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Institutional Structure:

In early 1999, (January - February), the work on e-commerce and digital signature started with orientation meetings and consultations with representatives of the main stakeholders interested in the legal regulation of the subject. A Task Force for the preparation of the draft law and an Expert Council including representatives from the stakeholders, legal and IT experts were formed. A group of ad hoc consultants as an assisting body is open for participation.

Research work:

For the purpose of drafting the Law Program initiated preliminary research of most important international instruments already adopted or in a process of preparing and contemplating the use of alternatives to paper-based methods of communications. The study also reviewed the international and European acts and proposals, as well as materials on foreign legal regulations - USA, EC countries and Latin America Acts, draft acts and investigations.

The draft law:

  1. A Draft Law on Electronic  Document and Electronic Signature has been prepared by the CSD Law Program experts. (Available In Bulgarian)
  2. Explanatory Notes (Available In Bulgarian)

A collection "E-commerce and Electronic Signature: Legal Aspects" (Available in Bulgarian, PDF format) has been published in cooperation with Bulgarian National Bank and includes the concept paper and the draft law for Bulgaria, as well as international documents and foreign laws translated in Bulgarian.

  • What's new

The Law on Electronic Document and Electronic Signature (Available in Bulgarian) was adopted by the National Assembly on March 22, 2001, and was promulgated in State Gazette 34/06.04.2001. The Law will enter into force six months after its promulgation.

A new Directive of the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers on certain legal aspects of information society services, in particular electronic commerce, in the Internal market (English, Bulgarian) was adopted.

See also

Law on Electronic Document and Electronic Signature - Basic Principles (also in Bulgarian)

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