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Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Fabulous Property Offer for January 2015 near General Toshevo, Bulgaria just 11,000 Euro's

Here is our very special January sale.This property is in very good condition and the price is an absolute give-away.E mail us at info@gobg.co.uk for further information, or visit our website www.gobg.co.uk to see more pictures.The property can be found under 'Properties' then 'Dobrich' 'Houses'

Two bed newly renovated house in a well proportioned village near Dobrich and General Toshevo, in N.E. Bulgaria.The village population is 1000, and there are numerous shops and bars,and a post office.Communications are good; in terms of roads, public transport, internet and cable TV.
The house is a bungalow with two bedrooms, one walk-in wardrobe, one fully tiled bathroom with a corner bath and luxury shower, fitted kitchen.There is a lounge with french doors, leading onto a covered verandah.The house is fully renovated.House size is 75m2, and land is 1140m2, with a garage and outbuildings. The garden has peach, quince, and walnut trees with grape vines.20 minutes from the Black Sea and Romanian border.1 hour from Varna airport.




Extreme Cold, Strong Winds Grip Bulgaria for New Year - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Extreme Cold, Strong Winds Grip Bulgaria for New Year - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Electricity Price Might Rise in April or July – Energy Watchdog - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Electricity Price Might Rise in April or July – Energy Watchdog - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Die Presse: 'New Signs of Life' for South Stream from Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Die Presse: 'New Signs of Life' for South Stream from Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: The 'signs of life' are really just 'death throes'.This project is kaput !.The West does not want to be dependent on Russian energy.




Bulgaria Air in Codeshare Deal with Germany's airberlin - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria Air in Codeshare Deal with Germany's airberlin - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:


BBC News - Why do mornings still get darker after the winter solstice?

BBC News - Why do mornings still get darker after the winter solstice?:




Romanian parliament swears in former mayor as country’s new president | World news | The Guardian

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sunny Balchik,Bulgaria: December 20th 2014 !

I cannot quite believe it but is quite warm and very sunny here.I thought I would share it with you.



The weather forecast till the end of the month is good too !.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Rouble rise prompts hopes that Russian economic crisis is easing | Business | The Guardian

Rouble rise prompts hopes that Russian economic crisis is easing | Business | The Guardian:


Uncle's Comment: The rapid drop in the value of the rouble will have a detrimental effect on the Bulgarian property market in that Russians are the biggest investors at the minute.However in the context of the property market, it may serve to drive prices further down and make them more attractive to other investors.The failure of the South Stream pipeline has already signalled a re-orientation of Russo-Bulgarian relations.



Jonathan Allen to Become Director of National Security at UK Foreign Office - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Jonathan Allen to Become Director of National Security at UK Foreign Office - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



Uncle's Comment: He is currently the British Ambassador in Bulgaria and a very capable one.




Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Best value skiing destination: Bansko in Bulgaria best for a cheap family ski break - Travel - The Independent

Trains in Europe: From the Channel to the Balkans, it is getting better - Europe - Travel - The Independent

6 charts that explain why Russia’s economy is in freefall – and what it means for you - Business News - Business - The Independent

6 charts that explain why Russia’s economy is in freefall – and what it means for you - Business News - Business - The Independent:




Thank you, Dobrich! Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gunners from Dobrich supported beloved Arsenal Champions League match Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Ads | Companies Dobrich

Gunners from Dobrich supported beloved Arsenal Champions League match Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Ads | Companies Dobrich:



Uncle's Comment : Well I am a West Ham fan, but I appreciate their devotion


Setting up a Call Centre in Bulgaria ?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/forget-india-call-centres-are-moving-to-bulgaria-8939055.html

Here is independent evidence of what I have been saying for years ; Bulgaria is perfect for setting up a call centre,it has a young educated workforce and high speed internet, and still in Europe.

