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  • 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 ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Friday, December 14: -- Parliament to consider on first reading revisions to the law on combatting corruption and forfeiture of criminal assets. -- During a two-...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, December 14 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS "Troud": The price of electricity for household users will go up 10-15 per cent from July 2019, according to energy expert Atanas Tassev. It will be driven by the appreciation of carbon emission quotas which the coal-fuelled power plant...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Thursday

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Thursday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - voted, 140-110 with 30 abstentions, to adopt on first reading amendments to the Spatial Development Act, moving the deadline for municipal master plans fr...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Thursday

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Thursday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - elected Valeri Simeonov MP of the United Patriots Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary Energy Committee; - elected Valeri Zhablyanov MP of BSP for Bulgar...

  • Defence Minister Calls for Flexible Food Supply Options in Armed Forces

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov said the Defence and Armed Forces Act should be revised to make it possible to terminate tenders for food supply to the armed forces in force majeure situations such as lengthy appeals...

  • Parliament Revises Social Insurance Code

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - Bulgaria's National Assembly Thursday voted unanimously to amend the Social Insurance Code on first reading. The revisions transpose Directive (EU) 2016/2341 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2016 on the activities and ...

  • Bulgaria Encouraged by EC to Continue Efforts Until CVM Lifted

    Brussels, December 13 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met here Thursday with European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans ahead of the European Council meeting. After the meeting, Borissov told Bulgarian journalists that T...

  • Parliamentary Culture and Media Committee Chair Rashidov Confers with Delegation of King Abdulaziz Foundation for Resear...

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - The Chairman of the parliamentary Culture and Media Committee, Vezhdi Rashidov, who also chairs the Bulgaria-Saudi Arabia Friendship Group in the National Assembly, conferred here on Thursday with a delegation of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Res...

  • Six Road Agency Officials Charged in Connection to Tunnel Incident

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - Six officials of the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) have been charged with negligently causing the death of a woman in a tunnel on the Hemus Motorway. In February 2017, part of the lighting system collapsed over a car driven by the woman's brot...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on December 13 to 5 p.m. on December 14, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation ...

  • Parliament Criminalizes Illegal Production, Distribution of Excise Goods

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Parliament Thursday passed conclusively amendments to the Penal Code criminalizing the illicit production and distribution of excise goods. Any person who produces or holds, for the purpose of distribution, any alcohol, alcoholic bever...

  • Court Leaves in Remand Evgenia and Nikolai Banev

    Sofia, December 15 (BTA) - The Specialized Appellate Court Thursday rejected a petition of detainees Nikolai and Evgenia Banev, leaving them in custody. The court's decision is final. The two are the owners of the bankrupt inorganic chemicals producer Polymeri AD and hav...