November 18 (SeeNews) - Following are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Wednesday morning. SeeNews has not verified these reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he will appoint Sergei Ignatov as the new education minister to replace Yordanka Fandakov who won the vote for Sofia mayor. Ignatov is deputy education minister.
- Bulgaria has achieved little progress in its fight against corruption since last year, according to the Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International. The country scored 3.8 points out of 10, where 10 marks lack of corruption, and ranked 71st most corrupt state among 180 countries worldwide, along with Macedonia and Greece. It was the most corrupt state among the 27 European Union members.
- Parliament endorsed Bulgaria's 2010 budget draft at first reading without discussions. Bulgaria's gross domestic product will reach 63.5 billion levs in nominal terms and will contract by a real 2.0% next year, according to the budget draft.
- German pharmacy and cosmetics products chain dm drogerie markt plans to invest 48 million euro in operations in Central and Southeast Europe, including Bulgaria, the company said. The chain has nine outlets across Bulgaria.
- The share of non-performing loans in the portfolio of ProCredit Bank Bulgaria will reach 2.0-2.5 percent at the end of the year, the chairman of the bank’s managing board, Petar Slavov, said.