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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's President to Ask DPS to Form New Cabinet 'Wednesday'
Monday, 28th July 2014

President Plevneliev will ask the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), to form a new cabinet on July 30, local daily 24 Chasa reported, citing the President's press office.

DPS, the junior partner in the outgoing Socialist-Liberal coalition government and the third largest political party represented in the 240-seat chamber, will be handed a mandate to form a cabinet within the current parliament after the government led by Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski resigned last week after serving less than a third of its four-year term of office. 

The two biggest parties in the National Assembly, opposition GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the largest partner in the government coalition, have already refused to form a new cabinet under an agreement among political leaders that no party will seek such a role within the current Parliament.

Under Bulgaria’s constitution, if the government resigns, President Rosen Plevneliev has to ask each of the political parties represented in Parliament  to form a new cabinet. 

In case no party succeeds to do so or each of them declines to form a cabinet, the head of state has to dissolve the chamber, appoint a caretaker government and set a date for early elections.



Bulgaria's DPS 'Might Keep Gov't Mandate' - Socialist Group Chair
Monday, 28th July 2014

Bulgarian socialists' Parliament chief said Monday it was "likely" that liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) could decide not to return a mandate to form a government.

Atanas Merdzhanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)'s Parliament group, told the Bulgarian National Radio that the DPS, a coalition partner in the outgoing socialist-led government, could decide to use te mandate that it is due to receive from President Rosen Plevneliev on Wednesday.

He cited current "cooperation" between the DPS and GERB (the latter being the opposition in the acting Parliament) as a factor behind such a potential development.

Over the past few days leaders of political parties have consecutively been handed a mandate to form a government at Bulgaria's Presidency, with both GERB and BSP having declined to do so. 

The procedure was triggered after Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski resigned on Wednesday.

Under a previous agreement between parties, none of the parliamentary groups is to seek to forge a cabinet so that a fast-track procedure leading to the dissolution of Parliament and the appointment of a caretaker government on August 6.

The outgoing "Oresharski" cabinet stepped down after relations with junior partner DPS soared in June.

Center-right GERB, on the other hand, is considered to have improved its relations with the DPS in March, when leaders Boyko Borisov and Lyutvi Mestan had a "cup of coffee", a widely discussed event after years of tensions.  Until then conservatives had blamed liberals for Bulgaria's most serious problems, especially at the beginning of their term in office in 2009.

Just hours after the BSP's National Congress at which Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov was elected Chairman of the party, Merdzhanov announced it was not yet clear whether the socialists would run alone in the elections or would use the "Coalition for Bulgaria" formula applied previously.

Sergey Stanishev renounced his Chair position at the BSP after the Congress, but retained his presidency at the Coalition for Bulgaira, a BSP-led group of parties set up for electoral purposes.



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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.