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The Bulgarian Community in Sydney

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 to Spend BGN 31.5 M on Repairing Second-, Third-Class Roads
Thursday, 17th April 2014

A total of BGN 31.5 M will be invested in repairs of second-class and third-class roads in the following months, according to Bulgarian Regional Development Minister Desislava Terzieva.

She specified that a total of BGN 15.5 M would be provided from savings from winter road maintenance, while a total of BGN 16 M would be supplied by the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA).

Terzieva, as cited by the press office of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, explained that the money would be used to repair 230km of roads which had not been repaired for years and were in poor condition.

She said that these road repairs, which were to be implemented in stages, were part of the government's policy aimed at improving the condition of roads of the second and third class.

Terzieva informed that the repair works had started in some places.

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister noted that the government sought to wrap up repairs of the busiest roads leading to Black Sea resorts and mountain resorts by mid-June, before the start of the active tourist season.

Terzieva went on to say that the rehabilitation and preventive maintenance of nearly 1500km of republican roads continued in the new construction season.

She pointed out that a total of around 150km of roads would be repaired using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

She also informed that the rehabilitation of around 500km of roads under the Transit Roads V program continued in 2014.

Terzieva declared that the rehabilitation of around 50km of old sections of the Trakia highway at the exit of Sofia and near Plovdiv and Pazardzhik would start at the end of summer.

She added that repairs of another 220 km would also be launched.

Bulgaria's Regional Development Minister said that the implementation of a part of the projects under the government's Public Investment Program Growth and Sustainable Development of Regions had started, adding that the total of over BGN 50 M provided in 2014 would go to the completion of repairs of over 270km of second-class roads and third-class roads which were in an exceptionally poor condition.

She also noted that a total of BGN 44.5 M had been spent on winter road maintenance from November to end-March, adding that savings amounted to BGN 15.5 M.



Bulgarian Parliament to Mark 135th Anniversary of Tarnovo Constitution
Wednesday, 16th April 2014

Bulgaria's Parliament will hold a ceremonial sitting to mark the 135th anniversary of the adoption of the Tarnovo Constitution.

The Tarnovo Constitution was Bulgaria's first Constitution.  It was adopted on April 16, 1879 by the Constituent National Assembly held in the city of Veliko Tarnovo.  It remained in effect until December 4, 1947, with amendments in 1893 and 1911.

Wednesday's sitting, scheduled to start at 10 am, will be attended by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, and ministers.

Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov and representatives of the four parties represented in Parliament will deliver speeches.

After the end of the sitting, which will be aired live by the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio, the MPs will gather for a photo at the entrance of the Parliament building.

Wednesday's sitting is the last one before the Easter parliament recess which ends on April 29.



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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.