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  • Fitch Affirms Bulgaria's IDRs at 'BBB'; Outlook Stable

    Sofia, June 2 (BTA) - Fitch Ratings has affirmed Bulgaria's Long-Term Foreign- and Local-Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at 'BBB'. The Outlook is Stable and the Short-Term Foreign and Local Currency IDRs have been affirmed at F2, the Finance Ministry reporte...

  • Standard & Poor's Revises Outlook on Bulgaria from Positive to Stable

    Sofia, June 2 (BTA) - The Standard & Poor's Global Ratings agency has revised its outlook on Bulgaria to positive from stable, the Finance Ministry reported Friday. At the same time, the agency has affirmed its 'BBB-/A-3' long- and short-term foreign and local cu...

  • Eurostat: Bulgaria Is 6th Largest Cigarette Producer in EU

    Sofia, May 31 (BTA) - Bulgaria is the sixth largest cigarette producer in the EU, according to Eurostat figures for 2016. The statistics was made public on May 31, which is marked as World No Tobacco Day. In 2016, Bulgaria produced some 21 billion cigarettes placing ri...

  • Hundreds of Turkish-Arabic Toponyms in Stara Zagora Area Renamed, Grand Mufti's Office Protests

    Stara Zagora, Southeastern Bulgaria, May 31 (BTA) - The Stara Zagora Municipal Council Thursday resolved to rename 838 localities currently bearing Turkish-Arabic names, "Dnevnik" reports. The resolution was passed, 39-2 with four abstentions, the nationalist Internal Macedoni...

  • New Project Helps Schools, Parents Teach Young Children about Money

    Sofia, May 29 (Ekaterina Toteva and Valeria Dimitrova of BTA) - Teaching children to handle real money at an early age is the best way to counter the rising indebtedness among youth people, say the experts of the Association for Active Education. The Association has developed ...

  • Q1 Producer Price Index in Agriculture down 7.4% Y/Y

    Sofia, May 29 (BTA) - The producer price index in agriculture in the first quarter of 2018 decreased by 7.4 per cent year-on-year, the National Statistical Institute reported Tuesday. The crop output index decreased by 11.2 per cent, as well the animal output index - by 1.2 ...

  • Mayors of Sofia, Kiev Meet

    Sofia, May 26 (BTA) - Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, who is on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's delegation to Ukraine, met with Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, City Hall said. The two discussed major projects and a possible exchange of expertise. Kiev is working ...

  • Zachary Baharov Gets Best Lead Actor Award for УChamkoriaФ

    Sofia, May 25 (BTA) - Zachary Baharov carried off this year's Askeer Best Leading Actor Award for his role in "Chamkoria", based on the best-selling novel by Milen Ruskov and staged by Yavor Gurdev at Theatre 199. Maria Stefanova received the Best Actress Award after retu...

  • Celebration outside National Theatre in Sofia to Mark Africa Day

    Sofia, May 25 (BTA) - A celebration in the garden outside the National Theatre in central Sofia will mark Africa Day on May 26. It will be held by African countries with diplomatic representations in Bulgaria: South Africa, the Sudan, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Maurit...

  • German Chamber Member Companies Attracted by Low Taxes, Cheap Labour, Stability, Challenged by Corruption, Justice Syste...

    Sofia, May 5 (BTA) - The members of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DBIHK) single out the tax burden and tax framework, this country's EU membership, labour costs, access to subsidies and political and social stability as Bulgaria's advantages as...

  • Balkan Jazz Trumpets at Romania Evening under United in Art Project

    Sofia, May 3 (BTA) - Balkan Jazz Trumpets will be the sound supporting Romania's evening under the United in Art project scheduled from 7:00 pm on May 5 at the City Mark Art Centre. Admission is free, the organizers said. Mihail Yossifov will present the Big Band of th...

  • 15th Festival Italiano in Bulgaria: Italian Hospitality, Art, Business

    Sofia, May 3 (BTA) - Italian restaurants, ice cream cafes and pizza restaurants will be part of the 15th Festival Italiano in Bulgaria, traditionally held in May and June. More than 30 art and business events are scheduled, Ambassador Stefano Baldi told a news conference on Th...

  • Bulgaria in GRECO's Annual Report

    Strasbourg/Sofia, May 3 (BTA) - Bulgaria is among the country for which the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has the most recommendations in its annual report. The report warns that new legislative initiatives in certain European countries in ...

  • May Weather Forecast

    Sofia, May 1 (BTA) - The lowest temperatures in May will be between 5 C and 10 C and the highest between 29 C and 34 C, said the National Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The average monthly temperature is expected around and above...

  • Bulgaria Continues to Fall in World Press Freedom Index, Ranking Lowest in EU

    Paris, April 25 (BTA) - Bulgaria continues to fall in the World Press Freedom Index and is ranked 111th in the world - lower than any other European Union member, says the annual report by the international NGO Reporters without Borders. Bulgaria's ranking deteriorated fro...

  • Sofia Forum to Develop Training Programme for Small Dairy Producers

    Sofia, April 24 (BTA) - Representatives of 11 countries are gathering in Sofia on April 24 and 25 to build tools useful for the dissemination of the EU Guide for Good Hygiene Practices in the production of artisan cheeses and dairy products, the organizers said. Entitled "Te...

  • Over 50 Fallow Deer Released into Wild in Eastern Rhodope Mountains

    Sofia, April 14 (BTA) - A group of 54 fallow deer were released into the special protected area of Madzharovo in Bulgaria's Eastern Rhodope mountains on Friday, as part of efforts to restore the species population in this area a century after its disappearance, the Rewildi...

  • Bulgaria to Seek EU-wide Regulation on Eastward Transfer of Dirty Diesel Vehicles as Some Countries Introduce Clean Zo...

    Sofia, April 12 (BTA) - The transfer of dirty diesel vehicles from countries which are introducing low-emission zones needs to be regulated on EU level, Bulgarian Environment Minister Neno Dimov said on Bulgarian National Television Thursday morning. He also argued that the au...

  • Renown Bulgarian Composer Toncho Roussev Dies at 85

    Sofia, April 11 (BTA) - Renowned Bulgarian composer Toncho Roussev died at the age of 85 on Tuesday. His family said his passing followed a brief illness. Roussev was one of the best known composers of Bulgarian pop music, loved much by performers and audiences alike. He was...

  • Descent of Electricity Market Prices Persists as Power Production, Consumption Go Down in Q1

    Sofia, April 11 (BTA) - The descent of the price of electricity on the Bulgarian electricity market persisted in the first quarter of 2018 as power production and consumption dived on. The production of electricity between January 1 and April 1, 2018, went down by 3.37 per cen...