February 11 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Monday renewed its calls for election of a new Central Election Commission (CEC). The party

(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission

(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission

(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission

(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission

(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission
(DF) Socialists Reiterate Calls for Election of New Central Election Commission
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February 11 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)
Monday renewed its calls for election of a new Central Election
Commission (CEC). The party position was reiterated by its press
 office after a meeting with the Association of European
Journalists - Bulgaria.

The Socialists argue that even though two elections are coming
up this year, the law should be observed and a new CEC be
elected as the term of the present one expires.

BSP leader Kornelia Ninova said their view is shared by the
Association of European Journalists - Bulgaria but they later
denied that in a statement saying that the meeting focused on
controversial revisions to the Personal Data Protection and that
 they have never taken and would never take a position on CEC as
 it goes beyond their central interest: freedom of the press and
 the media environment.

The Socialists' position, however, is shared by the
power-sharing United Patriots coalition of nationalist parties.
MP Iskren Vesselinov of the VMRO, one of the United Patriots
parties,  said on Bulgarian National Radio over the weekend that
 the law is there to be complied with and a procedure should
start for having a new CEC.

The ruling GERB party are adamant that it is not a good idea to
replace CEC before the European elections which will be held in
Bulgaria on May 26. They also argue that the present CEC members
 have gained quite a lot of experience and can serve on until
after the elections.

As for the controversial revisions to the Personal Data
Protection Act, Kornelia Ninova reportedly told the Association
of European Journalists that they would support a presidential
veto on them and if it is overturned by the rest of the
legislature, they would take the matter to the Constitutional
Court.

The revisions were vetoed by President Rumen Radev with the
motives that they create excessive regulation on the use of
personal data, which affects the freedom of expression and right
 to information. RY/LN/

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53% of all Bulgarian scientists are women: Eurostat

In five EU member states the majority of scientists and engineers are women, data of Eurostat from 2017 published on occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science show. Lithuania is 1st in the ranking. 57% of the scientists in this country are female. Bulgaria and Latvia place after Lithuania. 53% of the scientists in these two countries are women. Portugal is fourth where 51% of the scientists are women. Hungary and Luxembourg place at the bottom of the ranking. Only 25% of the scientists in these countries are female.


Municipal Air Pollution Sensors will be Placed in 22 Locations in Sofia

Sensors will be installed to monitor air pollution at 22 locations in Sofia. They will be part of the municipal network and are expected to start operating by the end of the year, reports Mediapool. 

Sensor information will be available in real time on the Internet. Other sources of information on the state of the air, such as the stations of the Executive Environment Agency or the civil sensors data from the airsofia.info platform, may be added to the platform on which it will be uploaded. "The goal is to use information for decision-making," explained Deputy Mayor of Ecology in Sofia Municipality, Yoanna Hristova.

Currently there is a selection of contractor for delivery and mounting of the sensors. Two companies are participating in the tender - Telelink Business Services and A1 Bulgaria. The estimated value of the order is over BGN 560 000 excluding VAT.

Sensors should measure the concentration of the most popular pollutants - fine particulates, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, as well as temperature, humidity and pressure.

The facilities will be placed near Lyulin and James Baucher metro stations, to the tram number 10 at West Park, President Lincoln Boulevard, Iskra Chitalishte in Orlandovtsi, Central Bus Station, Vrazhdebna Polyclinic, to the Center for Infectious Diseases, Military Medical Academy, Mimi Balkanska Street, to NIMH on Tsarigradsko shosse Blvd., to the Winter Palace, to Rakovski Stadium, to the 29th DCC in Sofia. "Borovo", to the Hipodruma automatic station and to St. Cyril and Methodius Chitalishte in "Dragalevtsi" district, as well as to the adjacent administrative districts instances of Nadezhda, Krasna Polyana, Poduyane, Ovcha Kupel, Iskar and Studentski.

The sites are selected on the basis of a survey on the climatic and geographic features of Sofia, according to data on traffic, population distribution, building and use of the capital's territory. The idea is to be located evenly in neighborhoods and districts, in places where more people live and where there are municipal buildings or properties to which they can be installed. After selecting a contractor, there may be a change of locations because the company needs to check if it is practically possible to place the appliances on the specified locations.

Separately, local authorities are also planning to buy a mobile station to measure air pollution to be used in cases of local pollution.