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  • GERB Deputy Chair Tsvetanov Confers with Turkish Ambassador Ulusoy

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - GERB Floor Leader and GERB Party Deputy Chairman Tsvetan Tsvetanov held a working meeting with Turkey's Ambassador to Bulgaria, Dr Hasan Ulusoy, GERB said in a press release on Friday. The sides discussed bilateral relations, noting the excellen...

  • Nikola Vassilev Elected as National Railway Holding's New Executive Director

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Nikola Vassilev was elected as the new Executive Director of the national railway operator BDZ Holding by the company's Board of Directors. The election took place at a Friday meeting of new board members to which their functional duties were al...

  • President Challenges Provisions of 2019 State Budget Act before Constitutional Court

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has approached the Constitutional Court about certain provisions of the 2019 State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria Act, which he argues, affect fundamental civil rights and are therefore at variance with the constit...

  • US Deputy Secretary of State Sullivan: It Is Bulgaria's Sovereign Right to Decide Whether Turk Stream Passes Throu...

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - To the US, Bulgaria's energy diversification is important so that there is no dependence on a single energy source. It is Bulgaria's sovereign right to decide whether Turk Stream will pass through its territory, US Deputy Secretary of State J...

  • Over 80,000 Checks Conducted in Bulgaria's Forest Territories in Last Six Weeks

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The control in forest territories continues to be intensive, with over 80,000 checks conducted in the last six weeks alone, said Deputy Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Atanas Dobrev on Friday, as quoted by his Ministry. A total of 1,300 viola...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Friday

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Cabinet ministers answered questions during Friday's Question Time in Parliament. Taking a question, Mariana Nikolova, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy, said that the draft National Child Strategy 2019-2030 will be subm...

  • Exchange - Rate

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on December 14 to 5 p.m. on December 17, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation ...

  • Water Supply Network Losses Reach 61.24% in 2017

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Water supply network losses in Bulgaria increased to 61.24 per cent in 2017 from 60.76 per cent a year earlier, according to a comparative analysis of the water and sewerage sector that Ivailo Kaschiev, Director of the Water Supply and Sewerage Servi...

  • Bulgarian President Radev to Pay Official Visit to Jordan

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will be on an official visit to Jordan on December 15-17 at the invitation of King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein, Radev's press secretariat reported Friday. Radev and his wife, Dessislava Radeva, will be received wit...

  • Child and Family Act to Be Drafted, Adopted in 2019 - Labour Minister

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - A Child and Family Act will be elaborated and adopted in 2019, as envisaged in the Cabinet's governance programme, Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov told journalists here on Friday. He reported on his Ministry's work in 2018 and...

  • Socialists Declare Budget Surplus Redistribution as Theft of the Year

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - BSP for Bulgaria deputy floor leader Anton Koutev declared that the redistribution of this year's budget surplus will remain in history as the theft of the year. He noted that by the end of 2018, there will be a surplus of 2.8 billion leva, more...

  • New Lev Banknote Series Put into Circulation

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) puts into circulation a new series of lev banknotes of the same overall design and main elements as the paper currency in circulation, but using new security features. The first banknote of the new series is denomin...

  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Hopes Russia Will Release Ukrainian Sailors

    Brussels, December 14 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov expressed hope here on Friday that Russia will release at least the ordinary Ukrainian sailors who were detained in the Kerch Strait clash between the two countries. "This wou...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - December 15: Cloudy and rainy; the north and the mountains will have snow. Ice may form on road surfaces in the northwest and in isolated spots along the Danube River. Lows: minus 2C to plus 3C, higher along the coast. Highs: from around 0C in the n...

  • Influenza Vaccination Rate of Bulgarians Aged 65 and Over Just 2% - Statistics

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The influenza vaccination rate of Bulgarians aged 65 and over in 2016 was just about 2 per cent, an Eurostat analysis on European attitudes towards preventive measures against the flu shows. The average vaccination rate of Europeans in this age group...

  • Parliament Defies Supreme Cassation Court over Asset Forfeiture Rules

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Amendments to the Counter-Corruption and Unlawfully Acquired Asset Forfeiture Act, moved by Legal Affairs Committee Chair Danail Kirilov (GERB), were approved by the National Assembly on first reading on Friday. The vote was 116 in favour, 6 against,...

  • Draft National Programme for Counteraction of Trafficking in Human Beings 2019 Approved

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The National Commission for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (NCCTHB) adopted the 2019 draft National Programme for Prevention and Counteraction of Trafficking in Human Beings and Protection of the Victims at its last annual session on Thursday....

  • State Fund Agriculture Provides LV 112 Mln to Stockbreeders

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - State Fund Agriculture (SFA) continued its 2018 campaign for disbursing financial aid to stockbreeders, the SFA press office reported on Friday. The facility provided 111,951,388 leva to 12,325 animal farms under six coupled payment schemes. Overall...

  • Parliament Starts Investigating Bribery Reports about Bulgarian Citizenship Award System

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - The National Assembly on Friday established an ad hoc committee to investigate European and Bulgarian media reports about a bribery scheme for awarding Bulgarian citizenship to foreign nationals. The vote was 161 in favour of establishing the committ...

  • Today's Observances: December 14

    Bulgaria: Day of Veterinarians. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1880: Second National Assembly passes Supreme Audit Office Act. 1955: Bulgaria becomes member of United Nations. 1989: Union of Disabled People is established. 1989: Protestors demanding repeal ...