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Number of Crimes Registered In Sofia Down

''We have registered a drop in the number of crimes registered in the capital last year, with grand theft outo marking a considerably decrease'', Mladen Marinov, Director of the Sofia Interior Ministry directorate told reporters, according to BNR. A total of 22.292 criminal offences were registered ...

The Supreme Administrative Prosecution Office Cotests a Decision of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission On Heat Energy

The Supreme Administrative Prosecution Office has contested a decision of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission on setting the price of heat energy, the press office of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Bulgaria has announced, quoted by Focus News Agency. Today, the Supreme ...

No Parliamentary Blitz-Control at the National Assembly

There will be no blitz-control at the National Assembly every first Wednesday of the month. The MPs adopted the amendments to the Rules of Organisation and Procedure of the National Assembly, FOCUS News Agency reports with 113 MPs votes in favour of the motion, 83 against, and zero abstaining. The ...

MPs Will Not Be Freezing Their Salaries

MPs will not be freezing their salaries. This was made clear after the vote on the new rules of procedure of the National Assembly, endorsed after a final vote in parliament today, BNR reported. The Bulgarian Socialist Party proposal that the MPs' basic salary remain unaltered at the December 2016 ...

Estonia says Russia May Put Troops in Belarus to Challenge NATO

Estonia's defense minister said on Thursday that Russia may use large-scale military exercises to move thousands of troops permanently into Belarus later this year in a warning to NATO, Reuters reported. Russia and Belarus aim to hold joint war games in September that some North Atlantic Treaty ...

Bulgaria Asks For Change In Mechanism For Contracting Prices For Russian Gas

''The price of natural gas, which this country buys from Russia's Gazprom to be renegotiated each year, while for the first two years, this renegotiating to be made once each six months. '' This is the Bulgarian position in view of the discounts offered by the Russian giant, BNR reported. ''They ...

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The portal Naij.com has become one of the most visited and fast-growing online Nigeria newspapers, and its popularity grows every day. These great achievements are the result of the diligent work over Naij.com usability and content. Only true professionals in the sphere of programming, design and ...

Boyko Borisov Says Coalitional Agreement Guarantees Stable Ruling

After GERB and the United Patriots has signed the coalitional agreement and President Radev had handed over to future PM Boyko Borisov the mandate for the constituting of the new government, the latter commented that the agreement guaranteed stable rule, BNR reported.The document envisages a cabinet ...

President Hands Over Mandate For Cabinet Forming to Boyko Borisov

President Rumen Radev handed to GERB leader Boyko Borisov the mandate for the forming of Bulgaria's new government, BNR reported. The head of state congratulated Borisov for the coalitional agreement signed minutes earlier with the United Patriots coalition, which rules that the new cabinet will be ...

Significant Increase of State Revenues Over Past 3 Months

Caretaker PM Ognyan Gerdzhikov announced in a TV interview that the state revenues over the past three months have increased by EUR 800M on the same period of 2016, quoted by BNR. The premier said this growth has due to the well-working economy and the good collectability of the customs and the ...

Angela Merkel: 'EU-Turkey Ties 'Severely Hit' by Ankara Developments'

The relationship between the European Union and Turkey has been severely hit by actions taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, AFP reported. "The developments over the past weeks have severely hit German-Turkish ties as well as ...

The Council of Ministers Approves Bulgaria's Position on Brexit Talks

The Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved Bulgaria's positions for the April 27 EU General Affairs Council and the April 29 European Council in an EU27 format . The two forums are to adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks. Bulgaria supports the core elements of the draft guidelines, ...

Bulgarian President to Hand Borisov Exploratory Mandate to Form Government on April 27

Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party leader Boyko Borisov will formally receive the opportunity to form his third government when head of state President Rumen Radev hands him an exploratory mandate on April 27. The ceremony of handing over the mandate will take place at the Presidency in Sofia on ...

Trump Says He Won't Pull US Out of NAFTA

President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, ABC News reports. The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls Wednesday between the world leaders. The White House says the president ...

Large Blast and Fire at Damascus Airport: Syrian Observatory

A large explosion hit in the area of Damascus International Airport followed by a fire in the same place early on Thursday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said, Reuters agency reports. The cause of the blast was not clear, it added.

Joint Bulgarian-American Flight Drill Starts

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defense has announced that at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Southern Bulgaria, US F-15C fighter jets are to land for participation in a joint Bulgarian-American flying training ''Thracian Eagle – 2017'', BNR reported. In order to achieve greater interoperability of the ...

EU Launches Legal Action Against Hungary Over Education Law

The EU launched legal action against Hungary on Wednesday over a law that could shut a university founded by US billionaire George Soros, the European Commission said, AFP reported. "We have decided to take legal action on the higher education law by sending a letter of formal notice to the ...

Caretaker Government Places Gripen Jets Offer First

At a meeting on Wednesday, the caretaker government adopted the conclusions of the special committee set up for the acquiring of a new type of fighter jets, BNR reported. The committee has placed Sweden's SAAB Gripen jets offer at first place, it was reported. The Swedish bid was preferred over ...

