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Pope Benedict XVI Greets the Participants in the Third World Meeting of the Bulgarian Media

Rome, May 23 (BTA Special Correspondent Boris Hamalski)
Pope Benedict XVI greeted the participants in the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media.

In his address, His Holiness pointed out that the broadcasts of Bulgarian media have made Bulgarian culture quite well-known in Europe.

BTA Director General Maxim Minchev, the Chairman of the Civil Society and Media Committee in the Bulgarian Parliament, Ivo Atanassov, the Director General of the Bulgarian national television Oulyana Prumova were greeted by the Pope in person. Minchev carries a scroll with the music and text of the hymn of St. Cyril and St. Methodius for May 24.

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is organized with the support of Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritza East, Festa Holding and the Victoria Insurance Company.

 
 

The delegates to the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media expressed support for the Bulgarian nurses in Libya with a live performance of "Izlel e Delyo haydutin" by Valya Balkanska

Rome, May 22 (BTA) Folk singer Valya Balkanska performed "Izlel e Delyo haydutin" before the delegates of the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome as an expression of support for the Bulgarian nurses on death row in Libya. The event was organized in front of the Bulgarian church in Rome at the Di Trevi square and attracted the attention of everyone present in the square.

A screen featured videos of the history of the trial in Libya and a text in English and Italian told the story of the medics' fate.

Before the performance of the song, the participants in the forum prayed in the church for their liberation and health.

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is organized with the support of Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritza East, Festa Holding and the Victoria Insurance Company.

 
 

BTA Director General Minchev Declares 3rd World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome Closed

Rome, May 22 (BTA) BTA Director General Maksim Minchev officially declared the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome closed.

"I am convinced that this tradition will gather us many times to come in Bulgaria and in other parts of the world," Minchev said.

"Defend the new border of the Bulgarian spirit," Academician Anton Donchev said addressing the delegates. "Your major task is to preserve your links with the language, with the literature, with everything Bulgaria has created."

"This meeting creates a territory in which the Bulgarian media collegium can communicate as one whole," said Associate Professor Georgi Lozanov, who was moderator at the final panel of the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome.

During the transition the journalistic community, like the other professions, had difficulties in creating a territory of its own; now journalists have found their own territory for the first time, Lozanov said observing that BTA takes credit for the successful creation of this community in a changing global world, which is a particularly important result.

A Bulgarian Cultural and Information Centre will be opened din Rome before the end of 2007 under a project implemented by the Phoenix Association with the assistance of the City Council of Rome, the chair of the Association, Jana Yakovlieva, said. She took part in a panel on "The Second Life of Art in the Media."

The building, which will house the Centre, has been allocated by the City Council of Rome. The Centre will have an exhibition hall, a performance hall, an art hall opened to gatherings of Bulgarian culture figures.

"Culture can make all Bulgarians in Italy unite," Yakovlieva said.

On behalf of BTA, Minchev donated two printers to Bulgarian institutions in Rome.

On Wednesday the delegates to the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media will have an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

 
 

PM Stanishev: Holding Elections on Schedule or Not, Bulgaria Will Be Governed by Threeparty Coalition

Sofia, May 22 (BTA) Holding elections on schedule or not, Bulgaria will be governed by a threeparty coalition, Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev said taking a question at a news conference in Rome, Italy.

On Tuesday he greeted the participants in the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome, organized by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

The ruling coalition won ten out of 18 possible seats in the European Parliament, which means it polled over 55 per cent of the vote altogether [at the May 20 MEP elections], Stanishev said.

The news conference lasted about two hours and was attended by Bulgarian and foreign journalists.

Stanishev observed that the MEP election results had not prompted early elections in any country entering the European Union.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party conducted an election campaign focusing on purely European issues while GERB and Ataka played the ethnic card, he observed.

"I will not stop repeating that this is a dangerous game and I will continue to fight against the ethnicization of Bulgarian policy," Stanishev said. In his words, GERB's was rather a campaign for national elections and people did not understand who their candidates for MEPs were or what policy they would follow.

