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  • Justice Minister: Prisons Not Overcrowded, Minimum Standards Ensured

    March 14 (BTA) - Prisons are not overcrowded and the minimum standards for inmates have been ensured everywhere, said here Thursday Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva during a hearing in Parliament about prison conditions and government policy. Tsacheva said that major r...

  • Forum Discusses Economy's Competitiveness and Prosperity

    March 14 (BTA) - Opening a roundtable discussion mottoed "For a Competitive and Prosperous Bulgarian Economy" on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev admitted that low labour costs won't be a competitive advantage even in four to five years. Weeks earlier Prime Mi...

  • High-Tech Multimedia Centre Available at BTA

    March 14 (BTA) - At a news conference here on Thursday, the Director General of the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA), Maxim Minchev, presented the agency's newly constructed high-tech multimedia centre. It will be used as a space for presenting various types of information in a mo...

  • Prime Minister Borissov Attends Seventh Global Baku Forum

    March 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov took part in the Seventh Global Baku Forum as part of his two-day working visit to Azerbaijan, the government information service said Thursday. The forum, mottoed "New Foreign Policy", was unveiled by President Ilham Aliye...

  • Volya Party Leaves Parliament

    March 14 (BTA) - The parliamentary group of the Volya party of businessman Vesselin Mareshki is leaving Parliament, Mareshki himself told a briefing on Thursday. Mareshki said that the decision to quit the National Assembly was made by a meeting of Volya's parliamentary group on ...

  • Counter-Corruption Commission Reports Irregularities in Over 700 Declarations in 2018

    March 13 (BTA) - The head of the Counter-Corruption and Unlawfully Acquired Assets Forfeiture Commission (CCUAAFC), Plamen Georgiev, Wednesday presented to the National Assembly the CCUAAFC's first annual report for 2018. According to the report, there are omissions or discrepanc...

  • Defence Minister Karakachanov Meets with Col. Gen. Najmeddin Sadikov

    March 13 (BTA) - Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov Wednesday talked with Col. Gen. Najmeddin Sadikov, Azerbaijan's First Deputy Defence Minister and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Defence Ministry said. The Azerbaijani military delegation is here on...

  • Bulgarian Export to EU Up 9.1% in 2018 Y/Y

    March 13 (BTA) - In 2018, Bulgarian export to the EU grew by 9.1 per cent from the year before and totalled 37,697.5 million leva, according to snap statistics of the National Statistical Institute released on Wednesday. In December 2018, export to the EU increased by 6.6 per cen...

  • 0.5% Inflation in Bulgaria in February

    March 13 (BTA) - The inflation rate in February compared to January was 0.5 per cent, the National Statistical Institute reported on Wednesday. The inflation since the start of the year (February 2019 compared to December 2018) was 1.1 per cent. The annual inflation (February ...

  • Businessman Who Created Centre for Applied Research and Innovations Wins Worthy Bulgarian Award

    March 12 (BTA) - The 17th edition of the Worthy Bulgarians initiative was held in Sofia on Tuesday where the winner, Kiril Petkov, received his award from Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev. Petkov is one of the founders of a Centre for Applied Research and Innovations with t...

  • Young Bulgarians Increasingly Reluctant to Emigrate - Survey

    March 12 (BTA) - The desire of young Bulgarians to emigrate is waning, shows a nationwide survey called Bulgarian Youth 2018/2019, which was unveiled by Associate Professor Boris Popivanov of the Ivan Hadjiiski Institute of Sociology at a BTA-hosted news conference on Tuesday.

  • Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Meets American Jewish Committee Leadership In Boston

    March 12 (BTA) - Deputy Foreign Minister and National Coordinator for Confronting Anti-Semitism, Georg Georgiev, has met with the leadership of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Boston, his ministry said on Tuesday.

  • Sofia up by 18 Points in Global Financial Centres Index, Ranks 79th out of 112

    March 11 (BTA) - Sofia is 79th in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) ranking, published by the Z/Yen Group financial website in March 2019. The Bulgarian capital has moved up by 18 points compared to the previous edition of the GFCI, published in September 2018.

  • GERB Floor Leader Tsvetanov: Bulgaria Doing Excellent Job of Protecting EU External Border

    March 12 (BTA) - GERB floor leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov Tuesday conferred with Michael Spindelegger, Director General of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, GERB said in a press release. The two met prior to joining a round table hosted by the National A...

  • President Radev Pays Official Visit to Slovenia

    March 11 (BTA special correspondent Lora Metanova) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev arrived on an official two-day visit to Slovenia Monday on the invitation of his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor. Radev and wife Dessislava Radeva were welcomed with an official ceremony by Pre...

  • Insurance Companies Manage LV 7.645 Bln in Assets at End-2018

    March 11 (BTA) - Assets managed by insurance companies operating in Bulgaria amounted to 7.645 billion leva as of the end of December 2018. They increased by 347.7 million leva (4.8%) compared to the end of December 2017, the Bulgarian National Bank reported on Monday. Ass...

  • Bulgaria Opens Procedure to Select Strategic Investor for Belene N-plant

    March 11 (BTA) - The National Electricity Company NEK) has issued an invitation to strategic investors for the construction of the Belene N-plant, the Energy Ministry said on Monday. The procedure is in line with a decision of the National Assembly of June 7 2018 and of the ...

  • Prime Minister Talks with Muslim and Orthodox Christian Leaders

    March 11 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with the head of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Neophyte, and with the Grand Mufti of Muslims in Bulgaria, Moustafa Hadji, on Monday to discuss the writing off of the debts of religious denominations in Bulgaria...

  • Bulgaria Unprepared to Withstand Hybrid Attacks - GERB Floor Leader Tsvetanov

    March 11 (BTA) - Bulgaria is not prepared to withstand hybrid attacks "that are part and parcel of the daily play of some countries outside the EU," GERB floor leader and Chairman of the parliamentary Internal Security and Public Order Committee Tsvetan Tsvetanov said M...

  • No Bulgarian Victims Reported in Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

    March 10 (BTA) - There are no Bulgarians among the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday morning, according to the Bulgarian Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Foreign Ministry said.