Local Press DigestBulgaria
SOFIA, May 4, 2000 (Rtr)
The European Commission appointed Rutger Wissels of the Netherlands as EU chief negotiator for membership talks with Bulgaria, the commission's Enlargement Directorate head Eneko Landaburu said upon arrival in Sofia on a two-day visit.
State Fund Zemedelie (Agriculture) reduced its stake in local private Bulgarian Co-operative Bank to 32.5 percent from 35 percent last month, Agriculture Minister Ventsislav Varbanov said.
The local branch of Transparency International decided to suspend monitoring of a deal for the sale of Bulgarian telecom monopoly BTC carried out under a contract with Bulgaria's Privatisation Agency, saying the agency has not provided enough information on the sale talks.
Bulgaria is in talks to finalize the sale of 51 percent in BTC to a consortium of Greek OTE and Dutch KPN .
The head of Bulgaria's Energy Agency Ivan Shilyashki has negotiated lowering of Romania's transit fees for Russian national gas supplies to Bulgaria by 28.64 percent during a visit to Romania last week, the agency said.
Some 1,700 computers in Bulgaria were hit on April 26 by a computer virus known as Chernobyl, said Evgei Nikolov, head of the National Laboratory of Computer Viruses with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.