Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - Bulgaria will receive more than 15,697 million euro from the European Union in the 2014-2020 period, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova told a news conference here on Wednesday. The seven operational programmes will have 7,422 million euro at their disposal: 1,612 million euro for Transport and Transport Infrastructure, 1,494 million euro for Environment, 1,351 million euro for Regions in Growth, 1,202 million euro for Innovation and Competitiveness, 895 million euro for Human Resource Development, 583 million euro for Science and Education for Smart Growth, and 285 million euro for Good Governance.
Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - The leader of the nationalist Ataka party, Volen Siderov, was charged Wednesday with hooliganism and assaulting an officer, reported the Bulgarian National Radio. He was charged for his role in an incident at Varna Airport in early 2014. He was released on his own recognizance and will be able to travel abroad.
Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - A delegation from the foreign policy committee of Albania's Parliament, led by chair Arta Dade, is visiting here on March 12-13. The Albanian MPs conferred with Yanaki Stoilov, chair of the Bulgarian parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Bulgarian MPs and Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin.
Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will pay a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom from March 17 to 19, 2014, the British Embassy in Sofia said Wednesday. The visit will involve a series of meetings focusing on the business opportunities between Britain and Bulgaria. As part of the programme, President Plevneliev will also be received by Her Majesty the Queen. HRH Prince Edward will welcome the President to Buckingham Palace before the audience with the Queen.
Doha - Doha, March 12 (BTA special correspondent Assen Boyadjiev) - On the last day of a three-day official visit to Qatar on Wednesday, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told Bulgarian journalists that Qatar has shown strong interest in investing in agriculture in Bulgaria, as well as in food production, the real estate sector, tourism and trade. The President discussed these issues with Qatar Holding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Mohamed Al-Sayed.
Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - In 2013 Bulgarian exports to the EU increased by 9.1 per cent compared to the previous year and amounted to 26,100 million leva, preliminary data of the National Statistical Institute (NSI) released on Wednesday show. In December 2013 exports to the EU increased by 3.4 per cent compared to a year earlier and amounted to 1,700 million leva.
Sofia - March 12 (BTA) - Educational experts from Bulgaria, the UK, Spain, Finland, Malta, Romania, Hungary and Croatia are taking part in an international conference on Educational Policies in the 21st Century, which opened at Sofia's Inter Expo Centre on Wednesday. The conference is held within a one-year EU-backed project under the Lifelong Learning Programme.