Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria's DPS Confirms EU Election List, Peevski Is Second

Bulgarian MP Delyan Peevski, whose appointment as head of the national security service sparked nationwide outrage, was confirmed to be second in his party's EU Elections list.

The order in the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS)'s list was confirmed after the party introduced it to the Central Electoral Commission, Bulgaria's television channel bTV reported.

Bulgaria Still Not Planning EU Funding, Report Says

Lack of priorities in distributing EU funds between 2014 and 2020 may be one of the reasons why Bulgaria is lagging behind the rest of Europe, a report by Bulgaria's National Audit Office says.

In its report, the Audit Office set out to find out whether the country was ready to manage European funding for 2014-2020.

Unit 5 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy NPP Stopped for Annual Overhaul

Unit 5 of Bulgaria's Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was stopped for a planned annual overhaul at 2.22 am on Sunday.

The outage will be used to conduct the planned repairs and preventive maintenance of the equipment and the systems of the N-plant unit, including the implementation of the measures under the National Action Plan of Bulgaria after the stress tests.

Christians Celebrate Easter, Pope Blesses World

Christians across the world celebrate Easter Sunday as this year the celebrations of all Christian denominations fall on the same date. 

According to reports, 100 000 faithful from across the world gathered at St. Peter's square in the Vatican to hear Pope Francis' blessing Urbi Et Orbi – To The City and The World at noon. 

Earthquake Felt in Bulgaria's Chirpan

A 2.6 Richter scale earthquake was registered near Bulgaria's town of Chirpan  at 2.39 AM. 
There are no reported damage or victims. 

Half of Bulgarian Employers Loosen Purse Strings on Easter

Despite the crisis, almost half of Bulgaria’s companies will give Easter bonuses, a study of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry shows.

Some 43% of employers will give incentives to their workers, usually ranging between 10-30% of their salaries, BNT reports.

Heavy Rains, Floods, Car Crashes on Holy Saturday in Bulgaria

Fatal car crash near the town of Sandanski, accident on Hemus motorway, heavy rains and floods marked the Holy Saturday in Bulgaria.

Four young people - two boys and two girls were killed in a car crash on the main road E-79 near Sandanski, BGNES reports.

Jerusalem Holy Fire to Arrive in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv on Holy Saturday

The Holy Fire, which is ignited every year at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, is to be brought to Bulgaria at 6.30 pm on Holy Saturday.

The official clergy delegation is headed by Plovdiv metropolitan bishop Nikolay, who was elected to deliver the Holy Fire by the Holy Synod again this year.

EU Does Not Consider South Stream Priority – Official

South Stream gas pipeline is not considered priority for the EU, press secretary of the EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, Sabine Berger, said on Saturday.

“As for organization of negotiations on South Stream, over discussing the project we, surely, should consider the general context of the relations between Russia and the EU,” she told Itar-Tass.

Bulgarian Drivers Advised to Put Winter Tires

Bulgaria’s traffic police has warned drivers to put winter tires on their cars for travelling in the higher regions over the weekend.

The unseasonably cold weather will persist throughout the weekend, with snowfall likely in the mountainous areas. With temperatures dropping overnight, the wet surface of the roads could turn to ice in some places.

Legendary Martin Petrov to Retire in Summer

Former Bulgarian national team player Martin Petrov revealed his plans to retire from professional football in the summer.

The 35-year-old left winger returned to Bulgaria in the fall to play for CSKA Sofia after an illustrious career in Switzerland, Germany, England, and Spain.

Orthodox Bulgarians Mark Good Friday

Orthodox Christians are marking Good Friday, the day that commemorates the death of Jesus Christ by crucifixion.