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July 11, 2006 Novi Nite
The first ever private prison in Bulgaria will open doors next year, the state-run television BNT reported. It will meet the strong need of prison space in the country, which is anticipating to enter the European Union on 1 January 2007. According to EU standards, every prisoner should be provided with own space of six square meters at least, plus own lavatory. Bulgaria does starve for prison space, a justice ministry official told BNT. To solve this problem it is necessary to open at least 13 prisons, Deputy Justice Minister Dimitar Bongalov said. The location of the new private prison is yet undecided, but it may rise in Suhodol or Slivnitsa, not far away from the 2-million capital city. Though private, the establishment will be still funded by the state and is expected to open some 350 jobs, Bongalov added.