If you are interested in outsourcing to a call centre in Bulgaria please e mail us on info@gobg.co.uk

Bulgaria ex Security Chief 'Intended to Disappear' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria ex Security Chief 'Intended to Disappear' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Mistral Air To Fly Sofia-Bari - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Mistral Air To Fly Sofia-Bari - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

M25 Lanes Partially Reopen After Crash Chaos

M25 Lanes Partially Reopen After Crash Chaos:



This section in Essex is always congested and the road merges and un-merges.

Review of the week in Bulgaria

Well it has been an eventful week in Bulgaria, and in Balchik.


Firstly, more shennanigans in parliament: the budget was passed, but not before there were rumbles about the News in Turkish on BNT.

Then there was the resignation of Slavi Binev as Chairman of the Culture and Media Committee...and then there was the pipeline, always the pipeline, for South Stream.

Then our coal boat sank in Balchik..and then, as usual, it got colder and colder.

And it appears the cheapest petrol in Bulgaria is in Stara Zagora, at 2.10lv a litre.

And all of this, and more, was covered on this blog !.Why not follow or like on twitter/facebook or even click some adds , it only takes a moment and your arm wont fall off !.

Bulgaria's Ludogorets Travels to Madrid in Search of a Miracle - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ex Head of Bulgarian Intelligence Missing since Friday, IntMin Confirms - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Monday, 8 December 2014

Parliament Passes State Budget 2015 At First Reading - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria May Launch Toll Roads System in 2017 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria May Launch Toll Roads System in 2017 - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



Uncle's Comment: An interesting form of back door taxation.

Repair of power provides a stable power supply in three villages Balchik Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

Repair of power provides a stable power supply in three villages Balchik Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich:

Uncle's Comment : Frequent and annoying power cuts are a feature of life outside the big cities.The national grid is antiquated as are most of the power stations.In the winter this is not just annoying but life threatening.

NATO 'Mulls Monitoring Mechanism for Bulgaria' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

NATO 'Mulls Monitoring Mechanism for Bulgaria' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Emergency Medical Teams Will Avoid Roma Districts unless their Safety Is Guaranteed - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Emergency Medical Teams Will Avoid Roma Districts unless their Safety Is Guaranteed - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Breaking News: Freighter sinks 1km from Balchik - Exclusive: On day of Patron Saint of Sailors

About an hour ago, at 4pm EET, a freighter (fully laden) from Balchik harbour encountered difficulties and sank.All crew were rescued. As yet the cause of the disaster is unclear, but overloading or cargo movement cannot be ruled out. More as it happens...

It is now confirmed it is a Russian registered ship the 'Elga 1' .Other sources suggest water leaked in via the propeller. The ship was loaded with coal heading to a Russian port. Sea conditions at the time were unremarkable. The ship was built in 1991.

The ship is laying in a shipping lane so will have to be salvaged,not to mention the hundreds of tonnes of coal on board.

Ironically this took place on St. Nicholas Day, the patron saint of sailors !.


St. Nicholas Day - 6th December in Bulgaria

It's St. Nicholas Day here in Bulgaria, he is one of their most revered saints and the name day for everyone called Nikolai or a derivative thereof, so I thought I would give you the background:


 In the Republic of Bulgaria, Saint Nicholas is one of the most celebrated saints. Many churches and monasteries are named after him. Saint Nicholas' day is celebrated as a holiday on the 6th of December.Nikulden is "The Day of Saint Nicholas" - a great winter festival celebrated by all Bulgarians on December 6th. It is the name day for everyone named Nikola, Nikolay, Kolyo, Nikolina, Neno, Nenka, Nikolina or Nina.

Saint Nicholas is believed to help all the sailors and fishermen. He was born during the third century in Patara, a village situated is Turkey nowadays. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died during an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. Not only is he the patron of sailors and voyagers, but he is also a friend and protector of children. He is the master of the entire submarine realm - fish and water demons - as well as the sea winds. The autumn fishing season ends on this day. The day's catch is to be offered to the saint. Fishermen eat the first fish caught right on the shore, before bringing the rest home.

