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Judicial Reform Initiative Policy Forum

A Policy Forum to endorse the Program for Judicial Reform (PJR) in Bulgaria was held in Sofia on May 18, 2000. It was organized by the Law Program of the Center for the Study of Democracy as a Secrtariat of the Judicial Reform Initiative (JRI) with the support of the World Bank and brought together more than 100 representatives of the Government, Judiciary, of international and foreign organizations, NGOs and experts as well.

On a press conference before the Policy Forum the Program was presented to the media by Dr. Maria Yordanova, Head of the CSD Law Program and Coordinator of JRI, Mr. Vladislav Slavov, Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court, Mr. Vassilis Maragos, Economic Advisor, Delegation of the European Commission to Bulgaria, Mr. Borislav Belazelkov, Justice, Supreme Court of Cassation, and Mr. Rosen Dimov, Chairman of the Plovdiv Appellate Prosecution Office.

Ms. Nelly Koutskova, Chairperson of the Sofia District Court introduced the Program to the participants. Representatives of the National Assembly, the Government, and the Judiciary expressed their views on the Program: Mr. Dimitar Abadjiev, MP, Member of the Parliamentary Commission on Legal Issues and Anticorruption Legislation, Mr. Dimitar Tonchev, Deputy Minister of Justice, Ms. Maria Serkedjieva, Deputy Minister of Justice, Mrs. Eliana Masseva, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Roumen Yankov, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Mr. Vladislav Slavov, Chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court, Ms. Kapka Kostova, Chairperson of the Sofia Regional Court and Chairperson of the Association of Judges in Bulgaria, Mr. Roumen Georgiev, Deputy Director of the Specialized Investigation Office and Chairman of the Chamber of Investigators in Bulgaria.

Representatives of international institutions and organizations including Mr. Thomas O’Brien, Resident Representative, World Bank Mission in Bulgaria, Mr. Joseph Lowther, Chief of Party, MSI, Mr. Enrico Grillo-Pasquarelli, Head of Unit, Bulgaria and Romania, DG Enlargement of the European Commission, Mr. William Foerderer, Acting Director, USAID Bulgaria ensured their support for the Program.

Program for Judicial Reform in Bulgaria
Summary of the discussion (in Bulgarian)
Full records of the discussion in PDF (279 kb) (in Bulgarian)
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