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415. Bulgaria marks the Day of the Earth

News BG: 2009-04-22

The coalition of 30 non-governmental organization and civil groups For nature to remain in Bulgaria organizes a series of events throughout the country for the Day of the Earth 22 April.

In the morning alpinists and climbers will drop down from buildings and crossroads in the center of Sofia big boards with messages about the Earth.

At 11 am in the garden in front of the parliament a photo exhibition will be opened. There will be stands with information materials on how to live in harmony with the nature.

At 5.30 a group of bicycle riders will cross the center of Sofia from the Ariyana lake to the St. Alexander Nevsky cathedral in defense of the need for air.

At 6.30 pm in front of the cathedral the longest horo will dance in defense of the Bulgarian nature. Afterwards there will be a concert with the participation of Elitza and Stundzhi, Wikeda, Merudia and Tedy Katzarova.

There will be events for the Day of the Earth also in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Kardzhali, Pleven, Sliven and Sopot.

414. Over 330 projects wait for SAPARD funding

News BG: 2009-04-21

SAPARD agency is ready to start this week projects with which by mid-June the 100 million granted by the government to be acquired.

These are respectively 60 million from the reserves of fund Agriculture and 40 million from the state budget. The resources will be enough for three fourths of the impeccable projects.

So far 332 projects have not been paid, informed Georgi Zhelev, director of SAPARD agency and deputy executive director of State fund Agriculture, cited by money.bg.

He added that he was hoping the payments from the European Commission under the SAPARD program to be restored at a later stage.

Agency SAPARD will work without any holidays till the end of May, including on St. George s day.

413. Bulgaria marks Good Friday

Sofia Echo: 2009-04-17

The orthodox church marks today the day before the last of the Holy week Good Friday the day when Jesus Christ was crucified.

According to the evangelic writings in the day of the death of the Gods son the sky and the earth opened, the sun concealed itself and darkness fell over Golgotha.

During the church service this night the last moments of the life of Jesus are remembered.

The mantle is taken out of the altar and the funeral service of the God is implemented among white flowers.

The going under the table where the holy mantle is put with the body of Jesus on it, is a national custom. It symbolizes the leaving of all problems and burden in the hands of the God.

According to the Bulgarian folklore tradition on this day no work should be done and a very strict fasting should be implemented because Good Friday is a day of spiritual purification.

Every breath suffers together with the God-man and is emphatic to his death and funeral.

412. Varna to have the biggest flags in Europe

News BG: 2009-04-16

The highest pylons with flags in Europe will be raised in the Bulgarian Black sea town of Varna.

The Bulgarian flag and the flag of Europe will be put on them. This announced during his visit in Varna the minister of state administration and administrative reform Nikolay Vassilev, cited by moreto.net.

The pylons will be in the Sea garden in the town. The flags will be more than 294 sq.m, which is the size of the biggest flag in Europe situated in Madrid.

According to minister Vassilev the preparation for the construction of the two biggest pylons in Varna is currently going on. The ambition is the sea capital to have the highest pylons ad the biggest flags on the European continent. They will raise over 50 m high, will be lit in the night and will be seen from the whole gulf and from almost every place in the town, said minister Vassilev.

He added that at the moment specialists from the country discuss from what material the flags should be because Varna was a very windy town and the material should be more durable.

411. Penny Market 78 000 sq m logistics complex being built outside Sofia

Sofia Echo: 2009-04-15

The economic crisis has affected Bulgaria in several ways, yet Carrefour has opened its first store in the country just last week. This will be followed by the construction of a new vast logistics centre on the outskirts of Sofia, which started last week as well.

The new spacious facility will be on 78 000 sq m of land, with gross built-up area of 23 000 sq m. The logistics complex, belonging to Penny Market Bulgaria, will be near Stolnik village, Elin Pelin municipality.

Vassil Fechko, the manager of the complex and Stoilnik village mayor Mariana Gesheva turned the first sod on April 12.

"We are exceptionally happy that we have undertaken this step in expanding our chain in Bulgaria. We aim to provide high quality produce at very reasonable prices and we perceive the Bulgarian market as one of great potential for the future," Fechko said, as quoted by Stroitelstvo Gradut.

Mix Construction will be the firm tasked with erecting the vast facility. The complex will be compartmentalised in several different sectors, with large storage hangars, processing units, hydraulic cranes, refrigerator facilities, a business and administrative centre, recycling station, a water supply and water treatment station, solar panel park for energy generation and others.

