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InvestBulgaria Agency projects 400 million leva investment and creation of 6000 jobs in 2017

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  Bulgaria may expect to see investments of 400 milllion leva (about 204 million euro) with the potential to create 6000 jobs in 2017, according to a forecast by the state’s InvestBulgaria Agency based on applications for investor certificates. The agency said on February 15 that interest among investments was again directed towards the country’s […]

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Bulgaria’s exports in 2016 were 2.6% higher than 2015 – NSI

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Bulgaria’s exports in 2016 were 2.6 per cent higher than in 2015, but exports to non-EU countries dropped by 5.9 per cent and the overall trade balance was negative, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on February 9. In 2016, the total value of all goods exported from Bulgaria to both EU and non-EU countries […]

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Bulgarian exports to EU rose 6.8% y/y in January – November 2016, but trade balance negative

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Bulgaria’s exports to other European Union countries in January to November 2016 were 6.8 per cent higher than in January – November 2015, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on February 8, citing preliminary data. Exports from Bulgaria to other EU member states in January – November 2016 added up to 28 707.3 million leva, […]

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Bulgarian consumer confidence increased in January 2017 – NSI poll

By   3 weeks ago

Confidence among Bulgarian consumers was 2.5 percentage points higher in January 2017 than it was in October 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said, reporting the findings of a regular three-monthly survey. Among Bulgaria’s urban population, consumer confidence was up by 3.3 percentage points while among the rural population, the increase was 0.6 percentage points, […]

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Bulgaria’s best customers for wine exports are Poland and Australia

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Bulgaria’s best customer for exports of its wine is – among EU countries – Poland, while among non-EU countries, the best customer is Australia. This emerges from figures for 2011 to 2015, released by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI). Among EU member states, Poland bought more than 70 million litres of wine from Bulgaria. Far […]

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Business climate in Bulgaria improved in January 2017 – poll

By   4 weeks ago

A regular monthly poll by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) has found that managers held that the country’s business climate improved slightly in January 2017 in comparison with the previous month. In January 2017, the total business climate indicator increased by 0.8 percentage points in comparison with December 2016, due to the improved business climate […]

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Technical glitch on Romanian side causes 15km queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2

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A technical problem on the Romanian side of the border caused a 15km-long queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 in the northern city of Vidin on January 22. Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency ordered restrictions on the movement of lorries on the E79 main road in the direction of Vidin. Because of waiting goods […]

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FDI in Bulgaria in January-November 2016 was 953.7 mln euro

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Foreign direct investment in Bulgaria in the first 11 months of 2016 stood at 953.7 million euro, the equivalent of two per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), statistics from the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB) showed on January 19. In the same period of 2015, FDI was 1.78 billion euro, but the original amount […]

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116 films were produced in Bulgarian in 2015 – statistics institute

By   9 months ago

Sofia, May 20, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A total of 116 full-length, medium-length and short films were produced in Bulgaria in 2015, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on May 20 2016. Of these, 45 were made for cinema release, 71 for television, one of these a […]

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Bulgaria to confer highest state honour on Orthodox Church head

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Sofia, October 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Bulgaria’s Cabinet said on October 13 that it had proposed to head of state President Rossen Plevneliev to confer the country’s highest state honour, the Stara Planina first degree, on Bulgarian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Neofit. The recommendation was on the occasion of Neofit’s 70 birthday and for […]

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Archaeological site in central Sofia shut down for Culture Ministry check

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Sofia, October 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency Bulgaria’s Culture Ministry said on October 13 that it has ordered the suspension of all conservation work at the Largo archaeological site in central Sofia for an indefinite period of time, during which a team of architects and archaeologists will carry out an assessment of the work carried […]

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Plevneliev: Bulgaria should not rest until getting Tsar Samuil’s bones from Greece

By   2 years ago

Sofia, June 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgarian head of state President Rossen Plevneliev used the June 8 ceremony of the unveiling of a controversial statue of Tsar Samuil in Sofia to call for the 10th century Bulgarian ruler’s bones to be transferred to Bulgaria from their current […]

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Controversy surrounds new statue of Tsar Samuil in Sofia

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Sofia, June 8, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev -Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Surrounded by controversy, a four-metre-high statue of 10th century Bulgarian ruler Tsar Samuil was to be unveiled in central Sofia on June 8, amid calls for a postponement and rethink of the placing of the statue and with the […]

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1st Sofia Literary Festival 2013

By   3 years ago

  For the first time in Sofia: Sofia International Literary Festival December 10-15, National Palace of Culture, Marble foyer Literature does not recognize any borders is the festival’s slogan. It will gather more than 60 participants from Bulgaria and other Balkan countries. The ambition of the organizers – the Bulgarian Book Association –  is to […]

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Bulgarian, Turkish archaeologists undergo diving training

