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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 MPs' Appointments to Permanent Committees Get Mixed Reception
Friday, 28th November 2014

Lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament have set up all Permanent Committees, amid controversy over how seats are allocated.

Most party group Chairmen remained ordinary members of committees, with the exception of Bulgarian Democratic Center (BDC)'s Svetlin Tanchev, who is presiding over the committee on European affairs.

The senior coalition partner GERB is currently heading nine committees, while the junior partner Reformist Bloc (RB) is holding the Chairperson's seat of five.

Patriotic Front, which is presently supporting the cabinet, is heading three committees.

Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV), the left-wing party that sent a single minister to the cabinet to boost its parliamentary majority, gained two Chair seats.

One was allocated to each of the opposition entities Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and BDC.  Ultra-nationalist Ataka had initially refused to take part in any committee, but its leader Volen Siderov later became the Deputy Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee.

Siderov is known for his staunch opposition to the EU's policies on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine and has widely criticized Bulgaria's support for them, arguing Bulgaria should work together with Russia rather than impose sanctions.   

The appointment of other MPs to certain commissions also came as a surprise. 

Former Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, who is facing trial for alleged illegal wiretapping while in office, became a member of the committees overseeing activities of services and the use of special surveillance devices. 

Slavi Binev, formerly MEP and Taekwondo coach, is to head the Culture and Media Committee.

Delyan Peevski, a DPS lawmaker whose appointment to the intelligence service DANS opened the floodgates of large-scale protests in Bulgaria last year, will be part of the Economic Policy and Tourism Committee.

At the same time some key party members, such as BSP's former Defense Minister Angel Naydenov, were "relocated", with Naydenov making a shift to the Defense Committee (where he is now Deputy Chair) from the Foreign Policy Committee where he was initially set to go.  Naydenov has recently criticized socialist policies and is seeking to form a separate wing within the party alongside his partner, former Deputy Parliament Speaker Maya Manolova. 



PM Borisov Calls Emergency Cabinet Meeting on Monday
Friday, 28th November 2014

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told lawmakers on Friday he was calling in an extraordinary government session next week over the country's preparedness for new flash floods in the spring.

The state of water dams, as well as their ownership (which in some cases has remained oblique for years), provoked Borisov's decision after the subject was touched by an opposition MP while Parliament was hearing the Prime Minister. 

Borisov said tackling the issue cannot be "delayed" anymore and promised he would give set a deadline for the Council of Ministers to outline measures against prospective flash floods.

Bulgaria was severely hit by floods throughout the summer, in a surprisingly rainy season which caused rivers to swell and sweep across the country, claiming more than a dozen lives. 



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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.