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  • Cool Spring Delays Beginning of Tourist Season on Northern Coast

    June 21 (BTA) - High-class hotels on the northern Black Sea coast are already fully booked up for July and August although the cool spring delayed the beginning of the season. Therefore, the total growth of tourists is expected around 5-7 per cent compared to last summer. "We wil...

  • Data on Condition of Forest Areas Accessible Online

    June 20 (BTA) - As from Monday, every Internet user can check the condition of Bulgaria's forest areas, the Executive Forest Agency said. The statistics published show the size of the forest areas and the types of forests (total for the country and broken down by ownership: state...

  • Pregnant Bulgarian Woman Fights Court Battle to Be Able to Deliver at Home under Medical Supervision

    June 15 (BTA) - A pregnant Bulgarian women is fighting a court battle to be able to deliver her baby at home under medical supervision, said the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) Wednesday. She has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights with legal assistance from ...

  • Investment Intentions Related to Sofia Building Designed by Leading Japanese Architect Cause Public Debate

    June 9 (BTA) - Investment intentions aimed to develop superstructure of Marinela Hotel in Sofia have aroused the ire of architectural circles. Marinela Hotel (formerly Sofia New Otani and Kempinski Zografski) was built at the end of the 1970s and was designed by leading Japanese ...

  • Baby Pelican Born on Persin Island

    June 6 (BTA) - A Dalmatian pelican (Pelecanus crispus) was hatched on the Persin (Belene) Island, the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BSPB) said. This is a big environmental event because Dalmatian pelican is an endangered species worldwide and the Persin colony...

  • Poll Shows Bulgarians Disapprove of Games of Chance

    May 23 (BTA) - The Bulgarians are conservative towards the gambling industry, but nevertheless almost half of them engage in some form of gambling, a survey conducted by the MBMD Institute for Social Surveys and Marketing showed. The survey was conducted in March in a project of ...

  • Bulgaria Wins Silver Award at WorldMediaFestival/TOURISM in Hamburg

    May 15 (BTA) - Bulgaria won the Intermedia-Globe-Silver Award at the 17th WorldMediaFestival/Tourism in Hamburg with two image TV clips from the Hidden Before Your Eyes campaign, the Tourism Ministry said Sunday. The campaign was aimed at promoting domestic tourism in Bulgaria an...

  • Cold Weather Ruins Almost Entire Cherry Crop in Bulgaria's Biggest Cherry Growing Region

    May 9 (BTA) - Low temperatures in late April and early May have ruined over 80 per cent of the cherry crop in the southwestern Kyustendil Region, which is the top Bulgarian producer of cherries. Local growers say that consumers should expect a very limited supply from this part o...

  • Kazanluk Mayor Expects 20% Rise in Tourism during Rose Festival in May

    May 5 (BTA) - Tens of thousands of guests from all over the world are expected to visit Kazanluk (Central Bulgaria) during this year's Rose Festival, and Kazanluk Municipality forecasts an increase by nearly 20 per cent in tourist visits, Mayor Galina Stoyanova said in a BTA inte...

  • Integrated Charity Platform Raises LV 6 Mln in Eight Years

    April 28 (BTA) - An integrated platform for charitable giving for various causes has helped raise just under 6 million leva in the eight years of its existence, said Krassimira Velichkova, director of the Bulgarian Charity Forum. The platform, DMS, operates through the 17 777 ...

  • Bulgaria Grants Protection to 5,575 Asylum Seekers in 2015

    April 20 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - In 2015, Bulgaria granted protection to 5,575 asylum seekers, of whom 5,320 were Syrians, according to Eurostat data. The remaining were 160 Afghans and 95 stateless people. Bulgaria granted 5,605 positive decisions. Some 4,705 pro...

  • Ancient Serdica Complex Unveiled in Central Sofia

    April 20 (BTA) - An open-air museum was unveiled in central Sofia on Wednesday on the site of the Serdica fortress remains. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his government toured the site ahead of the ceremony. Attending were former culture ministers, MPs, archaeologists and mem...

  • Zdravko Zdravkov Is Sofia's New Chief Architect

    April 19 (BTA) - Zdravko Zdravkov has been elected Chief Architect of Sofia. He is replacing Peter Dikov who resigned in November after 10 years in office. Zdravkov contested the job along with another 14 candidates. In the final stretch of the competition Zdravkov's opponent...

  • BTA, Archives State Agency to Stage Exhibition of Famous "Bulgarian Czechs" in Bulgarian Post-liberation History

    April 19 (BTA) - The Bulgarian News Agency and the Archives State Agency are organizing a documentary exhibition titled "The Bulgarian Czechs". The exhiibition will be shown during the 12th World Meeting of Bulgarian Media in Prague in May as a sign of gratitude to the Czech Stat...

  • Association of Bulgarian Villages Launches Online Platform for Crime Prevention in Rural Areas

    April 15 (BTA) - The Association of Bulgarian Villages said it has launched https://agropolice.bg, the first-of-its-kind online platform for the prevention of crime and road traffic accidents in rural areas. The concept also includes training modules and useful tips for peopl...

  • Sofia Municipal Council Approves Increase of Public Transport Fare

    April 14 (BTA) - The Sofia Municipal Council Thursday approved an increase of the public transport fare in Sofia to 1.60 leva from the current 1 lev for a single ride. The increase is valid from June 1. The controversial decision was supported by the ruling GERB party and five...

  • Japanese Embassy Dismisses Media Reports of Radioactive Japanese Food in Bulgaria

    April 14 (BTA) - The Japanese Embassy in Sofia dismissed reports in some Bulgarian news media that radioactive Japanese food is sold in Bulgaria. "Japan and the Japanese foodstuffs are safe. Even if fish and seafood from Fukushima have reached Bulgaria, people can rest assured th...

  • Analysts: Corruption Is the Key Political, Economic and Social Problem in Bulgaria

    April 13 (BTA) - Corruption is the worst political, economic and social problem in Bulgaria, the Institute of Market Economy (IME) says in a new analysis released Wednesday. It says that Bulgaria does not have a specialized counter-corruption authority and that a reform is needed...

  • Sofia Commodity Exchange Reports Record Low Grain Prices Before Good Harvest Expectations

    April 12 (BTA) - Cereal prices are dropping all over the world, Vasil Simov, Chief Executive Director of the Sofia Commodity Exchange, and Antonina Belopitova, Executive Director, said on Tuesday. According to Simov, the decline of prices is conditioned by the good harvest last y...

  • First Data Received from Bulgarian Instrument Aboard Proton-M Rocket

    April 12 (BTA) - The Bulgarian dosimeter on board of the Russian Proton- M rocket has begun to send data. The rocket was launched as part of the ExoMars programme from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 14 2016. The equipment is operating normally in all modes. ExoMars is a coll...