We will sign [contract] for [purchase of] new jet fighters by end of year (Monitor)
Oct 15, 2018 05:22GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Government wants to control all hospitals’ functioning and budget (Capital Daily)
Municipalities grant half of their dams to state (Capital Daily)
Minimum insurance income also to be raised as of 2019 [discussions on measure to be held today] (Sega)
[Opposition BSP] might not want to overthrow [PM] Borissov [government], President [Radev] implies (24 Chasa)
[Bulgaria] is 44th [worldwide] in [World Bank’s] human capital [rating] (Trud)
[President] Rumen Radev about [journalist] murder in Ruse: Enormous deficit in trust [towards institutions] comes to light (Monitor)
Oct 12, 2018 05:35GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
BNB fines First Investment Bank over non-allowed credit to its co-owner Ivaylo Mutafchiev (Capital Daily)
Rising debt of businesses spells new bankruptcies (Sega)
Revenues from night stays [in hotels and accommodations] rise by 7.5% [y/y] in August (24 Chasa)
[Thermal power plant] Maritsa Iztok 2 has to pay EUR 460mn [for emissions] or has to close down (24 Chasa)
[Healthcare Minister] Ananiev: Political opposition against healthcare reform is already fact (Trud)
[Government] to present concept for gas hub Balkan in January (Monitor)
Oct 11, 2018 05:34GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Recently resigned Regional Development Minister] Nikolay Nankov is back in Regional Development Ministry [as deputy minister] (Capital Daily)
Government adopts amendments in tax laws for next year [which introduce eco element in car taxation] (Capital Daily)
IT sector protests against increase in maximum insurance income (Sega)
[Opposition BSP leader] Ninova: Change in healthcare model cannot be completed within one [government’s] mandate (24 Chasa)
[Economy Minister] Karanikolov: Investors want to remain in Bulgaria (Trud)
Government ends [finally] Plovdiv Airport concession [procedure] (Monitor)
Oct 10, 2018 05:56GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Eastern Europe [including Bulgaria] does not want EU to set higher climate targets (Capital Daily)
[American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria] AmCham: US investments in Bulgaria are underestimated. Their real amount is BGN 4.5bn (Capital Daily)
Energy Minister rejects [idea of] merging NPP Kozloduy and [state-owned TPP] Maritsa Iztok 2 (Sega)
[Finance Minister] Goranov: [President] Radev’s proposal to distribute budget surplus is unfounded (24 Chasa)
Next gas price increase to be below 5% [as of 2019, Bulgargaz executive director projects] (24 Chasa)
German company [Voss Automotive] invests EUR 15mn [in new car parts plant near Lovech] (Trud)
[Russia’s Energy Minister announces] Bulgaria and Austria are priority [destinations] for gas deliveries through TurkStream (Monitor)
Oct 09, 2018 06:03GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Murder of [investigative journalist] Victoria Marinova directs EC’s attention towards frauds with EU funds (Capital Daily)
Employers are against increase in maximum insurance threshold (Capital Daily)
[Opposition BSP leader] Ninova denies rapprochement with [junior government coalition partner] United Patriots (Sega)
Education Ministry proposes moratorium on opening new universities [in Bulgaria] (Sega)
Wheat price rises due to lower output of high-grade grain (24 Chasa)
Taxes of 3.4mn cars aged over five years to be raised (Trud)
Obligatory auditing of SMEs to be abolished (Monitor)
Oct 08, 2018 05:52GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Energy exchange also checks electricity purchases (Capital Daily)
Finance Ministry: Economic growth [of Bulgaria] to be lower [than previously expected] due to exports (Capital Daily)
Free-of-charge building renovation costs [state budget] BGN 1mn per building (Sega)
[Opposition BSP member] Kaloyan Pargov: BSP steers course towards [assuming] governance position and we are looking for allies (24 Chasa)
Government, employers and trade unions’ representatives to discuss tax changes [regarding reforms of property and automobile taxation] (Monitor)
Oct 05, 2018 05:48GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Regulator launches investigation for electricity deal manipulations [on energy exchange] (Capital Daily)
