Local Press Digest


SOFIA, Apr 19, 2000


The IMF saw Bulgaria's annual cumulative inflation for this year higher than the 2.8 percent target projected by the government and the country's GDP growth higher than the planned four percent, the newspaper said, reporting on a visit by Deputy Finance Minister Dimitar Radev to the annual IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington.


Prime Minister Ivan Kostov said the completion of a deal for the sale of Bulgaria's telecom monopoly BTC to a consortium of Greek OTE and Dutch KPN could be hampered by a possible negative ruling on the sale by Bulgaria's Fair Competition Commission, the local anti-monopoly body.

Bulgaria was ready to sell to Macedonia six types of arms, military equipment and ammunition, the daily said without quoting sources in reference to a two-day official visit by Defence Minister Boiko Noev to Skopje which starts on Tuesday.


Russia might help Bulgaria in the trial against six Bulgarian medics accused by Libya of intentionally infecting 393 Libyan children in a hospital in Benghazi with the HIV virus that causes AIDS, former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov said at the start of a two-day private visit to Sofia.


A total of 42 percent of Bulgarians believe that the current four-percent threshold for local parties to enter parliament should be raised to six percent, showed a survey by the local InfoArt polling agency. Bulgaria is due to hold general election in April next year.

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