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  • Parliament Chair Karayancheva Participates in Conference of EU Parliaments' Speakers in Tallinn

    Tallinn, April 23 (BTA) - On the sidelines of the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Tallinn on Monday, Bulgarian National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva held a bilateral meeting with her Montenegrin counterpart Ivan Brajovic, the National Assembly's press...

  • PM Borissov Participates in South-East European Cooperation Process Summit

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is participating in the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) Summit on Monday and Tuesday in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, which is the SEECP's current presiding country, the Government Information Service said...

  • New Study Confirms Dual Standards for Foods across the EU

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - A new study of foods on the Bulgarian market looking to compare the quality and prices with same-brand products on the markets of Western Europe, confirmed that producers apply a double standard. The results of the study were made public Monday by Agric...

  • Life is More Unfair According to Bulgarians than According to Average EU Citizen

    Brussels, April 23 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Only 38% of Bulgarians think that most things that happen in their lives are fair, an opinion shared by 53% of people in the EU, according to a Special Eurobarometer survey unveiled by the European Commission on Monday...

  • Vice President: Bulgaria Managed to Introduce Topic of West Balkans' EU Accession in European Agenda

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Speaking at the opening of an international youth seminar entitled "Europe Reloaded" here on Monday, Vice President Iliana Iotova said that Bulgaria has managed not only to open the topic of the Western Balkans' EU accession but also to introduce it...

  • Bulgaria's Debt was 25.4% of GDP in 2017

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Bulgaria's debt was 25,064 million leva or 25.4 per cent of GDP in 2017, according to National Statistical Institute figures released Monday. The government sector showed a budget surplus of 920 million leva or 0.9 per cent of GDP. The central gov...

  • German Investments in Bulgaria Total EUR 130 Million in 2017

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - In 2017 the German investments in Bulgaria totalled 130 million euro, it emerged at a meeting between Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov and representatives of the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Karanikolov's Ministry said in a pr...

  • Council of Europe Presents Report on Migration Dedicated to Bulgaria

    Brussels/Strasbourg, April 23 (BTA Correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - The Council of Europe Monday published a report on migrants and refugees dedicated to Bulgaria. The document recognises the efforts made by Bulgaria to cope with the challenges of a high number of arrivals o...

  • Best Option for Protection of Citizens' Rights Is Network of Ombudsmen

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - The best option for the protection of the citizens' rights is the network of ombudsmen, national and local, National Ombudsman Maya Manolova said Monday, speaking at a public discussion on amendments to the Local Self-government and Local Administra...

  • Bulgaria Has Relatively Low Market Share of Contraband Cigarettes, But It Is Still a Problem

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - The market share of contraband cigarettes in Bulgaria was 6.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with 6 per cent in the third quarter of 2017. It decreased by 1.2 percentage points compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, activists of the ...

  • NGOs Urge for Total Ban on Tobacco Advertising

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Advertising of tobacco products should be altogether banned, the price of tobacco products should be increased and schools should have health awareness classes - these are some of the main conclusions from an international roundtable on "Tobacco-free L...

  • Political Party Starts Sign-in for Holding National Referendum against Introduction of Euro

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - The Vuzrazhdane [Revival] political party (not represented in Parliament) Monday starts a sign-in campaign for holding a national referendum against the introduction of the euro in Bulgaria, party Chairman Kostadin Kostadinov told a BTA-hosted news conf...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - April 24: Clear with cloudy spells around noon. Lows: 8C to 13C. Highs: 26C to 31C. Mostly sunny along the Black Sea coast. Getting cloudy around noon from the west. Highs: 18C to 20C. Mostly sunny and warm in the mountains. Getting cloudy in the afte...

  • Population of Five Regional Capitals Increases in 2017

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - The population of five of Bulgaria's 27 regional capitals increased in 2017. These capitals were Kurdjali, Plovdiv, Sofia, Varna, and Veliko Turnovo, the last four of which also saw a population increase in 2016, according to data from the National ...

  • Three Bulgarian Concertmasters Based Abroad to Join European Music Festival in Sofia

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Three Bulgarian concertmasters based in Western Europe and the United States will perform together during the European Music Festival in Sofia. Albena Danailova, Dimiter Ivanov, and Moni Simeonov will give a show at Bulgaria Hall on April 25. They will ...

  • Today's Observances: April 23

    The world: - World Book and Copyright Day. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1940: A Civil Mobilization Act is adopted. 1941: Bulgaria's diplomatic relations with Greece are severed for the third time by decision of the Greek government. Relations are restored on May ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - Following are some of the stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Monday: -- Parliament Chair Tsveta Karayancheva will participate in the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments in Tallinn. She is scheduled to give an address during S...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, April 23 (BTA) - POLITICS "Douma": Fourty-four per cent of Bulgarians see the West as a source of conflicts and wishing to see the global situation deteriorate. Only 5 per cent see Russia as such an aggressor, show data from a nationally representative opinion poll,...

  • Giant Bulgarian Horo Dance Takes Place in Brussels

    Brussels, April 22 (BTA) - A Giant Bulgarian Horo wound around Grand Place in Brussels on Sunday for the second year in a row. The traditional chain dance involved Bulgarians and people from other countries of the Balkans, Europe, and the world, the Ministry for the Bulgarian ...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, April 22 (BTA) - April 23: Warm and mostly sunny. Cumulus cloud will develop over the northeast and over southwestern highlands around noon and in the afternoon, bringing scattered showers, possibly with thunder. Light wind from the northwest; in Eastern Bulgaria the d...