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

By   /  24/02/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  No Comments

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

By   /  24/02/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Social  /  No Comments

  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

By   /  22/02/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Social  /  No Comments

  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   /  14/02/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, Social  /  No Comments

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   /  07/02/2017  /  BG Business, BG Social, Bulgaria, Business, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian consumer confidence increased in January 2017 – NSI poll

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

By   /  06/02/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian carriers irked by repeated delays at border checkpoint with Turkey

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   /  26/01/2017  /  BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Social  /  Comments Off on Illegal attempts to cross Bulgarian border were at record low in final months of 2016 – Interior Ministry

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

By   /  25/01/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, RO Politics, RO Social, Romania, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgaria and Romania agree on deal to ease Danube Bridge lorry traffic problems

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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Bulgarian foreign minister contacts Romanian counterpart over Danube Bridge traffic problems

By   /  24/01/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, Headlines, Politics, RO Politics, RO Social, Romania, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian foreign minister contacts Romanian counterpart over Danube Bridge traffic problems

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov discussed on January 24 with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu the problems lorry traffic has been encountering at the Danube Bridge 2, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said. The difficulties have been continuing for some days, including because of a technical problem on the Romanian side at the weekend, and […]

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Bulgarian MEPs call on EC to act against threatened Greek border blockade

By   /  18/01/2017  /  BG Politics, BG Social, Bulgaria, GR Politics, GR Social, Greece, Headlines, Politics, Social  /  Comments Off on Bulgarian MEPs call on EC to act against threatened Greek border blockade

Bulgaria’s 18 members of the European Parliament, from all parties, issued a joint statement on January 18 2017, calling on the European Commission to act a planned border blockade by protesting Greek farmers. The Bulgarian MEPs expressed sharp disagreement with the “passive position” taken by the European Commission during a lengthy border blockade by protesting […]

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