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  • Bulgaria Accuses Six Persons of Financing International Terrorism - Focus

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - Five out of 43 people who were arrested on January 18 in Bulgaria on suspicions of making money transfers to an international criminal group, have been charged with financing terrorism, the Spokesperson of the Prosecutor General, Roumyana Arnaudova, t...

  • New Strategy Seeks to Address Adverse Trends in Life of Bulgaria's Older People

    Sofia, January 19 (Valeria Dimitrova and Ekaterina Toteva of BTA) - A new strategy for active living aims to address the adverse trends in various aspects of life of older people in Bulgaria: inadequate participation on the labour market, poor health status and social life. Th...

  • International Tourism Revenue Up by 6.6% in January-November 2018 Y/Y

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - International tourism revenue amounted to 3.6 billion euro in January-November 2018, up by 6.6 per cent compared to the like period of 2017, the Tourism Ministry reported, quoting data of the Bulgarian National Bank. Foreign tourists' visits num...

  • Russian National Extradited to US on Charges of Wire Fraud Conspiracy - TASS

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - Russian national Alexander Zhukov has been extradited to the United States from Bulgaria after being charged with wire fraud conspiracy, Russia's TASS news agency said on Saturday quoting a tweet by the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C. The sto...

  • Ex-President Purvanov: Bulgaria Needs New Energy Strategy

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - Founder of the ABV party and former president (2002-2012) Georgi Purvanov Saturday said that Bulgaria needs a new energy strategy that should be more long-term oriented, more comprehensive, based on real problems and aimed at solving them. Purvanov w...

  • Today's Observances: January 19

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1932: New DAR-6 trainer aircraft, designed by Tsvetan Lazarov, performs its first flight, taking off from Bozhourishte airfield near Sofia. Featured in Britain's "Airplane" journal and German army's annual journal on aviation. 1989:...

  • Weekly Roundup of Political Events, January 12-18

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - Sofia, January 12 Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov sends thank-you letters to Prime Ministers Viorica Dancila of Romania, Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland, Saulius Skvernelis of Lithuania, Viktor Orban of Hungary and Pedro Sanchez of Spain for the...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, January 19 (BTA) - POLITICS Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov, leader of VMRO, complained that the other two parties of the power-sharing United Patriots coalition differed from him on important issues, "Standart News" says. They voted against the government'...

  • Nuclear Regulatory Agency Authorized 34 Modifications of Kozloduy N-Plant in 2018

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - In 2018 Bulgaria's Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRA) granted 38 authorizations for modifications of structures, systems and components of significance for the safety of nuclear facilities and internal operation rules, commissioning of a nuclear faci...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia January 18 (BTA) - Cloudy during the weekend. Light snow and rain in isolated areas. Lows: minus 3C to 2C. Highs: 4C to 9C. MOUNTAINS: Cloudy with scattered light snow. Highs: around 2C at 1,200 metres and around minus 3C at 2,000 metres above sea level. COAST: Mostl...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on January 18 to 5 p.m. on January 21, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and...

  • Employers, Trade Unions Demand Meeting with Prime Minister to Discuss Energy Exchange

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Employers associations and trade unions demanded in a letter on Friday a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to discuss urgent measures to stabilize trading in electricity. The employers and trade unionists argue that the price of electricity t...

  • 70 Online Stores Declared to Tax Authorities under New Rule

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Seventy online stores have been declared to the National Revenue Agency (NRA) since the recent establishment of a legal requirement to this effect, the NRA reported on Friday. Traders using their own online stores or hired ones, or publicly accessibl...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Friday

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Friday, the Bulgarian Parliament heard the following government ministers during Question Time: -- Regional Development and Public Works Minister Petya Avramova: Her Ministry is open for dialogue to find ways to provide assi...

  • 43 Persons Apprehended in Different Cities in Bulgaria in Raid against Financing of International Terrorism

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The specialized prosecuting magistracy, the State Agency for National Security and the Organized Crime Control Chief Directorate have conducted an operation against the financing of international terrorism, in which 43 persons were apprehended in diff...

  • PM Borissov Meets Turkish Interior Minister Soylu

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with Turkish Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, the Government information service said on Friday. The two discussed cooperation in the sphere of security, limiting migration pressure, the fight against smuggling an...

  • Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Launched

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - A Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (SweCham Bulgaria) was launched here on Thursday. The opening was attended by Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister Liliya Ivanova, Swedish Ambassador here Louise Bergholm, SweCham Bulgaria Chairman Stefan Bengtsso...

  • Bulgaria's Current and Capital Accounts Record EUR 141.4 Mln Surplus in November

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's current and capital accounts recorded a surplus of 141.4 million euro in November 2018, compared with a surplus of 26.1 million euro in November 2017, the Bulgarian National Bank reported on Friday. In January-November 2018 the current ...

  • Upcoming EP Election to Be Most Important So Far - Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The upcoming European Parliament (EP) election will be the most important so far, because the EU has been faced with real historic challenges and answers are being sought, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto tells BTA in an interview. Szijjarto...

  • Socialists Move Legal Revisions to Suspend Welfare Benefits for Families with School-Skipping Children

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Families whose children under 16 do not attend school and do not get the compulsory educational attainment should forfeit all kinds of welfare benefits (monthly, special, lump-sum, heating, etc.) by revisions to the Social Assistance Act, Bulgarian So...