According to the folk-Christian myths, it is Saint Nicholas who makes the winds rage and cease. Saint Nicholas can walk on the seas and whenever there is a ship in trouble, he would save it. He is the protector of sailors and fishermen, a patron for those who bear his name, a personal or family protector. Like the Greek sailors, Bulgarians also keep icons of St. Nicholas on shipboard seeking protection from storms. Sailors' wives put icons of St. Nicholas into the sea, praying that he will bring their husbands safely back on shore. A special family lineage festival is arranged on Nikulden.

The traditional Nikulden meal in each household is based upon a fish meal - “ribnik” - a carp in dough - is traditional for the holiday. Carp is regarded as Nicholas' servant. There are also two special loaves of bread. The food is blessed at church or at home before being served. After wafting incense over the food, the host raises the bread high, and breaks it in half. He keeps one half while the other one is left on the table. It is on Saint Nicholas' Day that the table is open to all guests and is not cleared before the day is over. Relatives, sponsors and neighbours are invited, the table is sanctified and the feast day ends in songs and fun.

More news of Bulgaria's Green Cat: Link to video

South Stream Documents Contain No Gas Transit Contract with Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

South Stream Documents Contain No Gas Transit Contract with Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: The plot thickens, and the government is claiming that they have received no formal notice of cancellation from the Russians !. This proves the point the EU have been making; about lack of transparency in this contract, it is clear that everything was being 'carved up' behind closed doors.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Summer Holidays to Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro with Balkan Holidays

Summer Holidays to Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro with Balkan Holidays:



Why not combine a holiday with looking for a holiday home in Bulgaria www.gobg.co.uk

Mystery of emerald green cat spotted in Varna,Bulgaria solved - Telegraph

Mystery of emerald green cat spotted in seaside resort solved - Telegraph:













So no radioactive cats in Varna, thank the Lord !.

The driver of the Subaru was stoned two of a passenger on the bus remain in hospital Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

Sacking of Rome: Pope removes head of Vatican's Swiss Guards for being too strict - Europe - World - The Independent

Juncker: European Commission Will Tolerate No Blackmail over South Stream - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Juncker: European Commission Will Tolerate No Blackmail over South Stream - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



Uncles Comment: Interesting that Bulgaria stood to get only 54 million Euro a year from transit payments and the Russians reject EU competition rules.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Bronwyn Bishop ejects record 18 members from Question Time

The Australian Parliament provides endless fun !.



Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry | Reuters

Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry | Reuters:

Excellent article which now places the onus on the E.U.

Putin: "The Bulgarians are a nation worthy of contempt." | Bazikiliyks - truth as it could be !?

Putin: "The Bulgarians are a nation worthy of contempt." | Bazikiliyks - truth as it could be !?:



Uncle's Comment:This is apparently an interview with Putin in the past 24 hours.Savage words indeed. "Bulgaria does not exist as a country" is a chilling phrase.

Apartments for Sale, White Lagoon,Balchik,Bulgaria

Just on the books at www.gobg.co.uk a selection of 1/2 bed apartments in the White Lagoon development near the International golf courses and the historic harbour town of Balchik. Prices start from 27,000 Euro's.Check out the pictures and further information at our website under 'Properties' and 'Black Sea - Apartments'.


Hristo Kazandzhiev: Russia Might Curb Gas Supplies to Bulgaria over South Stream - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency



Hristo Kazandzhiev: Russia Might Curb Gas Supplies to Bulgaria over South Stream - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: Bulgaria has invested millions in the scheme, which it will not get compensated for.It also faces the prospect that Russia will reduce the gas supply over the winter which will affect the big cities where they are dependent on gas for heating.Outside the cities there is not mains gas.




Bulgaria to Lose USD 600 M over Suspension of South Stream – Ex-Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria to Lose USD 600 M over Suspension of South Stream – Ex-Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: The BSP (Bulgarian Socialist Party) is making all the running in the criticism, but it is strongly pro-Russian.This is more about politics than economics at the moment.




Tuesday, 25 November 2014

BBC Presenter in wrong place for news bulletin..Priceless...

