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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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Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office Requests Restart of Trial against Ex PM Stanishev
Tuesday, 26th May 2015

The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has submitted to the Sofia City Court a motion for restarting the suspended administrative-criminal proceedings against Sergei Stanishev, former Bulgarian Prime Minister and current MEP and leader of the Party of European Socialists (PES).

Stanishev, former leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), was charged in 2010 with losing seven documents containing classified information during his term in office as Prime Minister in 2005-2009.

The case was returned to the prosecuting authority several times for clarification.

There were several false starts of the case due to procedural breaches.

In December 2013 the prosecuting authority requested that Stanishev be exempted from criminal liability and instead face an administrative penalty.

The proceedings were stopped in September 2014 after Stanishev was elected MEP.

However, the case was restarted after a decision of the European Parliament from March 2015 on lifting Stanishev’s immunity from prosecution.



Bulgaria's Interior Ministry to Try to Defuse Tensions in Garmen Village
Tuesday, 26th May 2015

Bulgaria's Interior Ministry will try to defuse tensions in the village of Garmen, which escalated over the weekend.

The Chief Secretary of the Interior Ministry Georgi Kostov arrived in Garmen, in southwestern Bulgaria, on Monday, where he will meet the district governor, the director of the ministry's district department, the mayor of Garmen municipality as well as representatives of the initiative committee in the municipality.

Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova is also expected to arrive in Garmen on Monday afternoon, daily Dnevnik reports.

According to Focus news agency, Interior Minister Bachvarova is accompanied by three vehicles of the gendarmerie, while the meetings will be closed to the media.

The tension between Bulgarians and the Roma community in Garmen escalated in the past days, culminating into a fight on Saturday and the police presence remains heightened in the region.

Bulgarians are insisting on the demolition of all illegal buildings in the Roma neighbourhood of the village within a week.

In case their demands are not fulfilled within the requested deadline, they do not exclude further clashes to occur.



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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.