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  • Today's Observances: January 17

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - January 17 THE ORTHODOX CHURCH marks the feast day of St. Anthony the Great. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1878: The city of Yambol is liberated from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation (1877-1878). 1996: Friendship and ...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS The dailies reports that the daughter of Corpbank's majority owner, Tzvetan Vassilev, has been charged with money laundering. "Telegraf" says she is wanted for laundering 2.6 million leva and a European arrest warrant has been issued ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, August 17 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Thursday: - Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov presents the government's social and demographic policy priorities for 2017-2021. - Energy Minister T...

  • 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 17, 2017. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and re...

  • Eurostat: Bulgarians Spend Average of EUR 160 on Holiday Trip

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Bulgarians spend an average of 160 euro or 320 leva per person on a holiday trip, show Eurostat data about holiday and vacation spending in the EU in 2015. The EU average spending on a holiday trip is 320 euro per person. According to Bulgarian natio...

  • Loan Claims of Corporations Specializing in Lending Reach Lv 2,655 Mln by End-June - Central Bank

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - At the end of June 2017, the total amount of loan claims of corporations specializing in lending was 2,655 million leva (2.7 per cent of GDP), compared to 2,383 million leva (2.6 per cent of GDP) at the end of June 2016. It increased by 11.4 per cent (...

  • Eurostat: Bulgaria with Highest Share of Expenditure on Public Order and Safety in EU

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - In 2015, the ratio to GDP of government expenditure for 'public order and safety' was highest in Bulgaria (2.8 per cent ), but at the same time, this country had the lowest spending per capita - just 173 euro, compared to an EU average of 507 e...

  • Council of Ministers Decisions

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - At its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Council of Ministers adopted the following decisions as reported by the Government Information Service: - approved changes in the Framework of the National Mechanism for Fulfillment of Bulgaria's Commitment...

  • Future Anticorruption Body Will Consider Anonymous Media Publications on Its Own Initiative

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The future anti-corruption body will be able to convene on its own initiative to discuss anonymous media publications and perform checks, Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva said in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television on Wednesday adding t...

  • Corpbank Majority Owner Vassilev's Daughter Charged with Money Laundering

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Radosveta Vassileva, daughter of Tzvetan Vassilev, majority owner of the failed Corpbank, is also charged with money laundering in her absence like her mother. At present, the prosecution authority would not make an official comment but sources familia...

  • Council for Electronic Media to Hear Six Candidates for BNT Director General

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The Council for Electronic Media (CEM) has decided during a Wednesday meeting to hear six candidates competing for Bulgarian National Television (BNT) director general, CEM's head Sofia Vladimirova told BTA. The six candidates are Sasho Yovkov, V...

  • Procedure Launched for Selection of Contractor for Remote Electronic Voting Project

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The State e-Government Agency, in partnership with the Central Election Commission (CEC), has initiated a procedure for the selection of a contract for the first phase of a project for the establishment and implementation of a pilot system for remote e...

  • Approval of Government up 7% Since Beginning of Mandate - Survey

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Approval of the incumbent Borissov cabinet has risen over its first 100 days in office, a survey of the Barometer Bulgaria agency showed. The survey was conducted by telephone interviews of 1,002 respondents aged above 18 in the period between August 1...

  • BEH Replaces Two Directors of Maritsa East Mines

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Two of the directors of the Maritsa East Mines EAD have been replaced by a decision of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH), BEH said on Wednesday. Hitherto directors Dian Chervenkondev and Georgi Aidanliiski were replaced by ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - August 17: Sunny. Thicker cloud in the afternoon. Brief showers at separate places. Highs: 29C to 34C. Black Sea coast: Thicker clouds. No showers. Highs: 27C-30C. Sea water temperature: 25C-26C. Mountains: Mostly sunny. Occasional showers in the aft...

  • Corpbank Majority Owner Vassilev's Daughter Charged with Money Laundering

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Radosveta Vassileva, daughter of Tzvetan Vassilev, majority owner of the failed Corpbank, is also charged with money laundering in her absence like her mother. At present, the prosecution authority would not make an official comment but sources familia...

  • Future Anticorruption Body Will Consider Anonymous Media Publications On Its Own Initiative

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - The future anti-corruption body will be able to convene on its own initiative to discuss anonymous media publications and perform checks, Justice Minister Tsetska Tsacheva said in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television on Wednesday adding t...

  • Money in Circulation Increases by 12.3% by End-June, Y/Y

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Money in circulation in Bulgaria totalled 14,214,900,000 leva as at the end of June 2017, increasing by 1,557,100,000 leva, or 12.30 per cent, compared with June 30, 2016, the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) reported. This compares with an 11.60 per cent...

  • Today's Observances: August 16

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1878: First Edinstvo [Unity] Committee is established in Plovdiv (South Central Bulgaria) to organize drive for union of Principality of Bulgaria with Ottoman vassal Eastern Rumelia. Edinstvo Committees start Bulgaria's irredentist movem...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, August 16 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service in the next few hours: -- Weekly meeting of the government. On the agenda are draft revisions to the EU-funded Operational Programme Transport and Transport Infrastructur...