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Bulgaria says Covid-19 epidemic is subsiding
The Covid-19 epidemic in Bulgaria is subsiding and the number of new cases is decreasing in relative terms, Professor Todor Kantardzhiev of the national operational headquarters said on June 2. […]
Tourism: Summer is here – but not as we may know it
The summer holiday for many people is a “rite” as opposed to being an option. There are times, of course, in life when each of us has to forgo this […]
Bulgaria’s deputy environment minister, facing criminal charges, dismissed
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov has fired Deputy Environment Minister Krassimir Zhivkov, the government press service said on June 1, following Zhivkov’s arrest on May 28 on criminal charges. Zhivkov […]
Bulgarian leaders join tributes to late artist Christo
Bulgarian leaders are among those who have joined in paying tribute to late Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who died on May 31 at the age of 84 in New York City, […]
Sirens to sound in Bulgaria on June 2 2020 to honour memory of Hristo Botev
Across Bulgaria, sirens will sound for two minutes at noon on June 2 2020 in an annual custom honouring the memory of revolutionary, poet and rebel Hristo Botev, who died […]
Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Active cases drop to 1289
As of the morning of June 1, there are 1289 active cases of Covid-19 in Bulgaria, down from the 1441 a week earlier on May 25. The operational headquarters against […]
For third month, Bulgaria’s road deaths lower than in 2019
The road death toll in Bulgaria from January 1 to May 31 2020 was 42 lower than in the first five months of 2019, according to preliminary figures posted by […]
Bulgarian-born artist Christo dead at 84
Artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, known as Christo, died of natural causes on May 31 2020 at the age of 84, at his home in New York City, according to a […]
Bulgaria drops quarantine for passengers from most European countries as of June 1
As of June 1, passengers arriving in Bulgaria from most European countries – but not those with the largest outbreaks of new coronavirus – will no longer be required to […]
S&P Global re-affirms Bulgaria’s BBB credit rating, outlook revised to stable
S&P Global Ratings has re-affirmed its long- and short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Bulgaria at ‘BBB/A-2’, but downgraded its outlook from positive to stable. The change […]
Bulgaria January-April 2020 Budget surplus at 1.63B leva
Bulgaria’s Finance Ministry said on May 29 that the consolidated Budget surplus for the first four months of 2020 was 1.63 billion leva, exceeding the ministry’s forecast of 1.59 billion […]
Covid-19 cut illegal drug supply in Bulgaria, pushed up prices – report
The Covid-19 pandemic crisis has resulted in reduced availability in Bulgaria of cannabis, heroin, cocaine and synthetic drugs, while the price per kilogram of cannabis herb in the country has […]
Covid-19: Flight suspensions, border closures devastated Bulgaria’s April visitor numbers
The number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria in April 2020 was just less than 89 per cent lower in April 2020 than in April 2019 as the […]
Bulgaria’s Traffic Police caught 17 123 motorists speeding in four-day operation
In a four-day operation between May 22 and 25, Bulgaria’s Traffic Police caught 17 123 motorists speeding, the Interior Ministry said on May 29. The four-day operation was held as […]
NSI poll shows slight recovery in business sentiment in Bulgaria in May 2020
Business sentiment in Bulgaria staged something of a recovery in May 2020 after plummeting in April to its lowest level in 23 years, according to the results of a monthly […]
Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Quarantine to be lifted for those arriving from most European countries
Based on morbidity data in Europe, there will be a decision to lift the 14-day quarantine for those arriving in Bulgaria from most European Union countries, Serbia and North Macedonia, […]
Bulgaria’s deputy environment minister held as part of alleged organised crime group
Bulgaria’s Deputy Environment Minister Krassimir Zhivkov was one of six people taken into 24-hour custody on May 28 following high-profile raids by prosecutors and police in Sofia and several other […]
Bulgaria’s Supreme Court declines Prosecutor-General’s request to review Palfreeman parole
Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation has left without consideration a request from the Prosecutor-General to review the Supreme Administrative Court ruling allowing parole for Jock Palfreeman. Palfreeman was granted parole […]
Association: Half of Bulgaria’s restaurants are open, 20% are bankrupt
Currently, about 50 per cent of restaurants in Bulgaria while 20 per cent have gone bankrupt, the head of the Bulgarian Association of Restaurants, Richard Alibegov, said in a television […]
Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Number of active cases continues to fall
There are currently 1478 active Covid-19 cases in Bulgaria, a reduction of 100 in less than a week, according to figures released by the national operational headquarters on May 28. […]
Bulgaria’s Parliament approves new food law
Bulgaria’s National Assembly has approved, unanimously and without debate, the second reading of a Food Bill. The bill sets out the general requirements for food safety, for business operators in […]
Bulgaria Air restoring Sofia – Varna flight frequency
Flag carrier Bulgaria Air is restoring a large part of the frequencies of its flights between Sofia and Varna. Since May 25, Bulgaria Air has operated two flights a day […]
EC proposes 750BN euro ‘Next Generation EU’ rescue plan
The European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, with a 750 billion euro budget to ensure the economy recovery from the Covid-19 crisis is […]
Bulgaria’s Cabinet votes 800 000 leva to feed people hit by Covid-19 crisis
Bulgaria’s Cabinet has approved additional spending of 800 000 leva (about 409 000 euro) by the Ministry of Health for food for people hard-hit by the Covid-19 crisis, the government […]
Poll: 37% of accommodation establishments in Bulgaria cut staff in April
About 36.8 per cent of accommodation establishments in Bulgaria reduced staff in April, according to a poll by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), the results of which were released on […]
Statistics institute: Close to 58% of businesses in Bulgaria had decreased revenue in April
About 57.6 per cent of businesses in Bulgaria’s non-financial sector saw their revenue from sales of goods and service drop in April 2020 compared with March, the National Statistical Institute […]
Covid-19 in Bulgaria: Deaths rise to 133, recoveries to 912
A total of 17 of the 1557 samples tested in Bulgaria for new coronavirus in the past 24 hours proved positive, operational headquarters secretary Dimo Dimov said on May 27. […]
Coronavirus in Bulgaria: Eight women killed by partners as domestic violence reports spike
An emergency fund to combat domestic violence in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic has been launched in Bulgaria, against a background of eight women having been killed by their […]
Bulgaria’s Health Minister: Restaurants, bars fully open from June 1
From June 1, restaurants, fast food places, bars, coffee shops and children’s and sports facilities indoors may fully open for business, Bulgaria’s Health Minister Kiril Ananiev has announced. Ananiev allowed […]
Covid-19 in Bulgaria, May 26: Opening of theatres and opera, and another promise about restaurants
Theatres, opera houses and dance halls are re-opening, Bulgarian National Radio said on May 26 after representatives of dance associations and the Union of Bulgarian Actors held talks with the […]

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