Latest News from Bulgaria

Orthodox patriarchs visit Tirana

TIRANA - Leaders of Orthodox churches - including a delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by Patriarch Irinej - consecrated the Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana on Sunday.

The consecration service - a major event for all Orthodox churches - was led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Albania's Balkanweb reports.

Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow Issues 100,000th Visa for 2014

Bulgaria's Embassy in Moscow has issued the 100,000th visa for 2014 to a 2-year-old Russian girl, the Ministry of Economy and Energy informed, Saturday.

The Bulgarian Ambassador to Russia Boyko Kotzev greeted Oksana and her mother Elena Shishkina, who accepted the visa.

Bulgaria's Sofia Municipality Sends Aid to Bosnian Flood Victims

Bulgaria's Sofia Municipality has sent humanitarian aid to 30 families who were affected by the recent floods in Bosnia's capital Sarajevo.

The initiative is under the patronage of Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova and will help 30 families who lost their homes in the heavy floods in Sarajevo.

Gazprom Criticises EU Over South Stream Gas Pipeline

From Financial Times

By Christian Oliver in Brussels and Jack Farchy in Moscow

Gazprom has accused the EU of applying double standards to block its landmark gas pipeline into Europe in a case that looks increasingly likely to spiral into an acrimonious legal showdown.

Bulgaria's Balakov to Attract German Golfers to Local Courses

Bulgaria's legendary 1994 World Cup midfielder Krasimir Balakov is working on attracting German golfers to Bulgaria.

The Stuttgart football player turned Litex Lovech coach has already organized a week of events for German businessmen at the golf resorts near Bulgaria's Black Sea town of Kavarna, Dnevnik reports.

On World No Tobacco Day - 2 M Bulgarians Are Active Smokers

More than 2.1M Bulgarians, or about 30% of the population, are active smokers, according to a survey of the World Health Organization on occasion of May 31, World No Tobacco Day.

Some 40% of Bulgarian men and 19% of the women are smokers. Men smoke about 40 cigarettes a day, while women - 24 cigarettes, according to the statistiscs of WHO on tobacco smoking in Bulgaria for 2013.

Bulgaria Braces for 10 More Days of Thunderstorms, Hail

The heavy rains and the large hail that hit Bulgaria in the last week are expected to continue for ten more days, according to the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology.

The bad weather has brought thunderstorms and torrential rains throughout the country. Dozens of vehicles, houses, orchards and roads have been damaged due to the large hail.

Bulgarian MEP Names Announced by Central Electoral Commission

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) has announced the names of Bulgaria's 17 newly-elected MEPs.

On its website, CEC reveals that expected reshuffles were officially made in a few parties' European elections lists.

'Bulgaria without Censorship' Party Had Costliest Media Campaign

Populist party "Bulgaria without Censorship" of former TV host Nikolay Barekov had the most expensive media campaign for the European Parliament elections.

According to a survey of the Institute for Public Environment Development, the "Bulgaria without Censorship" party spent around BGN 1 085 655 on media coverage.

European Obesity Congress Winds up in Sofia

Crash diets, the dangers of eating too much white broad, gastric bands – whether they really work - and can you live off prunes?

It’s all been kicking off at the European Congress on Obesity, which ends May 31.

Bulgaria's PM Backs Juncker as Next EC President Candidate

Plamen Oresharski, the Prime Minister who heads Bulgaria's socialist-led government, said Friday he has thrown his support behind EPP nominee for Commission President.

After an unsuccessful no-confidence vote in Parliament, Oresharski told the media that he had backed the bid of conservative Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission President.

Bulgaria Best Balkan Country to Invest in, Foreign Policy Magazine

Bulgaria ranks 28th in the Foreign Policy Magazine's "Baseline Profitability Index", measuring countries' attractiveness for foreign investors.

Among the countries of the Balkan peninsula, Bulgaria is the highest ranked. Right behind, in 29th place, is ranked Macedonia. Romania is 43rd, Albania 53rd, Serbia 55th, Slovenia 74th, Turkey 79th, Croatia 90th, and Greece 101st.

Bulgarian Municipalities Struggling with EU Environment Funds Freeze

The suspension of funding under operational program "Environment" is a serious challenge to municipalities according to Spiridon Alexandrov, head of its Managing Authority.

Alexandrov, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio, explained Friday that there had been no case of suspended construction works so far, despite the slackened pace of work.