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Bulgaria Defense Ministry to Dispatch 180 Troops along Border with Turkey

As many as 180 troops are to be deployed at the Bulgaria-Turkey border, Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev has said.

Politics » Defense | January 25, 2015, Sunday // 10:50 | Viewed: 3347

Two Bulgarian Nationals Arrested in Libya for Alleged Smuggling

The five-member crew of a Maltese tanker vessel, including two Bulgarian nationals, has been arrested in Libya for alleged smuggling of oil products.

Politics » Diplomacy | January 24, 2015, Saturday // 11:35 | Viewed: 1725

Finance Ministry Reverses Controversial Changes to Pension Insurance

Bulgaria's Finance Ministry reversed its decision regarding the social insurance contributions of newly insured persons.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2015, Friday // 19:57 | Viewed: 1263

Bulgarian Cabinet Makes Governance Programme Public

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers published its detailed governance programme on the government's website on Friday.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2015, Friday // 18:58 | Viewed: 1252

Bulgaria Foresees New Investments for Municipalities Hosting Refugees

Bulgarian municipalities with refugee accommodation centers and those involved in integration programmes will receive significant subsidies.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2015, Friday // 17:53 | Viewed: 1077

Proposal to Increase Social Insurance Could Lead to Higher Unemployment - CEIB

According to a survey conducted among representatives of Bulgaria's CEIB, businesses will be more likely to resort to reducing their workforces instead of paying higher social insurance contributions to employees.

Politics » Domestic | January 23, 2015, Friday // 17:24 | Viewed: 1129

Bulgaria Loses Most Revenues From Illicit Cigarettes Sales in EU

Bulgaria is the country that loses most revenues from illicit cigarettes in the European Union (EU) in relative terms, shows a study of Industry Watch, which was released on Thursday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2015, Friday // 16:07 | Viewed: 1246

Bulgaria Considering Anti-Arms Trafficking Centre to Boost EU Security

Bulgaria plans to propose to set up a centre for prevention of illegal arms trafficking through the Western Balkans as part of the European Union’s anti-terrorism effort, Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva said on Friday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2015, Friday // 15:47 | Viewed: 1117

Bulgarian Village Protests against Landfill Project near Historic Monument

Protesters from the Southwest Bulgarian village of Banya came to the streets on Friday to express their disagreement with a government project to build a landfill close to a historic monument.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2015, Friday // 13:25 | Viewed: 1188

Bulgaria's Justice Minister Visits Romania to Discuss Anti-Graft Policies  

Bulgaria’s Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov will discuss anti-corruption policies with his Romanian counterpart  Robert-Marius Cazanciuc and other key officials tasked with fighting graft on Friday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2015, Friday // 12:58 | Viewed: 1161

EU Funds Act to Ensure Sustainability, Accountability - Bulgaria’s Deputy PM

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev has suggested that 2015 is expected to be the strongest year in terms of EU funds absorption since Bulgaria’s EU accession.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 23, 2015, Friday // 10:33 | Viewed: 1072

Bulgaria’s President Calls for Defence Spending Update to Meet Pledges to NATO

Bulgaria needs to update its defence spending in 2015 to meet its pledge to improve defence capabilities made at NATO’s Wales summit in September, President Rosen Plevneliev said on Thursday.

Politics » Defense | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 21:26 | Viewed: 1325

NATO, Bulgaria See Islamic State Threat, Black Sea Tensions as Key Challenges

Bulgaria is strongly concerned by the instability in the Middle East and tensions in the Black Sea region and is doing its best to cope with the influx of refugees which could increase, Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev said on Thursday following talks wit

Politics » Defense | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 20:25 | Viewed: 1252

NATO Secretary General Praises Bulgarian Contribution to Alliance

NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised on Wednesday the participation of Bulgaria in the missions and operations of the Alliance.

Politics » Defense | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 16:39 | Viewed: 1036

Bulgaria’s ATAKA Party Leader Proposes to Relax Smoking Ban

The leader of Bulgarian opposition ATAKA party Volen Siderov on Thursday proposed to Parliament to relax the total ban on indoor smoking in public spaces.

Politics » Domestic | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 16:35 | Viewed: 1082

Bulgaria Has Absorbed EU Funding for Transport Infrastructure of EUR 1.5 B

Bulgarian Transport Minister Ivaylo Moskovski has announced that the funding paid out under operational program Transport so far, at EUR 1.5 B, amounts to 71% of the total budget of the program.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 15:01 | Viewed: 989

Bulgaria's DPS Threatens Government with Censure Motion

Bulgaria's oppositional Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) threatens to initiate a vote of no confidence against the coalition government of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

Politics » Domestic | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 14:26 | Viewed: 1031

Bulgaria Moving toward Judicial Council Reform through Constitutional Changes - Minister

Bulgarian Justice Minister Hristo Ivanov has underscored that the judicial reform strategy had been backed by almost ¾ of MPs.

Politics » Domestic | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 12:04 | Viewed: 1031

Bulgaria 3rd from Last by Share of Innovative Enterprises in EU

The share of innovative enterprises in the EU shrank to 48.9% in the period 2010-2012, according to Eurostat.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 10:25 | Viewed: 867

Bulgaria's Contribution to NATO Makes It Stronger, Secretary General Stoltenberg Says

"I am in Bulgaria to show that NATO is as committed to Bulgaria as Bulgaria is to NATO," the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with a local daily ahead of his Thursday visit.

Politics » Defense | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 09:15 | Viewed: 1772

NATO Secretary-General Visiting Bulgaria on Thursday

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is due to meet with top Bulgarian officials on Thursday in what a spokesperson for the alliance has described as a visit without any specific occasion.

Politics » Defense | January 22, 2015, Thursday // 08:25 | Viewed: 963