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Today’s Observances: December 19

On this date in Bulgarian history:
1996: A contract is signed for the sale of a 60 per cent shareholding in Sodi EAD, Devnya, to Solvay of Belgium for 160 million US dollars. The deal is finalized on April 15, 1997.   
1998: The National Assembly amends the Territorial Administration of the Republic of Bulgaria Act, dividing the country’s territory into 28 regions instead of the previous nine.
2001: Parliament adopts a declaration recommending the Government to dismantle definitively the SS-23 missile system by October 30, 2002.
2002: The Council of Ministers decides to resume construction of a nuclear power plant at Belene (Northwestern Bulgaria), put on hold in 1991.