Latest News from Bulgaria

Bulgaria will not Pay EUR 500 Million to EVN

The arbitration case brought by EVN against Bulgaria at the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank in Washington is over, writes Capital.

The decision has not yet been published, but the Austrian firm has announced that it will not be paid the damages sought, which, according to unofficial information, was about 500 million euros.

Criminal Group Distributing Drugs from Bulgaria was Busted in Serbia

Five members of one of the largest drug trafficking groups are detained in Serbia. The group, better known as America, has been importing drugs from Bulgaria to Serbia, the prosecutor's office said.

Institution spokesperson Irena Bielos said the detainees would be questioned today by investigators.

Every 10th Person who Moved in Bulgaria Comes from Russia

Every tenth of a total of nearly 30,000 people who moved to Bulgaria from abroad in 2018 came from Russia. This is the data of the National Statistics Institute on Migration.

The highest share of immigrants from Turkey (29.9%), the Russian Federation, 11.0% and Germany 7.2%.

More than 70% of Bulgarians Live in Cities

At the end of 2018, 5,159,129 people lived in cities, or 73.7% of the population, and 1,840,910 people, or 26.3% - in villages, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

By the End of 2019 a Direct Airline Between Varna and Doha Will be Opened

By the end of the year a direct airline between Varna and Doha will be opened - confirmed by the Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti, the Bulgarian head of state's press service has said.
Today was the last day of President Radev's official visit to Qatar where he was at the invitation of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Non-Contact payments with MasterCard from today are up to 50

A double limit will be available today - April 12, for the owners of MasterCard bank cards for non-contact payments. Instead of the current BGN 25, they will be able to pay up to BGN 50  without entering a pin code, the company said.

Air Pollution Exceedances in the Country Have Decreased by 60%

Over a period of about eight years, from 2011 to 2018, there is nearly 60% decrease of the air pollution exceed levels at the stations which monitor air cleanliness in the country. This was said by Minister of Environment and Water Neno Dimov during the official opening of the second edition of the European Conference on Air Quality - SOFAIR.

President Iohannis tells Sea Shield 2019 exercise soldiers he is impressed with results

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday visited the ships in the Constanta military port that were taking part in Sea Shield 2019, the largest multinational exercise in Romania's waters and international waters of the Black Sea, and congratulated the Romanian and foreign soldiers on their results. "I am very pleased to meet here after you have completed the exercise.

Qatari-Bulgarian Bilateral Ties Grew Stronger

The Minister of Commerce and Industry, H E Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, underscored yesterday the importance of strengthening bilateral relations and bolstering cooperation opportunities between Qatari-Bulgarian across various fields, reported

Bulgarian IT Companies Can Met Qatar Funding

Bulgarian high-tech companies can apply for Qatar funding to expand their operations and to enter the global market. This was made clear during a meeting of Deputy Economy Minister Alexander Manolev with the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the State of Qatar Ali Bin Ahmed Al Kuwari and the President of Qatar Free Zone Ahmad bin Mohamed al-Sayed, the Ministry of Economy said.

Data from Winter 2018/2019 Season Show Bulgaria Manages to Keep High Tourism Levels

The data from December 2018 to February 2019 show that we have managed to keep tourism levels of the record last year, Tourism Minister Nikolina Angelkova said in response to a question by GERB MP Alexander Matsurev on the results of the 2018/2019 winter season and forecast for the summer season, Focus News Agency reports.