Latest News from Bulgaria

Wildfire Raging in Southern Bulgaria: 120 Decares of Forest is Burning

Some 120 decares of the forest are burning near the town of Vetren, Pazardzhik region in southern Bulgaria on August 22. According to initial reports, the fire started from the landfill, and from there on dry grass and shrubs it was transferred to the nearby forest and engulfed a large area of it, reports BNT. 

Energy forum to take place in Thessaloniki

The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics are the co-organizers of the Southeast Europe Energy Forum that will take place at the Met Hotel in Thessaloniki on September 6, a day before the opening of the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair.

Cosmetics Maker Bulgarian Rose Beats July Sales Forecast

Cosmetics producer Bulgarian Rose [BUL:4BH] said on Thursday that it pocketed sales revenue of 697,000 levs ($396,000/356,000 euro) in July, exceeding its forecast for 638,000 levs in monthly revenue, reports SeeNews. 

The company's accumulated sales in the first seven months of the year amounted to 2.83 million levs, Bulgarian Rose said in a bourse filing.

New boutique hotel opens in Rhodes

Thomas Cook has just opened a new urban boutique hotel, Cook's Club City Beach Rhodes, in the Old City of Rhodes.
The 18-room hotel on the largest of the Dodecanese islands is the eighth of the Cook's Club brand and follows recent openings in Bulgaria, Egypt, Spain and Turkey.
The collection's first hotel opened on Crete in 2018.

Bulgarian Economy Ministry: VOSS Automotive Plans New Plant in Eastern Europe

Bulgaria's economy ministry said on Thursday that the ministry's secretary-general met with representatives of German car parts maker VOSS Automotive to discuss the company's plans to set up a new production facility in Eastern Europe and the options to build the plant in Bulgaria, reports SeeNews. 

West Nile Virus Case in Bulgaria Linked to Cyprus

Two cases of the West Nile Virus have been confirmed in Bulgaria, with one of the patients said to have lived in Cyprus during a part of the summer, reports Ekathimerini.

4 New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever Have Been Reported in Ruse

Four new outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in Ruse, Darik News reports.

"There are diseased animals in an industrial farm in the village of Karamanovo in the Municipality of Tsenovo. There are 4,500 animals raised and their killing and burial began yesterday", said Dr. Nikolay Nenov of the Regional Food Safety Directorate.

Bulgaria First in the EU Will Offer Insurance Against Hacking Attacks

Bulgaria is the first country in Europe to offer insurance against hacking attacks. Both citizens and institutions and businesses will be able to benefit from the service. The IT sector has been pushing for more effective work between institutions and the private sector to prevent hacking attacks. One good example is Israel, where good public-private partnerships work.

Cyber Insurance is Now Entering the Bulgarian Market

The Bulgarian government and the IT industry must cooperate to create cyber-security infrastructure, said Bulgarian Cybersecurity Association President Miroslav Stefanov during an open discussion on "Public-Private Partnership Opportunities in the Field of Cybersecurity."

Business always goes a few steps, he said.

Gallup Survey: Half of the Bulgarians Think that the State Is to Blame for Their Problems

About half of the Bulgarians believe that the state is to blame for their problems. This way of thinking is more common among the older people, while the younger ones blame themselves for their personal problems more. The data is from a Gallup International survey, part of a sociological agency's monthly research program.