Another Golf Club in Balchik,Bulgaria to be built

Klassa.bg - Строят нов голф комплекс край Балчик



Basically a fourth golf club will be built near Momchil with 700 properties.This is the Eastern European centre for golf. For properties in this rapidly emerging market check out www.gobg.co.uk

Keira Knightley - Late Night with Seth Meyers: Unlikely West Ham Fan





So is Seth Meyers, interesting bit about 5.32

London Festival of Bulgarian Culture - Member of British Arts Festivals Association

Brits Living in the EU/Bulgaria



The above figures are for British people living in EU states. I think, looking at the Balkan states, the proportions seem about right.However I take it that the figures reflect those that have long term residency cards and thus may understate the true figures.Still interesting though.Any comments ?.





Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bulgaria Should Be Year-Round Tourist Destination – Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria Should Be Year-Round Tourist Destination – Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Risky cities: red equals danger in Bucharest, Europe's earthquake capital | Cities | The Guardian

Risky cities: red equals danger in Bucharest, Europe's earthquake capital | Cities | The Guardian:


5.6 earthquake in Vrancea - Romania rocked northeastern Bulgaria Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich

5.6 earthquake in Vrancea - Romania rocked northeastern Bulgaria Dobrich - News Dobrich | Dobrich Classifieds | Companies Dobrich:



As you can see the earthquake was felt in Bulgaria too.I enclose an article about the deadly 1977 earthquake from the same epicentre.As you can see this is nowhere near as bad:

1977 Vrancea earthquake

The 1977 Vrancea Earthquake occurred on Friday, 4 March 1977, 21:20 local time and was felt throughout the Balkans. It had a magnitude of 7.2 and its epicenter in Vrancea (in the Eastern Carpathians) at a depth of 94 kilometers.

The earthquake killed about 1,578 people, of which only 1,424 in Bucharest, and wounded more than 11,300.

Among the victims was the Romanian actor Toma Caragiu.

About 35,000 buildings were damaged, and the direct loss was estimated at more than two billion dollars. Most of the damage was concentrated in Romania's capital, Bucharest, where about 33 large buildings collapsed. Most of those buildings were built before World War II, and were not reinforced. Many of the historic buildings that collapsed were not rebuilt; instead, the land was cleared for the building of the Palace of the Parliament. After the earthquake, the Romanian government imposed tougher construction standards. (source Wikipedia)


Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help | Politics | The Observer

Foreign Office condemned for failing Britons in need of help | Politics | The Observer:

Uncle's Comment: Certainly the anecdotal evidence is that the Foreign Office is much less helpful than other Embassies.The withdrawal of Consular services from Sofia to Dusseldorf, was an expensive inconvenience.Now services are centred in the UK.With the swingeing Coalition cuts the F.O. is an easy target.It is Brits abroad who pay the price. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Balchik Bulgaria's Black Sea Pearl.New Property from 27,000 Euro.Village Property from 13,000 Euro

Balchik is the hidden gem of the North Black Sea coast, located just 45 minutes from Varna airport  and 3 hours from Bucharest it offers beautiful scenery, hot summer weather and very cheap property 

Check out our website www.gobg.co.uk please send us an e mail at info@gobg.co.uk to get all the best offers, or simply tell us what you want we will simply go out and find it for you.Our service is personal to your needs.





Home Memorial turns purple Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Home Memorial turns purple Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:



This is to raise money for breathing apparatus for premature babies.

