Latest News from Bulgaria

Hong Kong's Market Anticipates Bulgarian Production

Hong Kong's market is open to Bulgarian producers, as was stated at the 'Hong Kong: Your Partner for Success in China' Business Forum in Sofia.

Many popular Bulgarian products such as wine, yogurt, honey and rose oil are practically unknown in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council regional director Stephen Wong commented.

Midnight Afghan Melee Occurs in Bulgaria's Sofia City

A 17-year-old boy was stabbed in the abdomen in a fight between four Afghan citizens in Bulgaria's Sofia city center, Monday night.

Participants in the melee which occurred near Lion's Bridge in Sofia have all been detained, Bulgaria's BGNES reports. The victim has been taken to hospital, his life is out of danger.

Bulgaria's EDCs: We Are Concerned About the Energy Sector

Two of three of Bulgaria's electricity distribution companies (EDCs), EVN and CEZ, expressed their concern with the situation with the country's energy sectors. 

The two, plus Energo-Pro, are threatened with losing their licenses, unless they pay to Bulgaria's National Electricity Company (NEK) BGN 318 M by the end of today. 

New Bulgarian Social Network Eyes EU Market

A Bulgarian company developing online products is set for expansion at a European level.

Getlokal has decided to step into the European market with its social media which aims at sharing consumers' feedback on visited location, according to Bulgarian website

New Car Sales in Bulgaria Up 27%

The sales of new cars in Bulgaria grew by nearly 27% in the first two months of 2014. 

According to the data of the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) in January and February in Bulgaria were sold 2883 new automobiles, which is by 26.5% more than in the same period of 2013. 

Bulgaria To Test Tracking Bracelets for Criminals

Bulgaria will offer to 180 parolees and people with suspended sentences to wear tracking bracelets, said Justice Minister Zinaida Zlatanova. 

The wearing of bracelets will be voluntary, as Bulgarian law does not provide for such mandatory measures. Zlatanova, however, said that if the project is successful, the law will be amended to allow the mandatory wearing of tracking devices. 

Bulgaria To Set Up Cultural Police

Bulgaria will set up a police task force, responsible for cultural matter, said Culture Minister Petar Stoyanovich. 

It will be similar to Italy's cultural police and its main goal will be combating art theft, treasure hunters and the illegal export of artifacts. 

Bulgaria's Child Protection Agency Devotes 2014 to Children's Rights

State Agency for Child Protection declared 2014 the children's rights year in Bulgaria.

Following the example of the United Nations, the State Agency chair Eva Zhecheva launched the initiative which dedicates each month to the protection of two specific children's rights, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) informs.

Buena Vista Social Club To Perform in Bulgaria

The Buena Vista Social Club band included Sofia and Plovdiv in their farewell tour this summer. 

On June 30 the popular Cuban band will perform in Hall 1 of Sofia's National Palace of Culture (NDK). On July 1 they will appear on the stage of Plovdiv's Roman amphitheater. 

Israel to Build University in Bulgaria's Pravets

Israel will begin the construction of a new university in Bulgaria's Pravets as an affiliate of an elite university in the city of Ariel.

The main focus will be on the Department of Local Government and Public Administration. The new institution will also offer courses in Law, Medicine and Humanities, Standart daily reports.

EVN, Energo-Pro Fined BGN 1 M Each, CEZ To Follow Suit

The State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) fined the power distributors EVN and Energo-Pro BGN 1 M each, said the commission's head Boyan Boev. 

The penalties are the highest possible. By the end of the week the third power distributor in Bulgaria, CEZ, will also be fined with the same sum. 

Journalist Atanas Chobanov to Head Greens EU Elections List

Atanas Chobanov, journalist and founder of the website, will likely top Zelenite (The Greens)'s EU elections list.

The decision has not yet been officially announced, but he has the biggest number of votes by members of the party's leadership, has reported.

Bulgaria's Deal-a-Day Websites Record 20% Growth in 2013

Bulgaria's daily deals websites recorded a 20% increase in transactions in 2013, according to data provided by the three major local e-commerce sites.

There is a 50% increase in credit card payments, although Easypay remains the preferred method of payment.

Bulgaria’s Pulev Annoyed over Slow Opponent Selection

Bulgaria's heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev still does not know who will be his opponent on April 5 in Rostock, Germany.

The most likely fighter to go up against Pulev is Britain's Dereck Chisora. Other options are Poland's Tomasz Adamek and Ukraine's Vyacheslav Glazkov, reports.