December 11, 2008 / 7:30 AM / 9 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Dec 11

SOFIA, Dec 11 (Reuters) - These are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

GENERAL AND POLITICS

- Some 24 tonnes of pork meat imported from Ireland on Oct. 15 has reached the marked before they were checked for dioxin contamination, the national veterinary service said (24 Chasa, Trud, Duma, Standart).

ECONOMY

- Bulgaria will sell its state cigarette producer Bulgartabak BTHG.BB directly through the privatisation agency after the government decided that no parliament approval will be necessary for the sale (Dnevnik, Trud, Duma, Sega, Standart).

- State gas company Bulgargaz wants the wholesale natural gas prices to increase by 21.3 percent from January 2009 due to stronger U.S. dollar (Dnevnik, Trud, Duma, Standart, Klasa).

- State-owned Bulgaria Development Bank will receive 330 million levs ($218.3 million) to boost lending to businesses from the state budget after the government decided to put a total 500 million levs in the bank to shield the economy from the global credit crunch (Dnevnik, 24 Chasa, Trud, Duma).

BUSINESS

DNEVNIK - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide 100 million euros for the design and construction of a low and medium level radioactive wastes storage worth about 700 million euros in Bulgaria’s sole nuclear power plant Kozloduy, state company Radioactive Wastes said.

- Bulgaria’s ceramics plant Podova keramika in northwestern Bulgaria has shut down leaving some 300 people jobless due to the shrinking of the market as a result from the global financial crisis (Trud, Standart).

- Turkey’s Sisecam (SISE.IS) has halted production in its automobile glass plant in Bulgaria due to the global financial turmoil, a trade union official in the plant said (Standart, Klasa).

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