Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria Has Formally Completed US Conditions For Visa Removal

Bulgaria has formally fulfilled the last requirement for the removal of US visas for Bulgarian citizens.

The draft intergovernmental agreement between Bulgaria and US on exchanging information on targeted terrorism surveillance, approved by Bulgaria's government on Wednesday, creates a legal framework for bilateral exchange of information with a view to preventing terrorism.

Bulgaria Anticipates Good Grape Crop in 2014

Bulgaria anticipates a big wine grape yield of high quality in 2014, according to Ivan Pachev, Director of the Pleven-based National Institute of Viticulture and Oenology.

Pachev, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency, informed that it had been a good winter for vines, with no frost damage.

Record Crowd Expected in Sofia for Ludogorets - Valencia

A record number of 43,000 spectators are expected during Thursday's Europa League match between Bulgaria's Ludogorets Razgrad and Spain's Valencia.

The first leg of the 1/8 finals of the tournament will be played in Sofia's Vasil Levski National Stadium, from 8 PM local time.

Maxim Behar in Davos: А PR Guy Never Grows Old!

Bulgaria's PR expert Maxim Behar gave an exclusive presentation called 'Real life-story shared: 'А PR guy never grows old!'' at the World Communication Forum in Davos.

3% of Global Retail Chains Plan Expansion in Bulgaria – CBRE Report

Bulgaria ranks 46th in a report of property consultants CBRE on the top destinations for expanding global retail chains.

According to the survey, as cited by investor.bg, some 3% of the polled international retail chains expressed interest in expanding their business in Bulgaria.

Macao, India, Oman and Serbia have similar scores.

Amendments Ban Foreigners from Driving Cars with BG Plates Abroad

Amendments to Bulgaria's Traffic Act, passed at first reading in Parliament on Thursday, ban foreigners from permanently driving cars with Bulgarian registration plates.  

If the amendments come into effect, the Bulgarian car registration will have to be terminated and the plates returned. The violators would face a fine of BGN 300. 

2 Bulgarian Parties, 1 Coalition Received Funding from Unclear Sources

According to the National Audit Office, 25 political formations complied with election fundraising rules, while two parties and a coalition received funding from unclear sources.

The report includes 22 political parties, 7 coalitions, and an initiative committee.

Bulgaria's President to Meet Queen Elizabeth II

The British embassy in Sofia said that Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is to meet Queen Elizabeth in London on March 18.

During his visit to the UK, Plevneliev will be accompanied by a business delegation who will attend a business forum organized by the UK department for trade and investment.

Bulgarian Security Agency Warns Of Increased Terrorist Risk

There is an increased risk of extremist and terrorist groups in Bulgaria, concluded a report of the State Agency for National Security (DANS). 

The agency has identified the “considerable risks for national security”, but did not specify them. In 2013 it has investigated nearly 100 000 dubious people and has deported from Bulgaria 128 foreigners, deemed dangerous for Bulgaria. 

Work on South Stream Continues, Says Economy Minister

Tasks regarding the South Stream are under way at a technical level, Bulgaria's Economy Minister Dragomir Stoynev has said.

He asserted that the gas pipeline project has not come to a halt despite "political" factors that might lead to delays, Stoynev explained in an interview for the Bulgarian National Television.

Bulgarian Irrigation Systems Employees Stage Nationwide Protests

Hundreds of people working for Irrigation Systems are set to begin demonstrations across Bulgaria. 

They are protesting over the lack of payment at the state entity, which is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy, Bulgarian website Dariknews.bg has reported.

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Now in its fourth year, INTERPA is a growing international organisation aimed at improving the quality of police training.

Police training academies from Turkey and several Balkan states helped establish the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA) in 2011. [AFP]

Serbia's Ikarbus, Mercedes roll out bus

The new vehicles will be sold in Southeast Europe and cost 135,000 euros. Also in business news: Bulgaria will receive 127 million euros from the EU to help establish an e-governance programme.

Serbia in group with Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cameroon

PARMA - Serbia's women volleyball team will play in Group B of the 2014 FIVB Volleyball World Championship in Italy, with the national teams of Brazil, Turkey, Bulgaria, Cameroon, and the winner of the qualifying tournament in Canada, it was decided at the draw ceremony in Parma, Italy, on Monday afternoon.

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