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    Bulgaria to Receive Six Million Euro from European Commission to Cope with Situation along Borders

    Veliko Turnovo, North Central Bulgaria, July 30 (BTA) – Bulgaria is to receive six million euro from the European Commission to cope with the situation along its borders, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said here on Saturday, adding that the aid is to be received next week.

    The Prime Minister noted that during recent talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and with European Commissioners he requested any type of aid: people, equipment, vessels, helicopters, and thermal-vision devices. More…

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    Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov Solicits Support for Irina Bokova’s Bid to Head UN

    Sofia, July 29 (BTA) – Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has sent letters asking support for Bulgaria’s candidate Irina Bokova for the post of UN Secretary General, the government’s information service said Friday.

    Borissov has approached the prime ministers of the UK – Theresa May, of Spain – Mariano Rajoy, of Japan – Shinzo Abe, of Malaysia – Najib Razak and New Zealand – John Key. More…

  • President Iohannis: National anthem, a binder for all Romanians

    On the National Anthem Day Friday, President Klaus Iohannis sent a message saying that the national anthem is one of the fundamental symbols of identity and a binder for all Romanians.

    “The national anthem, which we celebrate each year on July 29, is one of the fundamental symbols of our identity. ‘Desteapta-te, romane!’ (Awaken Thee, Romanian!) has turned along history into a genuine symbol of the principles underpinning the creation of the modern Romanian state: freedom, respect for fundamental human rights, national unity and dignity. These ideals are more current now than ever before,” reads the presidential message.

    Iohannis says the importance of rights and freedoms gained is better understood in the current international context, with all the present challenges.

    “Our mission is to preserve and bequeath to the future generations these values and the tradition of a consolidated democracy. The national anthem is a binder for all Romanians both within and outside the national borders. I am urging you to stay united and display solidarity in the spirit of your love for the country and our aspirations for a strong nation that is well respected in Europe and the world. Happy anniversary to the Romanian nation! Happy anniversary, Romania!” reads the message. More…

  • Cyprus records greatest EU annual drop in unemployment at 11.5% while GDP & inflation recover

    Unemployment in Cyprus dropped another 0.2 percentage point in June 2016 compared to May, descending from 11.9% to 11.7%.

    This, according to Eurostat means that another 1000 persons exited unemployment status in the course of the last month (down to 47 000 total in June, from 48 000 in May). On an annual basis Cyprus is still leading unemployment reduction rates in the EU coming down from 15.7 (for the same month of 2015).

    Meanwhile the euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.1% in June 2016, stable compared to May 2016 and down from 11.0% in June 2015. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since July 2011. The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.6% in June 2016, stable compared to May 2016 and down from 9.5% in June 2015. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the EU28 since March 2009.

    Eurostat estimates that 20.986 million men and women in the EU28, of whom 16.269 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in June 2016. Compared with May 2016, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 91 000 in the EU28 and by 37 000 in the euro area. Compared with June 2015, unemployment fell by 2.114 million in the EU28 and by 1.363 million in the euro area.

    Among the Member States, the lowest unemployment rates in June 2016 were recorded in Malta (4.0%), the Czech Republic (4.1%) and Germany (4.2%). The highest unemployment rates were observed in Greece (23.3% in April 2016) and Spain (19.9%). Compared with a year ago, the unemployment rate in June 2016 fell in twenty-five Member States, remained stable in Belgium and Estonia, while it increased in Austria (from 5.7% to 6.2%). The largest decreases were registered in Cyprus (from 15.1% to 11.7%), Croatia (from 16.2% to 13.2%), Bulgaria (from 9.7% to 7.2%) and Spain (from 22.3% to 19.9%). In June 2016, the unemployment rate in the United States was 4.9%, up from 4.7% in May 2016 and down from 5.3% in June 2015.

    In June 2016, 4.194 million young persons (under 25) were unemployed in the EU28, of whom 2.915 million were in the euro area. Compared with June 2015, youth unemployment decreased by 492 000 in the EU28 and by 248 000 in the euro area. In June 2016, the youth unemployment rate was 18.5% in the EU28 and 20.8% in the euro area, compared with 20.6% and 22.5% respectively in June 2015. In June 2016, the lowest rates were observed in Malta (6.9%) and Germany (7.2%), and the highest in Greece (47.4% in April 2016) and Spain (45.8%).

    Inflation:

    When it comes to inflation, according to Eurostat, the euro area rate is expected to be 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June 2016, according to a flash estimate. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, food, alcohol & tobacco is expected to have the highest annual rate in July (1.4%, compared with 0.9% June), followed by services (1.2%, compared with 1.1% in June), non-energy industrial goods (0.4%, stable compared with June) and energy (-6.6%, compared with -6.4% in June).

    GDP:

    Still on the basis of a preliminary flash estimate, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.4% in the EU28 during the second quarter of 2016, compared with the previous quarter . In the first quarter of 2016, GDP grew by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU28. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 1.6% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2016, after +1.7% and +1.8% respectively in the previous quarter.

    Household per capita income:

    Finally in the euro area, in real terms, household income per capita increased by 0.9% in the first quarter of 2016, after an increase of 0.3% in the previous quarter. Household real consumption per capita increased by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016, after an increase of 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    In the EU28 household real income per capita increased by 1.3% in the first quarter of 2016, after an increase of 0.4% in the previous quarter. Household real consumption per capita increased by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2016, while it was stable in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    CNA/THA/EC/2016
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

  • BNR: Vice-Governor Olteanu’s duties to be taken over by other executives

    National Bank of Romania Vice-Governor Bogdan Olteanu’s duties will be taken over by other members of the executive management, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) announced in a press statement on Friday.

