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Bulgaria, Estonia, Austria Approve Plan for EU Council Presidency Trio

Bulgaria, Estonia and Austria have officially approved the programme for the European Union's priorities in the next 18 months, at a meeting in Brussels between Prime Ministers Boyko Borisov, Juri Ratas and Christian Kern, the government's press office said. The programme is designed in response to ...

Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: Message to Macedonia Was Clear, Bulgaria Will Help When Asked

The message was very clear: Bulgaria will provide help when asked about it, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told BTV's morning show, commenting on the visit of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to Bulgaria. It was a historic visit at a high level, according ...

Parliament Asked to Strip of Immunity 3 MPs from Volya Party

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov asked the Parliament today to strip of immunity from prosecution three MPs from the Volya party, led by Veselin Mareshki, the Prosecutor's Office said. These are Veselin Mareshki, Krastina Taskova and Plamen Hristov. The requests are based on an investigation into ...

Three Dead, One in Serious Condition After Car Accidents in Last 24 hours

Three people died, while another one is in a serious condition after car accidents in the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said. 25 people were injured in 19 car accidents in the country. In Sofia city, authorities registered 141 light and one serious accident, with one injured person./ FOCUS ...

Sunny Weather Today, Maximum Temperatures 31°-36°

Today the weather will be sunny with high temperatures around noon and in the afternoon. There will be some clouds in the afternoon and evening, almost without rains. Light wind will blow from South-Southwest. Maximum temperatures will stand at between 31° and 36°. This is the weather forecast of ...

Bulgarian President on Official Athens Visit

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev begins an official visit to Greece on Friday at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Ekathimerini writes. Radev was scheduled to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Syntagma Square and will attend an official dinner hosted by ...

NSI: Poverty Line for Bulgaria Was BGN 308.17 in 2016

In 2016, the average monthly poverty line for the country was BGN 308.17 per capita. The number of people below this line was 1,638,700, equal to 22.9% of the population, the National Statistics Institute  said.The poverty line decreased by 5.4% compared to the previous year, while the share of ...

UK Offer to EU Citizens 'Very Fair', 'Very Serious': May

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday the offer she had made on the rights of EU citizens to live in Britain after Brexit was very fair and very serious and that her government would set out more detailed proposals on Monday, cited by Reuters reported. EU leaders greeted the offer made ...

Kazakhstan Denies It's in Talks to Send Troops to Syria

Kazakhstan is not conducting negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria and would only despatch troops there under a United Nations mandate, the Kazakh foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, cited by Reuters. On Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency had quoted the head of the defense ...

Bulgaria Busts Counterfeit Euro Distribution Gang

Bulgarian authorities have busted an organized criminal group responsible for distribution of counterfeit euro banknotes, the national Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Thursday, cited by Xinhua. Five members of the criminal group, all Bulgarians, were detained on Tuesday when they were ...

Bulgaria Continues Cooperation with EBRD

Bulgaria has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to guarantee support for projects, financed through the European structural and investment funds for 2014-2020, the government's press office said. The memorandum provides the basis for ...

Three Customs Employees Charged Over Bribes

The Specialised Prosecutor's Office has charged three employees from the customs of Burgas with a criminal conspiracy for bribes, the Specialised Appeal Prosecutor's Office said. The employees were detained in an operation on June 20, 2017. According to prosecutors, at the beginning of 2016 the ...

Parliament Changes Law to Remove Road Signs Warning Drivers of Cameras

The Parliament has approved in second reading some changes to the road traffic law that will remove road signs indicating the presence of cameras, FOCUS News Agency reports. In addition, the registration of a vehicle, whose owner gives it to a person with no driving licence, will be suspended for 6 ...

BSP Warns of Protests Unless it Gets Monument from State

The leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party , Korneliya Ninova, urged Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to keep what he had proposed about the Buzludzha monument, otherwise the socialists will protest in front of the government headquarters, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency reported. Ninova met with Regional ...

Hristo Smolenov, Antiterrorism Expert: Europe Behaves Like Victim, Attracting Aggressors

Europe behaves like a victim, which attracts aggressors, antiterrorism expert Hristo Smolenov told FOCUS Radio's Good Morning Bulgaria in relation to frequent terrorist attacks. Apart from terror, terrorism is already causing a desire for revenge and more terror, he said. According to him, the ...

Luxembourg Fines Private Bank Rothschild 9 Million Euros

Luxembourg watchdogs have fined the local arm of Swiss private bank Edmond de Rothschild nearly 9 million euros for failing to take proper safeguards against money-laundering, the authorities and the bank said on Thursday, cited by Reuters. A source familiar with the matter confirmed news reports ...

Kazakhstan denies it's in talks to send troops to Syria

Kazakhstan is not conducting negotiations on sending peacekeeping troops to Syria and would only despatch troops there under a United Nations mandate, the Kazakh foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday, cited by Reuters. On Thursday, Russia's RIA news agency had quoted the head of the defense ...

