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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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Bulgarian NewsPlanned Rise in Vignette Stickers’ Price Prompts Protests in Bulgaria
Sunday, 29th November 2015
Protests against a planned increase in the price of vignette stickers for motor vehicles have been held across Bulgaria on Saturday, local media reported.
Protesters in Sofia gathered in front of Parliament building to demand that the government scrapped its decision for a one-off increase of up to 50% of the price from next year.
Others called for a gradual increase in the price over four to five years and introduction of road tolls for motorways in Bulgaria instead of vignette stickers.
Protests were also held in Plovdiv, Varna, Blagoevgrad, Ruse and other cities.
Motor vehicles travelling on Bulgaria’s motorways and first-class roads must have a vignette sticker attached to the windshield. The current price of the stickers was set in 2008 and hasn’t been changed since.
The government decided earlier this month to increase the price, citing a need to raise funds for road maintenance and repairs. Some opponents of the decision say that it will be fairer to raise those funds through increasing the fuel prices, making those who drive more pay more.
The price of one-week vignettes for passenger cars is set to rise to BGN 15 from BGN 10 under the government's decision. One-week stickers will cost BGN 30, an increase from BGN 25 now, while one-year vignettes will cost BGN 97 versus BGN 67 now.
Interior Minister Notes 2.5-Fold Increase of Migratory Flow Through Bulgaria
Saturday, 28th November 2015
Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova said during the regular parliamentary control on Friday that the migratory flow through Bulgaria has increased by nearly two and a half times this year.
In comparison, Bachvarova noted that there was a five-sixfold increase in Europe, daily Dnevnik informs.
In the past weeks, the migratory flow through Bulgaria has virtually stopped, but the minister warned that this should not serve as a reason for calming down the efforts on tackling it.
Bachvarova outlined the measures taken in addressing the refugee wave, above all the heightened presence of security personnel at the Bulgarian-Turkish border.
There were a total of 631 police officers at the border with Turkey, 429 of them posted from other structures of border police and 202 from the regional departments of the interior ministry.
A total of 40 troops are providing logistical assistance to the border policemen, with readiness to increase their number to 200 in case the need arises.
In the event of an immediate increase of the migratory flow, the interior ministry has readiness to concentrate police forces in the affected areas within six hours.
The ministry was also using the integrated system for surveillance of the border, but Bachvarova admitted that there were problems with its maintenance.
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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.