English Service Department

  • Number of Published Books Up by 18%, Average Circulation by 26.1% in 2017

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - A total of 8,640 books with a circulation of 4,974,355 were published in Bulgaria in 2017, which is an increase by 18 per cent and 26.1 per cent, respectively, compared to a year earlier, show data of the National Statistical Institute. Last year also ...

  • Bulgarian Academy of Sciences' Meteorologists Stage Protest over Financial Problems

    Sofia, June 21 (BTA) - Meteorologists from the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) have been protesting in front of the BAS building in Sofia since Thursday morning over financial problems that might lead to the weather ...

  • Parliament to Debate No-Confidence Motion on June 26, Vote on June 29

    Sofia, June 21 (BTA) - The National Assembly will hold an extraordinary sitting at 1 pm on June 26 to hold a debate on the motion of no confidence in Boyko Borissov's government over its security policy, the MPs decided on Thursday. The motion will be put to the vote at 9 ...

  • Total of 245 Newspapers Published in 2017 - Statistics

    Sofia, June 21 (BTA) - A total of 245 newspapers with an annual circulation of 196,288,000 were published last year, which is by 17 newspapers (6.5 per cent) and by 32,720,000 copies (14.3 per cent) less than in 2016, the National Statistical Institude said Thursday. Th...

  • Today's Observances: June 21

    The world: - Make Music Day. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1990: Working People's Party, established April 25 of that year, is renamed Bulgarian Communist Party. 1999: Bulgaria accepts NATO's proposal to sign agreement allowing transit to Allied forces and equ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, June 21 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Thursday: -- Parliamentary sitting. Second reading changes to the State Agency for National Security Act and the Administrative Procedure Code. MPs to debate a 2017 acti...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, June 21 (BTA) - EU - BULGARIA European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker will convoke an informal working meeting on Sunday to discuss migration and asylum issues, "Sega" reports. According to EU Observer, participating in the meeting will be Germany, France, ...

  • Qatari Princess Sheikha Al Thani Visits Bulgaria

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - Qatari Princess Sheikha Al Thani, who is paying a visit to Bulgaria, Tuesday signed a memorandum for the holding of the SATUC World Cup 2018 in Bulgaria with Bulgarian Football Union President Borislav Mihaylov and Sports Management Bulgaria. On We...

  • Economy Minister: Italy Is Strategic Partner to Bulgaria

    Rome/Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - Speaking at a forum in Rome on Wednesday, Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov said that Italy is Bulgaria's second biggest trade partner, with bilateral trade amounting to 4.4 billion euro last year, which makes bilateral cooperation a priority fo...

  • Council of Ministers' Decisions

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Council of Ministers: - amended the National Employment Action Plan for 2018; - amended and supplemented the National Programme for Prevention, Supervision, Control and Elimination of Animal Diseases and Zoo...

  • France Supports Bulgarian Proposal for Changing Migration Rules

    Brussels, June 20 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday supported a proposal by the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council for changing migration and asylum rules. Philippe commented on the matter during a joint news confer...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on June 20 to 5 p.m. on June 21, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittan...

  • Ombudsman, President Enjoy Highest Level of Trust by Bulgarian Citizens

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - The Ombudsman and President enjoy the highest level of trust by Bulgarian citizens, show the results of a nationally representative poll, conducted by the Afis agency between June 8 and 12 among 1,010 adult citizens. Trust in the two institutions is meas...

  • Trade Unions Propose Doubling Benefit for Persons with Over 90% Disability

    Veliko Turnovo, Northern Bulgaria, June 20 (BTA) - The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) proposes doubling the welfare benefit for persons with over 90 per cent disability, CITUB President Plamen Dimitrov told a BTA-hosted news conference in Veliko ...

  • PM Borissov Congratulates Macedonia's Parliament on Ratifying Agreement with Greece

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov congratulated Macedonia and Greece on their brave and decisive step of signing a bilateral agreement to end the name dispute between the two countries. "Exactly one year after me ...

  • Council of Ministers' Decisions

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Council of Ministers: - amended the National Employment Action Plan for 2018; - amended and supplemented the National Programme for Prevention, Supervision, Control and Elimination of Animal Diseases and Zoono...

  • Astronomical Summer Begins in Bulgaria on June 21 at 13:07 Hrs Local Time

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - The astronomical summer will begin on June 21, at 1.07 pm local time, the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology said. June 21 is the longest day in the year. In the summer the highest daytime temperatures in Bulgaria are in July, and in Augu...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - Parliament transacted business as follows on Wednesday: -- MPs adopted on second reading amendments to the Water Act, which create a State enterprise for the management of dams. According to the adopted texts, the enterprise will not be a commercial on...

  • President to Visit Serbia

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will pay an official visit to Serbia on June 21 and 22 at the invitation of President Aleksandar Vucic, Radev's press secretariat reported on Wednesday. The agenda of Radev's meetings in Serbia includes Belgrade&#...

  • Bulgaria-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Groups Sign Memorandum of Cooperation

    Sofia, June 20 (BTA) - A memorandum of cooperation was signed in the National Assembly Wednesday between the friendship groups in the Parliaments of Bulgaria and Armenia, the National Assembly said in a press release. A parliamentary delegation of the Armenian Parliament led...