Latest News from Bulgaria
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Socialist MP Kornelia Ninova announced that the concept of "substantial market power" would be introduced in Bulgaria's Competition Protection Act.
In a Thursday interview for bTV, Ninova explained that the Commission for Protection of Competition had been given 3 months to prepare the methodology and identify companies possessing substantial market power.
Socialist MP Yavor Kuyumdzhiev has assured that electricity prices in Bulgaria will not increase for years.
"Anybody may request an increase in power rates but what matters is what the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) permits, and the demands of power distributors are unrealistic," Kuyumdzhiev said Thursday in an interview for Nova TV.
Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness
Memories of friendship and solidarity were forged among athletes from the Balkans and Turkey during the 2014 Sochi Games.
The region's Olympians, like alpine skier Igor Laikert of BiH, returned home from Sochi this week with many memories. [AFP]