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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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Bulgaria to Give Flight Passengers' Data to US
Friday, 9th October 2015

Bulgaria will provide United States security agencies with data of those traveling to the country, the Parliament in Sofia has decided.

The US Homeland Security Department is to provide the software that will help Bulgarian authorities exchange the relevant information.

Bulgaria's ruling coalition says the move is aimed at helping the fight against terrorism.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), Bulgaria's biggest opposition force, however warns that US laws do not cater for the safety of Europeans' data and suggests Sofia should provide information about "other foreign citizens" passing via the country instead. 

"Let us not put Bulgarian citizens into the situation of their personal data being used by the United States of America," the Bulgarian National Radio quotes MP Chavdar Georgiev as saying.

Junior coalition partner Reformist Bloc (RB), on the other hand, points out that the step will result in Bulgaria's access to the US database.

Sofia already made its own counter-terrorism steps last week by proposing a bill that creates a unit within the State Agency for National Security (DANS) that will process flight data.

Schengen Accession of Bulgaria, Romania Key to EU Security - IntMin
Friday, 9th October 2015

Bulgaria's Interior Minister has called the prospective accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the Schengen borderless area "a matter of security for the entire European Union".

In a statement after reports that the two countries' entry into the area would be postponed in view of the current migrant crisis, Bachvarova has told the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the European Union that that only through both states' accession will the EU concept of security be complete.

In her words, it is the "frontline states" (among which she placed Bulgaria) that are affected by the migrant crisis. 

EU Interior Ministers are meeting on Thursday to discuss security issues stemming from the surge in migrants into Europe this summer.

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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.