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  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on December 10 to 5 p.m. on December 11, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation ...

  • Working Group to Be Set up for Solving Beekeepers' Problems

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - A permanent working group will be set up in early 2019 to solve the problems in the beekeeping sector. This transpired at a meeting of Deputy Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Yanko Ivanov with representatives of protesting beekeepers' orga...

  • Price of Water Services to Increase in 2019

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - The price of water services across the country will go up from January 1 2019, according to a report of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission. It will be put up for public consultation on December 17. In Sofia, water will appreciate by 0.231 lv...

  • Bulgaria Last in EU for Material Living Standard - Economists

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - Bulgaria is at the bottom of the EU for material standard of living: between 2010 and 2017 the quality of life indicators for Bulgaria were by four- to sixfold lower than those in the EU28, shows a study by Prof. Vassil Tsanov and Prof. Georgi Shopov...

  • Firefighters Warn that Budget Cuts May Jeopardize Human Lives

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - Proposed budget cuts in the Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate General may jeopardize human lives, the firefighters' trade union affiliated with the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) in Bulgaria said here, quoted by CITU...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - Mainly cloudy, with light snowfall over northeastern regions. Lows: minus 5C to 0C. Highs: 2C to 7C. THE MOUNTAINS: Mainly cloudy, light snowfall. Highs: minus 4C at 1,200 m, minus 11C at 2,000 m. THE COAST: Mostly cloudy, with light rain. Highs: 5...

  • Bulgargaz EAD Proposes 3.51% Hike of Natural Gas Price

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - State-owned supplier Bulgargaz EAD has approached the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission with a proposal to endorse a price of 44.80 leva/MWh exclusive of VAT, excise duty, network access and transmission charges for the first quarter of 2019, th...

  • Sofia History Museum Presents Apollonia Pontica International Exhibition

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - The Sofia History Museum presents the international exhibition "Apollonia Pontica: In the Footsteps of Archaeologists", the Museum said. The opening is on December 13 at 6:00 pm. The exhibition tells the story of the ancient city of Apollonia Po...

  • Today's Observances: December 10

    The world: - Human Rights Day. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1877: Ottoman troops led by Osman Pasha surrender at end of Siege of Plevna during Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). 1878: Sofia Public Library (today's National Library) is set up. 1998: Death penalty is ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - The December 10 stories to be moved by BTA's External Service will include the following: - Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will attend an EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. The year's last regular EU Council in this configuration ...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, December 10 (BTA) - POLITICS Deputy Prime Minister Krassimir Karakachanov has told Troud that he has talked with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov about the manipulation of history which continues to be made in Macedonia. "A few months ago, I cited more examples of falsif...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, December 9 (BTA) - December 10: Rain and wet snow in western areas. Foggy in parts of eastern Bulgaria. Cold air to settle in. Lows: minus 3C-2C. Highs: 3C-8C. THE MOUNTAINS: Cloudy with snow. Temperatures to drop. Highs: around 3C at 1,200 m, around minus 3C at 2,000 ...

  • Illegal Printing Operation Busted in Kostenets

    Sofia, December 9 (BTA) - An illegal operation for printing documents was dismantled during a police operation the southwestern town of Kostenets on December 4, the Interior Ministry said. A 58-year old man with a criminal record and previous convictions has been detained. T...

  • 1,544 Buildings Renovated under National Energy Efficiency Programme

    Sofia, December 9 (BTA) - A total of 1,544 buildings have been renovated across the country under the National Programme for Energy Efficiency of Multi-Family Residential Buildings, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works said. Another 220 of a total of 2,022 bu...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, December 9 (BTA) - THE HOME SCENE Quoting private broadcaster bTV, "Standart" (online) reports that the ruling party GERB are planning to criminalize the burning of waste as part of efforts against air pollution. The news came when for yet another day stations in Sof...

  • Foreign Minister Zaharieva to Attend EU Foreign Affairs Council

    Sofia, December (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will attend a EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on December 10, her ministry said. The meeting will discuss current issues including the situation in Sri Lanka, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Ven...

  • Today's Observances: December 9

    Eastern Orthodox Church: - Feast of the Conception by St Anne of the Most Holy Theotokos. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1885: Armistice signed in Pirot ending Serbo-Bulgarian War. 1927: Mollov-Kafandaris agreement signed in Geneva between Bulgaria and Greece to compen...

  • 113 Bulgarian Municipalities Win Vouchers for Free WiFi in Public Spaces in WIFI4EU Initiative

    Sofia, December 8 (BTA) - The Bulgarian municipalities place at the top of the list in the EU in terms of won vouchers for free WiFi in public spaces awarded in the WIFI4EU initiative, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said on Friday, quoted ...

  • Sergein Stanishev Re-elected as President of Party of European Socialists for Third Term in Office

    Sofia/Lisbon, December 8 (BTA) - Former Bulgarian prime minister and ex-chairman of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Sergei Stanishev was re-elected for a third term in office as the President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) duirng PES' Congress in Lisbon on F...

  • VMRO Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Karakachanov Warns His Party Will Not Allow Compromises with History

    Sofia, December 8 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister in charge of public order and securuty and Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov, who is also the leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Bulgarian National Movement (VMRO-BND, part of the power-sharing U...