English Service Department

  • Employer Organizations Present Priorities for 2019

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - Lifting of the dividend tax and reduction by 5 per cent of the income tax for sole traders are among this year's priorities in the work of the Association of the Organizations of Bulgarian Employers (AOBE), Tsvetan Simeonov, rotational AOBE presid...

  • Bulgarian Electricity Export Increases 162% in Jan 1-20

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - Bulgaria's electricity export in January 1-20, 2019 was 162 per cent bigger than this time last year, according to the latest figures released by the Electricity System Operator Tuesday. During this period this country exported a total of 254,434 ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - January 23: Cloudy, with showers. Rain mixed with snow in northwestern parts. Light to moderate wind. Lows: minus 1C and 4C. Highs: 6C-11C. THE MOUNTAINS: Cloudy with snowfall. Rain at elevations below 1,200 m. Moderate to strong wind. Highs: 3C, aro...

  • VMRO's Midterm Priorities: Gypsy Crime, Radical Islam, Poverty among Older People, Unfair Taxation

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - VMRO, one of three partners in the power-sharing nationalist United Patriots coalition, put out Tuesday its midterm priorities and said only if these are implemented their presence in the government will make sense. The priorities are four: "measures ...

  • Bulgaria, Thailand to Step Up Bilateral Relations

    Brussels, January 23 (BTA) - Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva conferred in Brussels with her Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai on Tuesday. The first meeting at a level of foreign ministers since 2012 took place on the sidelines of a EU-A...

  • Exhibition Highlights History of Polish Council for Aid to Jews

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - The Polish Institute in Sofia will host a documentary exhibition about the Polish Council for Aid to Jews, Zegota, on the occasion of January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The exhibition opens on January 24. The exhibition is curated b...

  • Foreign Minister Zaharieva Hails 40-Year Long EU-ASEAN Partnership

    Brussels, January 22 (BTA) - The 22th EU-ASEAN meeting of foreign ministers took place in Brussels on Monday. On behalf of the European Union the meeting was co-chaired by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and on behalf of ASEAN...

  • Today's Observances: January 22

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1905: National Assembly passes Bulgaria's first law on protection of women and children workers at industrial enterprises. 1935: Lieutenant General Pencho Zlatev forms government of pro-monarchist activists of the Military League and c...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Tuesday, January 22: -- The European Parliament's Office in Bulgaria is organizing a public discussion about disinformation as an instrument during elections. Gue...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, January 22 (BTA) - DELIVERY CARE - NATIONAL DAY The Bulgarian National Day of Delivery Care, marked on January 21, is covered by "Sega" and "Troud" run front-page photos of the deputy head of Sofia's Maychin Dom maternity hospital Dr. Vesselin Dyavolov holding hi...

  • Chief Mufti's Office Condemns Vandalism of Sofia Synagogue

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - The Chief Mufti Office strongly condemned the January 19 vandalism of Sofia's Central Synagogue when an unidentified perpetrator threw stones and smashed a window of the big prayer hall. The Chief Mufti Office expressed concern, strongly cond...

  • GERB's Dzhema Grozdanova Elected as PACE Vice President

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - Chair of the Bulgarian Parliament's Foreign Policy Committee and GERB MP Dzhema Grozdanova has been elected as Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), GERB said in a Monday press release. Grozdanova is a PAC...

  • Bulgartransgaz to Change Terms for Booking Capacities on Pipeline Extension after Failure of First Market Test

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - Gas network operator Bulgartransgaz will change the terms for booking capacities on a TurkStream expansion through Bulgaria. It transpired from an announcement on Bulgartransgaz' website that the three bidders failed to book enough capacities to m...

  • Chief Mufti's Office Condemns Vandalism of Sofia Synagogue

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - The Chief Mufti Office strongly condemned the January 19 vandalism of Sofia's Central Synagogue when an unidentified perpetrator threw stones and smashed a window of the big prayer hall. The Chief Mufti Office expresses concern and strongly cond...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on January 21 to 5 p.m. on January 22, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and...

  • Disinformation Poses Serious Security Challenge - Foreign Minister Zaharieva

    Brussels, January 21 (BTA) - During a discussion at this year's first EU External Affairs Council meeting, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said Sofia concurs with the countries which consider disinformation one of the biggest challe...

  • Analysis into Health Spending, Disability Pensions Finds Fraudulent Practices

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - Presenting the findings of a probe into healthcare spending and disability pensions on Monday, Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev said that many cases have been established of bogus hospitalizations of patients. Geshev said also that almost half of...

  • Bulgaria, Ireland Discuss Ways to Advance Parliamentary Cooperation

    Dublin, January 21 (BTA) - Bulgarian National Assembly Chair Tzveta Karayancheva and Sean O'Fearghail, Speaker of the Lower House of the Irish Parliament discussed ways to advance parliamentary cooperation between the two countries on Monday. Karayancheva is visiting Irela...

  • Upward Trend in Applications for Bulgarian Citizenship in Last 15 Years - Vice President Iotova

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - Each year ever more people apply for Bulgarian citizenship and this upward trend has been particularly evident in the last 15 years, Vice President Iliana Iotova said at a meeting with journalists here on Monday. She explained this with Bulgaria's...

  • Bulgarian Association of Health Professionals: Midwives in Bulgaria Two Times Less Than Needed

    Sofia, January 21 (BTA) - There are 3,578 midwives currently working in Bulgaria, which is two times less than what health establishments need, said the Bulgarian Association of Health Professionals (BAHP) on January 21, the Bulgarian National Day of Delivery Care. The assoc...