Latest News from Bulgaria

PM Oresharski, Laszlo Andor Discuss Pension Reform, Youth Unemployment

PM Plamen Oresharski and the European Commissioner Laszlo Andor have discussed the future of the Bulgarian pension reform, as well as the structural unemployment, Monday.

The European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor has met with Prime Minister Oresharski earlier Monday during his two-day visit to Sofia.

Bulgaria's VP Turns On President Plevneliev over Commission Hearing

Margarita Popova, Bulgaria's Vice-President, has voiced criticism at President Rosen Plevneliev.

She made her position clear following Plevneliev's decision not to attend a session in a Committee allegedly targeting his activities.

Bulgaria's Agriculture Producer Prices Drop by Nearly 12% in Q1 2014

The index of producer prices in agriculture in the first quarter of 2014 decreased by 11.8% in comparison with the same quarter of 2013.

The crop output index decreased by 19.2% and the animal output index-by 2.1%. Compared to the previous year the prices of agricultural output have increased by 2.7%, National Statistical Institute official data shows.

Festivals, Sporting Events Bring Record Price Hikes in European Hotels

Hotel prices have increased across Europe in May, according to the monthly Hotel Price Index released by hotel search site trivago.

Based on the 50 most popular European cities on trivago.co.uk, one night in May will cost an average of GBP 110 which is a 12% increase compared to April.

52 Thousand Jobs Created in 2014 – Bulgarian Deputy Social Minister

Some 52,000 jobs were generated in the first four months of 2014, Bulgarian Deputy Social Minister Rositsa Yankova claimed, Monday.

For Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) Yankova commented that the trade and services and industry sectors have shown signs of recovery.

Serbia at Cannes Film Festival

BELGRADE - Serbia will be presented by the movie entitled Leto bez meseca (Moonless Summer) directed by Stefan Ivancic in the official selections of this year's Cannes Festival.

The movie was produced by the Faculty of Dramatic Arts and the Belgrade-based Non-Aligned Films and it will be displayed as part of Cinefondation program on May 21.

Man Sues Bulgaria's Traffic Police for Stress And Ill Health

A resident of Bulgaria's town of Shumen is suing the traffic police for causing him stress and ill health, reports Bulgaria's public broadcaster BNT. 

In 2012 Minko Baev received a speeding fine of BGN 500 for allegedly driving with 131 km/h on a road where the limit was 60 km/h. 

Income of Hotels in Bulgaria Grows Thanks to Local Tourists

The income of hotels in Bulgaria in March grew by 9.9% and reached BGN 32.9 M, year-on-year, mostly thanks to local tourists, shows data of the National Statistics Institute (NSI). 

The growth of income from Bulgarian tourists was 20.1%, even though they stayed in hotels of lower categories and for a shorter period, compared to foreign tourists. 

Gabriel Byrne, Juliette Binoche to Shoot New Movie in Bulgaria

The Hollywood stars Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne will arrive in Bulgaria for a new movie shoot in May-June.

Byrne who is known for films such as The Usual Suspects, Stigmata, and Oscar Award Winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat, The English Patient) will star in a new movie called Nobody Wants the Night (Nadie quiere la noche) directed by Isabel Coixet.

Der Spiegel: Germany Fears Russia's Influence in Bulgaria

The original article is from German magazine Der Spiegel's website

Berlin is concerned over a growing influence of Russia on the government in Bulgaria, Germany's Der Spiegel has argued in an article.

Bulgaria's Food Producers to Take Part in Trade Show in Shanghai

Bulgarian producers will take part in the International Food and Beverage Trade Show SIAL China 2014 in Shanghai in the period 13 - 15 May 2014.

For the first time, 17 Bulgarian companies will participate in the prestigious event under the EU project for the International Promotion of Bulgarian companies, the SME Promotion Agency informed.

Bulgaria, Macedonia Tackle Tensions With Religious Celebration

The joint celebrations dedicated to the saints widely regarded as the fathers of Slavic literary culture took place on Sunday in Sofia, coming at a time when the two countries' political ties remain strained.

Bulgaria’s M-Tel Raises BGN 50,000 in Foster Care Campaign

Bulgaria's largest telecom M-Tel gathered BGN 50,000 for supporting foster families in its campaign "Adopt a child. Create a future".

The funds were raised through SMS, bank transfers, and donations in the special boxes at each M-Tel store across the country.

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