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Bulgaria’s independent English-language news and features website.

Bulgaria’s SJC begins disciplinary inquiry into judge barred from US
The judges college of Bulgaria’s Supreme Judicial Council voted on February 18 to open a disciplinary inquiry into Specialized Criminal Court judge Andon Mitalov, the subject of a ban on […]
Bulgaria provides additional 200 000 leva to help Albania recover from earthquake
Bulgaria pledged 200 000 leva (about 100 000 euro) in additional humanitarian aid to Albania at a donor conference held by the European Union in Brussels, the Foreign Ministry said. […]
Bulgaria Air signs code share partnership with Qatar Airways
Bulgaria Air has signed a code share partnership with Qatar Airways, the Bulgarian flag carrier said in a media statement. This will provide customers of Bulgaria Air with a quick […]
Ukrainian national in Bulgaria tests negative for coronavirus
A Ukrainian national in Bulgaria’s Stara Zagora, who recently returned from China, has tested negative for the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on February 17. The test was conducted […]
Judge asks sides to consider settlement in Sofia air quality lawsuit
The latest hearing in the class-action air pollution lawsuit against Sofia city hall has not resulted in a final ruling on February 17, prompting presiding judge Albena Boteva to inquire […]
Number of stray cats in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv soaring – report
A German NGO estimates that there are now 50 000 stray cats in Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv, a number eight times higher than the official statistic of the municipality, Bulgarian […]
Bulgaria annual inflation hits new seven-year high 4.2% in January
Bulgaria’s annual consumer price index (CPI) recorded 4.2 per cent inflation in January, data released by the National Statistical Institute (NSI) on February 14 showed. This was the highest year-on-year […]
Bulgaria records 0.7% economic growth in Q4 2019 – flash estimate
Bulgaria’s economy posted 0.7 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2019, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said in a flash estimate on February 14. In real terms, gross […]
Bulgaria’s Deputy PM: Buying voting machines will cost about 30M leva
Preliminary government estimates are that buying voting machines will cost about 30 million leva (about 15.3 million euro), Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev told reporters on February 14. Donchev […]
Sixth annual ‘Coffee of Tolerance’ held in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv
The leaders of the Muslim community in Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv held on February 14 the sixth annual “Coffee of Tolerance” event at the Dzhumaya Mosque, hosting representatives of the […]
Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry warns on general strike in Greece on February 18
Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry has issued a warning to citizens that a general strike is planned to be held in Greece on February 18. Public and private sector unions in Greece […]
WJC urges Bulgarian Academy of Science to correct gross historical manipulation about labour camps for Jewish men during WW2
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has urged Bulgarian Academy of Science head Julian Revalski to publicly correct the gross historical manipulation at a “national round table” that claimed that labour […]
World Jewish Congress welcomes court action against organisers of Lukov March
The World Jewish Congress has written to Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev expressing sincere gratitude for the prosecutor’s application in the Sofia City Court to de-register the Bulgarian National Union Edelweiss, […]
Bulgarian Jewish organisations welcome prosecutor’s move against Lukov March organisers
The Central Israelite Religious Council has written to Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev commending the steps taken against antisemitism and hate speech in Bulgarian society as well as against the Bulgarian National […]
Bulgaria’s marriage rate just below EU average – Eurostat
Bulgaria had a marriage rate of 4.1 per 1000 inhabitants in 2018, just below the European Union average of 4.4 per 1000, EU statistics agency Eurostat said on February 14 […]
Reporters Without Borders: Bulgarian journalists threatened, mocked by top officials
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on the Bulgarian authorities to stop trying to intimidate the country’s journalists, who have been subjected to a series of verbal attacks and threats […]
Details of Bulgaria’s planned new toll system for heavy vehicles
As from March 1 2020, road vehicles with a total technically permissible maximum weight exceeding 3.5 tons travelling on paid road sections in Bulgaria will have to distance-based road charges […]
EU winter economic forecast for Bulgaria cuts 2020 growth estimate to 2.9%
Bulgaria’s real GDP growth is expected to “slow significantly” in 2020, reaching 2.9 per cent, according to the European Commission’s winter economic forecast, released on February 13. The Commission’s new […]
EU health ministers urge member states to step up co-operation against new coronavirus
European Union health ministers held a special meeting on February 13 for an exchange of views on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a statement said. The health ministers adopted a […]
Prosecutors: Charges against Vassil Bozhkov now number 11
The number of criminal charges against controversial Bulgarian businessman Vassil Bozhkov now adds up to 11, it emerged from a statement by the Prosecutor-General’s spokesperson Siika Mileva. Two further charges, […]
Sofia City Art Gallery extends exhibition of post-Ottoman paintings of Bulgaria’s capital
Because of high levels of interest among the public, Sofia City Art Gallery has extended the closing date of its exhibition “Words, Images, Places”, marking the 140th anniversary of the […]
Brexit: Bulgaria’s Parliament to vote changes to ID documents laws in February
Bulgaria’s Parliament is to vote the second reading of amendments to legislation related to the Brexit withdrawal agreement in February 2020, allowing British citizens living in Bulgaria to use personal […]
Bulgaria’s consumer watchdog says differences in food with rest of EU ‘minimal’
Scientific comparative analysis of food and beverages of the same brands sold in Bulgaria and elsewhere in the European Union has established only a few minimal differences, the Consumer Protection […]
Bulgarian PM: Government will buy voting machines for all polling stations
The Bulgarian government will provide funds to buy voting machines so that there is one at each polling station at the next elections, Prime Minister Boiko Borissov told a Cabinet […]
Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General orders probe into post-communist privatisations
Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General Ivan Geshev has instructed the State Agency for National Security (SANS) to carry out a full review of the entire privatisation process during the country’s transition from communism […]
Motorist in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv caught driving at 170km/h in a 50km/h zone
A Traffic Police camera in Bulgaria’s city of Plovdiv snapped a motorist driving at 170km/h in a 50km/h zone on February 11, the Interior Ministry said. The motorist, who had […]
Two from Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission face organised crime charges
A current and former member of Bulgaria’s Gambling Commission have been charged with involvement in an organised crime group allegedly headed by Vassil Bozhkov, it emerged on February 11 from […]
Bulgarian Justice Minister asked to provide proof why judge barred from US should be dismissed
The judicial college of the Supreme Judicial Council has given Justice Minister Danail Kirilov seven days to submit evidence to support his request for the dismissal of Specialized Criminal Court […]
New coronavirus: Bulgaria’s Health Ministry opens hotline
Bulgaria’s Ministry of Health opened on February 11 an information hotline for the public and organisations to get information about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus epidemic. Information from an epidemiologist is available […]
Sofia Prosecutors ask court to de-register Lukov March organiser Bulgarian National Union Edelweiss
The Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office has lodged an application in the Sofia City Court to cancel the registration under the law on non-government organisations of the Bulgarian National Union Edelweiss, […]



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