Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s Zhekova Finishes Snowboard Season 3rd

Bulgaria’s Alexandra Zhekova finished 3rd in the final standings of the snowboard cross World Cup.

Zhekova finished 5th during Saturday’s final race at La Molina, Spain. However, “Sani” was able to move ahead of Russia’s injured Eva Samkova in the final standings.

Mass Arrests Ahead of Sofia Football Derby

Police in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia have detained 98 people ahead of Saturday’s football derby between rivals Levski Sofia and CSKA.

The first round of the Bulgarian league playoffs between the country’s bitterest rivals is on Saturday from 4:15 PM local time at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.

Lyaskovets Shooter’s Mother in Custody

The 75-year old mother of the man who shot and killed a policeman in Bulgaria’s Lyaskovets on Friday has been detained.

Petko Petkov’s mother in in custody for 24 hours and could face charges for illegal possession of firearms.

Stanishev to Lead BSP EU Election List

The leader of Bulgaria’s Socialist Party (BSP) and former PM, Sergey Stanishev, will lead his party’s list for the upcoming European Parliament elections.

The decision was made late on Friday by the BSP’s executive committee, Standartnews informs.

Bulgaria’s Lyaskovets Shooter Life in Danger

Petko Petkov, a 53-year-old man who opened fire in Bulgaria's town of Lyaskovets, killing one policeman and wounding 3, is hospitalized with a risk to his life.

During a police operation for disarming the man on Friday, he was shot in the stomach, leading to severe injuries. He had barricaded himself with four firearms, and held his mother hostage for several hours.

Bulgarian Foreign Min. Urges Withdrawal of Russian Troops from Crimea

Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin has reiterated Bulgaria's support for the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Speaking Friday in Parliament, he noted that Bulgaria backed the efforts to find a peaceful solution of the crisis in compliance with the principles of international law.

Number of Tourists in Bulgaria's Plovdiv On the Rise

Tourists in Bulgaria's second biggest city Plovdiv increased by 7% in 2013, compared to the previous year, reaching 14,261, data of National Statistical Institute shows.

Plovdiv Municipality experts recorded an increase of individual visits of the city, as well as a 5% raise in museum visits, Standart news reports.

Bulgaria To Spend EUR 1.8 B For Nature Conservation

Bulgaria will spend EUR 1.8 B by 2020 for protecting the European ecological network Natura 2000. 

The sum is set in the National priority framework for Natura 2000, presented by the Ministry of Environment and Waters on Thursday. 

Bulgarian Nationalists to Monitor Crimea Referendum

Five members of Bulgaria's ultranationalist Ataka party will travel to Crimea as monitors of Sunday's referendum for the autonomous province's future.

The leader of the party, Volen Siderov believes the new leadership in Kiev is illegitimate, and the result of a coup carried out by extremists, terrorists, and pro-fascist organizations, the daily 24Chasa reports.

Bulgaria's Capital Opens Tender For Cleaning Companies

Sofia Municipality opened a tender for choosing the companies who will clean the city in the next five years. 

The new assignment for the companies is much similar to the current one, which expires in the middle of this year. 

Bulgaria Might 'Lose EU' Due to Lack of Progress, Says President

Non-adherence to the law might lead Bulgaria to losing its voice within the EU, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Friday.

Speaking in Parliament, he reminded that a roadmap had already been approved by Brussels listing a set of conditions on which a member state could be deprived of its voting rights regarding EU decisions or, even worse, could be expelled from the union.