News from Bulgaria / Sept 29, 95

From: bulgaria@access1.digex.net (Embassy of Bulgaria)

Bulgarian Telegraph Agency Directory

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA - WASHINGTON D.C.

BTA - BULGARIAN TELEGRAPH AGENCY

BULLETIN OF NEWS FROM BULGARIA

SEPTEMBER 29, 1995


CONTENTS

  • [01] PRESIDENT ZHELEV DECREES PROMULGATION OF PRICES ACT

  • [02] BULGARIA BACKS EFFORTS TO RESTRICT USE OF LASER WEAPONS

  • [03] P.M. VIDENOV INVITED TO SECOND MEETING WITH BOUTROS GHALI

  • [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS DECISIONS

  • [05] BUSINESS PRESS

  • [06] SPECIAL TRAINS FOR BUSINESSMEN AT REQUEST

  • [07] PARLIAMENT ALLOWS U.S. AIRCRAFT TO OVERFLY


  • [01] PRESIDENT ZHELEV DECREES PROMULGATION OF PRICES ACT

    Sofia, September 28 - President Zhelyu Zhelev signed a decree promulgating the Prices Act, the President's press office said. The legislation is intended to create a statutory foundation for the exercising of state control over prices of goo

    [02] BULGARIA BACKS EFFORTS TO RESTRICT USE OF LASER WEAPONS

    Vienna, September 28 - Taking the floor at the UN conference reviewing the 1980 Convention on Prohibitions or restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which May be Excessively Injurous or to Have Indiscriminate Effects.

    Bokova said that the 1980 Convention has some weak points that practically lead to the unlimited use of anti-personnel mines. She declared full support for any amendments that would restrict their use and particularly the protocol limiting the str

    Deputy Foreign Minister Bokova said that the Bulgarian delegation backs the draft protocol on laser weapons sponsored by Austria and agrees with the statement made by a representative of the US Defence Department on banning blindness-causing laser

    [03] P.M. VIDENOV INVITED TO SECOND MEETING WITH BOUTROS GHALI

    United Nations, September 28 (BTA spec. cor. Atanas Matev) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Zhan Videnov this evening will have a second meeting with United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali. Videnov was invited to Boutros Ghali's private

    Bulgarian Foreign Minister Georgi Pirinski, who is member of the Bulgarian delegation to the UN session, continues his bilateral meetings. Yesterday he met his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias and Hans van den Broek of the European Commission.

    [04] COUNCIL OF MINISTERS DECISIONS

    Sofia, September 28 - The cabinet today adopted draft amendments to the Administrative Misdemeanors and Penalties Act. The amendments seek to bring fines and other penal claims in line with inflation, said Justice Minister Mladen Chervenyako

    The cabinet approved the stand of the Bulgarian side at the upcoming round of negotiations on trade in services for this country's accession to the World Trade Organization. This is a new offer that takes into consideration 15 requirements formula

    The welfare pension payable as of September 1 will be 1,210 leva, 90 leva up the pension that is being paid now. The cabinet also approved a 7% increase of all other pensions after an the social partners yesterday reached an agreement to that end.

    The cabinet decided that prices of petrol and diesel fuel remain unchanged in October.

    The cabinet ministers approved several international accords: a trade agreement with Morocco, and agreement with Ukraine on joint operation of the Varna - Ilichovsk rail-ferry service, and a programme on cooperation in culture, education and scien

    The Sr-939, MB-1160 and General Ryabikov Russian military ships were permitted to enter the Port of Varna for repairs.

    The customs duty payable for 240 goods will drop by an average of 3-4% by 10 days. The cabinet today approved an ordinance to that effect introduced by the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Cooperation and backed by the Minister of Finance.

    [05] BUSINESS PRESS

    Sofia, September 28 - All sell-offs of tourist facilities by the Privatization Agency (PA) will be reviewed by its Supervisory Board, "Standart News" writes. The same procedure will be followed in sell-offs of cement plants, pharmaceutical f

    Accommodation in the Pamporovo resort in the Phodopies (Southern Bulgaria) has been fully booked for this winter, "Standart News" reports. The contracts have been closed with 18 operators from the UK, Germany, Russia and the Netherlands. Danish to

    The Association of Bulgarian Insurers denied membership to SIC, VIS-2 and Bulgariski Imoti, the press reports, quoting the Association's chief secretary Roumyana Tancheva. Membership requirements include observance of the principles of voluntary i

    The dollar yesterday rose 0.30 leva on the interbank market, the papers report. It climbed to 68.20 leva, from 67.90, retreating to 68.10 at the end of the day. According to dealers, demand was strong at 69.15 leva.

    Private construction companies have built 2,000 apartments since early 1995, "Douma" reports, quoting the Minister of Construction and Territorial Development Doncho Konakchiev. He said the number of flats could have been 10 times larger, if state

    Over 40 Moscow companies will take part in an exhibition in Varna from October 2 to 5, "Douma" reports. They will display 500 kinds of goods made in Moscow. The exhibitors account for 60% of industrial goods on the Moscow market, says the boss of

    Bulgaria and Russia will arrange for the construction of a gas and oil pipeline by Christmas, writes "24 Chassa", quoting Reuters. According to Deputy Prime Minister Roumen Gechev, quoted by the news agency, the sides have agreed to set up a Russi

    [06] SPECIAL TRAINS FOR BUSINESSMEN AT REQUEST

    Sofia, September 28 (BTA) - From two to ten carriages, marshalled at request made in advance, will be available to service Bulgarian and foreign businessmen. This type of transport will be based on contracts concluded with the managers of the Bulg

    BDZ has 20 carriages for this purpose, including the carriages used by King Boris III (who reigned from 1918 to 1943) and the royal family, Angel Dimitrov, Director General of BDZ, said. They are luxury carriages equipped with modern communication

    These days Germany's Ambassador Peter Metzger will try the comfort of the special train, going to Plovdiv in King Boris III's carriage.

    This is a gesture by which BDZ expresses its gratitude to the German Government which floated DM 50,000 to equip the office from which the railways rehabilitation programme will be managed.

    We are ready to conclude contracts with tour operators, thus reviving an old tradition existing in a lot of countries - tourism on steam-engine-driven trains, Angel Dimitrov said. In his opinion, this environment-friendly type of transport desrves

    [07] PARLIAMENT ALLOWS U.S. AIRCRAFT TO OVERFLY

    Sofia, September 28- Parliament today granted passage through Bulgarian airspace to U.S. Air Force aircraft in response to a note from the U.S. Embassy dated September 12.

    Twelve F-16 and six F-15 aircraft were allowed to overfly Bulgaria on September 29 for their redeployment from Germany to Incirlik air base in Turkey.

    The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said the overflight requested by the U.S. is connected with peacekeeping operations in the Persian Gulf region in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution No. 678 of 1990.

    "The continuing political prerequisites for the presence of the U.S.-led forces in the Persian Gulf do not require a revision of Bulgaria's position in connection with the request by the United States.

    According to the Constitution and its interpretation by the Constitutional Court, it is within the competence of Parliament to grant permission for the passage across Bulgaria of foreign troops, peacekeeping forces included.


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