[Implementation of] electronic tenders to be postponed until Mar 2019 (Capital Daily)
Maximum insurance income to be raised sharply to BGN 3,000 (Capital Daily)
Electricity price for business rises very strongly (Sega)
Shortage of jobs is main problem to development of north-western region (24 Chasa)
Government initiates over 1,500 measures to amend and improve administrative service (Trud)
Mothers of children with disabilities leave meeting with ministers [saying they will start new protests] (Monitor)
Oct 04, 2018 06:01GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
House prices in Sofia continue to increase but number of deals falls (Capital Daily)
Manchester Airport Group to apply for Sofia airport concession (Capital Daily)
[Capital] Sofia housing prices stop rising (Sega)
Protesting mothers [of children with disabilities] to meet ministers and MPs [today] (Sega)
[Agriculture Minister] Porozhanov: Bread price is up by approximately 10% since Jul, wheat price – by 20% (24 Chasa)
[Agriculture Minister] Porozhanov: Increase in bread price is mainly due to price of new wheat harvest (Trud)
Electricity export growth picks up to 30% [y/y] in Jan-Sep (Monitor)
Oct 03, 2018 05:46GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Draft bill for people with disabilities to be reviewed (Capital Daily)
[Energy Ministry considers] bailing out [state-owned] thermal power plant Maritsa Iztok 2 with increase in electricity price (Sega)
New bill: Bulgaria to be divided into four [administrative] regions, without regional centres (24 Chasa)
[Despite new agreement with Gazprom] there will be insignificant change in gas price [Bulatom’s chair says] (Trud)
Migrants’ pressure over Bulgarian-Greek border rises more than five times [y/y in Jan-Sep] (Trud)
[Authorities] consider allocating some portion of traffic offence fines to municipalities (Monitor)
Oct 02, 2018 05:57GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM] Borissov forms own expert team to choose [new] fighter aircraft [for Bulgaria] (Capital Daily)
Only three countries submit bids to supply [Bulgaria] with new fighter jets (Sega)
Cabinet fills its black money box to prepare for huge spending at end of year (Sega)
Sweden’s investments in Bulgaria are close to EUR 200mn (24 Chasa)
British company [Manchester Airport Group] interested in Sofia Airport [concession] (Trud)
Swedish investments open 9,000 jobs [in Bulgaria in past years] (Monitor)
Oct 01, 2018 05:43GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association proposes strategy for overcoming labour shortages in key professions (Capital Daily)
[Parliamentary energy commission chair] Delyan Dobrev assumes merging NPP Kozloduy and TPP Maritsa Iztok 2 [in one company] (Sega)
New wave of social protests is upcoming (Sega)
Loans already grow faster than incomes (24 Chasa)
[Finance Minister] Goranov to tighten control over state-owned companies (24 Chasa)
New district heating and warm water prices as of today (Trud)
[Ruling] GERB is not worried about [expected] new no-confidence vote [likely to be initiated by opposition BSP] (Monitor)
Sep 28, 2018 06:15GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Agency against] corruption: We cannot check incomes from abroad (Capital Daily)
State interference creates price tension in energy sector (Sega)
This is not healthcare reform, it is imitation [of such] (Sega)
[Economy Minister] Karanikolov: There are approved projects, encouraging investments, for over BGN 700mn in 2018 (24 Chasa)
[Transport Minister] Petya Avramova: Implementation of toll system to help improving road safety (Trud)
State to fight air pollution with BGN 112mn (Monitor)
Sep 27, 2018 06:09GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Healthcare minister: People should pay more [for healthcare], funds competing [with National Health Insurance Fund] in longer term (Capital Daily)
Sofia to finally start negotiating with [Russia’s] Gazprom for cheaper gas (Sega)
New district heating prices to be 20% higher [compared to previous winter] (Sega)
Expert regarding gas price hike: Absence of competition on market is problematic (24 Chasa)
Deputy [Healthcare] Minister Boyko Penkov: New [healthcare] model to make civil servants pay their health insurance by themselves (Trud)
[Potential] abolishing of ceiling on pensions to cost [state budget] BGN 155mn (Monitor)
