News archive of February 2020

Only 4 of 16 ministers receive endorsement in joint select committees of Parliament

The hearings in Parliament of the ministers proposed to take part in the Orban 2 Government concluded on Wednesday, after three days of debates in the joint select committees. Only four ministers - Nicolae Ciuca, Bogdan Aurescu, Virgil Popescu and Adrian Oros - of the sixteen heard in the committees gained an endorsement from MPs, the rest being refused endorsement.

Eurostat: Euro Area Annual Inflation up to 1.4%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.4% in January 2020, up from 1.3% in December according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Volkswagen Delay the Decision for the Turkey Plant Once Again

German car giant Volkswagen will delay the decision to build a new plant in Turkey for the second time, MIA reports.

The agency cites an anonymous source in the British media, according to which the

"We still have time and can certainly do that decision by mid-year," said the source, who is familiar with VW's discussions.

Inquiry ordered into coroner's sexual abuse claim for infant

Justice Minister Konstantinos Tsiaras ordered on Wednesday a disciplinary inquiry into a coroner who claimed that an 11-month-old infant who died in a hospital in Athens last week had been sexually abused.

The purpose of the investigation is to establish whether there was any misconduct on the part of Sotiris Bouzianis, one of the coroners that performed the autopsy.

Toll Charges for Heavy Goods Vehicles will be from 3 to 7 Stotinki per km

The toll charges for heavy goods vehicles, weighing between 3.5 and 12 tonnes, will be from 3 to 7 stotinki per kilometre, depending on the emission class of the vehicle and the road catregory. This is set out in the decree adopted on February 19 by the Council of Ministers to amend the Tariff for fees collected for the passage and use of the national road network.

BNR: The US Designates Bulgaria a Developed Country

The US designated Bulgaria a developed country. The measure makes it easier for Washington to launch investigations and impose customs and other penalties if it finds unlawful subsidies or commercial practices, BNR reported.

February 19 – Day of Commemoration for Vasil Levski

Today the Bulgarians mark the anniversary of the hanging (1873) of Vasil Levski.

Vasil Levski, born Vasil Ivanov Kunchev, was a Bulgarian revolutionary and is a national hero of Bulgaria today. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule.

Editorial: The hefty price of dodging insurance reform

Every effort to resolve the problems of Greece's insurance system was met with the intense opposition of trade unions and opposition parties.

Pressurised by strong social reactions and fearing the political cost successive Greek governments kicked the can down the road and avoided grappling with the issue in a substantial and timely manner.