Sofia - December 10 (BTA) - Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin and Russian Ambassador Yuriy Isakov signed an intergovernmental Programme for Cooperation in Culture, Education and Science in 2012-2014.
Sofia - December 10 (BTA) - Svetlin Tanchev MP of GERB has quit his parliamentary group to become independent, National Assembly Chairman Mihail Mikov announced at the opening of Tuesday's extraordinary sitting. Georgi Markov was the first MP to leave that parliamentary group and become an independent last Tuesday. This leaves GERB with 95 MPs.
Brussels/Sofia - December 9 (BTA) - Labour and Social Minister Hasan Ademov is attending an Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in Brussels on December 9 and 10, his ministry said.Addressing the Council, Minister Ademov said that Bulgaria supported a general approach to posted workers within the EU.
Sofia - December 9 (BTA) - Finance Minister Petar Chobanov said on Monday that the concentration of the state-owned companies' resources in banks is falling as will be seen when the results are announced. In May the caretaker cabinet changed the regulations, making it compulsory for companies with over 50 per cent state interest to hold their resources in at least four banks, none of which can hold more than a quarter of the company's money.
Sofia - December 9 (BTA) - Parliament passed conclusively the national budget for 2014 on Monday. The second-reading discussions began last Tuesday. The 2014 budget may be described as social, re-starting the economy and oriented towards acceleration of the economic growth, Finance Minister Peter Chobanov commented before journalists in Parliament. The budget is complied with the economic development and does not neglect fiscal stability.
Sofia - December 9 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tzvetlin Yovchev met with Czech counterpart Martin Pecina here on Monday. The Czech Republic will donate 920,000 euro and extra humanitarian aid to assist Bulgaria in tackling migration pressure.
Sofia - December 9 (BTA) - "There are indications that 2014 will be the first year of economic recovery," said Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, meeting here on Monday with representatives of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum. Attending the meeting was Deputy Prime Minister Daniela Bobeva.