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  • Today's Observances: June 25

    The world: - National Day of Mozambique. Independence Day (1975); - National Day of Slovenia. Statehood Day (1991). On this date in Bulgarian history: 1887: 3rd Grand National Assembly (1886-1887) elects Ferdinand Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Prince of Bulgaria (King since September ...

  • Banking Statistics: May 2017 Deposits and Loans

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - At the end of May 2017, deposits of the non-government sector amounted to 69.014 billion leva (72.5% of GDP), increasing annually by 7.6%, the Bulgarian National Bank reported on June 23. Deposits of non-financial corporations were 19.434 billion leva (...

  • Socialists Want to Use Mount Bouzloudja Memorial for 10 Years

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - The National Council of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) decided that the party will ask for the right to use the Mount Bouzloudja Memorial for 10 years, BSP Chair Kornelia Ninova told a news conference on Saturday after a party plenum earl...

  • President Calls for Setting Up Single Body with Clear Powers to Fight High-level Corruption

    Athens, June 24 (BTA special correspondent Asen Boyadjiev) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev believes that a genuine judicial reform requires simultaneous efforts in all directions, but most importantly, it is necessary to set up a single body with clear powers to fight high-l...

  • 17 More Occupations to be Included in Dual Education System during Next School Year

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - Seventeen more occupations will be included in the dual education system in the next school year, the Education and Science Ministry reported in a press release. The ministry's new school admission plan stipulates that 923 children in 17 administrati...

  • Lv 370 Mln in Low-Interest Loans to Support 39 Local Economies

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - Using a low-interest loan scheme, the Regional Development and Public Works Ministry will provide an opportunity for 39 towns to develop and invigorate their economies and to create better living conditions for their residents, Deputy Minister Denitsa Ni...

  • Socialists Want to Use Mount Bouzloudja Memorial for 10 Years

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - The National Council of the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) decided that the party will ask for the right to use the Mount Bouzloudja Memorial for 10 years, BSP Chair Kornelia Ninova told a news conference on Saturday after a party plenum earl...

  • President Calls for Setting Up Single Body with Clear Powers to Fight High-level Corruption

    Athens, June 24 (BTA special correspondent Asen Boyadjiev) - Bulgarian President Rumen Radev believes that a genuine judicial reform requires simultaneous efforts in all directions, but most importantly, it is necessary to set up a single body with clear powers to fight high-l...

  • Armed Forces Personnel Shortage Can Be Overcome by Raising Wages, Defence Minister Says

    Lovech, Northern Bulgaria, June 24 (BTA) - There are 5,600 vacant positions for career servicepersons in the Bulgarian Armed Forces, Defence Minister Krassimir Karakachanov said on Saturday. He said the worst problem is that 30 to 40 per cent of the people applying for such jo...

  • Sofia Airport Evacuated after Bomb Hoax Call

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - A report about an explosive device planted at Sofia Airport was received at 10:40 p.m. local time on Friday, the airport management said. The buildings of the airport terminals were immediately evacuated. Special Interior Ministry units conducted a che...

  • Today' Observances: June 24

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1861: "Bulgarian Folk Songs", landmark collection compiled by brothers Dimiter and Konstantin Miladinov, is published in Zagreb. 1893: Country's first artists organization, Society for Support of Art in Bulgaria, is founded in Sofia (re...

  • Weekly Roundup of Political Events, June 17-23

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - Sofia, June 17 - Interior Minister Valentin Radev tells journalists that in a letter received on June 16, EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos wrote that the European Council is ready to extend by 12 months the...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, June 24 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov's demand of three Volya MPs' immunity, including the party's leader Vesselin Mareshki, is extensively covered by the press. "Sega" writes that Tsatsarov submitted in Parliament another demand...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, June 23 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on June 23 to 5 p.m. on June 26, 2017. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittan...

  • Bulgaria and Greece to Speed Up Gas Interconnector Project

    Sofia/Athens, June 23 (BTA) - Bulgaria and Greece will speed up the activities necessary for the completion of the natural gas interconnector project between the two countries. The commitment was confirmed during a meeting between Bulgaria's Energy Minister Temenouzhka Pet...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Friday

    Sofia, June 23 (BTA) - The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy wants an update of the guaranteed minimum income, Social Minister Bisser Petkov said during Question Time Friday. The issue has been raised before the Ministry of Finance and some progress on the matter is hopeful...

  • Prosecutor General Asks Parliament to Lift Immunity of Three Volya MPs

    Sofia, June 23 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has approached the National Assembly with a request to lift the immunity of Volya MPs Vesselin Mareshki, Krustina Taskova and Plamen Hristov, the prosecution service said in a press release on Friday. Ma...

  • Bulgaria Should Be More Proactive on EU Large Combustion Plants Directive

    Kyustendil, Southwestern Bulgaria, June 23 (BTA) - Podkrepa Labour Confederation leader Dimiter Manolov said that Bulgaria should be more proactive with regards to a EU directive on emissions from large combustion plants. Manolov is visiting Kyustendil on Friday for a meeting ...

  • Bulgaria, Sweden to Begin Negotiations on Gripen Fighter Deal in Coming Weeks

    Brussels, June 23 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - "Sweden's Gripen fighters have been ranked first, followed by Italy's Eurofighters, while the F-16s were declassified. In the next couple of weeks we'll begin negotiations," Prime Minister Boyko Borissov tol...

  • Government is Consistent in Fighting Corruption, Deputy PM Zaharieva Says

    Sofia, June 23 (BTA) - The government is implementing a consistent policy against corruption, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said at question time in the National Assembly on Friday. Zaharieva was responding to a question by ...