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  • Storm Causes Floods in Parts of Sofia

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - A storm with rain and thunder caused numerous floods and disrupted power supply in parts of Sofia on Monday evening. The City Hall said the emergency services received over 65 flooding alerts. Traffic on a central Sofia boulevard was stopped when Perlo...

  • Justice Minister Kirilov Expresses Bulgarian Support for Making E-Justice Top Priority during German EC Presidency

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - Justice Minister Danail Kirilov said here on Monday that Bulgaria welcomes the German European Council Presidency's intention to make the implementation of the European e-Justice Strategy a top priority in its agenda. ''In times of crisis, it ...

  • Football Matches Could Be Played Behind Closed Doors Due to COVID-19 Spread among Players

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - Matches from the national championship could be played behind closed doors after many football players became infected with COVID-19, said Health Minister Kiril Ananiev here on Monday. His statement comes after 16 players and staff from the Cherno More fo...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on July 6 to 5 p.m. on July 7, 2020. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittances...

  • Passage via Koulata Crossing on Bulgarian-Greek Border Gets Quicker

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - People travelling by land from Bulgaria to Greece for the purpose of tourism may only use the Koulata/Promachonas border crossing between the two countries, the Bulgarian Border Police said on Monday. Passenger car traffic via Koulata/Promachonas is heav...

  • GERB Candidate to Head EWRC Withdraws Nomination

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - The GERB candidate to chair the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), Plamen Mladenovski, has withdrawn his nomination for the position. The news came from a Facebook post of the Chairman of the Parliamentary Energy Committee, Valentin Nikolov, o...

  • Italian Foreign Minister to Visit Bulgaria on July 7

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio will pay a visit to Bulgaria on July 7. He is scheduled to meet with his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva and with President Rumen Radev. Di Maio and Zahari...

  • Two Men Charged with Human Trafficking in Svilengrad

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - The District Prosecution Office in the southern town of Svilengrad has charged two men with smuggling 21 Afghan nationals. At 1.30 am on July 4, a border police patrol stopped a van driven by a 20-year old man, D.A. In the van there were 21 men who claim...

  • New Charges Filed for Death of Bulgarian Football Fan in Thessaloniki

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - Greek authorities have filed more serious charges against a driver involved in the death of Bulgarian Tosko Boyadzhiyski in Thessaloniki and are prosecuting more people involved in the case, the victim's parents told Bulgarian National Television. ...

  • Bulgaria Extends COVID-19 Epidemic Emergency until July 31

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - The COVID-19 epidemic emergency, in effect until July 15, will be extended until July 31, 2020, Bulgarian Health Minister Kiril Ananiev told a news briefing here on Monday. The decision was made at a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, members of ...

  • Appellate Specialized Court Sentences Former Borough Mayor to 8 Years' Imprisonment for Bribery

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Appellate Specialized Criminal Court Monday sentenced former Sofia Mladost Borough Mayor Desislava Ivancheva, her deputy Bilyana Petrova and another Mladost ex-mayor, Petko Dyulgerov, to eight, seven and six years' imprisonment, respect...

  • Bulgaria Included in List of Risk Countries for Entry in Slovakia

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - As of Monday Bulgaria has been included in the list of risk countries for entry in Slovakia, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said. Nationals from risk list countries entering Slovakia are subject to compulsory home isolation until a negative RT-PCR test ...

  • Two Bulgarian MEPs Call for Debate on Status of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

    Brussels, July 6 (BTA) - The delegation of Bulgaria's VMRO party to the European Parliament calls for a debate on the intention of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia to a functioning mosque, the VMRO press office said on ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - July 7: Mostly sunny in the morning. Getting cloudy around noon with likelihood for thundery rainshowers in the mountains and in Eastern Bulgaria. Heavy rain in some places. Hailstorms are likely as well. Moderate northwesterly wind, strong and gusty in t...

  • Open-air Sofia Summer Fest Starts on July 15

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - An open-air summer festival starts in Sofia's South Park near the Earth and People Museum on July 15, the organizers said. The festival includes theatre performances, film screenings, concerts, stand-up shows, and children's plays. The festival ...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, July 6 (BTA) - SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES Troud and Douma lead on Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's statement on Sunday that new restrictions will not be imposed although the new infections have topped 100 every day for the last 10 days. Saturday and Sunday saw record...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, July 5 (BTA) - July 6: Cloudy, with brief rainfall and thunder storms. Sunny in Eastern Bulgaria. Light to moderate northeasterly wind. Highs between 28C and 33C. Sunny along the Black Sea coast, briefly cloudy in some areas in the afternoon. Light to moderate northea...

  • On their Professional Holiday, Police and Firemen Express Dissatisfaction with Their Administration

    Sofia, July 5 (BTA) - On Sunday, the day of the Interior Ministry, policemen and firefighters gathered in the garden next to the Interior Ministry building to express their dissatisfaction with the work of part of the department's administration. They believe that it is hi...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, July 5 (BTA) POLITICS Telegraf writes that President Rumen Radev has not yet responded to Prime Minister Borissov's request that he release his text transcripts with disgraced businessman Plamen Bobokov, which have been much debated in recent days. The daily notes...

  • 180 New COVID-19 Cases in Bulgaria on Sunday

    Sofia, July 5 (BTA) - There are 180 new coronavirus infections in Bulgaria on Sunday, according to the latest information published on the national coronavirus information platform. The information is valid as of 00:00 on Sunday and is for the past 24 hours. The new infection...