Bulgaria expects that the UK will remain a strategic partner of the EU on key issues such as security and combating terrorism
Despite the processes that are taking place between the European Union and the UK, Bulgaria expects that the UK will remain a strategic partner of the bloc on key issues such as security and combating terrorism. This is the stance that Prime Minister Boyko Borisov expressed to his British counterpart Theresa May, at whose invitation Borisov was on an official visit to London on 11 December, the press office of the Council of Ministers announced. The two senior government officials discussed cooperation in the fields of migration and security. The intelligence agencies of Bulgaria and the UK are working together very well, the leaders noted. Borisov said that he expects London to support the European integration of the countries in the Western Balkans. He believes that their joining of the family of democratic values is the biggest guarantee for successful, sustainable and peaceful development of the European continent.
Stakes and shares in 40 companies and a luxury property in Sozopol have been affected by the measure
Property to the tune of BGN 200m owned by Ivo Prokopiev has been put under distraint. The sum includes stakes and shares in 40 companies, directly and indirectly controlled by him, personal bank accounts and 32% of a luxury house with a yard in Sozopol. The news was announced by Plamen Georgiev, head of the Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (CIAF), on 12 December.
 
The slander machine has gone into overdrive because of the CorpBank case
Not a day goes by without the Bulgarian oligarchy publishing at least one fake news item servicing the behind-the-scenes clique’s talking points against our publisher, MRF lawmaker Delyan Peevski. The MP has essentially become enemy №1 of the crime bosses, who are using their puppet media outlets to put every possible sin on his shoulders and vilify him as the person solely responsible for every problem in the country.
 
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Sofia allocates BGN 3.5m for Western Balkans
 
Bulgaria will fund 55 projects in the countries in the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership to the combined tune of BGN 3,541,706, the government decided on 13 December. Part of the granted financial assistance will go to 21 projects in Serbia connected to NGOs, the ombudsman, educational institutions and small businesses. Another 12 projects will be realised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, mainly repairs of preschool facilities and playgrounds. Five projects will be funded in Macedonia in the areas of healthcare and assistance for children with special needs. One project, aimed at strengthening the capacity of the ombudsman institution, will be realised in Albania. The rest of the projects are in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia. The money is provided as part of the official development aid that each Member State of the EU is obligated to give under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

Bulgaria leads in number of women in IT sector
 
Sofia has become the digital capital of Europe and is continuing to strengthen its position, said Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel (L) during a press conference dedicated to the upcoming EU Digital and Innovation Week (25-29 June 2018) to be hosted by Sofia. The event was also attended by Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova (R) and Plamen Rusev, head of the Webit Foundation (not pictured). At the press conference was also outlined the programme for the most significant event for technologies, innovation and policies on the digitisation across sectors in Europe on the 2018 calendar. Bulgaria is a leader in terms of the number of women employed in the information and communications technologies sectors, added Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.

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