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  • Today's Observances: February 23

    The world: - National Day of Brunei. Independence Day (1984). - National Day of Guyana. Republic Day (1970). On this date in Bulgarian history: 1871: Orthodox Church opens first Convention of Clergy and Laity in Constantinople (until July 24, 1871). 1971: Ground broken ...

  • Weekly Roundup of Political Events: February 16-22

    Sofia, February 23 (BTA) - Sofia, February 15 The National Assembly conclusively adopts amendments to the Election Code concerning, among other things, machine voting and preference voting. The threshold for preference voting is raised significantly, seriously limiting it...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, February 23 (BTA) - POLITICS "Sega" (online) quotes Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva as saying in a televised interview that if the US launch a military intervention in Venezuela, Bulgaria will remain neutral. Zaharieva said: "Sometimes it really seems that every...

  • North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Expected in Sofia

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will pay an official visit to Bulgaria on February 25. Dimitrov and Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva will meet one-on-one in Sofia in the morning, after which the two countries'...

  • GERB Deputy Leader Met with Ambassadors of India, Turkey

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - GERB deputy leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov held working meetings with Indian Ambassador Pooja Capur and Turkish Ambassador to Bulgaria Hasan Ulusoy, the GERB press centre said Friday. The political situation and bilateral cooperation dominated the talks. ...

  • Excgange - Rates

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on February 22 to 5 p.m. on February 25, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - February 23: Cloudy, windy and snowy in the first half of the day. Precipitation will decrease and stop in the latter part of the day and cloud will break and diminish. Moderate to strong northeasterly wind. Blizzards and snow drifts are possible in...

  • Bulgaria among EU's Top 10 in Use of Green Energy in Transport

    Brussels, February 22 (BTA) - In 2017, Bulgaria was among the top 10 member states of the European Union in terms of share of energy from renewable sources used for transport, according to a report by the Statistical Office of the European Commission (Eurostat) published on Fr...

  • President Radev Meets with Swiss President Ueli Maurer

    Meiringen Air Base, Switzerland, February 22 (BTA special correspondent Asen Boyadzhiev) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev was welcomed by his Swiss counterpart Ueli Maurer with an official ceremony on Friday at the Meiringen Air Base as part of his two-day official visit to S...

  • MRF to Run on Their Own in European Elections

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) will run on their own in the European elections in May. This was decided by the party leadership on Friday and made public by party leader Mustafa Karadayi at a news conference. MRF also decided to set up ...

  • Bulgaria's VMRO Party Joins Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - The Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization - Bulgarian National Movement (VMRO-BND) became a member of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) at its forum in Rome on Friday, the party's press office said. VMRO views...

  • GERB Deputy Leader Met with Indian Ambassador Pooja Capur

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - GERB deputy leader Tsvetan Tsvetanov held a working meeting with Indian Ambassador Pooja Capur, the GERB press centre said Friday. The political situation and cooperation between the two countries dominated the talks. Tsvetanov introduced Capur to ...

  • Four Balkan Countries to Discuss Joint FIFA World Cup Bid

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - Sport Ministers Krassen Kralev of Bulgaria, Vanja Udovicic of Serbia and Constantin-Bogdan Matei of Romania, Greek Deputy Sport Minister Giorgos Vasiliadis and football officials from the four countries will hold a working meeting in Sofia on Februar...

  • Parliamentary - Monitor

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - At its regular sitting Friday, Parliament transacted business as follows: -- adopted conclusively a bill on the ratification of an additional agreement to the Memorandum of Understanding for Maintenance and Operating of the CMS Detector of CERN betw...

  • MTG Confirms Sale of Nova TV to Advance Media Group

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - MTG published an official announcement Friday confirming that it sells its 95 per cent shareholding in Nova Broadcasting Group in Bulgaria to Advance Media Group owned by Kiril and Georgi Domouschiev. The transaction values 100 per cent of the ...

  • Annual Inflation Down to 1.5% in EU, 2.2% in Bulgaria

    Brussels, February 22 (BTA) - In Bulgaria, inflation in January went down to 2.2 per cent compared to 2.3 per cent in December, according to Eurostat data published on Friday. In 2018, the index was at 1.3 per cent. Annual inflation went down to 1.5 per cent in January 2019 c...

  • Bulgarian Organic Producers Continue to Decrease in Past 3 Years

    Plovdiv, southern Bulgaria, February 22 (BTA) - Restrictions that were recently introduced for organic farming by amendments to the applicable regulations have caused this segment of Bulgarian agriculture to shrink, and the number of producers has been decreasing in the past t...

  • EC Organizes Digital Opportunity Traineeships

    Rousse, on the Danube, February 22 (BTA) - The European Commission is piloting a Digital Opportunity Traineeships project for young people across Europe, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel told reporters in Rousse on Friday. The EU-funded init...

  • 21 Innovative Products Awarded at AGRA Exhibition

    Plovdiv, Southern Bulgaria, February 22 (BTA) - Twenty-one products won awards during an innovations competition which was part of the AGRA International Agricultural Exhibition in Plovdiv. The winning products were selected from among 48 proposals by 28 companies and scientif...

  • Leading AI Scholar Hiroshi Yamakawa to Speak in Sofia

    Sofia, February 22 (BTA) - One of the leading artificial intelligence (AI) scholars, Dr Hiroshi Yamakawa, is coming to Sofia to give a public lecture on "The Future of AI - In Harmony with Humanity". The event is co-organized by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Japane...