Bulgarian Customs Officers Seize Record Amount of Heroin

The Bulgarian Customs Agency has reported that officer have seized the record amount of 214 kilos of heroin, worth about EUR 7M at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey. The heroin was transported in cans in a lorry driven by an Iranian citizen.

Every 3 Months, Parliament To Invite the Prosecutor-General To The Legal Affairs Committee

The National Assembly adopted Đ° proposal to amend the Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly so that the Committee on Legal Affairs can invite the Prosecutor-General to a hearing every three months, FOCUS News Agency reported. The motion was proposed by Danail Kirilov of the Citizens for ...

Bank Deposits Of Bulgarian Households Keep Growing in March

 At the end of March 2017 the bank deposits of the non-governmental sector in Bulgaria reached a level of EUR 43.3 bln. Or 72% of forecast GDP. The average rise is 8.4%. Deposits of households reached EUR 22.7 bln. , marking an annual growth, data by the Bulgarian National Bank showed, quoted by ...

The Prosecutor's Office Investigates NEC's Consultancy And Legal Services Contracts

The Prosecutor's Office is checking contracts that have been concluded by the National Electricity Company with consultancy and legal service firms. This was announced for FOCUS News Agency by Spokesperson for Prosecutor-General Rumyana Arnaudova. The NEC has their own administrative capacity to ...

Today Is European 'No Elevators Day'

The European No Elevators Day is marked today and all citizens, institutions and organizations, supporting the active lifestyle take part in it, BNR reported. The campaign has been organized in Bulgaria as of 2012 with three main goals: to provide more information on the benefits of physical ...

Mostly Sunny Today, Maximum Temperatures Between 20°C and 25°C

Today it will be mostly sunny. Clouds will develop temporarily around midday and in the afternoon, mostly in the mountains, slim chance of rain, according to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences , quoted by FOCUS News Agency. South-southeast light ...

Bulgaria Ranks Lowest Among All EU Countries in Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index

Bulgaria is ranked lower in the World Press Freedom Index 2017 than any other European Union member, Reporters Without Borders said in its annual report on the index, quoted by BGNES. This is due to an environment dominated by corruption and collusion between media, politicians, and oligarchs ...

France Says Samples From April 4 Syria Chemical Attack Prove Government Used Sarin

Samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "undoubtedly" used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria, France's foreign minister said on Wednesday, citing a declassified report, Reuters. The attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun ...

Funds Contracted Under EU Exceed 40%

The funds contracted under the EU end-April are 40.29%, an enquiry on the implementation of the European programmes shows, quoted by BNR. The spending of over EUR 3.6 bln. Out of more that EUR 9 bln. Envisaged has been contracted. 56% of the Regions in Growth OP's money has already been contracted, ...

Employment Rate in Bulgaria Going Up

The level of employment in Bulgaria for active people, aged 20-64, increased last year on 2015, an Eurostat analysis reads, quoted by BNR. The employment index reached 67.7% in 2016 on 67% in 2015, European statistics reports. The index was 71.1% with men last year and 64% with women, on 70.4% and ...

Sergei Stanishev: EU's Main Task Is To Restore The Spirit Of Solidarity

''Europe's main task is to restore the spirit of solidarity, of common purpose and common destiny'', the President of the Party of European Socialists Sergei Stanishev said at the international conference Quo Vadis Europe: Globalism vs. Populism held in Bulgaria's capital Sofia on Tuesday, BNR ...

Sweden Releases Second Man Held Over Stockholm Attack: No Longer a Suspect

Sweden on Tuesday released a second suspect held in connection with the deadly Stockholm truck attack earlier this month, prosecutors said, The Local writes. The person is no longer a suspect,' the prosecution authority said in a statement, providing no other details about the person nor the reason ...

3.5 km Queue of Trucks at Bulgaria's Dunav Bridge 2 Border Checkpoint

There is a 3.5 kilometers long queue of trucks at the Dunav Bridge 2 border checkpoint at the exit of the country. This was announced by the border police officer on duty for Radio FOCUS – Vidin. The queue of trucks on entry is 1 km long. Traffic is busy, all six lanes are open. At the other two ...

Boyko Borisov: Opposition's Statement That It Would Provide Assistance on Important Topics is Populism

The affirmations of the opposition that it would provide help under important topics is populism and the behaviour of the Bulgarian Socialist Party on the topic related to Bulgaria's Presidency of the Council of Europe is irresponsible'', the leader of GERB Boyko Borisov said after the consultations ...

Migrant Smuggling Network Dismantled Near Dunav Bridge Checkpoint

 A network for smuggling of migrants from Bulgaria to Romania through Dunav Bridge border checkpoint with the participation of a Bulgarian Police Officer was dismantled in a successful operation of the Bulgarian competent authorities, BNR reported. Officers of Romaina'a Anticorruption Directorate ...

Number of UAE Tourists Showing Interest in Bulgaria's Nature Increases

Number of tourists from the United Arab Emirates showing interest in Bulgaria's nature and mountain holidays, especially in the Rhodope region, has increased, BNR reported. It became clear at Bulgaria's pavilion at the biggest international tourist exhibition in the Middle East-Arabian Travel Market ...

