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  • National Ombudsman Asks for Control Count of Machine Votes

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Bulgaria's National Ombudsman May Manolova has approached the Central Election Commission (CEC) about citizens' concerns with the Commission's decision to limit a mandatory manual count of machine-voting receipts to cases where machine voting ...

  • Prosecutors to Check Party Subsidies Following Alert from Slavi Show

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered a probe into alleged violations of the Political Parties Act in connection with the amount of party subsidies provided in 2018, the prosecution service reported on Wednesday. According to information release...

  • EU Common Strategy Needed for Black Sea

    Bucharest/Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - An important priority for Bulgaria is the accession of the EU to the Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution, Bulgarian Deputy Environment and Water Minister Atanaska Nikolova said during a ministerial conference in Bucha...

  • Bulgarian Economy Minister Confers with Slovakian Business Delegation

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov met Wednesday with a delegation of representatives of Slovakian companies, the Ministry said in a press release. "We are interested in activating bilateral trade and economic cooperation, as well as in increasin...

  • Council of Ministers' Decisions

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Bulgaria's Council of Ministers adopted the following decisions as reported by the Government Information Service: - Approved a report on the activity of the Coordination Council on the Protection of the European ...

  • Prime Ministers of Bulgaria and Greece Launch Construction of Gas Interconnector

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov welcomed his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras in Kirkovo, near the two countries' common border, on Wednesday for the launch of the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), the government pr...

  • Trend Poll: GERB Regains Stability, Lead on Socialists

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - GERB has regained partially the support of voters after it was undermined by the scandal with the underpriced apartments acquired by office-holders, and has come ahead of its key rival for the May 26 European elections, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - May 23: Mostly sunny. Broken cloud and isolated rainfall with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs: 22C to 27C. THE MOUNTAINS: Broken cloud, isolated rainfall with thunderstorms. Highs: 17C at 1,200 m, 10C at 2,000 m. THE COAST: Mostly sunny, cloudy in...

  • Bulgarians' Tourist Trips Drop 7.3% in Q1 Y/Y

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - A total of 929,000 Bulgarians have made tourist trips in the first quarter of 2019, which is 7.3 per cent less compared to the like period of 2018, the National Statistical Institute reported in a Wednesday press release. The majority of them (78.4 per ce...

  • Cinema Screenings Down by 2.1% in 2018 Y/Y

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - In 2018, cinema screenings went down by 2.1 per cent compared to 2017, and visits to the cinema decreased by 11.3 per cent, according to data from the National Statistical Institute published Wednesday. A total of 8,575 films were screened, of which 1,077...

  • Prosecutors to Check Party Subsidies Following Alert from Slavi Show

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov has ordered a probe into alleged violations of the Political Parties Act in connection with the amount of party subsidies provided in 2018, the prosecution service reported on Wednesday. According to information release...

  • Selection Procedure for Belene NPP Strategic Investor Begins

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - The procedure for selecting a strategic investor for the Belene nuclear power plant (NPP) was published Wednesday in the European Union's Official Journal, the Energy Ministry said in a press release. The deadline for submitting declarations for parti...

  • Masters of Piano Concerts to Present Chopin's Works at NDK Convention Centre

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - The NDK Convention Centre will host three piano concerts titled "Masters of Piano", during which Chopin's works will be performed. The first event will be at 19:00 on May 31, when Italian pianist Marco Tezza will perform. The second one is scheduled f...

  • Bulgarian Schools, Kindergartens to Be Modernized with Over Lv 1 Bln by 2020

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - EU funding for the modernization of Bulgarian schools and kindergartens will exceed one billion leva by 2020, said Deputy Regional Development Minister and head of OP Regional Development Denitsa Nikolova in the coastal city of Varna, quoted by her Minist...

  • Deputy PM Nikolova: Ukraine Confirmed Commitment to Its Bulgarian Minority

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Demographic Policy Mariyana Nikolova said here at the start of Wednesday's Council of Ministers meeting that the Ukrainian side has confirmed its commitments regarding the Bulgarian community there. Nikolova re...

  • Today's Observances: May 22

    The world: - National Day of Yemen: Unification Day (1990). - International Day for Biological Diversity. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1954: Diplomatic relations with Greece are restored. First established on September 9, 1880; severed and restored three times; promot...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS Both "Sega" and "Douma" have a front-page article about the small compensations received by relatives of the victims of the August 2018 bus crash near Svoge (Western Bulgaria). "Sega": The Bul Ins insurance company has set a compensation of...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, May 22 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Wednesday, May 22: Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras will launch the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) n...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, May 21 (BTA) - May 22: Sunny in the morning. The afternoon will see intermittent cloud, but rain is only possible for brief intervals in isolated areas of the east and the mountains. Highs: 23 to 28 C. The atmospheric pressure will remain below the month's average....

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, May 21 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on May 21 to 5 p.m. on May 22, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittances...