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Bulgaria's Health Fund Might Receive Up to BGN 200 M to Tackle Debt

A state grant for debt-ridden National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) amounting to BGN 200 M (EUR 100 M) could be allocated, NZOK's Supervisory Council says.

The fund might receive a sum between BGN 160 and 200 M within a brief period, the Council's Chairman Boyko Penkov announced after a meeting with representatives of the Bulgarian Medical Association.

PM: Changes to BIA law to help ensure more transparent work

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that the proposed changes to the Law on the Security Information Agency (BIA) were made based on the Constitutional Court's decision and Ombudsman's request and will make the agency's operations more transparent.

Stefan Fuele: Bulgaria, Romania Accession Questioned EU Credibility

From EurActiv.

Member states and candidate countries have grown tired of the pace of the enlargement process, above all, the accession of Romania and Bulgaria, which raised a lot of questions about the credibility of the process, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele told EurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.

By 2020 75% of Bulgarians To Use Internet and E-Services

Bulgaria's Government approved a plan for the construction of next generation broadband internet infrastructure, reports Dnes.bg.

It must provide access to internet with speed of 30+ Mb/s to the entire population. 

At least 50% of the households and 80% of the businesses must have access to speeds of 100 Mb/s by 2020, according to the plan.

Family of Welsh man missing on Crete launches public appeal

The family of a 73-year-old man from Lenton Pool in Wales is appealing to the public for information after he went missing while on holiday in Hania, on the southern Aegean island of Crete, this week.

Arthur Jones was last seen on Thursday, June 19, and was reported missing after failing to return home on a flight booked on Tuesday, June 24.

Montenegro Prosecutor Demands Sex Claim Newspaper Ban

Supreme State Prosecutor Veselin Vuckovic sent a request for a ban to the Basic Court in Podgorica on Thursday after the newspaper published a series of articles attacking Calovic, including one accusing her of bestiality.

Electricity Prices Might Soar from October 1 - DKEVR

Energy bills in Bulgaria might gradually go up starting October to cover deficits at the state-owned utility NEK, the state electricity regulator announced.

DKEVR, the energy watchdog, earlier announced the National Electricity Company (NEK)'s debts amount to BGN 2.4 B (EUR 1.2 B) over the past four years.

Election of Sofia Appellate Court Chair Collapses

The procedure for the election of a Chair of the Sofia Appellate Court collapsed after the sole candidate, Veselin Pengezov, failed to summon enough votes.

The Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) did not back the nomination of Pengezov for a second term in office.

Pengezov is being investigated for abuse of EU funds under the "Administrative Capacity" operational program.

Albanian Banker Murdered in Mafia-Style Hit

Police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini said in a statement that 58-year-old banker Santo was shot at 9.30am local time outside his office in the central Blloku neighborhood of Tirana.  

Katrigjini said that the motive for the murder was unclear; a group of investigators has been assembled to probe it.

PM: Data collection to now be "transparent"

PM: Data collection to now be "transparent"

BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has said that amendments to the Law on the Security-Information Agency (BIA) "should provide for transparent data collection."

Coin: Increase in investments requires thorough reforms

BELGRADE - President of the Board of Directors of the Foreign Investors Council Frederic Coin said on Thursday the Serbian government had to conduct thorough reforms to improve the business environment in the country and attract more investments.

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