Latest News from Bulgaria

New Medical Teams To Join Sofia Emergency Care Center

The new teams of doctors from hospitals in Bulgaria's capital of Sofia that will provide help to the city emergency care unit will be set up, Tuesday.

The physicians from the municipal hospitals will work temporarily under civil contracts with the Center for emergency care. Thus, the emergency care teams in Sofia will increase from 11 to 20, Bulgarian National Radio reports.

Macedonia Shrugs Over Halt to South Stream Pipeline

Macedonian industry is not in danger of suffering from a shortage of gas as a result of the halt to construction of the South Stream pipeline in the region, experts say. 

The pipeline, set to transport Russian gas through the Black Sea to Bulgaria and then to Italy and Austria, transiting several Balkan countries, is facing difficulties.

Turkey hosts Balkan youth to boost interaction

Turkey hosts Balkan youth to boost interaction

A new initiative would tell Turkey's story to future leaders of Balkan countries.

Thirty-seven young people from across the Balkans gathered in Turkey last month to participate in a youth conference in order to boost interaction between Turkey and the Balkan countries.

Life Extension of Units 5, 6 of Kozloduy NPP to Cost EUR 500-600 M

The projected cost of the extension of the lives of units 5 and 6 of the Bulgarian Kozloduy nuclear power plant has been increased to EUR 500 – 600 M.

The evaluation of Stanislav Antipov, Deputy Director-General of Rosenergoatom has been increased from the forecast of EUR 400 M announced in the beginning of 2014 and the EUR 266 M estimate presented in 2012.

Prosecutor Seeks 8-Year Jail Term for Ex Anti-Mafia Unit Head

The prosecuting authority has requested a penalty of eight years of imprisonment for Orlin Todorov, former head of the ani-mafia unit in Bulgaria's Veliko Tarnovo

The trial is underway at the Veliko Tarnovo District Court.

Bulgaria Sees Off Last Military Contingent to Afghanistan

Bulgaria will send its 27th and last military contingent to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), on June 10.

The official ceremony will take place in the city of Kazanlak and will be attended by the Defense Minister Angel Naydenov, Chief of Defense General Simeon Simeonov and the Permanent Undersecretary of Defense Dobromir Totev.

Russians Invested EUR 18 B in Property in Bulgaria

The Russian citizens own 300 000 properties in Bulgaria and invested around EUR 18 B, reports Deutsche Welle. 

According to estimates, this is about 10 times more than the officially recognized investments by Russian companies in Bulgaria. Thus Russia becomes the largest foreign investor in Bulgaria's economy. 

Italy Outpaced China by Exports to Bulgaria – UniCredit Bulbank COO

Italy's exports to Bulgaria are three times the Chinese exports to the country, according to Andrea Casini, Chief Operating Officer of UniCredit Bulbank.

Speaking Monday at the conference "Bulgaria and Italy: We Build Together" organized by Confindustria Bulgaria, he noted that Italy was Bulgaria's third biggest partner after Germany and Russia.

PM comments on South Stream, Labor Law

PM comments on South Stream, Labor Law

BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has said that when it comes to South Stream "for Serbia, everything is proceeding as planned."

"Any possible decision to the contrary will be made only by the government," the prime minister told a news conference on Monday, held ahead of his trip to Germany later this week.

Amendments to Tourist Act to Ease Registration of Touroperators

Amendments to Bulgaria's Tourist Act will ease the registration procedure of touroperators and agents and will cancel the categorization for bars and restaurants. 

Thus, the bars, restaurants, cafeterias and fast food joints will not need to receive “stars” for their category.

Serbia Stops South Stream Gas Pipeline Too

Serbia has to postpone the South Stream gas pipeline construction works after Bulgaria's decision to suspend work on the project, according to Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister.

In an interview for Serbian newspaper Blic, Zorana Mihajlovic specified that Serbia was to wait for the conclusion of talks between Bulgaria, Russia and the European Commission.

South Stream "looks irreversible" - Bulgarian minister

South Stream "looks irreversible" - Bulgarian minister

BEIJING -- Bulgaria has not given up plans to build the South Stream natural gas pipeline, Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev was quoted as saying on Monday.

He also described the Gazprom-led project as "irreversible," Reuters reported.

Bulgaria's Construction Production Shrinks By 2% in April Y/Y

In April 2014, Bulgaria's production in construction, calculated on the base of seasonally adjusted data, was 1.3% below the level of the previous month.

In April 2014 working day adjusted data showed a decrease by 2.0% in the construction production, compared to the same month of 2013, according to the preliminary data by the National Statistical Institute.