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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: New Elections Are Not an Option
Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Bulgaria needs a functioning Parliament and a government elected by it, according to President Rosen Plevneliev.

Speaking Monday at the opening of the 10th World Meeting of Bulgarian Media at the Central Military Club in Sofia, he noted that he was impressed by the decorum and the constructive approach which had accompanied the first round of talks on forming a government.

“I am glad that the participants engage in detailed discussions on topics which are important for the country, on the priorities and reforms which are urgent and imminent,” Bulgaria’s head of state noted.

“To me there is no option for new elections.  I am convinced that the people outlined the direction for the 43rd National Assembly pretty clearly, tasking it with implementing reforms and electing a stable government,” Plevneliev stated, as cited by Sega daily.

He underscored the need for the parties to achieve consensus on the most pressing tasks and to agree on a concrete program.

“It could be for less than four years, but the plans for at least a year or two ahead have to be concretely mapped out,” Plevneliev argued.

“Naturally, we all want the Parliament to spend a full 4-year-term in office and the government elected by it to remain in office for four years, enjoying the trust of Bulgarians.  I believe that the first helpful step towards this goal is a clearly defined program by months for at least a year or two,” Bulgaria’s President said, according to the Bulgarian National Radio.

Bulgaria's GERB to Hold New Gov't Talks with Four Parties
Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Center-right party GERB is to hold another round of negotiations with four parliamentary parties this week, its leader Boyko Borisov said. 

Borisov announced after a Monday meeting of the leadership, mayors, municipal councilors, MEPs and MP-elects from GERB the right-wing coalition Reformist Bloc would be the first political entity conservatives will meet for talks.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), which earlier vowed to remain in opposition, is also among the four to hold talks with GERB.

The two remaining parties are the Patriotic Front, a nationalist coalition with which GERB agreed on joint participation in the next cabinet, and left-wing Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV), with which conservatives found common ground on Sunday.

Borisov also told the Bulgarian National Television a coalition involving only the Reformists should be considered "a last resort" to avoid new early elections.

GERB's leader called RB "the only indisputable partner" of his party, reminding there was a 90-percent overlap between the two entities' electoral programs.

He ruled out any further talks with liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), dominated by ethnic Turks, ex-journalist Nikolay Barekov's Bulgaria without Censorship and ultra-nationalist Ataka.

In his view, there are prospects to form a government just within a week after President Plevneliev hands the mandate to GERB following the first Parliament session on October 27.

The second round of consultations should be carried out by then, Borisov believes.






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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.