The Bulgarian prime minister reiterated his position against the residence principle in the electoral law because the adoption of this principle is an encroachment upon Bulgarians' fundamental democratic rights.

Replying a question about the files of the former secret police agents, he said that Bulgaria should draw a lesson from its past based on history and the European values. He described the secret files law as a decisive step forward in bringing the truth to light. He observed he disapproves the lustration provisions in it admitting it is important to know the politicians, mayors or journalists involved with the former State Security.

Taking a question posed by reporters of Bulgarian media abroad concerning health insurance and the payment of health insurance contributions in Bulgaria, Stanishev said the Health Ministry was studying the matter and would seek a reasonable balance between national interests and the interests of Bulgarians living abroad.

Asked about any developments about Economy and Energy Roumen Ovcharov, who is involved in a corruption scandal, Stanishev said he is not a man who would act spontaneously.

"Ovcharov is on leave until May 28 and my decision will be made after that," he said.

In Stanishev's words, the dismissal of two deputy ministers and sending Ovcharov on leave is a clear political sign to the judiciary and the public that he wants the truth and the facts about the case.

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is sponsored by Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritsa AD, Festa Holding and ZAD Victoria AD.

 
 

Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin Confers with Roman Curia Secretary for Relations with States H.E. Msgr. Dominique Mamberti

Rome, May 22 (BTA) Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin conferred Tuesday in Rome with H.E. Msgr. Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States with the Roman Curia. Kalfin told journalists that the main subjects discussed with Msgr. Mamberti were Libya and the children infected with the HIV virus, as well as the contribution of Bulgaria and the countries from the region to Christianity in Europe.

"You are well aware that the Vatican feels very strongly about the subject of the Christian roots of European civilization," Kalfin said. He added that he invited Msgr. Mamberti to visit Bulgaria.

 
 
PM Sergei Stanishev: Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome is Unique, Symbolic

Rome, May 22 (BTA) Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev,who arrived Tuesday in Rome for the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media, said the forum is unique and symbolic adding that it has already become a tradition. "The Bulgarian government highly appreciates the initiative of BTA," Stanishev said before the delegates to the forum, as well as Bulgarian and foreign journalists.

"Both the Bulgarian society and the Bulgarian state need a dialogue with the Bulgarian media and the Bulgarian community across the world. Bulgaria has changed most radically and deserves to be the European Union member it is today. The symbolism of the third meeting of journalists is directly related to Bulgaria's EU membership," Stanishev pointed out.

"Bulgaria is enjoying a stable development on an ascending line, economic growth stands at an annual 5-6 per cent and unemployment has decreased," the Prime Minister noted.

Stanishev called upon the Bulgarians who have left their country to return and to find their place in Bulgaria, because the Bulgarian society and Bulgarian economy need them. "The people and their abilities have always been the greatest capital of Bulgaria," he added.

Stanishev expressed support for yesterday's declaration of the delegates, which called for the raising of funds to develop a regional centre fighting AIDS in Libya. "Bulgarian society expresses solidarity with the fate of the [Bulgarian] nurses there and we expect the support of our partners across the world for their liberation," Stanishev added. He pointed out that Bulgaria's membership in the community of European peoples presupposes adherence to the principles of solidarity, fair trail and abidance by human rights. "The Bulgarian media showed that Bulgarian society shows empathy for the tragedy of the infected Libyan children in Benghazi and the idea to create a medical regional centre is a honourable cause." 

The Prime Minister expressed high regard for the main subject of the forum, related to the Cyrillic alphabet and its place in Europe. "I felt proud as a Prime Minister when I had the opportunity to speak in Bulgarian at my first European forum in this capacity," Stanishev said.

The forum continued with a news conference of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin for Bulgarian and foreign journalists.

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is organized with the support of Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritza East, Festa Holding and the Victoria Insurance Company.

 
 

Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media Continues in Rome

Rome, May 22 (BTA) The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media continues Tuesday here with a welcoming address and a news conference of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin for Bulgarian and foreign journalists.

Two panel discussions will also take place: "The Media in Campaign" and "Art's Second Life in the Media."

