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FDI in Bulgaria in H1 2019 was 457.1M euro
Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in the first half of 2019 stood at 457.1 million euro, the equivalent of 0.8 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from […]
Archaeology: Fragment of Roman military diploma found at Bulgaria’s Deultum site
A fragment of a Roman military diploma has been discovered during excavations in the central part of the Roman city of Deultum near the village of Debelt in Bulgaria’s Sredets […]
Bulgarian special forces, US Air Force begin joint exercise on August 19
Joint training involving Bulgarian special forces and the US Air Forces in Europe began on August 19, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence said. The joint exercise involves 250 military personnel from […]
Bulgarian Food Safety Agency seized and destroyed nearly 14 000kg of food in July
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency confiscated and destroyed 13 677 kilograms of food in July 2019, the agency said on August 19. The agency carried out close to 14 000 […]
Sofia police inspector arrested for demanding 850 leva bribe from motorist
A Sofia police inspector who demanded a bribe of 850 leva (about 434 euro) from a motorist not to issue a summons for a speeding fine has been arrested, the […]
Infighting mars battle in Bulgaria against antisemitism
From the annual Lukov March to online abuse to vile graffiti and the sale of Nazi memorabilia in tourist resorts, it is clear that Bulgaria has much to do in […]
Bulgaria giving N Macedonia a million leva in development aid in 2019
In 2019, the Bulgarian government has allocated more than a million leva (about 500 000 euro) for 11 development aid projects across the Republic of North Macedonia, Foreign Minister Ekaterina […]
Bulgarian Food Safety agency confirms new ASF outbreaks in Rousse, Blagoevgrad
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said that it had confirmed new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF), in wild pigs in the district of Rousse and domestic pigs in the […]
‘Abora IV Argonauts from the Stone Age’ expedition sails from Bulgaria’s Varna
The experimental reed boat of the expedition “Abora IV – Argonauts from the Stone Age” sailed from Bulgaria’s Black Sea port of Varna on August 16, on a mission to […]
Archaeology: Burnt skeleton of baby found at Bulgaria’s Yunatsite Tell
Archaeological excavations at the Yunatsite Tell in 2019 have yielded extremely interesting results, the Regional History Museum in the Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik said. Yunatsite Tell is about eight kilometres […]
Montenegro’s ban on smoking in restaurants and bars is in force
Montenegro’s new Law on the Restriction of the Use of Tobacco Products entered into force on August 14, leaving coffee shop and restaurant owners dissatisfied with the new situation. The […]
Archaeology: Tomb of Palaiologos nobleman discovered at Bulgaria’s Kaliakra
Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a previously-unknown 14th-century aristocrat, a descendant of the Byzantine Palaiologos dynasty, at the Kaliakra fortress on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, the National History […]
Traffic restrictions on Bulgaria’s Strouma Motorway after fire
The fire that damaged the supports of an overbridge on Strouma Motorway near the town of Doupnitsa earlier this week will require partial lane closures for several weeks, Bulgaria’s Road […]
Bulgarian PM’s party names its Plovdiv mayoral candidate
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party has named Plovdiv regional governor Zdravko Dimitrov as its candidate for mayor of Plovdiv in the autumn 2019 municipal elections. The decision […]
Israel’s new ambassador to Bulgaria presents credentials
The new ambassador of the State of Israel to Bulgaria, Yoram Elron, has presented copies of his credentials to Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev. At the meeting, both sides expressed […]
Bulgaria records 0.6% economic growth in Q2 2019 – flash estimate
Bulgaria’s economy posted 0.6 per cent growth in the second quarter of 2019, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a flash estimate on August 14. In real terms, gross […]
Bulgaria annual CPI records 2.9% inflation in July
Bulgaria’s annual consumer price index (CPI) recorded 2.9 per cent inflation in July, rising from 2.8 per cent a month earlier, with prices up by 0.8 per cent on a […]
Former head of Bulgaria’s anti-corruption body appointed consul in Spain
Bulgaria’s government has appointed the former head of the country’s anti-corruption commission, Plamen Georgiev, to the post of Consul General in Valencia in Spain. This is according to a document […]
African Swine Fever: Bulgaria confirms four new cases in wild pigs
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said that it had confirmed four new cases of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild pigs. This brings to 32 the number of cases of […]
Third day of ‘Code Orange’ dangerous weather warning for Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad
For a third day running, Bulgarian authorities have issued the “Code Orange” warning of dangerous weather for the south-western district of Blagoevgrad because of forecast high temperatures for August 14, […]
Overnight stays earned Bulgarian tourism 484M leva in first half of 2019
Revenue from overnight stays in places of accommodation in Bulgaria in the first half of 2019 exceeded 484 million leva (about 242 million euro), the Ministry of Tourism said, quoting […]
Bulgarian railways commissions street artist to decorate locomotive
Bulgarian state railways BDZ inaugurated on August 13 a locomotive redecorated at its request by street artist Stanislav “Nasimo” Trifonov. The locomotive’s first duty in its new livery was to […]
Another ‘Code Orange’ dangerous weather warning for Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad
Bulgarian authorities have issued the “Code Orange” warning of dangerous weather for the south-western district of Blagoevgrad because of forecast high temperatures for a second day running on August 13. […]
Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry transfers $1.2BN to US for eight F-16s
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Defence has transferred to the US the entire amount of $ 1.2 billion under international government procurement contracts to acquire eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft and related […]
Bulgaria’s exports in January – June 2019 up 6.3% year-on-year
The total value of goods exported from Bulgaria in January to June 2019 was 6.3 per cent higher than in the first six months of 2018, the National Statistical Institute […]
Asylum applications in EU+ 10% up in H1 2019 on annual basis
The number of asylum applications in the EU+ countries in the first half of 2019 was 10 per cent higher than in the first half of 2018, the European Asylum […]
ASF: Compulsory culling of pigs begins in southern Bulgaria
After the passing of the deadline for owners of domestic pigs in southern Bulgaria to kill them as a measure against African Swine Fever (ASF), veterinary teams were to begin […]
Bulgarian traffic police begin week-long operation against speeding
Bulgarian traffic police began on August 12 a week-long operation against speeding, the Interior Ministry said. The operation, continuing to August 18 inclusive, is part an EU-wide one by European […]
‘Code Orange’ dangerous weather warning for Bulgaria’s Blagoevgrad
Bulgarian authorities have issued the “Code Orange” warning of dangerous weather for the south-western district of Blagoevgrad because of forecast high temperatures for August 12. All but four of Bulgaria’s […]
Clear skies, but bright moon, for peak of 2019’s Perseids over Bulgaria
The annual Perseids meteor shower will peak in Bulgaria’s night skies on August 12 and 23 2019, and the good news is that the weather forecast is for clear skies […]

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