Bulgaria busts counterfeit euro distribution gang

Bulgarian authorities have busted an organized criminal group responsible for distribution of counterfeit euro banknotes, the national Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Thursday, cited by Xinhua. Five members of the criminal group, all Bulgarians, were detained on Tuesday when they were ...

Bulgaria continues cooperation with EBRD

Bulgaria has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to guarantee support for projects, financed through the European structural and investment funds for 2014-2020, the government's press office said. The memorandum provides the basis for ...

Three customs employees charged over bribes

The Specialised Prosecutor's Office has charged three employees from the customs of Burgas with a criminal conspiracy for bribes, the Specialised Appeal Prosecutor's Office said. The employees were detained in an operation on June 20, 2017. According to prosecutors, at the beginning of 2016 the ...

Parliament changes law to remove road signs warning drivers of cameras

The Parliament has approved in second reading some changes to the road traffic law that will remove road signs indicating the presence of cameras, FOCUS News Agency reports. In addition, the registration of a vehicle, whose owner gives it to a person with no driving licence, will be suspended for 6 ...

BSP warns of protests unless it gets monument from state

The leader of Bulgarian Socialist Party , Korneliya Ninova, urged Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to keep what he had proposed about the Buzludzha monument, otherwise the socialists will protest in front of the government headquarters, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency reported. Ninova met with Regional ...

Hristo Smolenov, antiterrorism expert: Europe behaves like victim, attracting aggressors

Europe behaves like a victim, which attracts aggressors, antiterrorism expert Hristo Smolenov told FOCUS Radio's Good Morning Bulgaria in relation to frequent terrorist attacks. Apart from terror, terrorism is already causing a desire for revenge and more terror, he said. According to him, the ...

Luxembourg fines private bank Rothschild 9 million euros

Luxembourg watchdogs have fined the local arm of Swiss private bank Edmond de Rothschild nearly 9 million euros for failing to take proper safeguards against money-laundering, the authorities and the bank said on Thursday, cited by Reuters. A source familiar with the matter confirmed news reports ...

Parliament approves changes for more effective collaboration between tax authorities

The Parliament has approved in first reading changes to the tax code to enhance the effectiveness in administrative collaboration between tax authorities, FOCUS News Agency reported. This will happen through expanded automatic exchange of information. The changes create rules for exchange of ...

PM Boyko Borisov on relations with Turkey: It is important for Bulgaria to secure its border

It is important for Bulgaria to secure its external border, any fence can be overcome, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told Nova TV's morning show. Our border fence is to support the army and police in case of a massive refugee flow, he explained. Regarding talks with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, ...

Congress Steps Up on Foreign Policy

When President Trump began taking a wrecking ball to some of America's traditional foreign policies, going so far as to threaten the country's long and sturdy relationship with its Western European allies, many hoped that the other branches of government would provide a counterweight to the ...

6km queue of trucks at Kapitan Andreevo, 4km at Lesovo

Traffic is intense on the Bulgarian-Turkish border. There is a 6km queue of cargo vehicles at Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint, while at Lesovo the queue stretches along 4 km, both at exit from the country. Traffic is also intense on the border with Greece, at Kulata checkpoint, while on the other ...

Two dead, 18 injured in car accidents in last 24 hours

wo people died, while 18 others were injured in 19 car accidents in the country over the last 24 hours, the Interior Ministry said. Two of the injured are in a serious condition. In the capital Sofia, one person died, while four were injured in 137 light and 4 serious road accidents./ FOCUS News ...

Clouds to develop in afternoon, with rains in some areas 22 June 2017 | 11:26 | FOCUS News Agency

Today the weather will be sunny in the morning, while in the afternoon clouds will develop over the country and there will be rains in some areas, mainly in the eastern and mountainous regions. This is the forecast of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology , Anna Dyakova told FOCUS News ...

Italian fighters to temporarily guard Bulgarian airspace

The Bulgarian government gave the green light for four Italian Eurofighter Typhoons to temporarily guard the country's airspace in order to strengthen the eastern flank of NATO, officials said Wednesday, cited by Xinhua. The Italian fighter jets are to operate from July 15 to Oct. 15 with the ...

Blast damages wall next to NATO military area in Turkey

An explosion damaged a wall next to a military area belonging to NATO in the western Turkish province of Izmir on Thursday, CNN Turk reported, but there were no reports of any casualties. The broadcaster said the blast occurred in a cemetery adjacent to the military area at 8 a.m. in the Gultepe ...

Britain's May promises to listen on Brexit as queen presents government program

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to listen more to businesses' concerns about Brexit as Queen Elizabeth formally opened parliament by announcing the government's program for the next two years, Reuters reported. Chastened by an election result which left her Conservative ...

Hristo Smolenov: Terror has led to hostage syndrome

Terror has succeeded in "infecting" European society and has led to a hostage syndrome, security expert Hristo Smolenov said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency with regard to the attempted attack in Brussels on Tuesday. He said this syndrome can be seen in the behaviour of certain circles, ...

