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by Euro Reporter
2009-11-07 09:16:29
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Mail service liberalization

Bulgaria's new government will create five new subsidiaries of the state postal monopoly as part of plans to liberalize the mail market, Transport Minister Alexander Tsvetkov. The state will hold a 51% stake in the subsidiaries, which will deal with door-to-door shipping, payment transfer, hybrid mail, catalogue and IT services.

The minister said investors will be sought for the five subsidiaries, which are expected to attract at least BGN 40 M. Investors have already declared unofficially their interest in three of the subsidiaries – Hybrid Post, Bulpost and Info Post. The mail service overhaul is expected to rake in BGN 4, 8 M. The minister said that its 28 territorial units will be reduced to seven, while its regional head office – from 126 to 96. There are no plans for lay-offs.

The state postal monopoly posted losses of BGN 1, 8 M at the end of September. Under European regulations Bulgaria should open its postal market, now monopolised by the state company, to competition on Jan. 1, 2011.


I Wouldn't Be Mad at Russian Colleagues over Moscow Police Raid

Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, said Thursday he would not "create any obstacles" for the Russian police over their raid of a Bulgarian diplomatic facility in Moscow if there was actually a crime.

“From a purely legal, diplomatic point of view they have no right to enter there but if there is a person or a firm who committed a crime, I wouldn’t be mad at the Russian colleagues. If there is a crime there, I would do the same thing. If that is the case, I am not going to create any obstacles for them in any way,” said Borisov who is a former Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry, i.e. Bulgaria’s top cop position.

Borisov’s statement came several hours after the Russian police carried out a search at the residential apartment of the Bulgarian Industrial Centre in Moscow, a premise which enjoys diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.


The full list of corrupt magistrates

Bulgaria Chief Prosecutor, Boris Velchev, has stated that the full list of people who have been in contact with “Krasio from Pleven’ will be published in a few days time. Velchev, speaking after attending the Bulgarian Parliament, said that with the help of the State National Security Agency (DANS) the list would be published to stop speculation as to who is in Krasio’s little black book.

Bulgaria's Supreme Judicial Council (VSS) earlier announced the names of five new magistrates, who have been in contact with the famous businessman ‘Krasio from Pleven’.

Tsoni Tsonev, the Chairman of the corruption commission at VSS, stated late Wednesday that the total number of magistrates who have liaised with ‘Krasio’ had now been confirmed as 18.

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