Latest News from Bulgaria

Epicenter of Earthquake Located off Greek Samothrace Island

The epicenter of the earthquake which occurred on May 24 is near the Greek island of Samothrace, Bulgaria's National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography reports.

The magnitude of the quake that shook Bulgaria and Greece at 12.25 was 6.9 on the Richter scale, according to the latest data by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center.

More Than 20 Quakes Recorded in Aegean Sea, Saturday

More than 20 earthquakes were recorded in the Aegean Sea on May 24, prior to the one that shook Bulgaria Saturday afternoon.

The quakes epicenter was about 440 km from Bulgaria's capital Sofia with a magnitude between 5.7 and 6.0 on the Richter scale.

Bulgarian Delegation to Honor Saints Cyril, Methodius in Rome

The Day of Bulgarian Letters, Education and Culture, May 24, Saturday, will be marked in Rome, as well.

The Bulgarian officials, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova, will attend on May 24 the ceremony at Vatican's Basilica of San Clemente paying tribute at the grave of St Cyril, one of the missionary brothers who created the Cyrillic alphabet in the 9th century.

Latvia, Malta, Slovakia and The Czech Republic Head to Polls, Saturday

The Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia are heading to the polls on the third day of the European elections, Saturday.

The UK and the Netherlands held elections on Thursday, Ireland voted on Friday, while the rest of the EU member states, including Bulgaria, will exercise their right to vote on the last day of the European Parliament Elections, Sunday May 25.

Bulgarian Polling Agencies Form 'Carthel' Before EU Vote - Expert

A carthel agreement is in force among Bulgaria's polling agencies ahead of the European elections on Sunday, a prominent political scientist has warned.

Antoniy Galabov told the Bulgarian National Radio that it "functions through various polling agencies" and has dimensions different from [those of] sociology.

Foreign Minister Vigenin: Italy Backs Bulgaria's Schengen Bid

Italy supports Bulgaria's Schengen bid, according to Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin.

Speaking Friday after a meeting with his Italian counterpart Federica Mogherini, Vigenin announced that Italy and Bulgaria would also work together on the implementation of the South Stream gas pipeline.

Bulgarian Environmentalists Awarded New European Prize

The Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds has won the Natura 2000 prize, which is being awarded for the first time by the European Commission.

The award is given out in a few categories, with Nature Protection being the most contested one.

Bulgaria's FinMin Predicts 2.1% GDP Growth in 2014

Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov has predicted an economic growth of 2.1% in 2014.

Speaking Friday in Plovdiv, where he attended a meeting with local business representatives, he suggested that the upward revision of the forecast had been triggered by statistics for the last few quarters.

Bulgarians' Travels Increase By ¼ in Q1 2014

The tourist trips of Bulgarians have risen by 24.4% in Q1 2014 year-on-year, shows data of the National Statistics Institute (NSI). 

In the first three months of this year a total of 684 700 Bulgarians over the age of 15 went on a tourist trip. 

The majority – 84% - travelled within Bulgaria, 12.8% went abroad and only 3.2% travelled both in and outside Bulgaria.