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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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Temenuzhka Yankova Appointed Deputy Chief of Bulgaria's Revenue Agency
Monday, 1st September 2014

Temenuzhka Yankova has been appointed Deputy Executive Director of Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency (NRA) through an order of caretaker Finance Minister Rumen Porozhanov.

She has been nominated by the NRA Executive Director Boyko Atanasov and she will be in charge of Tax and Social Security Methodology and Tax and Social Security Practice, according to a media statement of the Finance Ministry.

Yankova has long-standing experience in the state administration and has proven her professionalism, occupying over the years different expert and managerial positions.  In the period 1992 - 1998 she was tax inspector, chief tax inspector and tax expert in Pleven Territorial Office of the Tax Administration.  In the period 1998 - 2002 she worked as expert and chief expert with the Trade and Consumer Protection Commission, Sofia, and at the Ministry of Finance Tax Policy Directorate.

Between 2002 and 2007 Temenuzhka Yankova worked in the management of Sopharma Logistics AD and Kaliman-RT AD.  In the period 2009 - 2011 she was Head of Financial Control and Accountancy of Projects Department and Director of Financial and Administrative Services of the Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Executive Agency.  In the period 2011 – 2013, she was Director of the Finances Directorate of Executive Agency "Military Clubs and Military Recreation Activities".  Since 2013 Temenuzhka Yankova has been advisor with the political cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic development at the Council of Ministers.

Bulgaria Has Failed to Solve Many Problems Identified Prior to EU Accession – British MEP
Monday, 1st September 2014

Bulgaria has failed to cope with many of the problems identified 7 years ago, according to Geoffrey Van Orden, former Rapporteur for the country in the European Parliament.

“Although there has been some progress of the Bulgarian economy and the situation has obviously improved, some of these key problems have not been solved yet.  I mean problems with organized crime, the judiciary, and corruption,” said the British conservative MEP in a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio.

“If you have read the latest report of the European Commission, which came out earlier this year, it mentions lasting weaknesses in all of these spheres.  This is why we need a fresh political approach to solve these problems,” he explained, adding that his party saw such potential in the populist Bulgaria without Censorship party of former TV host Nikolay Barekov.

Van Orden arrived in Bulgaria to attend a congress of the Bulgaria without Censorship party in Varna.

Stressing the good performance of Barekov’s party at the European Parliament elections, Van Orden added that the formation had an inspiring leader and a program which was aimed at stimulating economic reform and conducting untarnished policies.

“We have witnessed too many mistakes of the old system which still exists” Van Orden reasoned, specifying that it had been too person-centered, emphasizing personal interest and egotism, at the expense of focus on the country’s real problems.

The British Conservative MEP suggested that these developments had caused Bulgarians to adopt a very cynical approach to politics, adding that the lack of trust in politicians came as no surprise.

Van Orden went on to insist that Bulgaria had to diversify its oil and gas supply sources and routes and secure its independence from Russia, adding that the EU had to offer more assistance in the field of energy independence.

“We need less Europe, in the sense that we do not want European political integration.  However, there are many things which Europe can do to help, for instance in the sphere of economy.  Bulgaria, for instance, needs foreign investments.  You need an organization like the EU which will help you find a path of development but what is also certainly needed is a political system which is directly accountable to the people.  We do not want Brussels ruling Bulgaria, we want Bulgarian people to rule Bulgaria through domestic political parties and institutions,” Van Orden said.

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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.