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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 Gov't Coalition MP Points to Possible Early Elections
Friday, 4th September 2015

A member of the Reformist Bloc, a loose coalition of right-wing parties which are part of Bulgaria's cabinet, has warned early elections should be considered as an option given the deadlock in Parliament on key legislation.

The comments of Nayden Zelenogorski, who co-chairs the RB's group in Parliament, comes just a day after lawmakers failed to adopt an anti-corruption bill which had been one of the main goals of the Bulgaria for the Citizens Movement (DBG), one of the three major RB parties. 

PM Boyko Borisov's main ruling GERB party and the RB backed the bill, but it failed to pass after rejection by both the opposition and two coalition partners - left-wing ABV and nationalist Patriotic Front. 

The bill foresaw the establishment of a new anti-corruption body uniting the Center for Prevention and Countering Corruption and Organized Crime (BORKOR) to the Council of Ministers, the Commission for Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest and departments of the National Audit Office.  PM Borisov has now vowed to resubmit the text in three months.

However, RB parties like the DBG are now warning that the inability to adopt anti-corruption legislation might have repercussions on the coalition's integrity. 

Zelenogorski told private national NOVA TV station on Thursday that Parliament was now divided into "a pro-corruption" majority and an anti-corruption minority.

He hinted that the ABV, chaired by President (2002-2012) Georgi Parvanov, could hold certain interest in not backing the bill. 

He also raised suspicions as to whether the DBG should remain part of the Reformist Bloc, a step he said would be discussed at the forthcoming national meeting of RB members.

RB parties have long competed to have a dominant role within the bloc, some calling for deeper unity among entities and other warning of diverging interests and leadership struggles. 

Later on Friday, Georgi Parvanov warned of the risks stemming from an anti-corruption bill as it is, with a huge danger of "mass slander" against a number of politicians just for the sake of political purges and squaring of accounts.



Bulgarian Authorities Detain Forty Immigrants Near Pernik
Friday, 4th September 2015

Bulgarian authorities detained forty immigrants in the village of Golyamo Buchino near the city of Pernik on Thursday evening.

The origin and identity of the immigrants, who were transported by cars from Sofia, are in the process of being established, private bTV station informs.

Medical aid has been provided to the immigrants, who were abandoned on the motorway and it still remains unclear whether someone had to pick them up from the location.

The director of the district directorate of the police in Pernik, Valentin Buchinski, said that refugees were detained in this area for the first time.

The arrested immigrants, including twenty men, 14 women and five children, are from Syria and they entered into Bulgaria without documents.

They have passed the primary interviews and procedures required for granting them refugee status.

The district governor of Pernik, Irena Sokolova, assured that food, shelter and water have been provided to the immigrants until their situation is being clarified.

The State Agency for Refugees (DAB) has been informed of the immigrants and NGOs have provided assistance to them.



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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.