Latest News from Bulgaria

BNR: Bulgaria has 93.75 of 100 Points According to Gender Equality Index

Bulgarian institutions have been working actively against anti-Semitism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ekaterina Zaharieva pointed out during chairing the 7th session of the National Coordination Mechanism for Human Rights, BNR reported.

Driving Instructors Protest

Driving instructors from across the country with more than 400 cars joined a protest on January 14 in the centre of Sofia against a plan for new rules for conducting driver training courses. 

From midday they blocked the traffic on Tsar Osvoboditel bulevrad in the section between Rakovski street and Dondukov boulevard.

Bulgaria's Roma Celebrate New Year’s Eve

On January 13th, the Bulgarian Roma celebrate their new year. The day, known as Vasilyovden or Bango Vasil (literally "The Limping Vasil"), is celebrated by all Roma groups in Bulgaria and is associated with many Gypsy legends, BNR reported.

Bulgaria and Qatar Will Cooperate in the Fields of Education, Research and Technology

The Minister of Education and Science Krasimir Valchev and the Minister of Education and Higher Education of Qatar, Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, signed an Agreement on cooperation in the field of education, research and technology between Bulgaria and Qatar. This was reported by the MES.

North Macedonia’s ‘Honeyland’ Enters Race for Oscars

Photo: Honeyland / Samir Ljuma

Their film has been nominated in two categories, for Documentary Feature Film and also for International Feature Film, formerly known as Foreign Language Film.

The film enters the Oscar competition after it previously, last year, won several prizes at the US Sundance film festival.

Romania to take over command of standing NATO group on Jan. 16

Romania will take over on Thursday the command of NATO's SNMCMG - 2 Standing Mine Countermeasures Group 2, the Romanian Chief of Navy Defence Staff reported in a statement released on Monday. The SNMCMG-2 command, provided by Captain Commodore Valentin-Catalin Vlad, will be exercised, for six months from the Romanian Navy's Vice Amiral Constantin Balescu (PM-274) mine sweeper command ship.

Weather Forecast: Fog in Some Places, Maximum Temperatures between 4C and 9C

It will be mostly sunny today, with low clouds or fog in lowland areas and along the Danube.

In most areas it will be fairly calm, with light to moderate southwest wind in eastern Bulgaria. Maximum temperatures mostly between 4C and 9C, lower in areas with persistent fog. Atmospheric pressure will drop slightly, but will stay higher than the average for the month.

US is against the Second Line of the TurkStream Gas Pipeline

"The USA is against the second line of the Turk Stream gas pipeline intended for gas supplies to Southeast Europe via Bulgaria, because our country views it as geostrategic project of Russia", the United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale said in an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio. 

Bulgaria Minister Resigns after Arrest Over Water Crisis

Bulgaria's Minister of Environment and Water, Neno Dimov, has resigned and been charged with deliberate mismanagement of a water crisis. He faces further grilling over a scandal concerning transports of scrap from Italy.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov accepted his resignation on Friday. Dimov stepped down after being arrested on Thursday.

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