Sofia awaits the European Commission's approval for direct connection to the natural gas pipeline
Sofia is awaiting a letter from the European Commission, approving a direct connection from the Turkish Stream pipeline to Bulgaria, and the goal is to overcome energy dependency. This was revealed by a comment made by Prime Minister Boyko Borisov during the annual ambassadors’ meeting hosted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva on 19 July in Sofia.
The families of the victims insist that Hezbollah be cited as a defendant in the lawsuit
Maria Kadiyska
The case involving the Sarafovo Airport terrorist attack may be heard at the Bulgarian Embassy in Israel, if problems stemming from subpoenaing affected people continue. The news came from Georgi Ushev, head of the specialised criminal court, on 18 July, which marked the fifth anniversary from the deadly attack on a bus full of unsuspecting tourists.
The volume of Bulgarian and Romanian goods imported by Switzerland has grown 10 times, while exports to the two countries have increased three-fold over the past 10 years. The figures were presented in an analysis by the Swiss Federal Customs Administration published on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria’s and Romania’s accession to the European Union and cited by the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency.
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Borisov meets with Katainen
The European Commission should focus more attention on combating cyber threats and cybercrime, noted PM Boyko Borisov (L) during his meeting with VP of the European Commission and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen, held at the Council of Ministers’ headquarters on 21 July. According to the premier, such a move will benefit the security of all EU Member States, given the rapid development of technologies. 

Tsvetan Vassilev tried in absentia in CorpBank case
The Specialised Prosecutor’s Office has filed the indictment resulting from the pre-trial proceedings in connection to the failure of CorpBank. Tsvetan Vassilev and 17 other individuals are cited as defendants in the case. More than 400 witnesses have given testimony, while over 90 experts’ reports have been prepared by 27 specialists. The volume of the evidence collected, including material evidence and enclosed documents, exceeds 1,360 files. Tsvetan Vassilev, who immediately after the collapse of the bank in 2014 fled to Belgrade where he is hiding to this day, will be tried in absentia.    

Dutch family smuggles 4.5kg of cocaine
A Dutch family with three children has smuggled 4.5kg of cocaine in Bulgaria through the Kalotina border checkpoint. The incident occurred on the night of 13 July, Albena Vutova, administrative director of the Prosecutor’s Office of Appeals in Sofia, announced at a press conference. The driver was behind the wheel of a Citroen and was accompanied by his wife and three underage children. The drugs were found stashed in secret compartments near the hood of the vehicle.