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  • Four Major Rolling Stock Manufacturers Apply to Supply New Locomotives for Bulgarian Railways

    December 19 (BTA) - Bombardier Transportation GmbH, the Siemens Tron Civil-Law Company, the Excelor-E.L. Consortium and Stadler Rail Valencia S.A.U. are the four candidates that have applied for entry into a procedure for the supply and warranty maintenance of ten newly m...

  • Four Major Rolling Stock Manufacturers Apply to Supply New Locomotives for Bulgarian Railways

    Sofia, December 19 (BTA) - Bombardier Transportation GmbH, the Siemens Tron Civil-Law Company, the Excelor-E.L. Consortium and Stadler Rail Valencia S.A.U. are the four candidates that have applied for entry into a procedure for the supply and warranty maintenance of ten newly...

  • Illegal Cigarettes Decrease by 0.1 Per Cent in Q3 Compared to Q2

    December 18 (BTA) - The illegal cigarettes trade in the third quarter of 2019 decreased by 0.1 per cent from the second quarter of the year, and by 2 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2018, findings based on an empty packs survey show. The Q3 level of contraband t...

  • Water Prices Rise by Up to 9.26% across Bulgaria in January

    December 17 (BTA) - Water prices are likely to rise across Bulgaria by up to 9.26 per cent from January. The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission will approve the prices of water at a closed-door meeting on December 23, its Chairman Ivan Ivanov said on Tuesday. The r...

  • Bulgarian Industrial Association Survey Suggests Lack of Skilled Labour Is Biggest Issue for Businesses

    Sofia, December 16 (BTA) - Nearly 70 per cent of surveyed entrepreneurs consider the lack of skilled labor as the biggest obstacle in their work, said Bulgarian Industrial Association (BIA) Chairman Radosvet Radev at a BTA press conference. He presented the annual survey among...

  • November Inflation at 0.5% - Statistics

    December 16 (BTA) - The monthly inflation in November was 0.5 per cent, the National Statistical Institute reported here on Monday. The inflation rate since the beginning of the year (November 2019 compared to December 2018) was 3.1 per cent and the annual inflation ...

  • Sofia Hosts Balkan Security Forum

    Sofia, December 13 (BTA) - Sofia hosted an international security forum on Friday. It was unveiled by US Ambassador Herro Mustafa and was attended by Department of State Assistant Secretary Denise Natali, who leads the American delegation. Ambassador Mustafa said that withou...

  • Beekepers Appeal for Urgent Adoption of State Regulation of Direct Subsidies

    December 12 (BTA) Low buy-out prices, problems with the health of bee colonies because of the lack of adequate control and prophylactic checks on the part of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, as well as poisoning of the bees with pesticides are the greatest challenges face...

  • Bulgargaz Proposes 1.94 Per CentNatural Gas Price Reductionfor First Quarter of 2020

    December 11 (BTA) - Bulgargaz EAD has proposed to the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission to approve a price of natural gas for the first quarter of 2020 amounting to 43.98 leva/MWh (excluding the prices of access and transmission, excise duty and value added tax), the sole pu...

  • October Average Contributory Income at Lv 1,002.75

    December 10 (BTA) - Bulgaria's average contributory income in October stood at 1,002.75 leva, said the National Social Security Institute. The average monthly contributory income for the period between November 1, 2018 and October 31, 2019 was 969.47 leva. Under the S...

  • GERB Wins Capital, Loses at Least Three Regional Cities in Second Round of Local Elections, Show Early Results

    Sofia, November 3 (BTA) - GERB's candidate for Sofia mayor, Yordanka Fandakova, was re-elected to the post for a fourth term, show early results of the second round of local elections held across Bulgaria on Sunday. The incumbents won the second and third biggest cities of...

  • October 27, 2019 Local Elections: Facts and Figures

    Sofia, October 27 (BTA) - Bulgarians are going to the polls on Sunday to elect their local government. The polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m. By exception, if voters are still waiting outside the polling site at 8:00 p.m., voting may continue until 9:00 p.m....

  • Energy Minister: Coal-powered TPPs Vital for Bulgaria's Electricity System

    Plovdiv, Southern Bulgaria, October 20 (BTA) - Commenting on recent tensions over the coal-powered Maritsa East thermal power plants, Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova told journalists on Sunday that these plants meet 46 per cent of electricity demand in Bulgaria, and even 6...

  • Bulgaria, Jordan Want to Deepen Economic Ties

    Amman, October 13 (BTA special correspondent Antoan Nikolov) - After meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov here on Sunday, Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said his country wants to deepen its economic ties and relations with Bulgaria. Razzaz said Bulgar...

  • Japanese Noh Theatre Masks and Ikebana Works to Go on Display in Sofia

    Sofia, September 8 (BTA) - Masks from the Yamamoto Noh Theatre in Osaka, Japan and ikebana works from the Kagetsu School will be on public display at Sofia Hall of the Sofia City Library between September 11 and 17, the hosts said. The event is part of the 30th Days of Japanes...

  • President Radev Confers with German Counterpart, Belgian Prime Minister

    Warsaw/Sofia, September 1 (BTA) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Sunday conferred with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier and with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, Radev's press secretariat said. Radev and Michel discussed topics from the EU agenda, in...

  • Majority of Bulgarians Think Corruption Is Widespread, Unpunished - Survey

    Brussels, December 9 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Eighty-five per cent of Bulgarians think there is widespread corruption in their country and 68 per cent find it unlikely that those engaging in corrupt practices will be caught by or reported to the police or prosec...

  • Majority of Bulgarians Think Corruption Is Widespread, Unpunished - Survey

    December 9 (BTA) - Eighty-five per cent of Bulgarians think there is widespread corruption in their country and 68 per cent find it unlikely that those engaging in corrupt practices will be caught by or reported to the police or prosecutors, show data of a flash Eurobarometer sur...

  • 60,390 Apply to Switch Pension Fund in July-September

    Sofia, December 6 (BTA) - In the third quarter of 2019, a total of 60,390 applications were filed to switch between second pillar pension funds, said the Financial Supervision Commission on Friday. Having a pension insurance with a private pension fund - in addition to the ma...

  • Interior Ministry Found 61 Money Mules and 39 Illegal Transactions Amounting to 1,032,238 Euro and 326,023 USD

    December 6 (BTA) - The Bulgarian law enforcement authorities have identified 61 "money mules", 44 victims of illegal activity and found a total of 39 fraudulent financial transactions amounting to 1,032,238 Euro and 326,023 USD, the Ministry said on Friday. The operati...