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Rosatom State Corporation signed Memoranda of Understanding with Framatome SAS and GE Steam Power on the Belene NPP
Rosatom State Corporation signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Framatome SAS (France) and GE Steam Power in the framework of the strategic investor selection procedure for the Belene Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Bulgaria. Kirill Komarov, First Deputy Director General of Corporate Development and International Business of Rosatom, Frédéric Lelièvre, Senior Executive Vice President in charge of Sales, Regional Platforms and I&C of Framatome and Michael Keroulle, President of General Electric Steam Power signed the MOUs. In accordance with the agreements, the companies will work together to participate in the tender for the construction of Belene NPP. As part of the agreement, if Rosatom State Corporation becomes a strategic investor of the project through a competitive process, General Electric will be considered as the partner of an Arabelle based turbine-generator set and Turbine Hall Equipment and Framatome SAS as the key partner of Instrumentation and Control (I&C) Systems for the Bulgarian NPP. “The signed MOUs underline a continuously high level of trust between our companies," said Kirill Komarov, adding, “I am sure that international cooperation between nuclear industry leaders will help create the best financial and technical conditions for the implementation of the Belene NPP." Earlier, Rosatom, Framatome SAS, and General Electric were included in the shortlist of five applicants for the Belene NPP, along with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) and the Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Corporation (KHNP). Rosatom has already successfully collaborated with Framatome SAS and General Electric on international projects, including the Paks-2 NPP (Hungary) and the Hanhikivi-1 NPP (Finland). The cooperation with General Electric is carried out within the framework of the Akkuyu NPP project in Turkey and the El-Dabaa NPP project in Egypt: a joint venture between GE and Rosatom is a supplier of equipment for the turbine island.
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Green Deal Going Local
The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group is a new initiative of the European Committee of the Regions that aims at placing cities and regions at the core of the European Green Deal and ensure that both the EU's sustainable growth strategy and the COVID-19 recovery plan translate into direct funding for cities and regions and tangible projects for every territory, ​ The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group has three specific objectives: ​To provide a crosscutting view on the numerous policy areas within the European Green Deal and ensure policy coherence and consistency across files and related opinions. To reinforce the institutional outreach of the European Committee of the Regions on the Green Deal as to place cities and regions at the core of the path towards climate-neutrality. To channel the challenges that local and regional authorities are facing while implementing the green transition locally and communicate their achievements and best practices as to facilitate its replication across the European Union.   The 'Green Deal Going Local' working group is composed of thirteen local and regional elected representatives. The Chair of the working group is Juan Espadas (ES/PES), Mayor of Seville.    Through the European Green Deal, the European Union has committed to become the first carbon-neural continent in the world by 2050.  The European Green Deal includes a set of legislative measures, policy actions and funding mechanisms which scope extends to the following areas:  ​- Sustainable Energy - Circular Economy - Clean Transport  - Nature & Biodiversity - Food & Agriculture​ - Green Finance & Industry ​  
 
   
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16-06-2020
Energy Minister in Telephone Conversation with Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Minister of Energy Temenuzhka Petkova had a phone talk with Director General of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) William Magwood, the Ministry of Energy informed on Tuesday.

During the conversation, Petkova said that nuclear energy plays an important role in ensuring national, regional and European energy security. She added that for the past 40 years, the Kozloduy nuclear power plant has been a pillar of Bulgarian energy, accounting for over 30 per cent of the national energy production. Petkova also briefed Magwood on the procedure of implementation of the Belene NPP project as a long-term solution for providing reliable energy and for guaranteeing the delivery of energy to the entire region.

Bulgaria's forthcoming NEA membership, as of January 1, 2021, was also among the topics discussed. The decision to join NEA was taken by the Bulgarian government at the end of 2019. So far, Bulgaria's candidacy has been reviewed and supported by all NEA member states. The OECD Council will have the last say.

