Latest News from Bulgaria

State of Emergency Lifted in Dobrich

The state of emergency in Bulgaria’s northeastern city of Dobrich has been lifted, but there is still plenty of cleanup work to be done after the devastating floods.

Every Third Schoolchild In Bulgaria is Overweight

Thirty percent of the Bulgarian schoolchildren aged 6-19 are overweight and 12.7% are obese, shows a study on school feeding in Bulgaria.

It was done between 2010-2011 by the National Centre for Public Health an Analysis and the Pediatrics Department of the Sofia Medical University, reports Mediapool.bg. 

Lending Rates Report Slight Increase in May – BNB

Slight lending rates growth both on a monthly and on an annual basis in almost all segments was recorded by Bulgaria's National Bank in May, 2014.

The total loan portfolio of businesses and households increased by BGN 77.8M (0.14%) in May, and the increase on an annual basis is by BGN 982.8M (1.84%), Capital Daily reports.

Floods Threaten Bulgaria’s Harvest

The harvest season in Bulgaria could be delayed as a result of the intensive rains and floods in the country.

“Up to 250,000 decares of wheat have been destroyed by the rains and it could take at least a week longer than usual for the machines to go in and collect the harvest”, Agriculture Minister Dimitar Grekov said, quoted by Investor.bg.

Garbage Fee in Bulgaria May Be Divided into 2 Payments

Bulgaria's Finance Ministry has proposed to divide the garbage fee into two parts.

One part of the payment will be for cleaning public spaces and the other part for collecting household waste.

If the amendments to the Local Taxes and Fees Act are approved, the new garbage fee will enter into force in the beginning of 2015, according to reports of econ.bg.

Bulgarian President to Attend SEECP Summit in Bucharest

President Rosen Plevneliev will take part in the meeting of the heads of state and government of the South East European Co-operation Process (SEECP) countries on June 25.

This is the highest level of political dialogue in the region in this format, according to the President's press office.

The SEECP was launched on Bulgaria's initiative in 1996.

4.4 Earthquake in Southern Romania

An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on the Richter scale was felt in Romania and Bulgaria on Tuesday night.

The epicenter was 4km northwest of Corabia, a town on the Romanian side of the Danube, 45km north of Pleven. The tremor, at 10:39 pm, was felt in parts of northern Bulgaria as well.

There have been no immediate reports of damages.

Rain Delay Breaks Pironkova at Wimbledon

Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova was defeated in the first round of the Wimbledon Grand Slam, 7:6, 2:6, 2:6 by Varvara Lepchenko of the United States.

The match began on Monday, with Pironkova winning the first set in a tie break. At 2:0 for Lepchenko in the second, the match was suspended due to the rain in London. Eventually it was postponed for Tuesday.

Bulgarian Ex Interior Minister Decries Backslide in Trafficking Fight

Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Deputy Chair of center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), has complained of a decline in the sphere of fighting human trafficking.

Tsvetanov, former Interior Minister, presented a report on the topic at an international conference on human trafficking in Munich, according to reports of the GERB press office.

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