• Parliament assigns talks with US on acquisition of new fighter aircraft

      Parliament assigns talks with US on acquisition of new fighter aircraft

      In a 130-84 vote with no abstentions, Parliament Wednesday assigned the government to draw up a draft international agreement and hold negotiations with the United States on Bulgaria's acquisition of a new type of fighter aircraft, F-16V, Block 70. The negotiations mandate was supported by the MPs of GERB, 23 MPs of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), 11 MPs of the United Patriots, and two independent MPs.

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    • Sofia to head BSEC under 'Sea of opportunities' slogan

      Sofia to head BSEC under 'Sea of opportunities' slogan

      Bulgaria is taking over the leadership of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) under the slogan “Sea of opportunities”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced. The country is assuming the rotating chairmanship of the organisation for the first six months of 2019. The Bulgarian chairmanship-in-office vows to work for the development of BSEC as a project-oriented organisation. Cooperation in the fields of culture, transport and environmental protection will be a priority.

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    • Borissov: We proved capable of leading the region

      Borissov: We proved capable of leading the region

      Bulgaria has proven that it can be a leader in the region, concluded Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in a New Year's Eve address to the Bulgarian public, welcoming 2019. The premier wished a happy new year to all Bulgarians with a Facebook post uploaded at exactly 0.00am that read: “A difficult year filled with challenges is now behind us.

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    • Anti-corruption law with no retroactive effect

      Anti-corruption law with no retroactive effect

      The Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture Act will not have a retroactive effect, the National Assembly’s Committee on Legal Affairs decided with overwhelming majority during the second-reading vote of the proposed amendments. This change to the regulatory act came following a Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) interpretive ruling engineered by the court’s chairperson Lozan Panov, who was aided by some of his colleagues. The ruling essentially blocked the work of the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture (ACCIAF) and threatened to create grounds for the termination of numerous illegal assets forfeiture cases.

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    • Supreme court justice gives political speeches abroad

      Supreme court justice gives political speeches abroad

      The Chairperson of the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) Lozan Panov has been giving political speeches, in breach of the constitutional provision prohibiting such statements from members of the justice system, not only in Bulgaria but abroad too. This was revealed during a session of the judges’ college of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). At this meeting, the members of the college attempted, for a second time, to ascertain in conversation with Panov the reason why he is violating the country’s main set of laws and tarnishing the justice system’s image. Alas, just as the week before, he ran away from the questions again.

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    • Bulgaria, Macedonia governments to hold joint meeting

      Bulgaria, Macedonia governments to hold joint meeting

      The governments of Bulgaria and Macedonia will hold a joint meeting in early December. It will coincide with the inauguration of a section of the Strouma Motorway between Kresna and Sandanski, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov told journalists in Sofia Thursday, emerging from a meeting with his Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev.

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    • PM Borissov: United and strong EU can serve as Arab world's role model

      PM Borissov: United and strong EU can serve as Arab world's role model

      A united and strong European Union is a far more appropriate and powerful partner of the Arab world. The Arab world can take the EU as a role model of the rule of law and women's and children's rights, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said, addressing the opening of the 3rd EU-Arab World Summit: Shared Horizons, on 29 October in Athens, Greece, quoted by the government information service.

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    • Lawmakers approve media transparency bill

      Lawmakers approve media transparency bill

      The bill intended to bring transparency to media ownership was supported unanimously by the lawmakers in the parliamentary Committee for Culture and Media. The considering of the new legislative texts introduced by Movement for Rights and Freedoms MPs Delyan Peevski, Hamid Hamid, Yordan Tsonev and Velislava Krasteva went without actual deliberations.

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