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  • Half of Bulgarians Involved in Growing Produce, As Many Drink Home Brew - Poll

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Half of Bulgarians grow and can their own produce, while just as many drink home brew, show the results of a survey conducted by the Trend polling agency between August 29 and September 5 through in-person interviews among 1,008 adult respondents. A...

  • Households Kept Lv 57.753 Bln on Deposits at End-August

    September 23 (BTA) - Deposits of Households and Non-profit institutions serving households (NPISHs) added up to 57.753 billion leva (52 per cent of GDP) at the end of August 2020, having increased by 7.6 per cent year-on-year, the Bulgarian National Bank reported here on Wednesda...

  • Q2 Hourly Labour Costs Up 9.9% Y/Y

    September 21 (BTA) - Preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute for the second quarter of 2020 show that the total hourly labour costs rose by 9.9 per cent compared to a year earlier. The total hourly labour costs increased by 10.7 per cent in industry, 9.1 per cent i...

  • Bulgaria's Current and Capital Account in July Has EUR 427.7 Mln Surplus

    September 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's current and capital account showed a surplus of 427.7 million euro in July 2020 against a surplus of 743.1 million euro this time last year, the central bank said Friday. The current and capital account had a surplus of 1,560.6 million euro in Janu...

  • Bulgaria's Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index Down in 2019

    September 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria's 2019 Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index overall score is 3.5, down from 3.4 a year earlier, the Bulgarian Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (BCNL) said Thursday. This score places Bulgaria tenth out of the 24 countries under observation, c...

  • Bulgaria Opens First Sheltered-Employment Vegetable Garden

    Sofia, September 14 (Rossitsa Ilieva of BTA) - Bulgaria's first vegetable garden, where all produce is grown organically and all gardeners are young people with special needs, was inaugurated on the site of a disused military training facility in Bozhourishte (13 km west o...

  • January-June Export from Bulgaria to EU Down by 6.5%, Import by 12.1%

    September 14 (BTA) - In January-June 2020, the export of Bulgarian commodities to the EU came down by 6.5 per cent from this time last year, and totalled 170,170.6 million leva, according to National Statistical Institute estimates. In June alone, the export to the EU dropped by ...

  • Five Bulgarian Banks Go Under Direct ECB Supervision as of October 2020

    Sofia, September 12 (BTA) - Five Bulgarian banks are going under direct European Central Bank (ECB) supervision as of October 2020. The five banks were announced by the ECB late on Friday, along with eight banks in Croatia and one new Austrian banking group. The announcement s...

  • President Radev, FM Zaharieva Discuss Three Seas Initiative with Diplomats

    Sofia, September 11 (BTA) - Meeting here Friday with the 12 Sofia-based ambassadors of the countries participating in the Three Seas initiative, President Rumen Radev said that the initiative must grow into a tool for real social and economic cohesion in Europe. "The spirit of...

  • European Commission to Present EU Rule of Law Reports Sept. 23

    Brussels, September 10 (BTA) - European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova Thursday said the Commission will present the first annual reports under the rule of law mechanism on each EU Member State on September 23. She addressed the European Parliament's Committee on C...

  • Bulgaria Ranks 32nd in Fraser Institute's Latest Economic Freedom Report

    Sofia, September 10 (BTA) - Bulgaria ranks 32nd among 162 countries and territories in terms of economic freedom, shows Fraser Institute's 2020 Economic Freedom of the World Report, while a year earlier Bulgaria was 26th. The report is based on data for 2018, but shows cle...

  • 64th Day of Anti-government Protests in Sofia, Six Arrested

    Sofia, September 10 (BTA) - On the 64th day of protests against corruption, the government and the prosecutor general in Bulgaria, people started gathering in the morning for what was planned as a larger-than-usual rally in central Sofia. Police presence was heavy around the P...

  • New Interactive Map of Bulgarian Industries Unvailed

    Sofia, September 10 (BTA) - For the first time ever, Bulgaria is mapping its industry, the Economy Ministry said Thursday. It is an initiative by the Ministry aimed at consolidating the economic maps of Bulgarian business. It launched Thursday thanks to the collaboration of th...

  • Industrial Production Down 6% in July 2020, Y/Y - Statistics

    September 10 (BTA) - According to estimates, the seasonally adjusted Industrial Production Index increased by 2.3 per cent in July 2020 from June 2020 but fell by 6 per cent from July 2019, the National Statistical Institute reported on Thursday. Compared to June, in J...

  • Influential Employer Organization Bashes "Politically Motivated Interference in Businesses"

    Sofia, September 10 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) issued a declaration on Thursday against what it described as "politically motivated interference in businesses." "There is a growing sense of a lack of rule of law and security for private propert...

  • 2020 Wheat Harvest Totals 4.6 Million Tonnes - Agriculture Ministry

    September 4 (BTA) - The 2020 wheat harvest totals 4,626,318 tonnes, the Agriculture, Food and Forestry Ministry said on Friday, citing data after the end of the harvesting campaign. A total of 1,176,048 ha of land had been put under wheat this year. The average yield is 3...

  • January-June Donations via Text Messages Exceed 1.6 Million Leva

    September 1 (BTA) - Donations by text messages via the DMS platform in the first half of the year exceeded 1.6 million leva, which is more than the 1.3 million donated via the platform during the entire 2019, the Bulgarian Charity Forum said.

  • 2019 Foreign Direct Investment in Non-Financial Sector Totals EUR 25,427 Bln

    August 31 (BTA) - Early estimates show that foreign direct investment (FDI) in Bulgaria's non-financial sector in 2019 amounted to 25,427 billion euro at current prices, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) reported on Monday. FDI was largest in industry, at 11,422 ...

  • Gross External Deb tat EUR 34,103.8 Mln at End-June

    August 28 (BTA) - Bulgaria's gross external debt amounted to 34,103.8 million euro (60.1 per cent of GDP) at end-June 2020, the Bulgarian National Bank reported on Friday. Compared with end-Juney 2019, it dropped by 88 million euro (0.3 per cent). Long-term liabilities were 26...

  • Coronavirus Crisis Forces More Companies into Bankruptcy

    August 27 (BTA) - Judging from the Registry Agency register, the number of enterprises that were declared bankrupt in June and July 2020 increased from the same months a year ago: from 42 to 62 in June and from 53 to 70 in July, the Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) poi...