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is organized with the support of Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritza East, Festa Holding and the Victoria Insurance Company.

 
 

Bulgarian Media Appeal to the Wealthy in the World to Help Develop a Modern Regional Anti-AIDS Centre in Libya

Rome, May 21 (BTA Special Correspondent Genka Ivanova)
On Monday the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media issued a declaration appealing to multinational companies and the rich people in the world to contribute to the development of a modern regional anti-AIDS centre in Libya. The declaration was read at the forum by BTA Director General Maxim Minchev.

"Bulgarian journalists who work everywhere in the world have been telling their readers and radio and TV audiences the story of one of the greatest human tragedies for precisely 3,023 days," the declaration reads. "The news of the arrest of the Bulgarian nurses in Libya was reported for the first time on February 9, 1999. For more than eight years now the tragedy of Valya, Valentina, Nasya, Kristiana and Snezhana has been a part of our professional fate. We know they are innocent!"

"We also know that other innocents, some 400 children, are living with the HIV virus in Benghazi. Fifty of them already died.

"An international medical expertise proved without question that the infection at the hospitals occurred before our compatriots began work there. This does not make the tragedy of the infected boys and girls - or their families - smaller.

"That is why we turn to all rich citizens of the planet, to the largest multinational companies whose business makes the world not only more prosperous but also a better place to live.

"Please help these 350 or so boys and girls grow up into beautiful women and strong men! Let them become intelligent and educated people!

"Let us unite efforts for the development of a modern regional centre for fighting AIDs in Libya so that the tragedy that befell the Libyan children in Benghazi may never be repeated again.

"The Vatican, Rome, is a sacred place from which we can make this appeal: let the rich and the healthy help the ailing and the needy, regardless of the faith each one of us professes," the declaration concludes.

 
 

BTA Director General Minchev Opens Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome

Rome, May 21 (BTA Special Correspondent Genka Ivanova)
BTA  Director General Maxim Minchev opened the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media here on Monday.

"This is the third time that the Bulgarian media are getting together, after Sofia 2005 and Chicago 2006," Minchev said in his welcoming speech. "We, the members of the Bulgarian media worldwide, are gathering in the eternal city of Rome, in the world's spiritual capital, the Vatican, we are gathering to discuss our professional problems and to put on the agenda the subject of 'The Cyrllic Alphabet in Europe: The New Role of the Bulgarian Media in Europe, Viewed from Rome'," he noted.

National Assembly Civil Society and Media Committee Chairman Ivo Atanassov recalled that the first two meetings were mainly get-acquainted, whereas the third one will have a broader content, with a cultural programme on the sidelines, and the discussions will centre on the role of the Cyrillic not only in Bulgaria but in united Europe as well. The Cyrillic is one of the key instruments for the creation, expansion and assertion of the Bulgarian spiritual space, of the concept of Fatherland,"Atanassov said. He quoted from a poem by Bulgarian classical poet Ivan Vazov:  "We, too, in this world have performed a good deed,Given all Slav peoples the books they read."

ANSA Chief Foreign News Editor Giulio Pecora presented a welcoming address to the participants on behalf of Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni and of Paolo Serventi Longhi, Secretary General of the National Federation of Italian Press (FNSI). "It is important for the Bulgarian media to enter Europe from Rome," Pecora said. 

Bishop Tihon of Tiveriopol, who chairs the Bulgarian Orthodox community in Rome, weclomed the participants. "You have gathered here in the Eternal City to celebrate the adoption of the Cyrillic as one of the official alphabets of Europe: the most appropriate place, because it is precisely here that the Slavonic language was recognized as equal to Hebrew, Greek and Latin," Bishop Tihon said.

The Vatican Spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, noted in his welcoming address to the participants in the forum, that the Holy See considers itself a close collaborator of the Bulgarian people. "For 50 years now, Vatican Radio has been broadcasting in Bulgarian, and the relations between the Vatican and Bulgaria were re-established more than 15 years ago," he said. "The media of the Holy See will always be beside you and will cooperate with you," the Spokesman of the Vatican said.