By   3 years ago

  By Clive Leviev – Sawyer of The Sofia Globe About 30 archaeologists from Bulgaria and Turkey received diving training this summer as part of a joint project between the centre for underwater archaeology in Sozopol, Bulgaria, and the association for cultural heritage in Kirklareli, Turkey, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 11. The […]

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Archaeology: Thracian temple, sanctuary of Zeus and Hera found in Bulgaria’s Sredna Gora

By   4 years ago

  Archaeologists in Bulgaria have found a Thracian temple and a sanctuary of Zeus and Hera in Sredna Gora in the central part of the country. The discovery was made at a dig in the Kozi Gramadi region near the village of Starosel in the Hissarya municipality by a team of archaeologists from the National […]

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Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

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  Bulgaria’s Energy Ministry was drafting the necessary tender documentation to pick a contractor that would build the gas inter-connector pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria, targeting early 2018 for the start of construction, caretaker Energy Minister Nikolai Pavlov said on February 22. Pavlov’s comments were made during a meeting with his Azeri counterpart Nigat Aliyev […]

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Bulgarian political parties trade barbs over ‘energy crisis’ claims

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Bulgaria’s two largest political parties – Boiko Borissov’s GERB and the opposition socialist party – are engaged in a war of words over the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s allegations that the country is on the brink of an energy collapse and that “power cuts practically already are in effect”. Senior Bulgarian goverment figures are dismissing the […]

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Bulgaria, Serbia sign gas interconnector memorandum

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Bulgaria and Serbia energy ministers signed on January 19 a memorandum of understanding on the construction of the interconnector pipeline between the two countries. The document underscored the political will in the two countries to build the pipeline, Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova said in a statement. The project was a key component of Bulgaria’s […]

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Bulgaria halts electricity exports on January 13 as winter cold bites

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Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova has ordered that the country halts exporting electricity on January 13 2017 to ensure power supply for Bulgarian consumers as the country’s power grid comes under pressure because of several days of severely low temperatures. The order follows similar moves by Greece, which has suspended electricity exports on January 11 […]

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Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector pipeline finished

By   4 months ago

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov opened at a ceremony on November 11 the gas interconnector pipeline with Romania, describing it as a key step towards diversification of gas supply sources and strengthening Bulgaria’s energy security. This is the first of three interconnector pipelines Bulgaria plans to build with neighbouring countries, but link-ups with Serbia and […]

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Bulgaria, Slovakia gas grid operators to co-operate on gas hub project

By   4 months ago

The gas grid operators of Bulgaria and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions the two companies, Bulgartransgaz and Eustream, working together on “improving the security of gas deliveries” in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the two major gas infrastructure projects championed by their respective governments – the Balkan gas hub and the […]

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Bulgaria’s Parliament sets up ad hoc committee to investigate Belene nuclear power station project

By   4 months ago

Bulgaria’s Parliament has voted to set up ad hoc committee, headed by nationalist minority coalition Patriotic Front co-leader Valeri Simeonov, to investigate all “data, facts and circumstances” regarding decision-making and actions about the Belene nuclear power station project between 2006 and the end of September 2016. The Belene project, first proposed at the time of […]

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Bulgaria anti-trust regulator accuses six petrol retailers of price-fixing cartel

By   5 months ago

Sofia, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) said on October 10 that it has found evidence of a cartel agreement between six of the country’s largest petrol and diesel fuel retailers. The accusation comes after an eight-month investigation opened in February, which found that the six companies entered […]

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Technical glitch on Romanian side causes 15km queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2

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A technical problem on the Romanian side of the border caused a 15km-long queue of lorries at Bulgaria’s Danube Bridge 2 in the northern city of Vidin on January 22. Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency ordered restrictions on the movement of lorries on the E79 main road in the direction of Vidin. Because of waiting goods […]

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Industry Watch: Plovdiv becoming industrial capital of Bulgaria

By   2 months ago

Plovdiv is increasingly establishing itself as the industrial capital of Bulgaria, according to economists and analysts from the Industry Watch think-tank. In the Trakiya Economic Zone alone, between 70 million and 130 million euro is being invested annually by Bulgarian and foreign companies, and in 2017, businesses in the region will be recruiting more than […]

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Bulgaria moves to reform law on managing Black Sea beaches ‘to improve quality of tourist service’

By   2 months ago

Bulgaria’s outgoing Cabinet approved on December 28 amendments to the Black Sea Coast Spatial Planning Act that, if approved, would change the system for classification of beaches. The amendments have been proposed by Bulgaria’s Tourism Ministry. They are intended to enable the grouping and classification of beaches according to their geographical features – in the […]

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Bulgaria, Slovakia gas grid operators to co-operate on gas hub project

