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  • Socialists Table No-Confidence Vote in Government

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) on Wednesday tabled a motion of no-confidence in the third Borissov cabinet 'over its failed anti-corruption policies'. The motion was signed by 80 socialist MPs. The motives, set forth over ten pages, i...

  • Sarafovo Airport Bombing Trial Starts at Specialized Criminal Court

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - The Bourgas Sarafovo bus bombing trial started at the Specialized Criminal Court here on Wednesday with questioning of witnesses. On July 18, 2012 a suicide bomber blew himself up near a bus carrying Israeli tourists at Sarafovo Airport in the coast...

  • Investments Added to List of Bulgarian Growth Drivers

    Vienna, January 17 (BTA special correspondent Hristo Vodenov) - Bulgaria's economic growth is now being driven not only by consumption and exports but also by investments, and this is happening against the backdrop of low inflation, UniCredit Bulbank Chief Economist Kristo...

  • Bulgaria-Turkey Trade up 17.4 Per Cent in January-September 2017

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - Trade between Bulgaria and Turkey in January-Sept 2017 increased by 17.4 per cent, reaching nearly 3,000 million euro, it emerged at a meeting of Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov and Turkish Ambassador here Hasan Ulusoy, the Economy Ministry said Wed...

  • Socialists Table No-Confidence Vote in Government

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) on Wednesday tabled a motion of no-confidence in the third Borissov cabinet 'over its failed anti-corruption policies'. The motion was signed by 80 socialist MPs. The motives, set forth over ten pages, invo...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Wednesday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - voted, 176-0 with two abstentions, to pass on first reading amendments moved by the United Patriots to the Act to Settle the Housing Problems of Long-stan...

  • Parliamentary Monitor: Wednesday

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - At its plenary sitting on Wednesday, the Bulgarian Parliament transacted business as follows: - voted, 176-0 with two abstentions, to pass on first reading amendments moved by the United Patriots to the Act to Settle the Housing Problems of Long-stan...

  • "Exhibition of the Recent Past" on Display at Sofia's Central Railway Station

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - "An Exhibition of the Recent Past" is on display on the ground floor at Sofia's Central Railway Station until January 18. Mottoed "Things Change", it features ten exhibits which illustrate change in Bulgaria in the last ten years: freedom of movem...

  • Report Describes Bulgaria as Free Country

    Washington, January 17 (BTA) - Bulgaria is one of 88 countries in the world which are described as free by the Washington-based non-governmental organization Freedom House. Free countries represent 45% of the 195 nations covered by the organization's Freedom in the World 2...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - January 18: Cloudy. Highs: 0C-5C. Lows: minus 3C-2C. THE MOUNTAINS: Cloudy, windy with snow showers. Highs: minus 5C at 1,200 m, around minus 9C at 2,000 m. THE COAST: Cloudy, with rain showers. Highs: 4C-6C. Source: National Institute for Meteorol...

  • Bulgaria Wants Cohesion Policy, Grant Financing to Continue after 2020

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - BTA has interviewed Ivelina Vassileva MP of GERB, Chair of the National Assembly Environment and Water Committee and Deputy Chair of the Committee on European Affairs and EU Funds Oversight. "Bulgaria will be standing up for a continuation of Cohesio...

  • PM Borissov Presents Bulgarian Presidency Priorities to EPP Political Group

    Strasbourg, January 17 (BTA) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov Tuesday met with the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats), which is the largest political group in the European Parliament, the Government Information Service said. Talking to a ke...

  • Today's Observances: January 17

    THE ORTHODOX CHURCH marks the feast day of St. Anthony the Great. Bulgaria: - Day of the city of Antonovo; - Religious Tolerance Day. On this date in Bulgarian history: 1878: The city of Yambol is liberated from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of Liberation ...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, January 17 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Wednesday, January 17: -- Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is in Strasbourg to present to the European Parliament the Bulgarian priorities during the Presidency of the E...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, January 17 - HIGH-LEVEL VISITS The newspapers report and run big photos on the opening of direct air service between Baku and Sofia which took place on Tuesday, the last day of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov's visit to Azerbaijan. "24 Chassa" says that Borissov an...

  • MEP Emil Radev: Statements by US President Trump Indicate Visas Will Likely Stay

    Brussels/Strasbourg, January 16 (BTA correspondent Nikolay Jeliazkov) - Bulgarian MEP Emil Radev (GERB/EPP) said that the latest statements by US President Donald Trump are unfavourable indications as to the lifting of US visas for Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania...

  • Child Protection Programme in 2018 Prioritizes Internet Safety, Healthy Eating

    Sofia, January 16 (BTA) - In 2018, the National Programme for Child Protection will prioritize the protection of children's rights in the digital era and risk prevention on the Internet and promotion of healthy eating. The document was adopted on Tuesday during the 38th N...

  • Azerbaijani Parliamentary Delegation to Visit Bulgaria

    Sofia, January 16 (BTA) - A delegation from the Bulgaria-Azerbaijan friendship group at the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijan's Parliament, will visit Bulgaria on January 17 and 18, the Bulgarian National Assembly said. It will be led by chair Rauf Aliyev. The visit takes place at...

  • GDP in Bulgaria Will Grow 4.4% in 2018, 4.2% in 2019 - Experts

    Vienna, January 16 (BTA Special Correspondent Hristo Vodenov) - The analysts of UniCredit Bank expect a steady increase of the GDP of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe by around 3 per cent and even more, bank experts said at the consecutive edition of the Euromoney ...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, January 16 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on January 16 to 5 p.m. on January 17, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and...