Writer Anton Donchev said in his speech that "these letters, this manner of expression" have been living with us for a thousand years. "During those thousand years, Bulgaria defended the letters with troops and weapons for 300 years, and somebody else carried the letters during the remaining 700 years, and we are now able to write in them," he said.

The national anthems of Bulgaria, Italy and the Vatican were played at the start of the meeting, and after the formal opening the participants were greeted by a performance of folk singer Valya Balkanska and bagpiper Peter Yanev.

The State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad has compiled a free "teach-yourself-Bulgarian" electronic product entitled "Tongue of My Ancestors" (the first line of "The Bulgarian Language," a famous poem by Vazov), dedicated to the Day of Slav Letters and Culture, May 24, Sonya Bournazka of the Agency's Press Centre said at the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Rome. The teaching aid consists of 14 chapters with rules and exercises.

"The Agency for Bulgarians Abroad does not have a large budget and could not possibly implement mammoth projects but, guided by the new approach and priorities, we seek to be as useful as possible to our compatriots," Bournazka said. CDs mottoed "Bulgaria: This Is What We All Are " have been released for the Bulgarians in Central and Western Europe and in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The presentation took place within the framework of a panel discussion on "The Cyrillic Alphabet: a Border-line or a Chance for the Media Around the World" at the Third World Meeting.

"The victory of on-line over off-line is inevitable, but high quality journalism is there to stay," said Martin Zahariev, moderator of the second panel discussion, "What's Going on with the Media in the Net?", at the Third World Meeting.

Darik Radio is preparing an economic website which is expected to be launched in June, journalist Lyudmil Karzhilov said. The station is also readying an entertainment portal-type website. Users will be able to rearrange the page depending on their interest.

Father Krzysztof Kuzok presented an on-line radio which targets the Catholic community and which provides access to contemporary Christian music.

Representatives of BTA laid flowers at the grave of St Constantine Cyril the Philosopher at Rome's San Clemente Basilica.

On Tuesday, the Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Meeting will continue with a welcoming address and a news conference of Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin for Bulgarian and foreign journalists. Two panel discussions will also take place: "The Media in Campaign" and "Art's Second Life in the Media."

The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media is organized with the support of Petrol AD, Corporate Commercial Bank AD, Enel Maritza East, Festa Holding and the Victoria Insurance Company.

 
 

Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media to Highlight Use of Cyrillic Alphabet in Europe


The Third World Meeting of Bulgarian Media, hosted by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), will focus on the topic of "The Cyrillic Alphabet in Europe". It will take place in Rome between May 19 and 23.

Publishers, editors-in-chief and directors of 30 media in this country and 50 Bulgarian and international media based across the world will discuss a range of matters related to the adoption of the Cyrillic alphabet as one of the official writing systems in the European Union after Bulgaria's accession to the bloc. Other topics include media campaigns, news portals, and the arts in the media.

World meetings of Bulgarian media are held in places where there are larger Bulgarian communities and where local Bulgarian media are active. The first such meeting was held in Sofia in 2005, and the second one in Chicago in 2006.

This year's forum will have a wider format and will proceed in the context of Bulgaria's EU membership. Christianity has been added to the list of topics, most of which concern contemporary Bulgarian journalism around the world.

BTA is planning a number of cultural events on the sidelines of the meeting, such as an exhibition by Ivo Hadjimishev and Aksinia Djurova, entitled "Golden Pages of the Bulgarian Middle Ages", visits to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and the Basilica of San Clemente, which is home to the tomb of St Cyril, who, together with his brother St Methodius, devised the oldest Slav alphabet.

A major highlight of the forum will be an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on May 23.

The event is expected to attract interest from Italian and international media in Rome. This is the first year that BTA is working with the Italian news agency ANSA as a partner.

Representatives of 36 Bulgarian media from around the world have confirmed their participation in the Third World Meeting. The youngest among them are a Bulgarian newspaper in Cyprus and another one in Arizona, US, both of them set up less than two years ago.

 

 
   
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