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  • Bulgarian, Turkish Energy Regulators Sign Cooperation Agreement

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - The energy regulators of Bulgaria and Turkey signed a cooperation agreement, the Bulgarian energy regulator - the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), said on Tuesday. The document creates the institutional and legal framework for exchange...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - May 20: Mainly sunny. Brief cloudy spells in the afternoon, with rain showers in isolated areas. Highs: 28C-33C, in Sofia 28C. THE MOUNTAINS: Mainly sunny. Highs: around 20C at 1,200 m, 14C at 2,000 m. THE COAST: Sunny and warm. Highs: 24C-28C. Seawat...

  • Deputy PM Donchev: We Are Stepping into Next Multiannual Financial Framework without Strategy

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - Addressing EU parliamentarians in Sofia on Tuesday, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev warned: "We are stepping into the next multiannual financial framework without a strategy. When financing is not bound up with clear goals, there is a ri...

  • Bulgaria Remains Committed to Future of EU's Common Agricultural Policy

    Brussels/Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - Bulgaria remains committed to the future of the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) even after the end of the country's EU Presidency, Agriculture, Foods and Forestry Minister Roumen Porozhanov said, quoted by his Ministry, after the t...

  • Gender Gap in Pensions at Lv 121.57 in 2017

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - An analysis by the National Social Security Institute finds significant gender-based differences concerning pensions, which were 121.57 lower for females than males in 2017, adding up to around 38 per cent. The analysis covers 1,543,500 out of a total ...

  • Portraits by Famous French Photographer Nadar to Be Exhibited in Sofia

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - Forty of French photographer Felix Nadar's best portrait photographs will be displayed in an exhibition at Sofia National Gallery/The Palace between June 21 and August 26. Among the portraits are those of Sarah Bernhardt, Alexandre Dumas, Claude Debu...

  • Court Revokes Unified Welfare Benefits for Social Integration, Transport and Telecommunication Services of Disabled Peop...

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - A five-member panel of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) revoked conclusively provisions from the Integration of the People with Disabilities Act Implementing Regulations which determine a unified amount of the monthly welfare benefits for social in...

  • Electricity Consumption Continues to Drop, Export Increases

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - Electricity production has dropped by 3.14 per cent between January 1, 2018 and June 17, 2018, compared to the like period of 2017, show the latest data by the Electricity System Operator (ESO). The data show that a total of 21,144,961 MWh of electrici...

  • Today's Observances: June 19

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1879: Diplomatic relations established with Turkey. 1984: Politburo of Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP) Central Committee adopts decision "On Further Consolidation and Enlistment of Bulgarian Turks for the Cause of Socialism, for the BCP Pol...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS "Sega": Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is using the growing tension with illegal migrants in the EU to once again put forward his idea that all external borders should be closed as a preventive measure. Speaking at Monday's Conference o...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, June 19 (BTA) - Following are some of the main stories to be moved by BTA's External Service on Tuesday, June 19: President Rumen Radev begins an official two-day visit to Slovakia. On the agenda is a one-on-one meeting with his Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska,...

  • Conference of EU Parliaments' Union Affairs Committees Holds Plenary Meeting in Sofia

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - The Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) began a Plenary Meeting in Sofia on Monday. This is the final event within the Parliamentary Dimension of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Counci...

  • Slovenian State Prosecutor General Drago Sketa Pays Two-day Visit to Sofia

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - Slovenian State Prosecutor General Drago Sketa is paying an official two-day visit to Sofia at the invitation of his Bulgarian counterpart Sotir Tsatsarov, the prosecuting magistracy reported Monday. On the agenda of Sketa's visit are meetings with...

  • Russian Observers Will Inspect Bulgarian Military Facilities

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - A four-member group of Russian observers will be visiting Bulgaria between June 18 and 21 in line with the requirements of the confidence-building 2011 Vienna Document, said the Defence Ministry on Monday. The observers will inspect military facilities ...

  • Bulgarian Navy Holds Black Sea 2018 Tactical Exercise

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - A total of 25 Bulgarian Navy combat and auxiliary ships are taking part in the Black Sea 2018 tactical exercise from June 18 to 22, the Defence Ministry said. Two Panther helicopters from the Chaika naval air base are also taking part. The tactical e...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on June 18 to 5 p.m. on June 19, 2018. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and remittan...

  • Court Acquits Caretaker Health Minister Semerdzhiev, Returns to Prosecution Case against Ex-NDK Director

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - The Sofia City Court on Monday acquitted Ilko Semerdzhiev, caretaker healthcare minister between January and May 2017 of charges that he threatened to dismiss the head of the Bulgarian Drug Agency Assena Stoimenova after she refused to appoint as her dep...

  • President Radev to Pay Official Visit to Slovakia

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - President Rumen Radev will pay an official visit to Slovakia June 19-20, his Press Secretariat reported Monday. This year Bulgaria and Slovakia mark the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations. Radev will be received by his Slovak count...

  • Eurostat: 25% of Bulgarians Ready to Report Crime in Their Area

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - Twenty-five per cent of Bulgarians are ready to report to the competent authorities crime, violence or vandalism they have witnessed in their area, which compares to an EU average of 15 per cent and is the highest percentage in the Union, shows a Eurosta...

  • Lyubomir Chipilski Steps In as Interim Head of Medical Audit Agency

    Sofia, June 18 (BTA) - Lyubomir Chipilski has been appointed as interim head of the Medical Audit Executive Agency, the Healthcare Ministry said on Monday. Chipilski is a neurologist and holds a master degree in health management. He has been employed with the Agency since...