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  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia January 18 (BTA) - Cloudy during the weekend. Light snow and rain in isolated areas. Lows: minus 3C to 2C. Highs: 4C to 9C. MOUNTAINS: Cloudy with scattered light snow. Highs: around 2C at 1,200 metres and around minus 3C at 2,000 metres above sea level. COAST: Mostl...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on January 18 to 5 p.m. on January 21, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and...

  • Employers, Trade Unions Demand Meeting with Prime Minister to Discuss Energy Exchange

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Employers associations and trade unions demanded in a letter on Friday a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov to discuss urgent measures to stabilize trading in electricity. The employers and trade unionists argue that the price of electricity t...

  • 70 Online Stores Declared to Tax Authorities under New Rule

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Seventy online stores have been declared to the National Revenue Agency (NRA) since the recent establishment of a legal requirement to this effect, the NRA reported on Friday. Traders using their own online stores or hired ones, or publicly accessibl...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Friday

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Friday, the Bulgarian Parliament heard the following government ministers during Question Time: -- Regional Development and Public Works Minister Petya Avramova: Her Ministry is open for dialogue to find ways to provide assi...

  • 43 Persons Apprehended in Different Cities in Bulgaria in Raid against Financing of International Terrorism

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The specialized prosecuting magistracy, the State Agency for National Security and the Organized Crime Control Chief Directorate have conducted an operation against the financing of international terrorism, in which 43 persons were apprehended in diff...

  • PM Borissov Meets Turkish Interior Minister Soylu

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Prime Minister Boyko Borissov met with Turkish Minister of Interior Suleyman Soylu, the Government information service said on Friday. The two discussed cooperation in the sphere of security, limiting migration pressure, the fight against smuggling an...

  • Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce Launched

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - A Swedish-Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce (SweCham Bulgaria) was launched here on Thursday. The opening was attended by Bulgarian Deputy Economy Minister Liliya Ivanova, Swedish Ambassador here Louise Bergholm, SweCham Bulgaria Chairman Stefan Bengtsso...

  • Bulgaria's Current and Capital Accounts Record EUR 141.4 Mln Surplus in November

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's current and capital accounts recorded a surplus of 141.4 million euro in November 2018, compared with a surplus of 26.1 million euro in November 2017, the Bulgarian National Bank reported on Friday. In January-November 2018 the current ...

  • Upcoming EP Election to Be Most Important So Far - Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The upcoming European Parliament (EP) election will be the most important so far, because the EU has been faced with real historic challenges and answers are being sought, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto tells BTA in an interview. Szijjarto...

  • Socialists Move Legal Revisions to Suspend Welfare Benefits for Families with School-Skipping Children

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Families whose children under 16 do not attend school and do not get the compulsory educational attainment should forfeit all kinds of welfare benefits (monthly, special, lump-sum, heating, etc.) by revisions to the Social Assistance Act, Bulgarian So...

  • Ombudsman Will Present Public Petition Against Double Food Standard in Brussels

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Ombudsman Maya Manolova is leaving on a two-day visit to Brussels where she will present a petition by Bulgarian citizens against double food standards in the EU. The hearing will take place before the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament J...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Friday

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Meeting on Friday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: -- During Question Time Regional Development Minister Petya Avramova said that the Regional Development Ministry is open for dialogue to find ways to provide assistance to vu...

  • Bulgarian and Serbian Environment Ministers to Meet in Dimitrovgrad

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria's Environment and Water Minister Neno Dimov will meet with Serbia's Environmental Protection Minister Goran Trivan in Dimitrovgrad, Serbia on January 22, Dimov's ministry reported on Friday. They will sign a memorandum of underst...

  • Socialists Propose Legal Revisions to Suspend Social Aid for Families Whose Children Do Not Attend School

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - All kinds of social aid (monthly, special, one-time, energy, etc.) for families whose children under 16 do not attend school and fail to get the obligatory education, should be suspended, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) proposes. This should be do...

  • Parliament Adopts on First Reading Social Services Bill

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Parliament adopted on first reading a Social Services Bill on Friday. The vote was 163-0 with no abstentions. The law settles the provision, access, planning, funding, quality, control and monitoring of social services in Bulgaria. A national map of ...

  • New Regulation on Cash Registers, Sales Software Could Lead to Economic Collapse, Traders Say

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - The entry into force of amendments to an ordinance concerning cash registers and sales software should be postponed for all businesses until the end of 2019, because it could cause a collapse of the Bulgarian economy, said Yasen Tanev, founder of the ...

  • Eurostat: Bulgaria Has 64 General Practitioners per 100,000 People

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - Bulgaria is among the countries with the lowest share of general practitioners (GPs) in the EU, according to data from Eurostat's analysis on the number of primary care providers in EU countries in 2017. There are 64 GPs for every 100,000 Bulgari...

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov to Perform Joseph Brodsky's Poems at Sofia Opera

    Sofia, January 18 (BTA) - World famous ballet dancer, choreographer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov will perform his Brodsky/Baryshnikov show at the Sofia Opera on January 19 and 20. The show is based on the poems of Russian-American poet, philosopher, writer and Nobel laureate...

  • Today's Observances: January 18

    The Orthodox Church marks the Feast Day of St Athanasios and St Cyril, Patriarchs of Alexandria, and St Joachim, Patriarch of Turnovo. The world: - Beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). On this date in Bulgarian history: 1885: 4th National As...