English Service Department

  • Borissov, EBRD President Discuss Further Active Cooperation

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti Friday discussed the continued active cooperation between Bulgaria and the bank in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the Balkans, the government information service said. C...

  • United Patriots Send Letter to Turkish Ambassador in Defence of Bulgarian Border Police Officer

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - The parliamentary group of the power-sharing United Patriots coalition has sent an official letter to Turkish Ambassador in Bulgaria Hasan Ulusoy, the United Patriots said in a press release Friday. In the letter the coalition takes a categorical stand a...

  • Customs, Import VAT Revenues in First Half of 2018 Stand at 4,595.9 Million Leva

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - In the first half of 2018 the National Revenue Agency reports 4,595.9 million leva in revenues from excise duties, import VAT, customs and fines, the Agency said in a press release Friday. The amount is by 250.9 million leva, or 5.8 per cent, higher than...

  • Peter Cetera to Have First Concert in Bulgaria on November 9

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Prominent American singer Peter Cetera will have his first concert in Bulgaria on November 9, in Sofia, the organizers of the event said. Cetera is best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago (1967-1985), before launching a successfu...

  • Decho Dechev Elected National Health Insurance Fund Governor

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Parliament elected Decho Dechev Governor of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) by a vote of 124 in favour, with one abstention. Dechev left his post as the executive director of Sofia's Ivan Rilski hospital to replace Kamen Plochev until the ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - July 21: Sunny with brief cloudy spells in the eastern parts and the mountains. Temperatures to edge up. Highs: 28C to 33C. Sunny along the Black Sea with cloudy spells. Scattered thundery showers in the northern section. Highs: 27C to 30C. Sea water te...

  • Agriculture State Fund Increases De Minimis Aid per Ewe or She-goat

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - The Agriculture State Fund has increased the de minimis aid per ewe or she-goat to 15 leva (from 7 leva now) as promised to protesting farmers in parts of Southeastern Bulgaria affected by an outbreak of ovine rinderpest, the Agriculture Ministry said. ...

  • Halted CEZ Deal Does Not Threaten Energy Security - Energy Minister Petkova

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Interviewed by bTV on Friday, Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said halting the sale of CEZ Groups' Bulgarian assets to local company Inercom does not threaten energy security. Thursday decision of the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC...

  • More Than One Third of Bulgarian Farmers Aged 65 or Over

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Nearly 36 per cent of Bulgarian farmers were aged 65 or over in 2016, according to Eurostat data. About half of farm managers in Bulgaria fell in the 40-65 age group. Only 14 per cent of farm managers were under 40. Still, Bulgaria had the eighth highest...

  • Today's Observances: July 20

    THE ORTHODOX CHURCH marks the feast day of the Glorious Prophet Elijah. The world: - National Day of Colombia: Independence Day (1810). On this date in Bulgarian history: 792: Khan Kardam defeats the Byzantine army at the frontier stronghold of Marcellae near today's...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Friday, July 20: -- Parliament to hold a hearing of the Ministers of Agriculture and of the Interior on the situation in areas in southeastern Bulgaria affected by an o...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, July 20 (BTA) - ANTITRUST REGULATOR HALTS DEALS FOR CEZ BULGARIA AND NOVA TV A front-page story in "Sega" says that the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) stopped the deals for the Bulgarian business of the Czech energy group CEZ and Nova Television with ...

  • BSP Remains Opposed to Ratification of Istanbul Convention

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - In a joint statement with Achim Post, Secretary General of the Party of European Socialists (PES), the leader of the Bulgarian Socialists Kornelia Ninova said her party's position against the ratification of the Istanbul Convention remained unchanged...

  • Sofia Mayor Fandakova Meets with Italian Culture and Tourism Minister Bonisoli

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova Thursday met with Italy's Culture and Tourism Minister Alberto Bonisoli to discuss Sofia's good cultural cooperation with Rome and other Italian cities. Fandakova talked about Sofia's cultural and historical he...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Thursday

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - At its sitting on Thursday, Parliament transacted business as follows: - adopted a Report on the State of Defence and the Armed Forces in 2017 by a vote of 94 in favour and 28 against, with 24 abstentions; - amended the Administrative Procedure Co...

  • Sofia Heating Company's Proceeds from Cogenerated Electricity to Go towards Debt Repayment to Bulgargaz

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - The debt which district heating company Toplofikatsiya Sofia owes natural gas distributor Bulgargaz was discussed at a meeting Thursday hosted by the Energy Ministry and involving representatives of the two companies, Sofia City Hall and the Municipal Co...

  • Social Policy Minister Petkov Participates in Informal EPSCO

    Vienna, July 19 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Labour and Social Policy Minister Bisser Petkov is participating in an informal meeting of employment and social policy ministers (EPSCO) meeting in Vienna on July 19-20, Petkov Ministry said Thursday. The forum discussed new forms of w...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on July 19 to 5 p.m. on July 20, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittan...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Thursday

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - At its sitting on Thursday, Parliament transacted business as follows: - adopted a Report on the State of Defence and the Armed Forces in 2017 by a vote of 94 in favour and 28 against, with 24 abstentions; - amended the Administrative Procedure Code,...

  • Competition Regulator Bars PPF from Gaining Control over Nova Broadcasting Group

    Sofia, July 19 (BTA) - The Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) has barred PPF TMT Bidco 2 B.V. (the Netherlands) from gaining control over Bulgaria's Nova Broadcasting Group AD and, indirectly, over its subsidiaries Netinfo AD and Eva Agency OOD. Analyzing the ...