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  • Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece Launch Construction of Gas Interconnector

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras launched the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) on Wednesday by turning the first sod and signing their names on a pipeline segment near Kirkovo, on...

  • 95% of All Traffic Accidents in Bulgaria Caused by Human Error

    Sofia, May 21 (BTA) - There are close to 2.5 million active drivers in Bulgaria and the human factor is among the leading causes of traffic accidents, according to a national survey. This is why it is very important to study the different groups of drivers, the main mistakes t...

  • Tourism Minister Suggests MeasuresLengthening Summer TouristSeason

    Sofia, May 17 (BTA) - Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova Friday met with representatives of the tourism sector in the seaside village of Obzor, Angelkova's Ministry said in a press release. Angelkova said that the Ministry will allow no compromises for failure to comply with...

  • May 18 is Bulgaria's Tax Freedom Day in 2019

    Sofia, May 17 (BTA) - Saturday, May 18, is Tax Freedom Day in Bulgaria, the Institute for Market Economics (IME) said. The public purse is expected to collect record large revenues of 43.9 billion leva this year, meaning that to pay the nation's tax and social insurance...

  • Transport Sector Associations Insist on Six-Month Test Period for Electronic Road Tolls

    Sofia, May 14 (BTA) - Seven associations in the transport and freight-forwarding sectors have come up with a joint position insisting on a six-month test period for the electronic road toll system for vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes gross weight. The system is due to go into...

  • J&P AVAX S.A. of Greece Announced as Contractor to Build Bulgaria-Greece Gas Interconnector

    Sofia, May 14 (BTA) - J&P AVAX S.A. of Greece has been announced as the contractor for the design, procurement and construction (EPC) of the gas interconnector Bulgaria-Greece, the ICGB AD project company said on Tuesday. The estimated value of the public procurement is 145 m...

  • PM Borissov Hosts Meeting on Development of Children's Healthcare

    May 14 (BTA) - The Prof. Ivan Mitev Children's Hospital in Sofia will receive 1,700,000 leva, Health Minister Kiril Ananiev told journalists on Tuesday after a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and representatives of the pediatric hospital. The resources will be allocate...

  • At 74.8 Years, Bulgaria's Life Expectancy at Birth Is EU's Lowest

    Sofia, May 13 (BTA) - Life expectancy at birth of the Bulgarian population, calculated for the 2016-2018 period, was 74.8 years. It was unchanged compared to the previous period (2015-2017), the National Statistical Institute said on Monday. In the EU, Bulgaria and Latvia (74...

  • Shortage of Teachers Expected to Persist for Another 15 Years but Trend Is Reversing

    Sofia, May 10 (BTA) - The shortage of teachers is expected to persist for another 15 years due to the age structure of this professional group but the trend is about to be reserved, Education Minister Krassimir Velchev told reporters in Parliament. He explained that due to dem...

  • French-Turkish Consortium Offers Highest Annual Concession Fee for Sofia Airport

    Sofia, May 9 (BTA) - All five bidders for the concession of Sofia Airport participated in Thursday's public opening of their offers. A consortium between France's Aeroports de Paris and Turkey's TAV Havalimanlari Holding emerged as the front-runner, having offered ...

  • Eurostat: Around 1.5 Million Bulgarians Materially Deprived

    Sofia, May 9 (BTA) - Around 1.5 million Bulgarians, which is close to 21 per cent of this country's population, were materially deprived in 2018, show data from a Eurostat analysis on the standard of living in the EU. In 2018, 6.2 per cent of the population, or around 31...

  • Bulgaria Records EU's Second-Highest Decrease in CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuel Combustion in 2018

    Brussels, May 8 (BTA) - Bulgaria recorded the second-highest decrease in carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion in the EU in 2018 compared with 2017, the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) reported on Wednesday. The fall in Bulgaria was by 8.1 pe...

  • EC's Spring Economic Forecast: Bulgaria's Economic Growth to Recover

    Brussels, May 7 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Economic growth in Bulgaria is expected to recover, according to the European Economic Forecast Spring 2019 issued on Tuesday by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs. Growt...

  • A Feast of Classical Music for Students, Professors and Audiences in Rousse

    Sofia, May 7 (BTA) - For eleven days in the second half of July, music lovers, music students and world-class professors will get together in Rousse for this year's edition of the Allegra Festival and Academy. It will be the sixth edition of Allegra which started in 2014 a...

  • Cardiovascular Failure Affects Ever More People, Specialists Say

    Sofia, May 7 (BTA) - A growing number of people are affected by cardiovascular failure, cardiologists of various medical-treatment facilities concurred at a BTA-hosted news conference on Tuesday. The death-toll of cardiovascular disease increased by 2,220 in 2017, said Prof. M...

  • More than Half of Bulgarians Unwilling to Trade Damage to Protected Areas for Economic Development

    Brussels, May 6 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - More than half of Bulgarians believe that economic development should not damage wildlife in protected areas such as those in Natura 2000, according to a Eurobarometer survey carried out among 27,643 respondents in the 28...

  • New Residential Buildings Up by 20.5% in Q1 of 2019

    Sofia, May 3 (BTA) - In the first quarter of 2019, the number of residential buildings that began being built was 871, which is an increase by 20.5 per cent year on year, show data of the National Statistical Institute released on Friday. The number of dwellings in them stood ...

  • One Bulgarian in 10 Does Hard Manual Labour

    Sofia, May 2 (BTA) - In 2017, one Bulgarian in 10 did hard manual labour, according to an analysis by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). Some 28 per cent of Bulgarians worked standing in 2017. Another 28 per cent applied moderate physical effort while wo...

  • 591 Villages in Bulgaria Have One or No Residents

    Varna, on the Black Sea, April 30 (BTA) - A total of 591 villages in Bulgaria have one or no residents, according to National Statistical Institute figures as of the end of 2018. The figures also show that Bulgaria has 5,256 settlements, including 257 towns and cities and 4,...

  • Sofia Forum Discusses Potential of East European Market for LNG

    Sofia, April 29 (BTA) - A two-day forum on the business potential of the East European markets for liquefied natural gas (LNG) opened in Sofia on Monday. Addressing the forum, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said that Bulgaria has remained dependent on a single n...