Petkova and Magwood also discussed the idea to establish a Regional Initiative for Nuclear Advancement within the NEA framework. Its aim will be to unite the countries of Central and Eastern Europe that are interested in developing nuclear energy for peaceful uses. Four priority fields of future cooperation were outlined: analysis and development of long-term energy reliability; radioactive waste management; effective communication with the public, and development of the infrastructure and education related to innovations. Minister Petkova said that Bulgaria is interested in the first three of these fields.

Magwood briefed Petkova on the current situation regarding the safe exploitation of NPPs globally, and on the performance of the nuclear sector amid the COVID-19 crisis. A recent survey among the NEA member states shows that NPPs are an exceptionally reliable source of energy. Source: BTA
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16-06-2020
Bulgaria’s Parliament adopts the establishment of a state-owned oil company
Bulgaria’s Parliament on June 5 at first reading voted to approve the establishment of a state-owned oil company. The proposal was adopted with 143 votes in favour, 1 MP voted against and 4 abstained. The state plans to establish up to 100 retail petrol stations. The company will be a body with the Minister of the Economy. It will manage oil and fuel reserves, develop a fuel retail network across the country and will operate with tax warehouses. It is planned that the state-owned petrol stations will be built in the next year. They will be located on motorways across the country and places where big chains do not have own stations. Source: BNT
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05-06-2020
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Bulgaria's Parliament adopts amendments to law on climate change on second reading
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07-03-2020
The Parliament has adopted amendments to the Climate Change Mitigation Act on second reading, Focus News Agency reported.

The bill aims to enhance cost-effective emission reductions and low-carbon investments.

The reasons for the change in the law are related to the dynamics of international climate negotiations since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015 and changes in European legislation in view of the revision for Phase 4 of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Source: FOCUS News Agency
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PM Borissov Holds Working Meeting of National Coronavirus Task Force with Health Minister Ananiev
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30-06-2020
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Tuesday convened a working meeting of the National Coronavirus Task Force with Health Minister Kiril Ananiev, the Government Information Service reported. At the meeting, the PM was briefed on the current situation with the spread of COVID-19 and the increase of hospitals' intensive-care beds capacity in case of need.

Borissov instructed Ananiev to hold additional talks with the National Health Insurance Fund and with the Bulgarian Medical Association regarding the payment of COVID-19 tests and clinical pathway, so that hospitals would be sufficiently financed. "Overstock on protective clothing, masks and spectacles. Everything must be enough and more than enough," the Prime Minister said. He noted that there are millions of infections worldwide while the European Union does not yet have a common policy, including on the reopening of borders for tourism. "There is no specialist who can say that this scourge of our times will go away," Borissov said. In his words, under the circumstances it is important to follow the infection rate in the clusters and keep enforcing the precautions.

The head of the National Task Force, Prof. Ventsislav Moutafchiiski, agreed that strengthening hospitals' capacity is crucial. The Chief State Health Inspector, Assoc. Prof. Angel Kunchev, stressed that the virus wave is growing in Europe and in the Balkans and that Bulgaria concentrates on the epidemic-control measures. The Director of the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Prof. Todor Kantardjiev, recalled that the laboratories now have a substantially larger testing capacity then when the epidemic broke out. In his words, large workforces should be closely watched for first cases. The members of the National Task Force were adamant that COVID-19 is also spreading from festive celebrations and religious ceremonies.
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PM Borissov Holds Working Meeting of National Coronavirus Task Force with Health Minister Ananiev
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30-06-2020
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Coronavirus in Bulgaria: 66 new cases overnight, total reaches 4691
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29-06-2020
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Specialized Criminal Court Acquits Businessman Prokopiev, Former Ministers Djankov, Traikov in Trial for Privatization of State-owned Stake in EVN Electricity Distributor
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28-06-2020
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EC approves € 20 m to Bulgaria for response to coronavirus
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26-06-2020
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166 COVID-19 Cases Set New Daily Record, Bringing Bulgaria's Total to 4,408
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26-06-2020
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