The cost of the entire facility is likely to exceed 30 million leva and it will create more than 500 permanent jobs in the local community.

Penny Market Bulgaria is part of the REWE concern, based in Cologne, Germany. In Bulgaria, REWE already represents the Billa supermarket chain. Moreover, Penny Market is set to open altogether 10 stores nationwide, with shops under construction in Omurtag, Vratsa, Veliko Turnovo, Nova Zagora, Berkovitsa, Lovech and others.

410. "Belogradchik rocks" again second

News BG: 2009-04-14

The Bulgarian Belogradchik rock climbed to second position this week in the ranking for the new seven natural wonders, informed Belogradchik municipality.

To remind, the Belogradchik rocks fell to third place in the ranking.

The nomination of the natural phenomenon is in the category Caves, rock formations and valleys, informs BTA.

First in the ranking is the Devils town in Belgrade.

The website for voting for the seven natural wonders is www.new7wonders.com. The voting will continue till 7 July 2009.

Then from the participating 260 natural objects, 77 will remain and from them only 21 will be chosen. From them, an expert group will determine the new seven natural world wonders.

409. Burgas airport opens the tourist season

News BG: 2009-04-13

The management board of Burgas airport will open today officially the new tourist season with the welcoming of the first charter flight. A group of Israelis from Tel Aviv will arrive with it.

According to forecasts the charter flights this year will be only 10% less than the last tourist season.

The management board of the airport will present the new equipment for servicing the airplanes, which includes cisterns, buses and mobile ladders.

408. Romanians head to Bulgaria for Easter

Sofia Echo: 2009-04-11

Reports indicate that up to 10 000 Romanians are planning to spend their Easter holidays in Bulgaria, where a two-nights, all-inclusive package could cost as little as 60 leva, according to a representative of Romania's national tourist agency association, ANAT.

So far about 80 000 Romanians have bought Easter tourist packages, 30 000 of them for vacations abroad, Traian Bădulescu, an ANAT spokesperson announced.

The average prices for a one-person package this year are between 50 and 150 euro for Romanias resorts and between 60 and 1,000 euro for international destinations.

Bulgaria and Greece are Romanians favourite Easter holiday destinations, Bădulescu noted.

This year, the Eastern Orthodox Easter falls on April 19.

407. City Centre Sofia owner appoints consultants MBL to manage mall

Sofia Echo: 2009-04-10

?nvestment fund Heitman European Property Partners Fund III (HEPP III) has appointed consultancy firm MBL, an associated partner of CB Richard Ellis in Bulgaria, to manage City Centre Sofia mall, which the fund bought in 2008, MBL said in a statement quoted by website investor.bg

The previous owner, Equest Balkan Properties, sold the mall to Heitman for 101.5 million euro. The retail centre officially opened for business in May 2006.

MBL is already managing two office buildings owned by the investment fund. The buildings, known as Enterprise 1 and Enterprise 2 are near the National Palace of Culture (NDK). Among the clients renting space in the office buildings are ING Bank, GlaxoSmithKline and Maersk. CBRE says it manages over 2200 retail and office buildings in Europe, worth over 43 billion euro.

406. Billa opens ninth supermarket in Sofia

Sofia Echo: 2009-04-09

Billa supermarket is set to open its ninth store in Sofia and its 41st nationwide on Friday, April 10 in the Sofia borough of Druzhba, on Obikolna Str. The official inauguration of the new supermarket will be at 6pm with the participation of Iskur mayor, Yordan Tomov, and the operations manager of Billa Bulgaria, Diana Todorova.

Immediately after the ceremony, Billa Druzhba will be open for business.

The newly inaugurated store will attract clientèle with "exclusively attractive price-range and the daily prepared salads, meals and other fresh products of finest quality"," according to a media statement. Wide assortments from the Clever brand, owned by Billa, will also be available in the store.

Apart from "top quality service and produce, Billa will offer also its newest adaptation, the Billa Card," the statement said.

This is the first Billa store to open in 2009, while in 2008 11 stores were opened in Bulgaria.

Billa is an Austrian company, established in the 1950s in Vienna. In 1996, Billa acquired German retail group REWE, and the company entered the Bulgarian market in October 2000, with its first store in Sofia.

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