Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria to Provide New Social Housing for Roma Population

Bulgaria's Ministry of Investment Planning is considering new standards for the construction of social housing for the Roma population in the country.

The standards should provide a minimum of 7.5 sq.m. living area per household member, Minister of Investment Planning Ivan Danov announced, cited by BGNES.

Second US Destroyer to 'Support Ukraine' in Black Sea

The US is sending a second destroyer into the Black Sea as a gesture of support for Ukraine and other allies.

A US senior defense official was quoted by NBC News as saying that the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Spain, could be in the Black Sea "in the next week or so".

US Navy Extends USS Truxtun Mission In Black Sea

The US navy extended the mission of the USS Truxtun in the Black Sea, reports Bulgaria's public broadcaster BNT.

The reason are the tensions in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by Russia. 

The guided-misslie destroyer, which is based in Greece, sailed in the Black Sea in March to participate in a joint military exercise of the navies of Bulgaria, Romania and the US.

Ex Conflict of Interest Commission Chief To Spend 3.5 Years in Prison

The Sofia City Court sentenced Filip Zlatanov, former Chair of the Commission on Prevention and Ascertainment of Conflict of Interest (CPACI), to three-and-a-half years in prison.

The trial, which started on March 31, involved a covered-up probe of President Rosen Plevneliev and delayed decisions on two other cases, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio.

Bulgaria Ranks 13th in Europe in Mall Space

Bulgaria ranks 13th in size of its shopping mall space in Europe, a report has shown.

Data quoted by British newspaper The Guardian suggest that Bulgaria, which is often described as the EU's poorest country, is positioned at the upper part of the list.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister: We Need New Fighter Jets

Bulgaria urgently needs to modernize its air force, in the light of the situation in Ukraine, said Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin. 

According to him, the country needs to reorganize its military air force and buy new type of fighter jets, in order to terminate its dependence on Russia for their technical maintenance. 

Bulgaria's Govt Optimizes Investment Certification Procedures

Bulgaria's government has introduced changes to the Investment Promotion Act implementation rules lowering priority investment projects in manufacturing certification thresholds.

Incentives will be provided to investors in the sectors of manufacturing, industrial zones and technology parks, the government press office announced, cited by Dnevnik.

Bulgaria May Participate in 2nd Tender for Fertilizer Plant Chimco AD

The state will most probably participate in the second tender for the bankrupt fertilizer plant Chimco AD, also known as Himko AD, in the northwestern Bulgarian city of Vratsa.

Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev commented on the case of Chimco AD during a sitting of the parliamentary energy committee.

Parliament Votes to Enlarge Bulgaria's Electoral Body

Bulgarian lawmakers adopted at first reading changes to the recently-approved Election Code, adding one member to the Central Electoral Commission.

The election watchdog will increase its staff from 19 to 20 if the measure voted on Thursday gains further support.

Bulgaria's Bansko In Top 20 Places For Good Life

Bulgaria's mountain resort Bansko is in The Telegraph's World's top 20 places for the good life, ahead of Paris and Tuscany.

According to the newspaper, it is in the number three spot, below Andalusia in Spain and Gascony in France. 

Bulgaria Starts Registration of Parties for 2014 European Elections

The registration of parties for the European Parliament elections on May 25 with Bulgaria's Central Electoral Commission (CEC) starts Thursday.

The deadline for the registration of parties and coalitions is April 9, including, according to reports of Sega daily.

Power Distributors in Bulgaria Demand Price Hike

Three power distributors operating in Bularia have demanded an increase in prices starting July 2014.

Czech-based CEZ and Energo-Pro have insisted that prices go up 13-14%, while Austrian EVN requested an 8% hike, BGNES news agency has reported, citing Bulgarian energy watchdog DKEVR's head Boyan Boev.

EU to Grant Bulgaria EUR 133 M of Vine-Growing Subsidies

Bulgaria will receive EUR 133 M from the European Union, which will subsidize vine-growing and wine production under a new operational program.

Krasimir Koev, who heads Bulgaria's Vine and Wine Agency, said that the new program was signed Wednesday, the website reported.

Upon receiving EU funds, new vines are to be planted across Bulgaria.