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  • Bulgarian Foreign Minister Confers with Poland's Three Seas Initiative Coordinator

    January 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred with Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister and national coordinator for the Three Seas Initiative, Pawel Jablonski, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry reported here on Monday. Bulgar...

  • Second Stage of Vaccination Starts This Week in Plovdiv, Bourgas

    January 18 (BTA) - The second stage of the vaccination campaign can begin this week in the cities of Plovdiv (in south-central Bulgaria) and Bourgas (on the Black Sea coast), said Chief Health Inspector Angel Kunchev after Monday's delivery of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. T...

  • Bulgaria Confirms 77 New Cases in Past 24 Hours

    January 18 (BTA) - Over the past 24 hours there were 77 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 1,194 tests, for a positivity rate of 6.44 per cent, the national coronavirus information portal informed on Monday morning. Hospitals are treating 3,485 people, of whom 341 are in in...

  • Students in Grades 7th and 12th Most Likely to Resume in-Person Schooling in February

    January 17 (BTA) - Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said Sunday that if the COVID-19 infection rate continues to fall down, some of the older pupils will be allowed to return to school. Angelov, quoted by the government information service, specified that these will be probably 7...

  • President Dismiss Party Complaints about Date of Elections

    January 17 (BTA) - Talking to the press on the sidelines of a public event in Sofia Sunday, President Rumen Radev dismissed some party complaints about the date of the general elections he had set, April 4, and used the opportunity to reiterate his criticism of the government for...

  • Foreign Ministry Begins Preparations For Elections Abroad Amid COVID Pandemic

    January 17 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that it has begun preparations for the organization of the general elections abroad. A working group, set up by Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva, has to ensure the voting rights of as many Bulgarians as possible...

  • COVID-19 Update: 233 New Cases, 5% Test Positivity Rate on Sunday

    January 17 (BTA) - A total of 233 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours until Saturday midnight, 319 fewer from a day earlier, according to data posted on the national coronavirus portal. A total of 4,628 tests were done. This makes a test positivity rate of 5 per c...

  • Foreign Ministry Wants to Limit Issue of Passports with Privileges

    January 16 (BTA) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has initiated revisions to the Bulgarian Personal Documents Act limiting the issue of diplomatic and official passports that give their owners rights to easier and visa-free travel abroad. The proposed changes have been published...

  • COVID-19 Update: 552 New Cases and Fewer Patients in Hospitals on Saturday

    January 16 (BTA) - There were 551 new coronavirus cases in Bulgaria after 8,850 tests done in the 24 hours until Friday night, according to the national coronavirus information platform. This makes a test positivity rate of 6 per cent. The total number of cases since the start...

  • Government Finances River Iskur Clean-up with Lv 220,000

    January 15 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the clean-up of the River Iskur was to start immediately on financing approved at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Friday afternoon, the government information service said. Heavy rains in the last few days swelled the rive...

  • Part of Bulgaria's Anti-Epidemic Measures to Change as of January 16

    January 15 (BTA) - Part of the anti-epidemic measures in Bulgaria will change as of January 16, the Health Ministry said in a press release Friday. The changes concern schools, higher education establishments, and planned surgical activity. As of Saturday, the following in-per...

  • Environment and Water Minister Dimitrov: There Are Currently 19 Environmental Proceedings Pending against Bulgaria

    January 15 (BTA) - There are currently 19 pending legal proceedings against Bulgaria for violating EU environmental legislation, said the Minister of Environment and Water (MOEW) Emil Dimitrov during question time in Parliament on Friday. A total of 102 criminal proceedings ha...

  • COVID-19 Update: 535 New Cases in 24 Hours

    January 15 (BTA) - There were 535 new COVID-19 cases out of 7,439 tests in the 24 hours until Friday midnight, according to data posted on the national coronavirus portal. The test positivity rate is 7.19 per cent. The active cases number 52,185. Some 3.631 patients ...

  • President Decrees April 4 as Parliamentary Election Date

    January 14 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev has decreed April 4, 2021 as the date for the next parliamentary elections. In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, Radev noted that April 4 is a week after the earliest possible date. The last week before the electio...

  • CEC to Begin Registering Parties for February 28 Local By-elections

    January 14 (BTA) - As of January 18, the Central Election Commission (CEC) will begin accepting documents for the registration of parties and coalitions for participation in the local by-elections on February 28, 2021, the CEC said Thursday. To be elected are mayors of t...

  • Bulgaria Ranks Ninth in COVID-19 Mortality in the EU, Planned Operations Said to Resume

    January 14 (BTA) - Bulgaria ranks ninth in COVID-19 mortality in the EU and 27th in morbidity, Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev told a briefing at the Council of Ministers on Thursday. The briefing was given after a working meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov...

  • 535 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In 24 Hours

    January 14 (BTA) - A total of 535 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Bulgaria over the past 24 hours, out of 7,570 tests performed, according to data on the national coronavirus portal on Saturday morning. The test positivity rate currently stands at around 7.07 p...

  • Election Consultations: President Meets Three More Non-Parliamentary Forces, They Call For Mail-in Voting

    January 13 (BTA) - The non-parliamentary Movement 21 political formation want ensuring mail-in voting for the next parliamentary elections. This transpired as the formation's leader, Tatyana Doncheva, met with President Rumen Radev as part of the consultations he is holding ...

  • Moderna's Vaccine Can Go into Use on Thursday

    January 13 (BTA) - Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine can go into use in Bulgaria on Thursday, Health Minister Kostadin Angelov told journalists on Wednesday after the arrival of the first shipment of the product.

  • Parliament Back in Session after Year-end Recess

    January 13 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Parliament Wednesday is back in session after its year-end recess. In an address to MPs, National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva urged parties to avoid suggestions about manipulation of the upcoming general elections, as this is hurtin...