By   4 months ago

The gas grid operators of Bulgaria and Slovakia signed a memorandum of understanding that envisions the two companies, Bulgartransgaz and Eustream, working together on “improving the security of gas deliveries” in Central and Eastern Europe, in particular the two major gas infrastructure projects championed by their respective governments – the Balkan gas hub and the […]

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Bulgarian consumer confidence largely unchanged in October – poll

By   4 months ago

Consumer confidence among Bulgarians in October was largely unchanged since the previous poll in July, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on November 4. This means that it remains well above the average for the regular surveys, measured since 2005. The consumer confidence indicator is an arithmetic mean of the balances of the expectations about […]

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Poll: Bulgarian business climate drops in October 2016

By   4 months ago

A regular poll by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) found a more negative view of the Bulgarian business climate in October 2016, down by 1.3 percentage points compared with September, mainly because of more negative perceptions in industry and the retail trade. While a more unfavourable business climate was registered in industry and the retail […]

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Finance Ministry: Bulgaria gets ‘high marks’ from World Bank, IMF

By   5 months ago

Sofia, October 8, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe Bulgaria received high marks from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for its fiscal policy and accelerated economic growth in the past year and a half, the Finance Ministry said on October 8. The ministry said that the positive […]

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Poll finds views of Bulgarian business climate unchanged in September 2016

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Sofia, September 29, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe A regular poll by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute (NSI) has found views of the country’s business climate unchanged in September 2016, compared with the previous month. The finding comes a month after an NSI survey found opinions of the business […]

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Bulgaria elections 2017: Former nationalist MEP is candidate for ‘Turkish party’

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  In one of the most astonishing twists in Bulgaria’s 2017 early parliamentary elections, Slavi Binev – formerly a member of the European Parliament for Volen Siderov’s far-right Ataka party and once its candidate for mayor of Sofia – is standing as a candidate for the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the party led and […]

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Bulgarian caretaker FM: Who, not when, matters in nominating European Commissioner

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  Bulgarian caretaker Foreign Minister Radi Naidenov said on February 23 that it does not matter when the country nominates a new European Commissioner but who the nominee will be. Naidenov was speaking a month and 23 days after Bulgaria no longer had a member of the European Commission, following the resignation of Kristalina Georgieva […]

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Bulgaria 2017 elections: Borissov’s GERB accuses caretaker cabinet of taking sides

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The firing of Interior Ministry chief secretary Georgi Kostov is the latest episode to have irked GERB leader Boiko Borissov’s party, which repeatedly has alleged that Ognyan Gerdzhikov’s caretaker government is taking sides in Bulgaria’s March 26 early parliamentary elections. Since it took office at the end of January, appointed by Roumen Radev – who […]

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Bulgaria’s 2017 parliamentary elections: Battles for the cities shape up

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  With the deadline for political parties and coalitions competing in Bulgaria’s March 26 2017 early parliamentary elections having passed, the names of the major contestants in the country’s largest cities are known. Candidate MPs from 12 parties and nine coalitions are battling for the 240 seats in the National Assembly, Bulgaria’s unicameral Parliament. The […]

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Bulgaria’s axed Interior Ministry chief secretary lodged complaint to Prosecutor-General about pressure to quit

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  Georgi Kostov, dismissed as Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry chief secretary on February 22, said that he had approached the Prosecutor-General about earlier pressure on him from the caretaker Prime Minister and the Interior Minister on him to resign. President Roumen Radev decreed Kostov’s dismissal on the recommendation of Ognyan Gerdzhikov’s caretaker Cabinet, which had alleged […]

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Question marks remain over Bulgarian nomination of European Commissioner

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More than a month and a half since Bulgaria has had no European Commissioner, it remains unclear when a candidate commissioner will be named, and who that nominee will be. The vacancy was created on January 1 when the resignation of Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, who had been vice-president in charge of the EU budget and […]

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Audit finds irregularities in more than 100 public procurements by Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry

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An audit has found irregularities in more than 100 public procuremens by the Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria’s caretaker Defence Minister Stefan Yanev said on February 14. On January 30, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov gave his Cabinet ministers two weeks to complete check-ups of all their ministries, a few days after taking over from the […]

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Bulgaria and Romania agree on deal to ease Danube Bridge lorry traffic problems

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Border authorities from Bulgaria and Romania agreed on January 25 on a deal to ease lorry traffic congestion problems at Danube Bridge 2 at the Vidin-Calafat crossing. The agreement, achieved at a meeting at the headquarters of the company that manages the bridge, came a day after lorry drivers blocked the Danube crossing for several […]

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Most Bulgarian school pupils are learning English as a second language, Russian runs second

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Close to 99 per cent of Bulgarian school pupils are learning a second language, and of these, 87 per cent are studying English, according to figures for the year 2015 released by European Union statistics office Eurostat. Just more than 83 per cent of school pupils in Bulgaria were learning a single second language, while […]

