February 14, 2019 / 7:49 AM / 6 months ago

PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Feb 14

SOFIA, Feb 14 (Reuters) - These are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

— The Bulgarian authorities have frozen trusted accounts at a Bulgarian bank opened by a lawyer on behalf of his clients following transfers from Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA to them. At present some 60 million euros ($67.71 million) are in the accounts, said Dimitar Lazarov, head of a parliamentary commission for control over the security services. (Monitor, Sega)

TRUD - Bulgaria’s justice ministry is checking the issuing of about 40,000 Bulgarian passports to foreign nationals in the past five years to establish whether some of them were granted to people with criminal records, Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said.

— The European Parliament has backed an increase of the EU funds for Bulgaria by about 3 billion levs to 18 billion levs ($10.38 billion) for 2021-2027 period. (Trud, 24 Chasa)

— Royal Dutch Shell will start exploratory drilling for gas and oil in a block off Bulgarian coast in the Black Sea in April, Bulgarian officials said after visiting the Noble Globetrotter II ship that will drill a well. (Trud, 24 Chasa) ($1 = 1.7345 leva) ($1 = 0.8861 euros)

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