Latest News from Bulgaria

Freight Train Derails Near Bulgaria’s Plovdiv

Five carriages of a freight train have derailed at Todor Kableshkov station near Bulgaria's city of Plovdiv Friday morning.

The incident happened at 8:25 Friday morning, Standartnews reports. The railway segment between Plovdiv and Stamboliyski has been temporarily closed, and passengers are being transported by buses instead.

Bulgaria, Israel to Further Foster Close Ties

Bilateral relations between Bulgaria and the State of Israel have deepened over the past years, according to Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin.

"Our friendship lies on deep historic roots, which we are now further developing for the people of our nations", Vigenin commented.

Upcoming Registration Deadlines for Bulgaria’s EU Elections

Bulgarians who wish to vote on the European elections from their current address of residency as opposed to their permanent one, must specify so by May 10.

This has to be done through a written request to the respective municipality or town hall, informs.

3.1-Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Western Bulgaria

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake was reported in western Bulgaria on Friday morning.

The quake struck at 6.41 am, its epicenter was 60km south of Sofia and 16km south of Samokov and its depth was 2km, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre, as cited by Sega daily.

Bulgaria's Sofia Central Railway Station Renovation Worth BGN 56M

Bulgaria's Ministry of Investment Planning has approved the project for the repair of Sofia Central Railway Station worth BGN 55.9M, Thursday.

Some EUR 20M of the total funding will be allocated under the Operational Program Transport, the Ministry announced.

Bulgaria's Bulgartabac Has A New Owner

Bulgaria's major tobacco company Bulgartabac has a new owner, shows the Austrian commercial register. 

Livero Establishment, registered in Lichtenstein, is the new owner of BT Invest – the Austrian company, which privatized the holding in 2011. 

It got a little less than 80% of Bulgartabac for EUR 100.1 M.

For now the BT Invest management remains the same. 

Bulgaria's CPC Accuses Bulgargaz Of Abuse Of Dominant Position

Bulgaria's Competition Protection Commission (CPC) accused the natural gas distributor Bulgargaz of abuse of dominant position. 

According to CPC, between August 2010 and end of 2012 Bulgargaz hindered competition and infringed customers' interests by forcing its clients to extend their contracts without the option to re-negotiate the conditions. 

Attias: Release of Libya HIV Case Medics Took 70 Hours of Talks

Cécilia Attias, ex-wife of former French President Sarkozy, met Thursday in Sofia with the Bulgarian medics who spent 8 years in prison in Libya over a HIV trial.

Cecilia Attias, then-wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, had a major contribution to the release of the medics.

Varna Thermal Plant "To Close", Employees Set to Go on Strike

All 316 employees of the thermal power station in Bulgaria's city of Varna are going out on strike.

They are demanding an end to the uncertainty surrounding the plant in Bulgaria's Black Sea city, which faces a potential shutdown and is currently now producing electricity, Bulgarian TV channel bTV has reported.

Growing Numbers of Bulgarian Pensioners Visit Greece

Bulgarian pensioners become more frequent visitors to Greek islands for Easter. 

A survey of Bulgaria's Darik national radio among tourist agencies found that this spring Greece and Turkey are more preferred by Bulgarians above middle age. 

Most Bank Charges Dropped from Bulgaria's New Consumer Credit Act

All bank charges except those for handling credits to be dropped is one of the proposed changes in the new Consumer Credit Act, Bulgaria's socialist MP Georgi Kadiev told NovaTV.

According to the MP from Bulgaria's Socialist Party, the new act which will be revised at second reading, stipulates the advance paying off of liabilities, too.

Ministers Agree to Boost Bulgaria-Israel Security Cooperation

Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman have highlighted security as an essential aspect of bilateral cooperation.

Liberman is on a visit to Bulgaria at the invitation of Yovchev from November 2013, according to the press office of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry.