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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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Sofia Municipality will Try to Reduce Advertising in the City Center
Friday, 23rd February 2018

Sofia Municipality will try to minimize advertising in the center of Sofia, as well as to unify the appearance of summer gardens and smoking rooms in pedestrian areas.  This has to be done with a new Ordinance on Movable and Ad Elements currently under development.  The idea is to ban the advertisement on buildings in the historical center of Sofia, explained the municipal councilor from GERB Zafir Zarkov.  At the moment, there is no limit for it, and there is a limit for the billboards on the streets.  According to Zarkov, greater distances between the different ad units will be placed in order to avoid clogging the city with them.

It is planned to introduce a requirement for the advertising panels that are placed on buildings under repairs.  They will be able to show the appearance of the facade after the repair, and only 30% of the area will be used for ads.  Currently there is no such restriction.

The municipality will try to unify the appearance of the summer gardens on the pedestrian streets - mainly Vitosha Blvd.  Umbrellas and tents in the summer will have to be in specially selected colors by the municipality.  For now, the idea is for owners to choose between several colors.  What will be the result will become clear after the adoption of the new regulation.  There will also be standard designs and requirements for how outdoor outfits should look.  Nowadays bars and restaurants have turned the so-called summer gardens into permanent buildings protected by nylons or glass.  According to the municipality, only glass partitions should be used for protection against cold, windy or rainy weather.  There will also be requirements for constructions.  "The basic idea is more order," Zarkov said.  He added that there will surely be a grace period in which businesses will meet the new requirements once they have been approved by the municipal council.



“Blue Room” for Hearing of Child Victims of Crime Opened in Vratsa
Friday, 23rd February 2018

Bulgaria's Deputy Minister of Justice Evgeni Stoyanov opened a "blue room" in the Northern Bulgarian city of Vratsa for hearing of child victims and perpetrators of crimes, the Ministry of Justice announced on 22nd of February.  The special room was built and equipped by the Ministry of Justice with the financial support of the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme under the project "Strengthening the Legal and Institutional Capacity of the Judicial System in the Field of Justice for Children".

The opening ceremony was attended by the mayor of the Municipality of Vratsa Kalin Kamenov; the representative of the Swiss Embassy Olga Yoncheva; the head of the project Trifon Trifonov; the Chairs of the District and the Regional Court in Vratsa - Nadya Pelovska and Vassil Ganov; prosecutors; social assistance experts; psychologists; members of the Bar Association in the city.

Every magistrate, police officer and social worker working with children knows how important the "blue room" is for achieving greater confidence and efficiency in hearing children in both criminal and civil proceedings," said the deputy - minister Stoyanov.

He noted that in order to protect the best interest of the children in the region of Vratsa, several institutions have joined forces to ensure the organization and coordination of the use of the room by all institutions working with children - the Municipality of Vratsa, which provides free of charge premises, Vratsa District Court and Vratsa Regional Court.

The mayor of Vratsa Kalin Kamenov expressed confidence that local experts qualified for work with children and representatives of the judicial system will create a high level of organization and teamwork in relation to the hearing of minors and juveniles, and the best protection of their rights.  He added that the "blue room" could also be used by their colleagues in the area.

Deputy Minister Stoyanov reminded that in the recent 2 years, with the financial support of the Bulgarian-Swiss Cooperation Programme, the Ministry of Justice opened "blue rooms" in other cities in Bulgaria including Varna, Pleven and Kozloduy.

Source: BNT



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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.