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Bulgaria: Deadline for 44th National Assembly expires March 25th

The National Assembly will not hold regular plenary sessions from March 8 to 24, as provided for in a draft resolution submitted by the ruling GERB party. This is a common practice of the legislature in an effort to prevent Parliament from being employed in political campaigns before the elections scheduled for 4 April. During…

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Bulgaria: Reducing the shadow economy and undeclared work, according to BICA

The Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA) unveiled its National Undeclared Employment Charter at an online event Monday. The event was attended by more than 60 representatives of the executive and legislative branches, employers, trade unions, scientific and non-governmental organizations and the media. Undeclared employment in the Bulgarian economy according to employers is 25.3% and according…

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Bulgaria: Recent Gallup Survey Shows GERB-UDF Leads 25.8% vs. 21.9% of BSP

There are seven constituencies that will enter the Bulgarian Parliament, according to a poll by the independent Gallup International Balkans monthly program, conducted among 1,011 adults with personal interviews with Bulgarians from February 4-12. According to the poll, if the elections were held today, seven formations would win parliamentary representation, for two of which the…

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Bulgaria: Central Election Commission Announces Completion of Nomination Applications for April 4th General Elections

At 17:00 (local time) on Wednesday, the Central Election Commission stopped accepting applications for registration of coalitions and parties wishing to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections on 4 April. Parties and coalitions have already submitted the necessary documents and signatures for registration. The Coalition of Democratic Bulgaria was the first to submit its application.…

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Bulgaria: GERB, UDF submit 9,999 signatures to register with Central Election Commission

The ruling GERB and the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) today submitted 9,999 signatures to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for registration in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The documents were received without comment and we are waiting for the KPC decision on registration, said GERB Administrative Secretary Tsvetomir Paunov. We have shown a willingness to…

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Osmani: There is a 99% agreement on the action plan with Bulgaria

Northern Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani believes that 99% of the points in the Action Plan have been identified with Bulgaria, and negotiations for the Intergovernmental Conference on the country could resume. The remaining one percent, according to the minister, is about technical details and that is why he remains optimistic that this text will…

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Bulgaria: The number of employees falls by 3% according to the NSI

The National Institute of Statistics announced that economic activity for the population aged 15-64 has decreased to 72.7% compared to Q4 in 2019, marking a decrease of 0.3 percentage points. The employment rate for the population aged 15-64 fell 1.2% compared to the same quarter of 2019, to 68.8%. The unemployment rate was found at…

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Bulgaria: COVID-19 outbreaks rise amid slow spread of vaccines

In the last update on February 4, the National Operations Headquarters noted that the spread of COVID-19 is once again increasing with the situation likely to worsen in the coming weeks. In Bulgaria, 8 prefectures are included in the so-called red zone, with more than 100 infected per 100,000 population. The increase in new cases…

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BNT will start broadcasting in Northern Macedonia, MRT in Bulgaria on March 1st

The 2014 agreement between Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia on cultural exchange through the broadcasting of their national programs in the territory of the other country will enter into force on March 1st. The decision was made in the presence of the Bulgarian Ambassador to Skopje Angel Angelov by the Director of the Audio and Video…

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Bulgaria: Announcement of Radev’s Candidacy for Upcoming Presidential Elections Causes Reaction

The announcement by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev that he would run again for the presidency in the presidential election, a few weeks before the parliamentary elections, provoked reactions in the Bulgarian political scene. Radev’s announcement comes almost nine months before the presidential election and without securing the support of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP). Parliament…

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Bulgaria: Radev announces candidacy for presidency

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev announced today during his annual interview for the fourth year of his term that he would run for a second term as head of state. “This timely announcement of our candidacy allows Bulgarian voters to have an informed choice on the status quo and an alternative, and also allows political forces…

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Bulgaria: Food services should not be opened before March 1st, Mutafchiiski argues

Professor Ventsislav Mutafchiiski and President of the National Operations Headquarters for COVID-19, hosted by bTV, said he did not think the restaurants should open before 1 March. “My personal view is that restaurants should not open before March 1. At the moment we are in excellent condition, we are one of the few places in…

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Bulgaria: GERB starts process for appointment of deputies

The procedures for nominating candidates for the March 28, 2021 elections to GERB local government organizations will be conducted from January 26 to February 8, as decided at the GERB Executive Committee meeting. Nominations will be submitted in person at the GERB offices or at the official e-mail address of each organization. Candidates for Parliament…

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Bulgaria: Business indices fall by 70% of enterprises

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the business climate in Bulgaria is deteriorating for 89% of business representatives surveyed by the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, with 9% reporting no change and only 2% expressing optimism. “In 2020, there was neither a favorable business environment nor entrepreneurship. It was a monstrous year. The companies worked 7-8 months throughout…

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Northern Macedonia: Action plan with Bulgaria, preparation for next joint committee meeting focusing on both governments

Talks are ongoing with Bulgaria on specific projects, but it is clear to the government that for Macedonians, the language and identity of northern Macedonia have no place in the debate. The focus in the coming months is the Action Plan which is on a cross-sectoral basis. The government in Skopje is waiting to be…

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Serbia: Selakovic talks about new beginning in diplomatic relations with Bulgaria

After paying an official visit to Bulgaria today, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said he discussed with the country’s political and state leadership to improve all types of co-operation, ranging from infrastructure to joint economic co-operation. He recalled that this is one of his first ministerial visits in general, and the second in the region.…

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Bulgaria joins the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will attend the official ceremony for Bulgaria’s accession to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). The ceremony will take place via teleconference today. During the ceremony, Bulgarian Prime Minister Borissov, OECD Secretary General José gelngel Gurr Williama, Organization Director General William Magood and Energy…

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Bulgaria: Ambassador Angelov Gives Verbal Speech on Burning Bulgarian Flag in Northern Macedonian Village

Bulgarian Ambassador to Northern Macedonia Angel Angelov sent a verbal note to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia, after information that carnivals during the celebration of St. Basil (with the Julian calendar) burned a Bulgarian flag in the village of Vevchani. The issue was raised by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva on her…