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  • 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...

  • 58% of Bulgarians Distrust Independence of Judiciary System

    Brussels, April 26 (BTA) - A total of 58 per cent of Bulgarians distrust the independence of the judiciary system, 34 per cent have a positive attitude towards it, and 8 per cent cannot say, according to a report published Friday by the European Commission, the Bulgarian Natio...

  • Bulgaria to Export 40 t of Saffron Bulbs to China in 2019

    Sofia, April 25 (BTA) - Bulgaria is set to export 40 tonnes of saffron bulbs to China in 2019. This will be followed by 200 tonnes next year and 400 tonnes in 2021, Bulgarian Agriculture, Food and Forestry Minister Roumen Porozhanov told Chinese Ambassador in Sofia Dong Xiaoju...

  • Construction Sector Continues to Lack Skilled Labour

    Sofia, April 25 (BTA) - The construction sector is concerned about the lack of skilled labour, and there is a serious threat to the implementation of projects in the water and sewerage sector under Operational Programme Environment, Blagoy Kozarev of the Bulgarian Construction...

  • Financial Regulator Audits Eurohold Bulgaria amid Its Talks for Acquisition of Bulgarian Assets of CEZ

    Sofia, 24 April (BTA) - The Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) is starting an audit of Eurohold Bulgaria AD and its major companies. It said in a statement for the press that the audit has been prompted by the heightened public interest in the possible purchase of the Bulg...

  • Accident Black Spot Map to Be Released

    Rousse, on the Danube, April 23 (BTA) - An accident black spot map of Bulgaria will be available shortly, which will identify not just areas that have seen a number of accidents in the past but high-risk areas as well. Malina Kroumova, head of the State Agency for Road Safety,...

  • Survey: 65 Per Cent of Bulgarians Think Shadow Economy Is Quickest Way to Make More Money

    Sofia, April 22 (BTA) - Scientists from the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) Monday presented the results of a research project about the shadow economy as a violation of legislation and social norms. The survey sh...

  • Thousands of Fish Releases in the Danube in Major Sturgeon Conservation Campaign

    Bucharest/Sofia, April 19 (BTA) - Nature conservation and scientific organisations from ten countries along the Danube, including World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bulgaria, have united to help save one of the most endangered fish in the world, the sturgeon, the Danube-Carpathian WWF ...

  • Bulgarian Government Approves Bulgaria's Bid to Host European Labour Authority

    Sofia, April 18 (BTA) - The Council of Ministers approved Bulgaria's bid to host the European Labour Authority (ELA), the Government Information Service said on Thursday. The decision was adopted without meeting. The discussion of a Proposal for a Regulation of the Europe...

  • Bulgarian Market in New Passenger Cars Grows by 1% in First Quarter of 2019

    Brussels, April 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria had 3,266 new passenger car registrations in March 2019, decreasing by 1.4 per cent compared with March 2018, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) reported on Wednesday. Between January and March 2019, however, new ...

  • Economy Ministry Puts Out Guide for SMEs

    Sofia, April 16 (BTA) - A guide for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) has been published on the website of the Ministry of Economy. The Guide has been specifically designed to facilitate businesses as they search for information and access to legislation, and struggle to ...

  • Alexandrovska Hospital Is Accredited to Become Bulgaria's First Obesity Treatment Centre

    Sofia, April 15 (BTA) - Sofia's Alexandrovska Hospital has been accredited to become Bulgaria's first centre for the treatment of obesity, the medical institution said on Monday. The hospital's application was approved by the European Association for the Study of O...

  • Air Pollution Cases Drop by 60% in Eight Years

    Sofia, April 12 (BTA) - The exceedances of air pollution limits registered by monitoring stations dropped by close to 60 per cent between 2011 and 2018, Environment and Water Minister Neno Dimov said on Friday at the opening of the SOFAIR European Air Quality Conference, organ...

  • Bozhidar Andreev: the Long Road to a Gold Medal

    Sofia, April 11 (BTA) - Bulgarian Bozhidar Andreev became the European weightlifting champion in the newly established category of 73 kg at the European Weightlifting Championships, held in Batumi on April 9. Two days later, bTV reported on the athlete's journey from growi...

  • Bulgaria to Present Itself as Business Destination to Finnish Entrepreneurs

    Sofia, April 10 (BTA) - Bulgaria will present itself as an attractive business destination to investors from Finland, the Bulgarian Economy Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday after Deputy Economy Minister Lilia Ivanova held a working meeting with Finnish investors. ...

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

    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 as a master-cla...