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  • VMRO Calls for Scrapping Summary Proceedings for Serious Crimes

    August 18 (BTA) - The VMRO party is seeking the abolition of summary proceedings, which lead to a reduction in convictions for serious crimes and urges introduction of chemical castration for sex offenders. They put out their position after a recent brutal murder of a 7-year-old ...

  • 75 Kg of Cocaine Found in Bourgas

    August 17 (BTA) - Seventy-five kilograms of cocaine worth over 5 million leva were found in a warehouse for fruit and vegetables in Bourgas. The drugs were hidden in cardboard boxes with bananas, prosecutor Georgi Chinev told a news briefing on Saturday. The cocain was found b...

  • Long Wait to Cross Turkey-Bulgaria Border

    August 17 (BTA Special Correspondent Nahide Deniz) - A two-kilometre line of cars formed at the Kapikule/Kapitan Andreevo border control checkpoint towards Bulgaria on Saturday. According to the Kapikule customs administration, the heavy traffic at the checkpoint results from a m...

  • Arbitration Court Closes Case on Omani Claims v. Bulgaria over Corpbank Failure

    August 17 (BTA) - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. has closed the case initiated by the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Sultanate of Oman against Bulgaria over the failure of Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank). ...

  • Authorities Bust Group Involved in Counterfeit Money Distribution

    August 16 (BTA) - The prosecuting magistracy has charged six persons with participating in an organized crime group involved in storing and distributing counterfeit euro banknotes in Bulgaria. The suspects were arrested two days ago in the capital and in the southern town...

  • Bulgarian Foreign Minister Visits North Macedonia to Open Bulgarian-Funded Social Centre

    August 16 (BTA) - During her visit to Strumica, North Macedonia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told journalists that in 2019 the Republic of North Macedonia has been the largest beneficiary of Bulgarian development aid. "There is no other ...

  • Producer Price Index in Agriculture Up 5.3% in Q2

    August 15 (BTA) - The producer price index in agriculture in the second quarter of 2019 increased by 5.3 per cent year-on-year, the National Statistical Institute reported here on Thursday. The crop output index increased by 5.8 per cent and the animal output index - by 4...

  • Education Minister Approves Revised Texts on Communism in History Schoolbooks

    August 15 (BTA) - Education Minister Krassimir Vulchev has approved the new history schoolbooks for 10th grade on Wednesday after the publishers made considerable revisions to controversial texts related to communism in Bulgaria. The revisions were required by the Ministry, the d...

  • Industrial Production Falls by 1.9% in June, M/M

    August 15 (BTA) - Seasonally adjusted industrial production in Bulgaria fell by 1.9 per cent in June 2019 compared with May 2019, the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) reported on Wednesday. In June 2019 compared with June 2018, Bulgaria's industrial producti...

  • Tuesday Fire Stops Traffic on Strouma Motorway Section at Doupnitsa

    August 14 (BTA) - A Strouma Motorway section near Doupnitsa has been closed to traffic due to a Tuesday fire that might have damaged a motorway viaduct. Traffic is detoured to other roads to bypass the facility. Partial state of emergency has been declared in the area of Doupnits...

  • GDP Up By 3.3% in Second Quarter of 2019 Y/Y

    August 14 (BTA) - In the second quarter of 2019, Bulgaria's gross domestic product (GDP) went up by 3.3 per cent compared to the same period of 2018, and by 0.6 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2019, according to seasonally adjusted data. This is shown by flash e...

  • July Inflation Up to 0.8%

    August 14 (BTA) - Inflation in July compared to June went up to 0.8 per cent, the National Statistical Institute said Wednesday. Inflation from the beginning of the year (July 2019 compared to December 2018) added up to 2 per cent, and the annual inflation for July 201...

  • Fire in Haskovo Region Spreads Over 800 ha

    August 13 (BTA) - A fire has spread over an area of 800 ha, half of which are forests, near the southeastern villages of Bryagovo, Lyubenovo and Rodopi, the head of the Fire Safety and Civil Protection General Directorate, Chief Commissioner Nikolay Nikolov said Tuesday.

  • Japan's Foreign Minister Kono Meets with Bulgarian Counterpart Zaharieva, PM Borissov

    August 13 (BTA) - Emerging from talks with Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono here on Tuesday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria would like to see more Japanese investments and tourists in this country. Kono is paying a two-day visit to Bulgaria at...

  • Overnight Stay Revenues in Tourism Up By 2.9% in January-June Y/Y

    August 12 (BTA) - A growth of 2.9 per cent was reported in revenues from overnight stays in accommodation places with 10 beds and more, as well as in the total number of people who spent a night there. The information comes from data published by the National Statistical Institut...

  • Prime Ministers Borissov of Bulgaria, Medvedev of Russia Confer at Economic Forum in Turkmenistan

    August 12 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred here on Monday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev within the framework of the First Caspian Economic Forum, the Government Information Service said. Borissov stressed the importance of top-leve...

  • Average Gross Monthly Wage Reaches LV 1,260 in Q2/2019

    August 12 (BTA) - In the second quarter of 2019, the average gross monthly wage in Bulgaria was 1,260 leva, increasing by 4.3 per cent compared with the first quarter of 2019, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Monday, publishing early estimates. Compared...

  • Revenue from Nights Spent Reaches Lv 205.4 Mln in June, Up by 2.6 Per Cent, Y/Y

    August 12 (BTA) - The total revenue from nights spent at accommodation establishments across Bulgaria in June 2019 reached 205.4 million leva, which was 2.6 per cent up from June 2018, the National Statistical Institute reported here on Monday. Revenue from Bulgarian ...

  • Bulgarian PM Borissov Holds Bilateral Meetings at Caspian Forum

    August 12 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred here on Monday with Iranian First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri and with Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov within the framework of the First Caspian Economic Forum, the Government Information Service s...

  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov Confers with Turkmen President Berdimuhamedow

    August 11 (BTA special correspondent Hristo Vodenov) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov conferred with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow at the Avaza resort on Sunday. "Relations between Bulgaria and Turkmenistan are important and promising. I am convi...