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  • Today's Observances: September 24

    The world: - National Day of Guinea-Bissau: Independence Day (1973). On this date in Bulgarian history: 1918: Soldiers' Uprising breaks out. Inspired by Russian Revolution of 1917, it is first armed attempt to replace monarchy by republic. 1990: President Zhelyu Zhel...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, September 24(BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS No single topic dominates the front pages of Thursday's press. Following are the front-page articles of the print dailies: 24 Chassa: Bulgaria Wednesday expelled two Russian diplomats - assistant trade attaches at the Russian Emba...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, September 24 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Thursday: At its regular sitting, the National Assembly will debate on a report on the National Ombudsman's activity in 2019 and vote on first-reading amendment...

  • Bulgaria Expels Two Russian Diplomats for Spying

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Bulgaria is expelling two Russian diplomats for spying. The Foreign Ministry said the two have been declared persona non grata and the Russian Embassy has been notified. According to sources of Bulgarian National Television, the diplomats are Sergey...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Wednesday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - passed conclusively amendments to the Interior Ministry Act on overtime work, which become effective as of January 1, 2021. Any work done outside the re...

  • Arms Export Control Commission Turns Down 24 Export Applications in 2019

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Last year, the interdepartmental commission for export control and non-proliferation of weapons for mass destruction under the Economy Minister turned down 24 applications for arms export, two for import, three for brokerage, one for arms transfer a...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Wednesday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - passed conclusively amendments to the Interior Ministry Act on overtime work, which become effective as of January 1, 2021. Any work done outside the re...

  • Prosecution Service: Two Russians with Diplomatic Immunity Spied on Bulgarian Army Modernization

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev has informed the Foreign Minister that evidence has been collected about intelligence activities carrieed out on Bulgarian territory by two Russian nationals with diplomatic immunity, the prosecution office reported he...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on September 23 to 5 p.m. on September 24, 2020. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuati...

  • Half of Bulgarians Involved in Growing Produce, As Many Drink Home Brew - Poll

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Half of Bulgarians grow and can their own produce, while just as many drink home brew, show the results of a survey conducted by the Trend polling agency between August 29 and September 5 through in-person interviews among 1,008 adult respondents. A...

  • Goethe Institut to Display Socially Engaged Art

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - An exhibition, titled 'Duvarmuzei: The Art of the Encounter', will open at Sofia's Goethe Institut on September 29. The display will feature art books, photographs, videos and texts, created by Duvar Kolektiv and their collaborators fr...

  • Trade Union President: Pension Recalculation Would Promote Undeclared Employment

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Speaking at a press conference of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) on Wednesday during the European campaign for declared work, CITUB president Plamen Dimitrov said that the ratio between insurance contributions and ...

  • President Rumen Radev: Guest of Honor at Thracian Viper 2020 International Flight Training

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - On Thursday, President Rumen Radev will visit the Graf Ignatievo air base as a guest of honor at the international flight exercise Thracian Viper 2020, his press service informed on Wednesday. The Head of State will inspect the honorary ranks, the...

  • Bulgarian Government Spends Least on Recreation and Sports among EU Countries, Show Eurostat Data

    Brussels/Sofia, September 23 (BTA) -Bulgaria is the country with the lowest government spending per capita on recreation and sports in the EU in 2018 and is among the Member States with the lowest share of these as part of the total expenditures, show data published on Wednesd...

  • University Lecturers' Salaries to Rise on Lv 50 Mln Allocation in 2021 - Prime Minister

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - Meeting with the leaders of the Council of Rectors on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said the 2021 budget would allocate 50 million leva for a pay rise for university lecturers. The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav D...

  • Council of Ministers Decisions

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - At its weekly meeting on Wednesday, the Cabinet adopted the following decisions and approved the following documents, as reported by the Government Information Service: - Extended the state of epidemic emergency in Bulgaria until November 30, 2020;...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - September 24: Mostly cloudy, clearing up from West around noon to become mostly sunny in North-West. Wind light to moderate, northwesterly; southeasterly in easternmost parts. Highs: 24-29C. Black Sea coast: Cloudy, with isolated rain showers mostl...

  • Government Proposes that Major General Tsanko Stoykov Be Appointed Deputy Chief of Defence

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - The Council of Ministers proposed that the President issue a decree relieving Major General Tsanko Stoykov from the post of Air Force Commander, appointing him Deputy Chief of Defence and awarding him the senior officer rank of Lieutenant Genera, sa...

  • Private Academy of Photography to Be Opened in Sofia

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - A private academy of photography will be opened in Sofia on October 1, the founders said. It is called Before Creating Academy (BECA). The project is being implemented in partnership with Madrid's Centro Internacional de Fotografia y Cine. The ...

  • 109 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Bulgaria, Two Patients Die

    Sofia, September 23 (BTA) - The Bulgarian healthcare authorities confirmed 109 new cases of COVID-19 in the country out of 3,049 PCR tests made over the past 24 hours, according to data published on the national coronavirus web portal on Wednesday morning. The total number of...