    “In respect to Mr Bogdan Olteanu’s being detained, the National Bank of Romania points out that the investigation by the Department of Corruption and Related Offences of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) regards his activity carried out before Parliament entrusted him with the office of BNR vice-governor, according to the DNA release. The BNR mentions that its activity is following its normal course, with the duties of Mr Vice-Governor to be taken over by other members of the executive management, according to the internal procedures in force,” the statement reads.

    Vice-Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Bogdan Olteanu has been charged by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors for having requested and received 1 million euro and electoral support from a businessman in exchange for the appointment of a certain person as Danube Delta governor in the period July-November 2008; the money was allegedly sent to the main offices of a political party.

    According to a DNA statement released on Friday, Olteanu was detained for influence peddling and will be brought on Friday before the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation with a proposal for a 30-day pre-trial detention. More…

  • Turkey’s responsibility “huge” for crimes against humanity, says President of Missing Persons organization

    The war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Turkish army in Cyprus are among the gravest crimes in international law, said Nicos Serghides, the President of the Organization of Relatives of Undeclared Prisoners and Missing Persons.

    He was speaking on Thursday, during an event to honor civilians who went missing during the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus. According to Serghides, 617 civilians continue to be missing, including old people, 116 women and 32 children.

    The responsibility of Turkey, an EU aspirant, is huge, he added. Serghides went on to say that Ankara is keeping silent for 42 years and conceals data and information that could help in clearing up the fate of missing persons.

    Serghides welcomed an announcement by the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, to dedicate funds for archive research in the records of international organisations and others. He also underlined the decisiveness of the President Anastasiades and of his government to keep up with efforts to determine the fate of each and every missing person.

    It must be understood that without a solution to the drama of the families of missing persons, there will be no solution to the Cyprus problem, Serghides concluded.

    Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. Since then, the fate of hundreds of people remains unknown.

    A Committee on Missing Persons has been established, upon agreement between the leaders of the two communities, with the scope of exhuming, identifying and returning the remains of missing persons to their relatives.

    CNA/MF/AGK/GCH 2016
    ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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    Bulgarian Parliament Schedules Presidential Elections for November 6

    Sofia, July 29 (BTA) – The elections for Bulgaria’s president and vice president will be held on November 6, a Sunday, Parliament decided Friday by adopting a decision proposed by MPs from GERB, the Reformist Bloc, the Patriotic Front, ABV, Bulgarian Democratic Centre – National Union, and Ataka. More…

  • AgriMin Irimescu: Romania, interested in transfer of Argentinean farm research, genetics know-how

    Romania is interested in a transfer of Argentina’s know-how in farm research and genetics as well as farm management and associations, given Argentina’s experience of more than 150 years, Romania’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Achim Irimescu told AGERPRES on an official visit to Buenos Aires.

    “Romania is interested in know-how transfers in various areas, such as research, genetics, drought-tolerant crops, technologies to reduce soil works and cut costs. For instance, applying a certain technology, Argentina manages to keep diesel fuel consumption at 2.8 l per hectare, compared with France, where the same consumption is 70 l. They do direct seeding, because by ploughing, a lot of water is wasted and soil composition is damaged. Additionally, with seeding, they add fertilisers to the soil to treat crops against diseases and pests,” said Irimescu.

    He added that Romania is also interested in the management of small and medium-sized farm holdings and sustainable water management.

    “Moreover, we are interested in the management of small and medium-sized farm holdings and sustainable water management. Argentina has an experience of more than 150 years with farm cooperatives and associations as well as farm micromanagement,” said Irimescu.

    Irimescu is paying an official visit to Buenos Aires, July 27-30, at the invitation of Argentina’s Minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Livestock Ricardo Buryaile.

    The schedule of his visit on Thursday included a meeting with experts of the relevant ministry as well as business leaders interested in direct contacts with Romanian partners. More…

  • Cyprus leaders to hold first discussion on territory and security

    Cyprus leaders will begin discussions on the issues of territory, security and guarantees in the context of the UN-sponsored talks for a Cyprus, settlement on Friday, the last of the intensified phase of July.

    Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides described the meeting as “particularly important,”

    “This will be a first in-depth exchange of views by both leaders on the three issues, adding “this will be the start of a difficult discussion,” he said.

    Anastasiades also described the meeting as very important.

    Speaking in a reception to honour overseas Cypriots, the President made clear that today`s meeting is not the final stage rather the beginning of an exchange of views “in order to see how each side addresses issues such as territorial adjustment and the issues of security and guarantees”.

    Furthermore, the two leaders are expected to set the dates for the next meetings in the context of the UN-sponsored talks which will begin in the last week of August and will continue until the President of the Republic departs for the UN General Assembly.

    CNA/GS/GCH 2016
    ENDS, CYRPUS NEWS AGENCY

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    Bulgarian PM, German Chancellor Discuss Migrant Crisis and Complex Situation It Creates

    Sofia, July 28 (BTA) – Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov talked over the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the migrant crisis and the increasingly complex situation it creates, the government press office said. The conversation was initiated by Borissov.

    The Bulgarian government leader briefed his German counterpart on the measures his country has undertaken to ensure security along the border, including after the coup attempt in Turkey. More…

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