BulgariaLocal Press Digest
SOFIA, Apr 20, 2000
The head of the government's press service Mihail Mihailov said he was temporarily leaving his post until the prosecution completed a investigation into allegations of corruption against him.
Bogomil Bonev, a former interior minister in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Ivan Kostov, told the national radio that Kostov was using information from the country's secret services to intimidate opponents, and demanded Kostov's resignation.
Kostov sacked Bonev in December last year as part of a major reshuffle in his center-right government which took office in May 1997.
The European Commission extended to Bulgaria a loan of 212.5 million euros to upgrade the two 1,000-megawatt reactors at the country's Kozloduy nuclear power plant.
Bulgaria's telecom monopoly BTC has invested $12 million in the international project BCFOCS to set up an optic cable link between western Europe and the Far East, a senior BTC official said.
Russian oil major LUKoil will invest $20 million in construction of 40 petrol stations in Bulgaria by the end of this year, LUKoil's First Vice President Ralif Safin said in Bulgaria's southern town of Blagoevgrad.
A total of 46 percent of Bulgarians believe that the country's private sector would create better conditions for Bulgaria's prosperity while 38 percent of those polled said it was the development of the state sector, showed a survey by the local Alpha Research polling agency.