Klaus Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election | World news | The Guardian

Klaus Iohannis wins Romanian presidential election | World news | The Guardian:



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Romania’s Presidential Candidates Tied in Run-off Vote – Exit Polls - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Romania’s Presidential Candidates Tied in Run-off Vote – Exit Polls - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:




Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Replace street lights in Balchik Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Replace street lights in Balchik Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:



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Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Asks Parliament to Strip 5 MPs of Immunity - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ministry Denies 'Financial Correction' over Bulgaria’s Controversial Tourism Logo - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Ministry Denies 'Financial Correction' over Bulgaria’s Controversial Tourism Logo - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: It is said that the new logo bears a strong resemblance to the Kazakhstan tourism logo.See for yourself:







Veliko Tarnovo Hoteliers Are Most Hospitable In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Piccadilly, Carrefour Supermarkets To Merge In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Piccadilly, Carrefour Supermarkets To Merge In Bulgaria - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Bulgaria's Grape Harvest Is In Bad Shape - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Balchik To Invest BGN 1.16M In Tourism Development - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria's Balchik To Invest BGN 1.16M In Tourism Development - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:


Uncle's Comment: A lot of the announcement is simply a rehash of what they did last year; in terms of festivals etc.What is lacking is an integrated tourism strategy: such as regular tour guides,promoting Balchik as a conference destination, eco tourism, golf tourism.

President Plevneliev: High Time to Tell Truth about Bulgaria's Past - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

President Plevneliev: High Time to Tell Truth about Bulgaria's Past - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Monday, 10 November 2014

Five people were injured after a collision of tram and bus in Sofia - Society

Appeal for donations for breathing equipment for newborn babies in Dobrich

We at Uncle Bulgaria Blog are very happy to publish this charity appeal. Please support generously.

"Today neonatology unit at "Hospital Dobrich" launched a donation campaign, "You can save lives." Its goal is to raise funds to purchase breathing apparatus.

The device is life-saving and vital for the treatment of newborns and infants who are without self-contained breathing after birth.

This device will save the lives of many children from Dobrich Dobrich, assure medics ward for newborns. And calling "A chance for life to return the smiles of mothers!"  

 Bank account: "Hospital Dobrich" AD

 Bank: CCB grad. Dobrich

 IBAN: BG40CECB979010E2734702

 BANK CODE: CECBBGSF

- See more at: http://dobrich.topnovini.bg/node/552682#sthash.qmtRErZC.DNpb5NkR.dpuf"

Baldrik's war poem - The German Guns (Greek subs)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Bulgaria has a new goverment the Centre-Right, Nationalists and ex Socialists

In 15:30. GERD and RB signed the coalition agreement - trud.bg:



Uncles Comment: This combination will last a few months. GERB (the ex PM Boiko Borisov's party) is allegedly pro European, the others look to Russia.For a range of issues from gas pipelines through to procurement contracts and foreign policy this could be hell on earth. It is interesting to note that Borisov is the first PM since Communism to become PM for the second time, and whose political formation has not collapsed (obviously the BSP is a perennial) 

Technique for snow removal is ready, not enough drivers Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

Technique for snow removal is ready, not enough drivers Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:



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Plovdiv Airport To Host Ski Season Charter Flights to/from Izmir, London, Moscow - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Plovdiv Airport To Host Ski Season Charter Flights to/from Izmir, London, Moscow - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Razgrad v Liverpool in Sofia; Eufa Cup

26th November Ludogoretz Razgrad v Liverpool in Sofia..one for the diary

Guest Contributors

Are you in Bulgaria ?, want to write about your town/city/village ?. Do you have a particular topic of Bulgarian life that you wish to comment upon society/politics/economy/culture ?.If you do we would welcome any articles that you wish to submit (provided they are not libellous etc). If you wish to guest contribute just e mail info@gobg.co.uk

Informal Sector in Bulgaria’s Tourism Estimated at 20-30% - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Informal Sector in Bulgaria’s Tourism Estimated at 20-30% - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Friday, 31 October 2014

Sofia Metro To Reach Airport In April - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Sofia Metro To Reach Airport In April - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Good news.A taxi to the city centre is 15 lv, a Metro ticket 1 lv




Golden Sands Holidays Bulgaria | Book & Save Online - Balkan Holidays

Golden Sands Holidays Bulgaria | Book & Save Online - Balkan Holidays:



It is getting cheaper as prices become more competitive.

