News archive of February 2019

Hospital workers, cleaners protest expiring contracts in Athens rally

Members of the national union of public hospital workers (POEDIN) and cleaners from Dromokaitio psychiatric hospital held a protest rally outside the Parliament on Thursday, requesting the renewal of their expiring contracts.
One lane on main Vassilisis Sofias avenue was blocked, disrupting traffic on Syntagma square.

Turkey’s energy import bill up 6 pct in January 2019

Turkey's energy import bill increased by 6 percent to nearly $3.85 billion in January compared to the same month in 2018, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute and Trade Ministry on Feb. 28.

Fruits & Vegetables in Bulgaria on the Rise

With nearly 250 billion euro per year, the growing consumption of fruits and vegetables brings many opportunities and impetus for changes around the entire world. Expected to continue rising, the trend is mainly based on the non-traditional foods like nuts and berries. The international trade of only avocados and blueberries has been grown fivefold over the past 10 years.

Bulgaria Becoming no Longer Competitive Outside the EU on the Grain Market

According to UkrAgroConsult's estimates, Bulgaria's harvest of major grains dropped by 5% this season. Consequently, a downturn is observed in grain supplies from the country.

The most substantial decline is in Bulgarian barley exports. In July-November 2018/19, they were down 42% year-on-year.

Toddler burned in Varkiza apartment fire

A toddler aged 1.5 years died in a blaze that broke out early Thursday morning in an apartment at the seaside suburb of Varkiza, southwest Attica.
The baby girl was discovered by firemen who entered the third-floor apartment on Eridos street. It was immediately transferred to Pedon hospital where doctors confirmed its death.

Four Property Fraudsters Arrested in Sofia

A group of four property fraudsters was detained in Sofia on 27th of February. According to the investigators, the arrested have committed frauds with 23 properties in the capital city of Sofia. Their victims were lonely elderly people, as well as people with mental health issues.

Bulgaria’s Constitutional Court Declares Provisions of Judicial System Act Unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court of Bulgaria has declared provisions of the Judicial System Act unconstitutional, said the President of the National Assembly, Tsveta Karayancheva, Focus News Agency reports. The repealed provision stipulated that judges should be removed from office if they were charged with a crime committed in the exercise of their judicial functions.

Bulgarian was Convicted in Hungary in the Case of 71 Dead Migrants in a Truck

Bulgarian was convicted in Hungary of four years and eight months in prison for human trafficking in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants in the trunk of a truck in August 2015, Hungarian MIT agency reports.
Illegal migrants, including eight women and four children, suffocated in the truck and were found dead on a motorway in Austria near Parndorf.