Prime Ministers of Bulgaria

Bulgaria's Ruling Coalition Divided over New BGN 16 B Debt

The parties constituting Bulgaria's ruling coalition are divided over the Finance Ministry's proposal for a new debt amounting to BGN 16 B, which is to be voted in Parliament later on Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov held consultations with the four parties supporting the coalition government - GERB, RB, PF and ABV, private bTV station reports.

Bulgaria PM Hints He Will Resign if Parliament Fails to Approve New Debt

Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has hinted he is ready to stand down if lawmakers turn down the Finance Ministry's debt proposal.

The cabinet announced last week it would take on a new EUR 8 B external debt to deliver on payments of existing debt and to finance the budget deficit. A vote in Parliament is expected later on Wednesday.

Bulgaria President, PM Clash over Chief of State Security Body

President Rosen Plevneliev has urged the replacement of Vladimir Pisanchev as head of Bulgaria's main counter-intelligence unit, the State Agency for National Security (DANS).

This follows Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's comments that no high-level reshuffles will be made either at DANS or the Interior Ministry to avoid speculation of "political purges."

Deputy PM: Cabinet Overcame International Isolation in First 100 Days

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva stated on Friday that in its first three months the government has managed to overcome the international isolation.

Kuneva announced this during the press conference at which the deputy prime ministers gave account of the government's first 100 days in power, daily Sega reports.

Bulgaria's PM Voices 'Moderate Optimism' over Ukraine Ceasefire

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has expressed 'moderate optimism' about the Ukraine ceasefire.

Speaking during Thursday's EU summit in Brussels, he expressed appreciation for the huge efforts of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in the marathon 17-hour talks preceding the Minsk agreement.

Incumbent and Former PMs Shake Hands on Bulgaria's Shengen Accession

Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov and his former colleague, currently Party of European Socialists (PES) leader Sergei Stanishev have both agreed on the issue of the accession of Bulgaria in the Shengen area, a press release stated on Thursday.

Borisov's center-right party GERB is also a member of the European People's Party (EPP) holding majority in EU parliament. 

Ex-IntMin Dismisses Accusations of Wire-tapping During 2014 Protests

Tsvetlin Yovchev, Interior Minister in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, dismissed the accusations that the 2014 anti-government protests in Bulgaria were accompanied by wiretapping.

These accusations were hurled by the chairperson of the parliamentary Internal Security and Public Order Committee Atanas Atanasov last week.

Sofia Hosts Energy Diversification Talks

High-level negotiations on the possibility of building a gas hub in Bulgaria will be held on Monday, part of a initiative organized by Bulgarian PM Boiko Borisov. EU Commission Vice-President Maro? ?ef?ovi?, and European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete are expected to take part in the discussions to be held in Boyana.