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  • Press - Review

    Sofia, August 19 (BTA) - ECONOMY European Central Bank guidelines on bad loans, which were approved by the Bulgarian National Bank and entered into force on June 30, stipulate that a person who takes out a bank loan after that date and then delays debt payments or fails to p...

  • VMRO Calls for Scrapping Summary Proceedings for Serious Crimes, Urges Chemical Castration of Sex Offenders

    Sofia, August 18 (BTA) - The VMRO party is seeking the abolition of summary proceedings, which lead to a reduction in convictions for serious crimes and urges introduction of chemical castration for sex offenders. They put out their position after a recent brutal murder of a 7...

  • Bulgarian Energy Holding Signs on Consultant to Develop Coal Power Plant Capacity Mechanism

    Sofia, August 18 (BTA) - Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) signed a contract this week with an international consultant for the development of a coal-fired power plant capacity mechanism, as provided for by European legislation, said Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova on Sunday. ...

  • Today's Observances: August 18

    Bulgaria: - Miners' Day. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1888: Rousse-Varna railway becomes Bulgarian property. 1964: Diplomatic relations with Iran, established on November 15, 1897 at diplomatic agency level, are upgraded to embassy level. 1987: Bulgaria is divid...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, August 18 (BTA) - August 19: Atmospheric pressure slightly higher than August average. Sunny, mild to moderate easterly wind in Eastern Bulgaria. Highs between 29C and 34C. Sunny along the Black Sea coast. Mild to moderate easterly wind. Highs: 27C to 30C. Sea water t...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, August 18 (BTA) - Only two newspapers have paper editions on Sunday, "24 Chassa" and "Telegraph". HIGHLIGHTS Both "24 Chassa" and "Telegraph" report that the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. has closed the case ini...

  • Over 3,000 Inactive People Register at Labour Offices in July

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - A total of 3,017 inactive people (those not employed, studying or looking for a job) registered at labour offices in July, show statistical data of the National Employment Agency. All unemployed who registered numbered 172,643, up by 2,984 people compa...

  • 75 Kg of Cocaine Found in Bourgas

    Bourgas, on the Black Sea, August 17 (BTA) - Seventy-five kilograms of cocaine worth over 5 million leva were found in a warehouse for fruit and vegetables in Bourgas. The drugs were hidden in cardboard boxes with bananas, prosecutor Georgi Chinev told a news briefing on Satur...

  • Large Amount of Cocaine Found in Bourgas

    Bourgas, on the Black Sea, August 17 (BTA) - Seventy-five kilograms of cocaine worth over 5 million leva were found in a warehouse for fruit and vegetables in Bourgas, reported the Bulgarian National Radio on Saturday. The drugs were hidden in cardboard boxes containing banana...

  • Two-kilometre Line of Cars Forms at Kapikule/Kapitan Andreevo Border Checkpoint

    Istanbul, August 17 (BTA Special Correspondent Nahide Deniz) - A two-kilometre line of cars formed at the Kapikule/Kapitan Andreevo border control checkpoint towards Bulgaria on Saturday. According to the Kapikule customs administration, the heavy traffic at the checkpoint res...

  • Arbitration Court Closes Case on Omani Claims against Bulgaria over Corpbank Failure

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. has closed the case initiated by the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Sultanate of Oman against Bulgaria over the failure of Corporate Commercial Bank (C...

  • Arbitration Court Closes Case on Omanian Claims against Bulgaria over Corpbank Failure

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. has closed the case initiated by the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) of the Sultanate of Oman against Bulgaria over the failure of Corporate Commercial Bank (C...

  • Weekly Roundup of Political Events, August 10-16

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - Avaza, Turkmenistan, August 10-12 Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov visits Turkmenistan for the First Caspian Economic Forum. The Bulgarian delegation includes Regional Development and Public Works Minister Petya Avramova, Transport, IT and Comm...

  • Today's Observances: August 17

    The world: - National Day of Gabon: Independence Day (1960); - National Day of Indonesia: Independence Day (1945). On this date in Bulgarian history: 986: The Bulgarian army, led by King Samuel, defeats the invading Byzantine troops of Emperor Basil II in the Battle of the...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS "Monitor": Experts estimated that expenses for the repair of the burned bridge on Strouma motorway, near Doupnitsa, might reach 3 million leva. Such a fire happens for the first time in Bulgaria's history, and it caused serious damage...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on August 16 to 5 p.m. on August 19, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and re...

  • North Macedonia's President Receives Bulgaria's Chief of Defence

    Skopje, August 16 (BTA) - A Bulgarian Armed Forces delegation led by the Chief of Defence, General Andrei Botsev, was received by the President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, in Skopje on Friday, the MIA news agency reported. Botsev began Friday an official three-day ...

  • Socialists Lash Out at Road Vehicles Bill

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The main opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) on Friday lashed out at a government-sponsored Road Vehicles Bill, saying that it caters to lobbyist interests. BSP for Bulgaria Deputy Floor Leader Georgi Svilenski told a news conference at BSP Hea...

  • Festival of Contemporary Bulgarian Ceramics to Present 39 Authors from Several Generations

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - This year's edition of the Festival of Contemporary Bulgarian Ceramics will present the works of 39 authors from different generations. The event will be hosted by the Union of Bulgarian Artists (UBA) in Sofia from September 4 to 27, the UBA said. ...

  • Service Members from Bulgaria, US to Conduct Joint Exercise in Bulgaria

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - A joint Bulgarian-US exercise with the participation of formations from the Bulgarian Army's Special Operations Forces and the US Army Europe's combat aviation will take place from August 19 to 25 on Bulgarian territory, the Defence Ministry s...