Britain’s cheapest house goes on sale for £1 but is bought for more than £19,000 - Home News - UK - The Independent

Britain’s cheapest house goes on sale for £1 but is bought for more than £19,000 - Home News - UK - The Independent:



You can buy a property here in Bulgaria somewhere nice for this money !.I mean £19,000 not £1 !.

Bulgaria Should Brace for ‘Not Quite Positive’ EC Progress Report – Caretaker Minister - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bakalov 'Ready to Remain IntMin' in Bulgaria's Next Cabinet - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bakalov 'Ready to Remain IntMin' in Bulgaria's Next Cabinet - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Bulgarian Property Bargain in Balchik


This beautiful fully renovated 2 bedroom house with a big piece of land, five minutes from Balchik on the Black Sea and five minutes from 3 international golf courses, is now just 11,000 Euro's.Yes, you read correctly 11,000 Euro's ! (£8660). Go to www.gobg.co.uk for further information/pictures or e mail info@gobg.co.uk

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Wake Up, Europe by George Soros | The New York Review of Books

Wake Up, Europe by George Soros | The New York Review of Books:



A brilliant article it should be compulsory reading for all interested in Eastern Europe.

Bulgarian Property Buying Guide


THE GO BG PROPERTY GUIDE  


I have been asked by several people to produce a simple guide (I hesitate to say idiot proof) for those foreigners who may be interested in buying in Bulgaria.I have tried to produce a brief and yet informative outline of the purchase process.





1) Property Ownership: If you an EU citizen you can buy houses,apartments or land as an individual.The exception is agricultural land, which requires a company.


Non EU citizens must set up a company to buy property in Bulgaria.Company registration should normally be done via a lawyer the cost should minimal, and accounts should be filed every year (again at minimal cost)


2) Legal : For any kind of purchase you need a lawyer, simply relying on the Notary system can be a false economy. The Notary is a sort of state employed lawyer who signs off property and other legal transactions.It is not their job to represent you.The seller should supply the ownership document (Notary Act) for the property, a skitza (which is a sort of ordnance survey map of the property), and must swear there are no outstanding taxes/bills owed on the property.


Once you receive your ownership document you should go to the local Town Hall to register your ownership with them.Your property should be registered with the court by the Notary.


If you use GOBG we can recommend English speaking lawyers. 


3) Cost : Total purchase taxes should be around 7% of the price on the Notary deed. 


4) Bank Accounts: You will need a bank account in Bulgaria, but this simple.If you transfer money internationally the money transferred will be converted into the currency of your account.The law in Bulgaria used to be quite lax re cash purchases, but now bank transfers are pretty much compulsory.


5) Minimum deposits.You may want a preliminary contract and to complete in 28 days.You can place a 10% deposit to secure your purchase. However, with the absence of the need for a company for EU citizens, this may not be necessary.Usually the deposit acts to reserve the property until your company registration is complete. 


7) Air Flights and accommodation: Wizz Air fly in to Varna throughout the year, and there are many charter flights from May to October.Throughout the year there are flights to Istanbul,Vienna and Moscow. There are numerous scheduled flights into Sofia from the UK; including Easyjet, the budget airline, which flies from Gatwick,Luton and Stansted, they also fly to Burgas. Internal flights may be obtained from Sofia to Varna or Burgas. Additionally there are numerous cheap flights from the Romanian capitol Bucharest, if you are heading to Northern Bulgaria. 
Ryan Air fly to Plovdiv airport from Stansted. 


Hotel accommodation is plentiful and cheap.However many hotels on the coast only open in the summer.If you wish GoBG to book you accommodation then we are more than happy to do so : e mail us at info@gobg.co.uk.



8) Charter Deals :For a seamless, and less stressful first/second visit, it may be an option to get a package for around £280, i.e. hotel and flight, as it may be cheaper. The main North Black Sea resorts are Albena and Golden Sands.In the South, Sunny Beach is the biggest.


