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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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Bulgarian Government Establishes National Anti-Corruption Council
Thursday, 28th May 2015

The Bulgarian government announced on Wednesday the establishment of a National council on anti-corruption policies with advisory, coordinating and control functions to the Ministerial Council.

The council will be responsible for the development and implementation of policies on preventing and countering corruption, the government's press service informs.

The body will coordinate the development and update of draft strategies, programmes and plans on preventing and countering corruption.

It will monitor and assess the implementation of the adopted strategic and programme documents and will organise impartial external assessment of their implementation.

The council will also discuss the results from the implementation of the anti-corruption policies and will propose measures for raising their efficiency.

The inter-institutional body will make proposals for amendments to normative acts in the field of anti-corruption.

It can also advise the prime minister to entrust the chief inspectorate of the Council of Ministers to carry out the necessary checks.

The newly-established body will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva, while Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov will be the deputy-chairperson.

Among the members of the council are the deputy justice, interior, economy and finance ministers, the deputy chairperson of the State Agency for National Security (DANS), the deputy chief prosecutor, a representative of the Supreme Judicial Council (VSS).

The body will meet once every two months with an opportunity for holding extraordinary meetings.

Representatives of other state bodies as well as representatives of professional and civil organisations and experts could also be invited to the meetings.

A civil council will monitor and control the implementation of the anti-corruption policies of the national council.

The civil council will feature representatives from NGOs, business representatives and independent experts with proven experience in preventing and countering corruption.



Bulgarian Socialist Opposition Refuses Heading Constitutional Changes Committee
Wednesday, 27th May 2015

The opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) refused to head the parliamentary committee on constitutional amendments.


Earlier on Wednesday, the main ruling party GERB proposed to BSP to head the committee, which will be established after the constitutional amendments were tabled to parliament on Tuesday.

The constitutional amendments were supported by 132 MPs from the main ruling party GERB, its junior coalition partner the Reformist Bloc (RB) and one of the parties supporting the government – the Patriotic Front (PF).

The other party backing the government – Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) did not support the amendments, but eight MPs from the Bulgarian Democratic Centre (BDS) signed in favour.

Since BSP declared itself against the amendments, it would have been controversial for the party to head the committee.

The parliament will vote the membership of the committee, which will deal with the proposed constitutional amendments concerning the judicial reform, on Thursday.



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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.