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The Bulgarian Community and Culture Association "Rodina" is the focal point for Bulgarians and the Bulgarian culture in Sydney and New South Wales.  We organise regular BBQs, dances and social events as well as support the Bulgarian School in Sydney.  Our community includes people with Bulgarian heritage, partners of Bulgarians and people interested in the Bulgarian Culture.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  We also provide orientation and help for Bulgarians newly arrived in Sydney and New South Wales.

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Bulgaria, US Sign Agreement on DNA Profiles, Fingerprints Exchange
Saturday, 24th September 2016

Bulgaria and the United States have signed an agreement that will allow the exchange of dactyloscopic (fingerprints) data and DNA profiles in an effort to boost cooperation in fighting crime, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry has said.

Under the document, an equal and reciprocal exchange of information needed for the prevention and investigation of serious crime cases will be secured between law enforcement institutions of the two countries.

Special importance should be attached to the document in light of the need to prevent the movement of people linked to terrorism activity.

Potential terrorists and threats to national security could be identified more easily thanks to the new cooperation mechanism, alongside people involved in activity such as trafficking and smuggling in goods and people, forging of travel documents, etc, the ministry has added.

The agreement was signed by Bulgarian Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova and US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.  Negotiations on the exchange were competed during Bachvarova's visit to the United States in July.

In September, she is part of the Bulgarian delegation accompanying President Plevneliev during the 71th session of the United Nations General Assembly, alongside Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov.

The development is also considered a step forward in the visa regime talks between Bulgaria and the US.



Bulgarian TV Host Registers Committee for Referendum on Political System
Saturday, 24th September 2016

Bulgarian talkshow host Slavi Trifonov has filed the documents of an initiative committee that will lead the campaign for his referendum on the politial system.

Registration started earlier in September as Bulgaria braces for a 2-in-1 vote, with presidential elections and the referendum due on November 06.

The three questions in the referendum proposal are related to the introduction of compulsory voting, the introduction of a majority electoral system and cutting the state subsidy paid to political parties and coalitions to BGN 1 for each valid vote won by them in elections.

The poll initially consisted of six questions, but half of them were blocked by the Constitutional Court after being referred to it by President Rosen Plevneliev.

The three controversial issues were whether the number of MPs should be cut in half to 120, whether to allow remote online voting (already approved in a referendum last year) and whether the top officials at the Interior Ministry's regional directorates should be elected by the people, instead of being appointed.

Some parties, such as left-wing ABV have already urged Bulgarians to vote "yes".



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The Bulgarian Cultural and Social Association "Rodina" promotes Bulgarian culture, traditions and language among the Bulgarian community in NSW.  For over 30 years we have been fostering knowledge and understanding about the Bulgarian culture and history by organising social events, forums, exhibitions, performances and other public initiatives.  We seek to strengthen the social, economic, educational and cultural ties between Australia and Bulgaria.  Therefore, maintaining a close relationship with Australian organisations and institutions in Australia is of significant importance to us.  As part of Multi-Cultural Australia we aim to contribute and enrich its diverse culture.  Rodina collaborates and co-operates with other Bulgarian and cultural organisations in Australia.