9) Travelling about in Bulgaria : You can hire a taxi for a few hours to drive around for circa £25-35. The taxis are not metered, unless you request it, so it is best to negotiate a price before you hire them. Taxi ranks are in all resorts, but you may also want to use the same driver whilst you are there (if you find him cheap and reliable) and a daily/weekly rate can be negotiated. However we can also supply you with a taxi driver for whichever period you require at a competitive rate. Trains in Bulgaria are infrequent, slow and dirty, but cheap. Bus travel is recommended, these are modern, frequent and inexpensive.However there are almost never any toilets open on the buses. There are numerous car hire companies throughout Bulgaria, including international brands. 


10)Building and Renovation: We realise that your property may need work done on it and provide a full building service from day to day repairs to new build.


11) Annual Property Taxes.These are small compared to other countries.Typically 40-50lv a year.Failure to pay incurs annual penalties.


12. Residency.EU residents and come and go to/from Bulgaria as they please; for all others there are visa free stays of 30/90 days depending on the nationality.For those wanting to reside here they should get a lichna karta (photo i.d card) from the police, as photo i.d. is compulsory for everyone here.


Contact us at info@gobg.co.uk. For further information, or for an informal chat Skype: darrin2433 .
For property offers take a look at www.gobg.co.uk




The district governor will hold a meeting for winter training Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies

The district governor will hold a meeting for winter training Dobrich - Dobrich News | Classifieds Dobrich | Dobrich Companies:

They have identified the key roads to keep open in the event of heavy snow, namely; Varna section to Sofia, The North-South pass through Shumen etc, Varna-Dobrich and Ruse/Silistra

Audit Finds BGN 4.2 B Impairment Costs on KTB Balance Sheet, Bulgaria C. Bank Says - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Code Orange Issued in Seven Bulgarian Districts Over Heavy Rains, Wind - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Bulgaria, Romania Agree to Build 2 More Bridges over Danube River - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency



Bulgaria, Romania Agree to Build 2 More Bridges over Danube River - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:

Uncle's Comment: This can only improve trade and tourism; two things that Bulgaria desperately needs.The bridge at Silistra is especially good news.Faster trains to the rest of the Balkans/Europe would be desirable but the track is antiquated and needs replacing.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

GERB Declines DPS’ Offer  of Support for Minority Government - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

GERB Declines DPS’ Offer  of Support for Minority Government - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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New 5 star hotel in Balchik Bulgaria

Interesting developments here.A new luxury hotel has started construction right on the harbour.It compliments the great golf news coming from the three international golf courses, about high booking levels and spring and autumn charter flights.Contact us on info@gobg.co.uk or see our property website www.gobg.co.uk



BBC News - Bulgaria's military warned of Soviet-era 'catastrophe'

BBC News - Bulgaria's military warned of Soviet-era 'catastrophe':



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Protesters Block International Road Demanding Withdrawal of DPS's MP 'Bat Sali' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

Protesters Block International Road Demanding Withdrawal of DPS's MP 'Bat Sali' - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency:



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Monday, 13 October 2014

Great News for Golfers going to Bulgaria

Status Update
By PE Consulting ltd.
Super News from Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort – Lighthouse charters its own plane in spring and autumn for flights to/from Scandinavia. From 4th April 2015 until 16th May 2015 and from 9th September 2015 until 31st October 2015 the Lighthouse plane is flying exclusively for Cape Kaliakra Golf guests from Copenhagen and Stockholm directly to Varna.  You can book your seats already from today, directly at Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort. We have 60 seats per plane left for golfers, golf bags are included in the package. Any questions or comments? Let me know or contact Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort. 

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Friday, 10 October 2014

Helping Those in Need in Bulgaria- A guest post from Bernadette Leggett

Hi as promised a guest post from Bernie from Silistra Orphanage Appeal and many other worthy causes !.

