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  • Energy Ministry, Trade Unions Discuss Draft Integrated National Energy, Climate Plan

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - The Bulgarian Energy Ministry and representatives of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and of the Podkrepa Confederation of Labour Monday discussed the draft of an Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan covering th...

  • GERB Begins Preparations for 2019 European Parliament Elections

    Sofia, January 15 (BTA) - Meeting on Monday, the GERB National Campaign Headquarters launched the start of its campaign for the 2019 European Parliament elections. The European People's Party lead candidate for European Commission President Manfred Weber and the GERB candi...

  • Six Flights between Sofia and Frankfurt, Hamburg Cancelled

    Sofia, January 15 (BTA) - Lufthansa and Ryanair have cancelled a total of six flights between Sofia and Frankfurt and between Sofia and Hamburg on Tuesday, Sofia Airport said in a press release. The following flights have been cancelled: LH1429, departing Sofia for Frankfur...

  • Today's Observances: January 15

    On this date in Bulgarian history: 1879: Sofia Public Library (today's National Library), established on December 10, 1878, is opened to readers. 1937: New electoral law, granting married, widowed and divorced women the right to elect (but not the right to be elected), i...

  • Advisory to BTA's External Service Subscribers

    Sofia, January 15 (BTA) - The January 15 stories to be moved by BTA's External Service will include the following: -- The parliamentary defence policy debates a proposal by the government for acquisition of a new type of jet fighters for the Bulgarian Armed Forces. -- R...

  • Press - Review

    Sofia, January 15 (BTA) - HIGHLIGHTS "24 Chassa" reports on its front page that Bulgaria has a lead on Poland and Hungary in the prestigious Democracy Index of The Economist Intelligence Unit. Bulgaria ranks 46th among 167 countries worldwide with a score of 7.03. Poland is ...

  • Bulgarian Chief of Defence To Take Part in NATO Military Committee Winter Session

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Chief of Defence General Andrey Botsev is attending the winter session of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels at the level of NATO Chiefs of Defence, the Defence Ministry said. The forum will be held on January 15 and 16 in Brussels. Discussions...

  • Foreign Minister Zaharieva to Attend Presentation of Priorities of Romanian EU Presidency

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva attends on Tuesday a presentation of the priorities of the Romanian EU Presidency in Sofia, organized by Romanian Ambassador here Ion Galea, Zaharieva's Ministry said in a press release. The event is expected...

  • Opposition Socialists Object to Motorway Construction Award without Public Procurement Procedure

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Elena Yoncheva, Georgi Svilenski and other MPs of the opposition BSP for Bulgaria Monday approached the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) with a formal request to be provided with a contract between the Agency and the State-owned company Avtomagistrali...

  • Three People Detained Over Sand Dune Destruction Near Smokinya Seaside Camping Site

    Bourgas, Black Sea, January 14 (BTA) - Sand dunes, part of the Smokinya-North beach in the southern stretch of the Black Sea coast, were destroyed on January 11. The authorities were alerted about the damage a day later. Three people were arrested on Monday in connection with ...

  • Exchange - Rates

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - The Bulgarian National Bank sets the rates of foreign currencies against the Bulgarian lev applicable from 5 p.m. on January 14 to 5 p.m. on January 15, 2019. The central rates are used for the purposes of accounting, statistics, customs valuation and...

  • State-Owned Energy Companies to Offer More Electricity on Exchange to Stabilize Electricity Market

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Bulgaria's state-owned energy companies have committed to offer an extra amount of electricity on the Day Ahead Market of the energy exchange in an attempt to stabilize trading, Energy Minister Minister Temenouzhka Petkova told a news briefing her...

  • 2019 Named Year of Bulgaria-born Turkish Writer Sabahattin Ali

    Istanbul, January 14 (BTA exclusive by Nahide Deniz) - Turkish book publishers have declared 2019 the year of writer Sabahattin Ali who was born in 1907 in Egridere township, now Ardino in Southern Bulgaria. A novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist, Ali is conside...

  • Education Minister: Directing Students to Vocational Education Can Attract Investments in Municipalities

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Meeting school principals, teachers, and trade unionists in the southern municipality of Elhovo on Monday, Education and Science Minister Krassimir Vulchev said, quoted by his Ministry, that more young people should seek jobs in regional capitals and ...

  • BSP Chair Ninova Sends Letter to Udo Bullmann in European Parliament Requesting Delay of Mobility Package Debates

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) Chairperson Kornelia Ninova has sent a letter to Udo Bullmann, President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (EP), asking for his support to postpone the Mobility Package d...

  • Opposition Socialists Object to Motorway Construction Award without Public Procurement Procedure

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Elena Yoncheva, Georgi Svilenski and other MPs of the opposition BSP for Bulgaria Monday approached the Road Infrastructure Agency (RIA) with a formal request to be provided with a contract between the Agency and the State-owned company Avtomagistrali...

  • Bulgaria for the Citizens Movement Wants Right-wing Coalition for European, Local Elections

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - The Bulgaria for the Citizens Movement (BCM) party wants a broad-based Right-wing coalition for the European and local elections in 2019. If the Right-wing political forces run together in the elections, they can win two seats in the European Parliame...

  • Politicians Comment Scenarios for Europe's Future at Discussion Organized by Millennium Club Bulgaria

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Europe has a shortage of a major goal to pull in everyone and catalyse thinking in one and the same direction, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev said Monday, taking part in a discussion in Sofia entitled, "The Prospects for the Future of United E...

  • Bulgarian National Bank and People's Bank of China Sign Cooperation Memorandum

    Basel/Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - Bulgarian National Bank Governor Dimitar Radev and the Governor of China's National Bank Yi Gang signed a memorandum of cooperation between the two central banks on Monday, BNB said on its website. The Memorandum was signed at a meeting o...

  • Weather - Forecast

    Sofia, January 14 (BTA) - January 15: Strong northwesterly wind will bring cold air. East will have northerly-northeasterly wind and light snow. Variable clouds in afternoon. Lows: minus 6C to minus 1C. Highs: minus 2C to 3C. Black Sea coast: Cloudy with light snow. Wind stro...