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  4. <title> (Sofia News Agency)</title>
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  6. <description>Real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news - economic, political and cultural, foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and world news.</description>
  7. <language>en</language>
  8. <copyright>2001-2019 Novinite Ltd.</copyright>
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  12. <title>The Second Economic Forum with the Participation of Boyko Borisov and Zoran Zaev Started in Plovdiv (Updated)</title>
  13. <link></link>
  14. <guid>198109</guid>
  15. <category>Diplomacy</category>
  16. <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:18:07 +0200</pubDate>
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  18. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>Prime Minister Boyko Borissov will open the Second Economic Forum in Plovdiv, reported</p>
  19. <p>It will be a high-level meeting of the most influential Bulgarian and international political, corporate and intellectual leaders.</p>
  20. <p>Among the official guests will be the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, the founder of the Delphi Forum Symeon Tsomokos, the special representative of the European Union office in Kosovo Natalia Apostolova, Bulgarian and foreign politicians, bankers, economic experts and others.</p>
  21. <p>The subject of the talks will be economic development, support of social practices in the private sector and increasing the competitiveness of Bulgaria and the countries of Southeastern Europe.</p>]]></description>
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  25. <title>International Day Against Drug Abuse</title>
  26. <link></link>
  27. <guid>198106</guid>
  28. <category>Domestic</category>
  29. <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:52:38 +0200</pubDate>
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  31. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>Today we mark the International Day for Drug Abuse.</p>
  32. <p>According to the National Focal Points, cannabis is the most commonly used drug in Bulgaria. More and more women and young people are reaching it.</p>
  33. <p>27% of our students have smoked marijuana at least once in their lives. For the last 16 years, their share has increased by 13%.</p>
  34. <p>Among heavy drugs, heroin is the most common drug, and amphetamines are the most prevalent in use.</p>
  35. <p>According to official statistics, the number of systemically using heroin, amphetamines and cocaine in Bulgaria is about 20-30,000 people.</p>
  36. <p>More than a third of them have never tried to cure.</p>]]></description>
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  40. <title>Boyko Borissov and Zoran Zaev Will Meet in Plovdiv</title>
  41. <link></link>
  42. <guid>198105</guid>
  43. <category>Diplomacy</category>
  44. <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:44:44 +0200</pubDate>
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  46. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia will meet in Plovdiv.</p>
  47. <p>The second economic forum in the city will bring together Boyko Borissov and Zoran Zaev. The two of them will meet after the exacerbation of the relations between the two countries due to historical disputes around the figure of Gotse Delchev.</p>
  48. <p>Skopje proposed that the revolutionary's memory be celebrated together by the two countries on Oct. 7, the date on which his bones were handed over by communist power in Bulgaria to then Yugoslavia.</p>
  49. <p>Sofia has categorically rejected this proposal and said it would raise unresolved historical issues during North Macedonia's membership talks with the European Union.</p>]]></description>
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  53. <title>Bulgaria’s Toll System Ready for Technical Testing as of August 16</title>
  54. <link></link>
  55. <guid>198100</guid>
  56. <category>Domestic</category>
  57. <pubDate>Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:59:06 +0200</pubDate>
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  59. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>The electronic road tolling system for vehicles weighing more than 3,5 tonnes is ready to start operating for technical tests as of 16th of August, Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency said on 25th of June. The tests of the system will be conducted in real time with data from the on-board equipment and route maps to get an idea about the expenses of the road hauliage companies, reports BNT. </p>
  60. <p>At the earliest in November, it is expected that the system will be able to become fully operational after a dialogue with the transport industry achieves a consensus on tariffs and the scope of the roads that will be included in the system and its effectiveness in distance-based charging is proven. Until then, heavy goods vehicles willuse electronic vignettes.</p>
  61. <p>To this end, legislative changes are being prepared, which are expected to be adopted by the end of the summer session of the National Assembly.</p>
  62. <p>A series of negotiations with carriers will be held on July 3, and the first public consultation council on the introduction of the system with the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works will be held on 5 July.</p>]]></description>
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  66. <title>Bulgarian PM Borisov Dismissed the Idea of Reducing VAT</title>
  67. <link></link>
  68. <guid>198095</guid>
  69. <category>Domestic</category>
  70. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:34:28 +0200</pubDate>
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  72. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>The government closes the subject of a reduction in value added tax (VAT). The talks are being terminated because they contradict one of the points in the coalition agreement between GERB and the United Patriots, namely that within the mandate of this government tax laws should not change. This was announced by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov after today's Coalition Council.</p>
  73. <p>As a reason for this, he pointed out one of the members of the coalition program, which demands that the tax legislation within this mandate should not be changed. Borisov urged the issue not to debate more, as any appeal to reduce VAT goes against the coalition agreement.</p>
  74. <p>DPS announced a reduction in VAT on books, medicines and the food sector, and began talks and consultations with representatives of the various industries. The BSP also announced they demand a reduction in value added tax. They have submitted to Parliament a bill offering a reduction in VAT for flour, bread, meat, eggs and milk at 5% and for medicines at 9%.</p>
  75. <p>At the last meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation, the government, business and trade unions united against this proposal. Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov described the proposed change as the worst instrument for achieving justice and warned that lowering VAT would require a mandatory lifting of the insurance.</p>]]></description>