Sep 26, 2018 06:22GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[Czech energy company] CEZ plans to finalise deal [on selling Bulgarian assets] with Inercom (Capital Daily)
VAT collection in Bulgaria improves [in 2016, according to EC report] (Capital Daily)
Healthcare Ministry to present its ideas for changes in healthcare model (Sega)
CEZ considers suing Bulgaria due to [impediments to deal with] Inercom (Sega)
Businesses support building new gas connections with neighbouring countries (24 Chasa)
[PM] Boyko Borissov: Bulgaria to accelerate its preparation for OECD membership [application] (Trud)
[Parliamentary] commission on social issues to discuss abolishment of pension ceiling (Monitor)
Sep 25, 2018 05:45GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Businesses insist on introducing higher threshold for obligatory auditing (Capital Daily)
Corruption is top threat for residents and guests of [capital] Sofia (Sega)
Complete abolishment of pension ceiling to be discussed (24 Chasa)
Electricity from renewable plants, US plants and district heating costs us BGN 1.2bn [over the electricity market price according to utility regulator’s report] (24 Chasa)
Cheaper toll fees for buses [are considered] (Trud)
Every tenth company looks for new employees (Trud)
Every fourth youngster is unemployed [trade union chair] (Monitor)
Sep 21, 2018 05:37GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Employers’ organisation proposes legal amendments against double food standards [in Bulgaria compared to other EU countries] (Capital Daily)
26% of companies at risk of bankruptcy due to delayed payments (Sega)
Cabinet allocates BGN 35mn from state budget to Hemus motorway [building] (Sega)
Revenues from international tourism in Bulgaria rise by 8.1% y/y in first six months of 2018 (24 Chasa)
Cabinet shuffle confronts again president and PM (Trud)
[Bulgaria’s] Trade with France surpasses EUR 1.8bn (Monitor)
Sep 20, 2018 05:35GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Bulgaria supports Hungary against Brussels [and EU sanctions] (Capital Daily)
[Agriculture minister] Porozhanov with absurd request: supermarkets to sell bread without profit (Capital Daily)
Cigarettes smuggling hits its lowest level since 2007 (Sega)
[Regional development deputy minister announces] EUR 3bn are necessary for [building] three motorways and two tunnels (24 Chasa)
Bread price rises by 15% (Trud)
U.S. offers Bulgaria to buy newest F-16 [jet fighters’] generation (Monitor)
Sep 19, 2018 05:59GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
[PM] Borissov to try replacing at least two ministers on Thursday (Capital Daily)
Record increase in gas price as of Oct 1 (Capital Daily)
E-vignette system blocks at its first presentation (Sega)
Business prefers that National Health Insurance Fund monopoly gets abolished (Sega)
Average pension to reach EUR 200 finally next year (24 Chasa)
Russian tourists rise by 6% [y/y] in H1 [Russian Federation ambassador in Bulgaria says] (Trud)
Cabinet expected to allocate additional funding for Hemus motorway [building] (Monitor)
Sep 18, 2018 05:38GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
President [Radev] continues war of nerves with government (Capital Daily)
Sovereign’s [people’s] indifference keeps this awful government in position (Sega)
For interior ministry revenge against journalists is more important than fight against corruption (Sega)
Cabinet to try implementing its reshuffle without presidential decree (24 Chasa)
Real estate sales in [capital] Sofia decline [for first time since 2012] (Trud)
Big companies and [capital] Sofia pay 68% of all taxes (Trud)
Tickets of interurban buses to rise by over 10% [after end-2018] (Monitor)
Sep 17, 2018 05:31GMT, Bulgaria, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Protest against political system closes [capital] Sofia centre (Capital Daily)
Companies’ labour costs rise by 8.5% [y/y, according to preliminary Eurostat data] (Capital Daily)
[Co-leader of junior coalition partner United Patriots] Volen Siderov assumes snap elections might take place [in case some government crisis happens in future] (Sega)
[Ruling] GERB and United Patriots to discuss new nominee for transport minister (24 Chasa)
[Tourism Minister] Angelkova: We expect 7% growth in tourists for third straight year (Trud)
NPP Kozloduy shut for [annual] maintenance (Monitor)
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