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Education Minister: 143 refugee children studying at Bulgarian schools

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  A total of 143 refugee children are studying at Bulgarian schools, caretaker Education Minister Nikolai Denkov told a conference on February 24 2017 on problems and solutions in integration through educational systems. Twenty-four children were enrolled in kindergartens, Denkov said. Children seeking or having international protection need education and a profession, but also need […]

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World Jewish Congress distressed that Lukov March in Sofia went ahead in spite of ban

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  The World Jewish Congress says that it is distressed that the Lukov March in Sofia went ahead in spite of a ban by Bulgarian capital city mayor Yordanka Fandukova. Fandukova ordered the ban after being advised by Sofia police, who had received information via Interpol, about the participation of foreign neo-Nazis in the march, […]

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Audit finds irregularities in more than 100 public procurements by Bulgaria’s Defence Ministry

By   2 weeks ago

An audit has found irregularities in more than 100 public procuremens by the Ministry of Defence, Bulgaria’s caretaker Defence Minister Stefan Yanev said on February 14. On January 30, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov gave his Cabinet ministers two weeks to complete check-ups of all their ministries, a few days after taking over from the […]

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Bulgarian consumer confidence increased in January 2017 – NSI poll

By   3 weeks ago

Confidence among Bulgarian consumers was 2.5 percentage points higher in January 2017 than it was in October 2016, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said, reporting the findings of a regular three-monthly survey. Among Bulgaria’s urban population, consumer confidence was up by 3.3 percentage points while among the rural population, the increase was 0.6 percentage points, […]

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Bulgarian carriers irked by repeated delays at border checkpoint with Turkey

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Bulgaria’s union of international carriers has lashed out at the country’s authorities over repeated long delays at the Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey, as February 6 saw the fourth day of queues stretching several kilometres. The carriers’ union’s Yordan Arabadzhiev put the blame at the door of Bulgarian authorities and said that the customs […]

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Illegal attempts to cross Bulgarian border were at record low in final months of 2016 – Interior Ministry

By   4 weeks ago

The number of attempts at illegal crossing of Bulgaria’s borders in the final months of 2016 were the lowest since 2013, the Interior Ministry said on January 26. The data were based on an analysis of migratory pressures between 2013 and 2016. Illegal crossing of the Bulgarian border, especially across from Turkey, rose significantly in […]

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Bulgaria and Romania agree on deal to ease Danube Bridge lorry traffic problems

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Border authorities from Bulgaria and Romania agreed on January 25 on a deal to ease lorry traffic congestion problems at Danube Bridge 2 at the Vidin-Calafat crossing. The agreement, achieved at a meeting at the headquarters of the company that manages the bridge, came a day after lorry drivers blocked the Danube crossing for several […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Bulgaria’s Pironkova wins in Australian Open first round, women’s seeds tumble

By   2 years ago

Sofia, January 20, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s top female tennis player Tsvetana Pironkova made a flying start in the Australian Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, defeating the British number one Heather Watson in straight sets 6-4, 6-0. Both players came into the […]

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Thirteen arrested after brawl at Levski – Partizan Belgrade basketball match

By   2 years ago

By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Thirteen people were arrested a fight in the stands between fans at a Levski Sofia – Partizan Belgrade basketball match, Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry said on November 16 2014. Levski faces sanctions over the incident, in which police had to intervene after the private security firm hired for the […]

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Bulgaria’s Euro 2016 qualifying chances dwindle

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s national football team lost twice in the span of four days to see its chances of qualification to the 2016 European championship final tournament drastically reduced. After losing to Croatia 0-1 in Sofia on October 10, the team was expected to put up more of a […]

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Bulgaria makes winning start to Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe A late goal from substitute Ventsislav Hristov gave Bulgaria a 2-1 win away against Azerbaijan in its first qualifying match for the 2016 European football championship. Missing key players both in defence and attack, Bulgaria started the game slowly and the hosts had the better chances to […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov left to rue missed opportunities as he exits US Open

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Grigor Dimitrov’s run at the US Open came to an end in the fourth round with a loss to Frenchman Gael Monfils in straight sets 5-7, 6-7, 5-7 on September 2. Dimitrov came into the match favoured, but there was little to separate the two players early […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov bounces back to advance to US Open fourth round

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Grigor Dimitrov recovered after dropping the first set against David Goffin of Belgium to advance to the fourth round of US Open late on August 31, setting up a clash against Frenchman Gael Monfils. The match had to be rescheduled from the Arthur Ashe stadium and seventh-seed […]

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Bulgaria’s Dimitrov scores first US Open win

By   2 years ago

  By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of the Sofia Globe Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov notched his first win at the US Open, defeating American wild-card Ryan Harrison in straight sets to win his first career match at Flushing Meadows late on August 27. Dimitrov had lost in the first round of the last tennis Grand Slam tournament of […]

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