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  79. <title>See the Amount of Money the Parties Have to Reimburse from the Overpaid Subsidies</title>
  80. <link></link>
  81. <guid>198091</guid>
  82. <category>Politics</category>
  83. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:16:28 +0200</pubDate>
  84. <enclosure url="" type="image/jpeg" />
  85. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p class="p1">The Ministry of Finance published information on how much money the parties have to reimburse from the overpaid subsidies.</p>
  86. <p class="p1">The largest amount of funds in the treasury should be transferred by GERB - BGN 5 613 724, followed by BSP - BGN 4 299 690, MRF - BGN 1 625 892, VOLYA - BGN 655 938, NFSB - BGN 542 137, Attack - 539 894 BGN.</p>
  87. <p class="p1">The exact amounts for all parties you can see <a href="">here</a>.</p>
  88. <p class="p1">The Minister of Finance sent letters to the political parties setting out the specific amounts to be returned - the difference between the state subsidy granted and the recalculated amount. The letter also describes the mechanism for reimbursement in accordance with the requirements of the Law on Amendments to the Political Parties Act.</p>
  89. <p class="p1">In the event that a party, including a coalition that receives a state subsidy, does not voluntarily return the difference until the grant of the second part of the subsidy for 2019, the difference will be reimbursed to the budget, giving the party 70% , which has to be granted to it as a second part of the subsidy for 2019.</p>
  90. <p class="p1">In the case of a shortage of funds or a lack of subsequent portions of the subsidy, the difference that is not returned by the respective party or coalition should be reimbursed voluntarily to the central budget by 31st of December 2020.</p>
  91. <p class="p1">A political party, including a coalition not receiving a state subsidy, should return the difference between the state subsidy granted and the recalculated amount until 31 December 2020.</p>
  92. <p class="p1">Upon the expiry of that deadline, funds which are not returned to the central budget on a voluntary basis are subject to recovery under the general rule.</p>]]></description>
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  96. <title>GERB Reimbursed the Overpayments from the Party Subsidy</title>
  97. <link></link>
  98. <guid>198090</guid>
  99. <category>Politics</category>
  100. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:57:19 +0200</pubDate>
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  102. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p class="p1">By an order of the chairman of GERB Boyko Borissov, the party reimbursed the overpayments from the party subsidy, the formation announced. This makes GERB the first party to make such an action.</p>
  103. <p class="p1">This happened after the promulgation in the State Gazette of the amendments to the Political Parties Act and the Ministry of Finance published the information on the amounts that are subject to voluntary reimbursement under the central budget. The party has transferred the entire amount to the BNB financial office.</p>]]></description>
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  107. <title>More than 50% of Bulgarians Are Satisfied with Their Salary</title>
  108. <link></link>
  109. <guid>198086</guid>
  110. <category>Domestic</category>
  111. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:04:27 +0200</pubDate>
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  113. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>More than half of Bulgarians are satisfied with their salary, and 70% are satisfied with their work. The data is from two studies by Gallup International provided for the Bulgarian National Television and the broadcast # Europe.</p>
  114. <p>It turns out that Bulgarians are more satisfied with their wages and work than average people in the world. </p>
  115. <p>Many say Bulgarians are pessimists and one of the reasons is the growing poverty in our country. However, a new survey shows that 52% of Bulgarians are satisfied with their salary and 30% are not. This places us around the world average. Global results show that 49% of those working in the world are satisfied with their monthly wages, those who are not satisfied with their salaries are 29 per cent.</p>
  116. <p>At the same time, however, the share of Bulgarians who are satisfied with their work is far higher - 70%. It turns out that our country is third in the Balkans on this indicator. First is Northern Macedonia, where 76 per cent are happy with what they are doing, and second is Romania. The Serbs are most dissatisfied.</p>]]></description>
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  120. <title>Trilateral Security Summit in Israel</title>
  121. <link></link>
  122. <guid>198085</guid>
  123. <category>Defense</category>
  124. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:02:06 +0200</pubDate>
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  126. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>US President Donald Trump wants to hold talks with Iran about eliminating its nuclear weapons program, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said in Jerusalem on Tuesday morning.<br /><br />Bolton, speaking at the start of a historic trilateral meeting, met with his Russian counterpart and Israeli counterparts, Nikolai Patrushev and Meir Ben-Shabbat. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed the Israeli delegations to the talks.</p>
  127. <p>According to him, Israel, Russia and the United States have one common goal - to remove the Iranian forces from Syria, which will make the Middle East more stable.</p>
  128. <p>Washington is ready for real talks with Iran, John Bolton said, and Patrushev explained that with regard to the fight against terrorism, Moscow and Tehran are co-operating, but Russia will also take note of Israel's concerns.</p>]]></description>
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  132. <title>KEVR Will Have Meeting on the Gas Price in Bulgaria</title>
  133. <link></link>
  134. <guid>198077</guid>
  135. <category>Domestic</category>
  136. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:02:48 +0200</pubDate>
  137. <enclosure url="" type="image/jpeg" />
  138. <description><![CDATA[<img src="" alt="" border="0"><p>The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission will hold an open gas price meeting for the third quarter.</p>
  139. <p>At the request of Bulgargaz, the price may fall slightly - by about 1%. This will affect suppliers and customers connected to the gas network.</p>
  140. <p>By the end of June, KEVR should also announce the price of electricity and heating. However, an increase is expected for them.</p>
  141. <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Average of 3.5% of electricity and 4.5% of steam and hot water.</span></p>]]></description>
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