Romanian PM ousted in no-confidence vote

Romania's prime minister and his government have been ousted in a no-confidence vote submitted by ruling party members. A total of 241 politicians approved the motion on Wednesday, more than the 233 votes required. The governing Social Democratic Party filed the motion to oust Prime Minister Sorin ...

Today is the Official Start of Astronomical Summer

The astronomical summer started at 7.24 on 21st of June. Today is the longest day of the year with a length of daylight of 15 hours and 19 minutes. Early this morning, with an ancient Thracian ritual, hundreds of people from all over the country welcomed the sun on the longest day of the year at ...

Bulgaria's Parliament decided to increase the minimum retirement pension

  Bulgaria's Parliament decided on 21st of June to increase the minimum retirement pension to 180 BGN as of 1st of July and to 200 BGN as of 1st of October 2017. The decision was adopted unanimously at first reading, with 187 MPs voting in favour. The bill has been submitted by the Council of ...

Georgi Dimov: Dividing line between Brussels and Ankara remains deep despite attempt for support

The dividing line between Brussels and Ankara remains a deep one, Georgi Dimov, former consul general of Bulgaria in Edirne, told FOCUS Radio' Good Morning Bulgaria. Despite good manners during the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim to Athens and Turkey's attempt to receive support ...

Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva: Common history must bring together two countries, not divide them

The common history must bring together two countries, not divide them, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told Bulgarian National Television with regard to the visit of Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to Bulgaria. She said there is mutual trust and goodwill at a high ...

Trump meets Ukraine's president, U.S. adds to Russia sanctions

President Donald Trump met with Ukraine's president on Tuesday and expressed support for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine but said nothing about Russia's role, while the U.S. government added to sanctions over Moscow's actions, reported Reuters. Trump sat down in the Oval ...

Prof. Todor Galunov: No unity in ruling coalition on election law changes

It is clear that there is no unity in the ruling coalition at this stage regarding changes to the Election Code, political scientist Prof. Todor Galunov told FOCUS Radio - Veliko Tarnovo.The recent rejection of the bill for a majority electoral system by the Parliament showed that ruling Citizens ...

Justice minister Francois Bayrou is quitting French government

France's justice minister Francois Bayrou, a key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, told AFP Wednesday he was quitting the government, as his party battles a funding scandal."I have taken a decision not to be part of the next government," Bayrou said, adding that he would hold a press conference ...

Bahrain bank exits investment in Bulgarian fertilizer giant

Bahrain-based First Energy Bank has exited its investment in a Bulgarian producer and distributor of fertilizers, Arabian Business reported.FEB had invested in December 2013 jointly with Borealis in Feboran, an investment vehicle set up in Bulgaria to acquire a 20.3 percent equity stake in ...

Bulgaria and Macedonia Close to Neighbourhood Treaty

Bulgaria and Macedonia are very close to signing their good-neighbourhood treaty, Prime Ministers Boyko Borisov and Zoran Zaev said after a meeting in Sofia. Zaev said he is confident that the signing will occur as soon as August 2, FOCUS News Agency reported.This is good both for Brussels and our ...

French Police Found Champs Elysees Attacker's Weapons

A man who rammed a car into a police van in Paris stored a cache of weapons at his home and held a gun permit despite being on a secret service list of people linked to radical Islam, police sources and French officials said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.A judicial source said investigators were ...

Deputy PM Valeri Simeonov: It is better to have dialogue with Turkey

It is better to have a dialogue with Turkey than an exacerbation in relations, Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov told BTV's morning show.The recent visit of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to Turkey and his meeting with Turkish President Recep Erdogan was a right move. Turkey is a neighbor country ...

Premier Filip on a Working Visit to Brussels

Prime Minister Pavel Filip is paying a working visit to Brussels during June 20 – 21. According to the Government's press service, the Premier will have meetings with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations ...

Merkel Ready to Consider Macron Eurozone Reform Ideas

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she was prepared to "consider" new French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals for a shake-up of the eurozone, AFP reported.Speaking to business leaders, Merkel said "we could of course consider a common finance minister, if the circumstances are ...

Champs-Elysees car attacker was on terror watchlist

A driver who attacked police on Paris's Champs-Elysees on Monday was a 31-year-old man who had been on a security watchlist since 2015 for membership of "the radical Islamist movement," sources close to the probe said. The man died after ramming a car into a police van on the prestigious avenue. ...

Prof. Anna Krasteva: Brexit manages to consolidate pro-European attitudes and reduce Euroscepticism

Brexit manages to consolidate pro-European attitudes and reduce Euroscepticism, political scientist Prof. Anna Krasteva, an expert in European politics, told FOCUS Radio's Good Morning Bulgaria. It is very important that the European citizens have become more Europeans amid Brexit, she said. ...