Theresa May to Meet EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier

The Prime Minister will host Michel Barnier and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for a working dinner at Downing Street at 7pm on Wednesday, writes The Press and Journal. It will be the first time Mrs May has met Mr Barnier since taking office and the outcome of the meeting could ...

Kornelia Ninova:''We Are Worried About the Demographic Crisis and Poverty in Bulgaria''

''During the meeting with President Rumen Radev we confirmed out stand that we are to remain an opposition at the 44th National Assembly due to the will of the Bulgarian people'', the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party Kornelia Ninova said after the consultations held with Bulgaria's head of ...

Kornelia Ninova: 'BSP Will Not Split Because of Georgi Gergov's Resignation'

''The Bulgarian Socialist Party will not split because of Georgi Gergov's resignation'', said the party leader Kornelia Ninova, according to Focus News Agency. ''The decision was taken at a National Council meeting after Gergov had tendered his resignation and BSP considers the matter closed'', she ...

Two People Dead, One's Life in Danger After Road Accidents in the Past Day

Two people died and one's life was in danger due to road accidents in Bulgaria in the past 24 hours, the press centre of the Ministry of Interior announced. A total of 12 road accidents occurred in the country, in which 12 people were injured. In the capitol Sofia, a total of 174 minor and 3 serious ...

President Expects to Hand Over Mandate on Thursday

President Rumen Radev unveiled in Sofia the 8th edition of the annual Webit, BNR reported. Festival for technologies, innovations and investments. The event gathered representatives  of business, technologies, sciences and politics on the territory of the first science & technology park in ...

Spain Arrests Moroccans Suspected of Links to Belgian Islamist Attacks

Spanish police arrested eight people and raided 12 properties in Barcelona, in an operation against suspected Islamist militants carried out in conjunction with Belgian police, police said on Tuesday, Reuters reported. Some of those arrested were suspected of links to the Belgian suicide bombings in ...

Until 17:00h on April 27, Transit Through the Vitinya Tunnel on Hemus Motorway Is Stopped

From today until 17:00 Bulgarian time on April 27 , the two-way transit through Vitinya tunnel to Sofia on Hemus motorway is stopped due to short-term repairs to improve the condition of the facility and increase traffic safety. This was announced by the press centre of the Road Infrastructure ...

Consultations Start Between President Rumen Radev and BSP for Bulgaria

The consultations of Bulgarian President Rumen Radev with the parliamentary group of Bulgarian Socialist Party for Bulgaria started, according to FOCUS News Agency. The BSP for Bulgaria Chairperson Kornelia Ninova, and deputy chairs of the parliamentary group Anton Kutev, Zhelyo Boychev, Krum ...

Man's Body Found in Front of Residential Building in Sofia, Regions is Closed Off

The body of a man was found in front of a residential building on Gurgulyat Str. in Sofia, announced the press centre of Sofia Directorate of the Interior, quoted by FOCUS News Agency. The authorities were notified at a little before 7:00 Bulgarian time today, April 25. The region is closed off, ...

President Rumen Radev: Bulgaria In No Way Seeking Problems With Turkey

''Let me state very clearly that Bulgaria does not seek in any way problems with Turkey'', commented Bulgarian President Rumen Radev for journalists, FOCUS News Agency reported. On the contrary, I said numerous times that the Bulgarian government does everything possible to develop good neighbouring ...

3km Long Queue of Trucks Formed at the Exit of Kapitan Andreevo Checkpoint

A 3km long queue of cargo vehicles formed at the exit of Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint, while at Dunav Most – Vidin border checkpoint the queue was 2km, the press centre of Chief Directorate Border Police announced. The information about traffic on Bulgarian border checkpoints is by 06:00 ...

Le Pen Steps Aside as National Front leader

Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front party, BBC reported. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron. Ms Le Pen told French ...

Bulgaria May Ask For More Time to Explore Gazprom Concessions

Bulgaria may need more time to respond to concessions proposed by Russian gas giant Gazprom in an EU antitrust case, its energy minister says, adding that while Sofia see the concessions as positive it will like to see them expanded, Business Day writes, quoted by Focus News Agency. A provisional ...

US Submarine Arrives in South Korea as Tensions Rise

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson, BBC reported. North Korea is celebrating its army's 85th founding anniversary on ...

'Cats' Musical To Be Staged at Sofia's NDK

On May 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th , 2017, CATS will be on stage at hall no. 1 of the National Palace of Culture . A team of more than 100 dancers, actors, technicians and managers will be coming to Sofia for this one. Seven trucks will drive all the way down here, transporting the décor and ...

35% of Bulgarian Population Living in Poverty

A 2016 Eurostat poll on social trends and poverty indexes within the EU has found out that some 2.5M Bulgarians, or nearly 35% of the population, lived in poverty. The agency sees the term as impossibility for unhindered payment of monthly utilities and the coverage of unexpected expenses, central ...