The Bulgarian Orphanage Appeal None profit Organization Hi we are Bernadette & Douglas Leggett, we are from Peterborough in the UK. We are just two ordinary people trying to make a difference to the lives of those children and young adults and elderly who are less fortunate than ourselves. We have for the past 7 years dedicated our time and skills to helping 21 organisations here all over Bulgaria. Now we mainly focus on Silistra as this is where we have a house. We set up a small none profit charitable organisation in the UK The Bulgarian Orphanage Appeal. The Dimcho Debelainov Orphanage will always be our main priority. We also have the Baby Orphanage, the Disability Day Centre, The home for the Elderly, the new SFTH Disability Centre for young children and adults, also Malek Preslavez orphanage and now our newest project is The Teenage Disability Centre in Glavinitiza


We bring donated items of clothing, shoes, toys, tools computers, machines, materials, toiletries Christmas shoe-boxes etc form the UK and one year from Belgium for the orphanages, disability centres hospital and home for the elderly in Silistra Malek Preslavetz orphanage as well as sending good to Plovdiv, Vidin, Dobrich, Karlovo and other areas. Our aim is to give these children/adults a better quality in life with the necessities and if possible a little more. Our latest project is The Teenage Disability Centre in Glavinitiza - We have visited this home and are appalled at the conditions they live in. This centre is in a very bad condition and is in need of a big refurbishment however, we cannot afford to do that ourselves therefore, we are asking help from the local Municipality and the community and anyone else that feel they can help us. We do NOT want MONEY, what we need please are donated items of materials to renovate the properties, or if you cannot help with them, than there are other items such as new beds, settees, dining room tables and chairs, fridges freezers, cookers curtains to rugs, toiletries, laminated flooring, paint, showers, toilets, hand basins basically anything you feel you as a company or an individual can donate, all items will be made good use of. Thank you in advance..

If we do manage to get the buildings repaired they will need monitoring and maintaining, perhaps your company can donate a contract for general upkeep checks etc. We are doing what we can to help. The youngsters living there have nothing or very little, they lack the necessities like toiletries, clothing, shoes, food and much more. We brought them a huge lorry load of goods from the UK and our sponsors Bon Marine Shipping Agency in Varna also send a truck load of goods including a pallet of food. The youngsters were over the moon and they all received something - Nasuf, Nasuf Governor of Silistra and Vjara Deputy Governor were very supportive to our cause - They found us storage to store our 40ft container load when it came to Bulgaria and also found sponsors Stefvano Ltd in Silistra to supply us with transporting the goods from storage to Glavinitza. As you can imagine this was indeed a great help to us as we are only too people struggling to do everything ourselves and also try to raise transport cost from UK to Bulgaria. This year we were very lucky our followers and supporters raised the transport costs for us.

Our cause is NOT about money, we fund raise all year to reach the transport costs from UK to Bulgaria - we are very lucky we have fantastic supporters in UK and Bulgaria Belgium and Italy. We have sponsors here in Bulgaria too Nominal Accounting Ltd in Burgas, Bon Marine Shipping in Varna, NZT Transport in Sofia, SewAge Solution in Sofia, Pescott's Foods in Yambol and Pelican Guesthouse Serberna and lots of wonderful Ex pats who rally round when we need help. We hold an Annual Garden Party at the Dimcho Silistra to raise funds to go towards items needed. Over the years, we have bought 40 new bunk beds, 46 bikes, swimming pool, marquee, trainers and more. The funds raised last year will go towards a holiday for the children in August this year...


These are the conditions the youngsters live in at Gavinitisa so as you can see, we are in great need of help with this project. These youngsters are based out of the town away from everyone and everything. They needs so much it is very hard to know where to start, the main priority is to ensure they have sufficient food and the buildings are habitable - The shower rooms and toilets are disgraceful as is the kitchen/dining room and broken furniture. They make the best of what they have by adding paint here and there for colour. You can see many photos on the Facebook below as well as on our website.

You can contact us direct on our website or Facebook below or tel no 0888 487394 or contact the Mayor of Glavinitza or Vyara Deputy Governor of Silistra.  Please feel free to browse the website and the Facebook. Thank you so much for your support, with your help we can all ensure these youngsters have a safe and more comfortable home.


Berni & Dougie