Latest News from Bulgaria

Covid-19 in Bulgaria: 95 Newly Infected, 25 Fatalities

The newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria over the past 24 hours are 95 from 12,171 tests, the daily report on the National Information Portal shows on June 17.

64 were confirmed from PCR and 97 from rapid antigen tests.

The total lab-confirmed positive cases in the country since the start of the epidemic are 420,749.

The active cases are 10,757.

Nearly 5,000 cultural assets returned to Turkey in last 18 years

A total of 4,862 cultural assets were returned to Turkey between 2003 and 2021, according to data given by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Authorities continue to work in coordination with relevant institutions in order to prevent cultural property smuggling and bring back Turkish origin artifacts found abroad.

Iohannis: I have invited Estonia to join the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday having invited Estonia to join the Euro-Atlantic Resilience Centre in Bucharest. "Romania and Estonia share common visions and interests at the EU level, which facilitates close co-operation between us on the current European agenda and the European Union's priorities in the future.

Bulgaria: President Radev Briefs EU, US Ambassadors on Caretaker Government Priorities

During a working meeting Wednesday with the ambassadors in Bulgaria of EU member states, Switzerland, and the United States, President Rumen Radev said, quoted by his  press secretariat, that one of the priorities of the caretaker government is increasing the transparency in the work of the institutions and winning back public trust in them.

Eurostat: Excess Mortality Rate in EU Highest in Bulgaria

Bulgaria had the highest excess mortality in the European Union in April 2021, at 76 per cent compared with an EU average of 20.9 per cent, according to figures released on June 16 by the bloc's statistics agency Eurostat.

North Macedonia, Bulgaria Boost Talks on History Dispute

Less than a week before the June 22 EU Council opens, North Macedonia's leaders are travelling to neighbouring Bulgaria to explore a possible breakthrough in their dispute that would prompt Sofia to lift its blockade on the start of Skopje's EU accession talks.

Official Delegation of North Macedonia Arrives in Sofia on 17 June

Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev announced before the Council of Ministers on Wednesday that an official delegation of North Macedonia, headed by his counterpart Zoran Zaev, is arriving in Sofia on Thursday.

Over 240 dancers from 20 countries compete to join Iasi Opera House team

The Iasi National Opera House organised lately several staffing contests, and the Ballet Department has drawn the toughest competition as over 240 dancers from 20 countries applied to join. "The toughest competition is at the Ballet Department that will hold an assessment and selection audition for in-house collaborating dancers for the 2021-2022 season.

TurkStream gas flow to halt for annual maintenance

Natural gas flow through both offshore lines of the TurkStream pipeline will be temporarily halted from 22 June until 29 June 2021, for annual maintenance and routine diagnostics, the project company, TurkStream, announced on June 16.

The works will be carried out by South Stream Transport B.V., the operator of the offshore pipeline system.

Sofia and Skopje Hope for More Active Dialogue on Bilateral Issues

The prospects for taking a real step forward when it comes to the European integration of the Republic of North Macedonia was the central topic of a conversation that the country's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev had at the conclusion of the NATO summit in Brussels.

Weather in Bulgaria: Code Orange Warning in Force for Four Eastern Regions

The national weather service have declared the Code Orange warning for hazardous weather in four regions for June 16, due to forecast for thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The four regions are in the eastern part of Bulgaria: Bourgas, Varna, Dobrich and Shoumen, Bulgaria's meteorology institute said.

Covid-19 in Bulgaria: 161 Newly Infected, 17 Fatalities

The newly confirmed cases of coronavirus in Bulgaria over the past 24 hours are 161 from 13,200 tests, the daily report on the National Information Portal shows on June 16.

64 were confirmed from PCR and 97 from rapid antigen tests.

The total lab-confirmed positive cases in the country since the start of the epidemic are 420,654.

The active cases are 11,751.

6 Districts in Bulgaria Declared Covid-19 Green Zones

Six districts in Bulgaria are now designated as Covid-19 green zone in terms of coronavirus morbidity.

This means that the cases in Bourgas, Vratsa, Kardzhali, Pleven, Razgrad and Silistra are less than 20 per 100, 000 people, data from the National Cenntre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases shows on June 15.

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