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Minister Karakachanov: There are no results without social dialogue

SOFIA (Bulgaria), 2017 December 22, By News Wire Team (Bm), Photo: Novinite.vom Today the Ministry of Defense, Independent Syndicates of Defense Federation "Bulgarian Army" and National Syndicate "Defense" signed a new collective labor agreement that will enter into force on January 01, 2018. The agreement regulates the labor and social…

A Clear message from NATO: Bulgaria is a Reliable Ally

General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, visited Bulgaria on 30 Nov-2 Dec. During his visit, General Pavel met with HE Mr Rumer Radev, President of Bulgaria, HE Mr Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Lieutenant General (ret) Zapryanov, Deputy Minister of Defence, and Lieutenant General Andrey Botsev, Chief of Defence. The…

A Common Security Platform for Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia

After the plenary and bilateral meetings which were held in Ohrid and which were initiated by the Adriatic Charter, between the defense ministers of Bulgaria, Albania and the Republic of Macedonia, they started a process for building a common security platform, reported BGNES. The meeting was attended by the Bulgarian and Macedonian Defense…

Bulgarian PM praises move to quit NATO drill, says Turkey’s partnership crucial

Bulgaria's prime minister on Monday praised Turkey's decision to withdraw from a NATO drill following incidents in which Turkey's president and late founder were depicted as "enemies," stressing that Turkey must remain a strategic partner to the bloc and the EU. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's message in withdrawing Turkey's 40 soldiers " is…

Defence Minister: Our Primary Concern is the Life of the Airmen

The main concern of the leadership of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Bulgarian Army is to ensure a good quality of life for the service members, decent pay and working conditions, and equipment of sufficient quality, so that the Armed Forces are able to fulfil their constitutionally assigned duties. This is what Defence Minister Krasimir…

Bulgaria Plans to Spend 2.25 bln Euro on Defence, Security in 2018

Bulgaria plans to spend 4.4 billion levs ($2.64 billion/2.25 billion euro) on defence and security next year, figures from the 2018 draft budget proposed by the finance ministry showed on Monday. The planned expenditure represents 4.2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) projected for 2018, the ministry said in a statement. Budget draft 2018…

President Radev: Military power should become factor of Europe’s foreign policy

The military power should become a factor of Europe’s foreign policy, Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev said in a speech during the opening of the public discussion in Sofia named Together in Security-Bulgaria’s Role in the Common European Defense. Years ago the military power was viewed within the perspective of guaranteeing the security of…

Council of Ministers will Discuss the Way of Security of the Airspace of Bulgaria

At the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers will be discussed the way of security of the airspace of Bulgaria, reported BGNES. The strengthening of the security of the airspace of the Republic of Bulgaria will be discussed by jointly accomplishing tasks of the Bulgarian Air Force with the forces of the Italian Republic and determining the…

Statement: A Major Risk to Our National Security is the Terrorist Threat

The Parliament approved the annual report on Bulgaria’s national security for 2016, according to bTV. The report concludes that general criminality decreased, while the effectiveness of investigations increased. The registered crimes in 2016 are 103 773, a decrease of about 7.4% compared to 2015. 49 460 crimes have been detected, with the…

Bulgaria Govt, Opposition Clash over Fighter Jets

The majority of Bulgaria’s MPs on Thursday approved a report that recommends the revision of the procurement procedure for new fighter jets, alleging that there have been violations in the past. MPs from the ruling centre-right party GERB of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov also indirectly accused President Rumen Radev of corruption. The report,…

Bulgarian Minister of Defense Requests BGN 90M For the Fleet in the Next Budget

The Ministry of Defense will want in the next budget to allocate BGN 90 million for the modernization of our warships. This was announced by the Minister of Defense in Varna, where the 138th anniversary of our navy was celebrated, reported bTV. This kind of troops have existed in Bulgaria since 12 August 1879, when the Danube fleet was…

Long-Term Policy Needed to Deal with Military Retention Issues – President Radev

President Rumen Radev Friday said a long-term policy was needed to end the poor retention of the military and to tangibly raise its social status and prestige. The Supreme Commander-in-Chief promoted generals ahead of the Day of Valour and the Bulgarian Armed Forces marked on May 6. The Land Forces Deputy Commander, Brigadier General Mihail…

Bulgaria’s President, Govt Replace Acting Chief of Defense

Bulgarian Army Commander, Maj Gen Andrey Botsev, was formally proposed on Wednesday as the new Chief of Defense of the country's military. Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov, who was appointed ad interim after his predecessor quit, has served for less than two months. Eftimov's term was supposed to continue for a year, after Gen Constantin Popov quit…

Bulgaria’s Radev: NATO Exercises in Black Sea No Threat To Tourism

The planned military training exercises of NATO in the Black Sea agreed at the meeting in Warsaw in July 2016 have nothing to do with the idea of the so-called Black Sea fleet. These training exercises do not threaten “boats, yachts and tourism”, wrote on Facebook Bulgaria’s President Rumen Radev. Radev reminded that such exercises take place…

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