Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Agricultural Land Records Price Hike

The average price of agricultural land in Bulgaria has increased by 313% in the last 13 years, according to statistics.

In 2013, two-thirds of all real estate transactions were for agricultural land, an analysis of the Agricultural Marketing Information System shows. Prices increased by 4.6% in 2013 compared to the previous year.

Half of Bulgaria's Medics Will Retire Within 10 Years

The shortage of medical professionals in Bulgaria will reach dramatic levels in the next 10 years.

According to a survey of the Bulgarian Medical Union (BMU) nearly half of the current doctors will retire, while the majority of recent graduates are planning to work abroad.

Macedonia Launches Construction of Key Motorways

Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski announced over the weekend the start of work on the two new motorway segments financed by a loan of 574 million euro from the Chinese Export-Import Bank.

Italy Coach: Bulgaria, Croatia Potential Group Winners

The coach of Italy's national football team Cesare Prandelli pointed Bulgaria and Croatia as difficult opponents for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers.

Sunday's draw in Nice placed Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia, Norway, Azerbaijan, and Malta in Group H for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Bulgaria Draws Italy, Croatia for Euro 2016 Qualifiers

The draw for the qualification round of the football European Championship 2016 took place in Nice, France on Sunday.

Bulgaria was drawn in Group H together with Italy, Croatia, Norway, Azerbaijan, and Malta.

Bulgarian President in Sochi for Closing Ceremony

Bulgaria's President Rosen Plevneliev is in Sochi for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

The head of state arrived in Sochi on Saturday, where he met with the Bulgarian athletes who are still at the Games, as well as the broadcasting team of the Bulgarian National Television. Later he watched the men's relay in the biathlon, where Bulgaria finished 15th.

City Court Returns Wiretapping Case against Bulgaria's Former IM

Sofia City Court returned the illegal wiretapping case against Bulgaria's former interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov to the Prosecutor's Office.

Magistrate Petar Gunchev has found serious procedure violations in the indictments against former IM Tsvetanov and three former executives with the specialized directorate for operational and technical operations.

Another ATM Robbed in Bulgaria's Capital City

Another ATM robbery was reported Friday night in Bulgaria's capital city of Sofia.

Some BGN 60 thousand was stolen from an ATM located in a grocery store in Banishora district around 8.00 pm, Nova Tv reports.

Three-Fourths of All Loans in Bulgaria Up to BGN 5000

Some 75% of all loans in Bulgaria are for amounts of less than BGN 5000, according to data of the Bulgarian National Bank by end-2013.

The number of loans for up to BGN 5000 is 2,001,363 out of 2,654,324 total number of physical persons loans.

National Theater to perform in Turkey

BELGRADE - Belgrade's National Theater will participate in the first International Balkan Countries' Theater Festival to be held in the Turkish city of Bursa on March 8-22, with their production of William Shakespeare's Henry VI, National Theater released on Thursday.

Besides the host country, the festival will gather theaters from Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Romania.

Bulgaria, Macedonia Mull Joint Infrastructure Projects

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin and his Macedonian counterpart, Nikola Poposki, have sent a joint letter to EU seeking aid for joint infrastructure projects.

Making Serbia Part of the Picture

The Serbian film Commission, SFC, has mapped out 160 locations suitable for filming as part of a bid to attract more producers of feature films, TV shows and commercials to Serbia.

The project, financed by the European Union and the Austrian Agency for Development, includes 34 municipalities and cities connected to the river Danube.

Hamam Balkania published by Istros Books

BELGRADE - Hamam Balkania by Vladislav Bajac translated into English by Randall Major has been published by London-based Istros Books, the Belgrade-based publishing house Arhipelag stated on Wednesday.

Istros Books is a UK publishing house dedicated to literature from south-eastern Europe.

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Romania's GDP growth leads the EU

Quarterly economic growth registers at 1.7 percent in Romania, Eurostat says. In other business news: Turkey ranks third in a list of the world's friendliest destinations for Muslim travellers; Albania encourages Italian investment.

The GDP in Romania grew by 5.1 percent this year. [AFP]

Dacic: Serbia wants good relations with all neighbors

DIMITROVGRAD - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that Serbia wants good relations with all neighbors, and the normalization of relations with Pristina, but that its position on the non-recognition of Kosovo's independence remains the same.