Latest News from Bulgaria

EU Funding to Boost Bulgaria's E-Governance

The European Union will grant Bulgaria EUR 127M for the establishment of e-governance in the next EU programming period 2014-2020.

The funds will be provided under the new Good Governance operational program, Standard daily reports.

New Europe Bridge Increased Bulgaria-Romania Turnover

The New Europe Bridge, previously known as the Danube Bridge 2, has increased commodity turnover between Bulgaria and Romania.

Bilateral trade between the two countries now exceeds EUR 3B. Romanian export to Bulgaria grew by 9%, and Bulgarian export increased by 6%, Romanian Embassy counselor Victor Dediu revealed Thursday, Bulgarian Standard News reports.

Bulgarian Socialists Query Minister’s Ukraine Visit

Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin’s trip to Ukraine on Tuesday has sparked controversy among MPs, with MPs from the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party and the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms expressing shock.

The MPs said they did not understand whether it was Bulgaria’s position or his own stance on the Ukrainian crisis that the minister was representing.

Bulgarian Municipalities Demand 2-3% of Personal Income Tax

The National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB) has demanded that 2-3% of the personal income tax be redirected to local authorities.

Todor Popov, Chair of NAMRB, explained Thursday that the measure would bring an additional BGN 500 – 600 M into the budget of the local authorities.

USS Truxtun Sails In the Black Sea for Exercises with Bulgaria's Navy

The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Truxtun is bound for the Black Sea for military exercises with Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces. 

According to the US military publication Stars and Stripes, the ship departed from Greece early Thursday and its visit is unrelated to the current events in Ukraine. 

Former EU Funds Min To Lead GERB EU Elections List

Bulgaria's former EU Funds Minister Tomislav Donchev was appointed EU elections 2014 list leader of center-right opposition GERB party.

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister and GERB leader Boyko Borisov announced the news in front of Bulgarian journalists in Dublin.

Bulgaria PM to Back Ukraine's Territorial Integrity at EU Summit

Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski believes that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should have a leading role in the solution of Ukraine's financial problems.

Oresharski told journalists in Brussels that the EUR 11 B financial package proposed by the EU was sufficient at this stage.

A Wax Statue of Alexander the Great To Be Displayed in Skopje

The new archaeological museum of Skopje will display wax figures of Alexander the Great, his father Philip II, his mother Olympia, and other alleged Macedonians.

Among them will also be the Greek philosopher Aristotle, the Byzantine emperor Justinian, the Balkan folk hero Krali Marko and the Bulgarian king Samuil. 

Bulgaria’s Pironkova Suffers 1st Round Loss in Indian Wells

Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova suffered a rough defeat in the first round of the tennis tournament in Indian Wells.

Pironkova lost 2:6, 1:6 to USA's Madison Keys in a match which lasted only 53 minutes. This was the first meeting between the two players.

Keys will face Italian Roberta Vinci in the second round.

Tori Amos To Perform in Sofia

The alternative rock singer Tori Amos will perform in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 20. 

The concert in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture (NDK) is part of her European tour presenting her most recent album, “Unrepentant Geraldines”, set for release in May. 

Tickets go on sale today can be bought at the Eventim.bg and Ticketportal.bg websites and at the box offices.

Masked Man Releases Swarm of Butterflies in Bulgaria's Parliament

A masked man released a swarm of big colorful butterflies in the Parliament building in Sofia Thursday at noon.

The peculiar event happened just before the lunch break of MPs, according to reports of the BGNES news agency.

Bulgaria Ranks First in Unfortunate EU Health Statistics

Bulgaria ranks first in EU terms of stroke mortality rates, according to the Health Strategy 2014-2020.

Some 160 out of 100,000 Bulgarians die of stroke, compared to the average EU mortality of 51 people, Bulgarian Pressa reports.

Bulgarian MEP Warns of Negative Impact of EU Visa Sanctions on Russia

The EU cannot plug the holes in Ukraine's economy, according to Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivaylo Kalfin.

Speaking at a meeting with Bulgarian journalists in Brussels, Kalfin argued that Ukraine could get assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the IMF was the body which could solve the country's immediate problems.

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